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I was Mordred writes, "I've been out of work for a while now... however, every cloud must have a silver lining. Tell us your stories of the upside to unemployment."

You can tell us about the unexpected downsides too if you want.

(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 10:02)
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Fired on Vacation
I was in the middle of Iowa. Riding with Lance Armstrong. Literally. I was riding about 5ft from the cycling great as a member of Team LIVESTRONG and was using a week of my vacation time to ride 512 miles to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in memory of my Sister Lisa who died after a brief battle with breast cancer.

So I am tooling along, with the greatest cyclist of all time and my cell phone rings. "Hmmmm me thinks...I wonder why the Dallas Sales office is calling me when they know I am on my bike riding with Lance?"

I said "Hey, I am going to take this call guys. I will catch up with you." Lance turned and said "You better!"

So I take the call and my Boss, Laurie, says "Yeah, We've decided to make some changes...we are going to get rid of all our remote reps. So we are going to have to let you go."

So I asked "Are You REALLY doing this on my VACATION?!" Her Reply: "Well, I REALLY didn't want to do this while you were on vacation."

My immediate response: "But: You're DOING it."

Then, seeing as I was in rural Iowa, standing at the edge of a cornfield, I claimed I was in a bad cell and hung up on her. About an hour later, she rings me back: "SO?! How is the ride with Lance going?! You must be having a great time!"

WTF?!

Still, as a result, I took the time to work through an idea I had for a technology solution AND, we now have a functioning prototype and are lining up financing. So, Thanks Laurie...you bint. Your firing me may well be the best thing that happened to me in 2008!
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 18:55, closed)
Some people have abolutly no clue.
I work for a state government in hazardous waste cleanup. the Governor in a move to make him more popular with the right wing, just published the names of about 300 positions that would be cut and the people laid off. This was the first any of them heard anything. Great way to break the news.
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 20:46, closed)

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