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Wednesday was a pretty good day, though I didn't take a walk. I drove home toward a gorgeous full moon rising, with wild geese flying overhead. You know, I should have been suspicious at that point.

In the evening, [livejournal.com profile] jilara brought over the yukata that she had taken home to hem, and I found its belt tucked away at the bottom of one sleeve. It's lovely.

Thursday morning I got in to work and was greeted by $BOSS and $CFO, and the news that I'd been laid off. Along with two other researchers in my building, and at least two three people in Menlo Park. Plus two from Japan who decided to leave the company rather than go back.

Public service announcements:

  • New tag: 8.3%
  • Party tomorrow at Grand Central Starport. I will have copies of my resume.
  • I am currently looking for work in the San Jose and Seattle areas. Please address job-related correspondance to steve@savitzky.net or ssavitzky@gmail.com.
  • I will be available to start work any time after April 1st

Felt very restless yesterday evening. Should have taken a walk.

0307 We
  * up 6:30; drugs, nose, teeth, exercise
  * 8am Dr. Reed
  * humira
  @ Cringely » Siri’s big brother from Google
  * finished TRs
  * walk: d=3.19, c=309, s=2.9, t=1:05 - McClellan Ranch Park
  % 3ish - 3:45: sleepy, unproductive
  * work:  filled some holes in the group website.
  : Wild geese overhead and a gorgeous full moon ahead of me driving home
  * I can haz yukata.  Found the sash, which was lurking along the bottom of
    one of the sleeves.

0308 Th
  * up 6:35; drugs, nose, teeth
  @ iPads Don't Work For These SMBs 
  @ Justice Dept may sue Apple, publishers on e-book pricing: WSJ | Reuters
  @ James Cameron Headed to Ocean's Deepest Point Within Weeks 
  @ How Four Women Revived a Derelict Mississippi Town - NYTimes.com 
  @ How Anonymous plans to use DNS as a weapon (or not)
  * print address label for Kat
  @ Home Studio: Gear from Shure, Mackie, and PreSonus That Won’t Break the
    Bank | Disc Makers’ Echoes – Insight for Independent Artists 
  * buy: 2x CR2032 batteries for scale
  * bring Kat's paperwork -to work- for notarization
  : Laid off as of 3/30.  In good company; at least 6 other people leaving. 
    (including the two recalled to Japan who decided to stay here)
    (18:27:48) ssavitzky: No warning; management has only known for certain
     for about a week.  Apparently things are pretty dire.  They've laid off
     two other researchers, two admin staff (our librarian, rowanf, and our
     purchasing person), and going through a big restructuring.  
    (18:35:03) ssavitzky: No problem.  Last day Friday 3/30 (4/1 starts the
     fiscal year).  I get two more weeks or so of vacation time, then 6 months
     of severance with full pay and benefits.  COBRA after that.  I also turn
     65 in less than a week, so I need to look into the relative advantages of
     COBRA and/or Medicare. 
  " (coworker, also laid off) Elena:  Everything happens for a reason.
  @ The Wordsmith's Forge - Poem: "Tales of the Righteous"
  * Thankful Thursday
    (including party invite)
  * Colleen didn't drink most of her gin :S
  * Pay Bills
  % very restless.  Should have taken a walk.

Date: 2012-03-09 06:26 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
what's the new tag for?

Date: 2012-03-12 04:13 am (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
oW. Good Thoughts and good wishes headed your way.

Date: 2012-03-12 11:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] asavitzk
Wow. Sorry to hear about the layoff but at least they're not showing you the door same-day with no severance. Silver linings...

Anyway, good luck to you!

Date: 2012-03-09 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbisson.livejournal.com
Sorry to hear that.

Date: 2012-03-09 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowanf.livejournal.com
I am feeling very restless myself. All those stress hormones I imagine.

I'm so sorry to hear how widespread it was. I didn't realize they were letting researchers go. :( I am pretty sure Medicare > Cobra. At least I have always been on Adobe's health plan. But we are still in shock here too.

Date: 2012-03-09 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
*hugs*

We should get together on IM. I'm mandelbear on AIM and ssavitzky on Yahoo.

Date: 2012-03-09 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marypcb.livejournal.com
meep; sorry to hear that. thought: I think startups in the area tend to recruit more from networking than the traditional route - maybe try the Stanford BASES mailing list or similar?

Medicare

Date: 2012-03-09 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigbumble.livejournal.com
Sixty five in less than a week? All the retirement people I've talked to say you should have signed up for Medicare 3 months ago. Seriously, get the paper work started NOW.

Re: Medicare

Date: 2012-03-09 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Yes. I checked; I actually have until June.

Re: Medicare

Date: 2012-03-09 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Applied. Coverage should start April 1, and my company group coverage doesn't end until November.

Date: 2012-03-10 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] septemberlilac.livejournal.com
Just saw your unhappy news and wanted to offer hugs and sympathies. I don't like Thursdays. Even when they're dressed up in thankful wrapping, you just can't trust 'em.

Date: 2012-03-10 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
*hugs*

Never did get the hang of Thursdays...

Date: 2012-03-10 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cflute.livejournal.com
Aaaaack! Very sorry to hear about this. Best of luck in finding a new position soon.

Date: 2012-03-10 07:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thanks.

Date: 2012-03-10 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westrider.livejournal.com
I used to have a friend named Siri*. When I saw "Cringely » Siri’s big brother from Google", my first thought was "No, Siri's big brother is named Dan." ;)

*No drama, she just moved away and we lost touch.

Date: 2012-03-11 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcfiala.livejournal.com
Well, I'm sorry to hear that. :(

I don't know how the setup is out where you are, but my membership on linkedin.com has lead to a number of contents. If you like, I can send you an invite to http://careers.stackoverflow.com/. I'm also a member on http://geekli.st/, but I couldn't say what it's good for yet, as I've been a bit too busy to look into it.

Good luck!

Date: 2012-03-11 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thanks -- please do. linkedin.com was already on my list of things to join, but I didn't know about the others.

Date: 2012-03-11 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcfiala.livejournal.com
Okay, I sent you the careers invite to the gmail account. As for the geekli.st, I'm not sure entirely how that works - I signed up on my own, and they eventually promoted me to live person. :)

Date: 2012-03-12 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thanks -- got it.

Date: 2012-03-12 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipuni.livejournal.com
I just sent a message with a long list of companies to try in the Seattle area.

I use a notecard-based system for the companies to check out. If you're up in the Seattle area, let me know; I'll bring the Giant Pile of Company notes.

Best wishes in your job search.

Date: 2012-03-13 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thanks! Got it!

I'll be up at Norwescon, and again for Westercon. Possibly in between; we'll see.

Date: 2012-03-15 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randwolf.livejournal.com
Ah, hell. Sorry to hear you were laid off.

Seattle...it's almost as expensive as San Jose, and the weather is much worse. Might want to take a look at Portland.

Date: 2012-03-15 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Hmm. I have more friends in the Seattle area, though.

Date: 2012-04-19 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dejla.livejournal.com
I am so sorry I missed this. No matter why it happens, it always hurts.

I hope you'll find something even better waiting for you...

Date: 2012-04-20 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
I hope so too. I'm definitely still viewing it as an opportunity rather than a catastrophe, so that's good.

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