I’m like Brian Johnson at the end of The Breakfast Club giving myself a congratulatory punch in the arm

If you ever find your self esteem lagging, I highly recommend losing your job as a means to boost it. Sure the impending financial calamity might be a high price to pay, but you’ll sure feel good about yourself on the way to the poorhouse.

While I fully expected my friends and family to be supportive and encouraging, the response from the nerds, my former co-workers, has surprised me. They’ve been so kind and so filled with sadness about my departure that I’m pondering writing an e-mail to the Nerdery’s President to compliment on hiring such caring, compassionate people.

The kindness of those I’ve left behind has come as quite a surprise. Maybe this is how it always works when someone gets laid off. If it is, I’ve been a horrible, callous co-worker in the past. And if I could go back in time I would write kind e-mails telling those co-workers of lay offs past how much I enjoyed working with them and how I will miss them.

See, this kind of stuff didn’t happen when I was laid off from Hell, Inc. I chalk that up to the fact that the entire Minneapolis office was decimated and we were all in the same boat. Plus, since we had so much time before the actual end of our jobs, we spent a lot of time talking about how much it was going to suck to not work with each other any more.

Boy howdy, sometimes it is hard to find the words to thank people. Thank you seems so weak when people are throwing you a lifeline in your time of need.

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  1. UH 17.May.09 at 6:30 pm

    Perfect clarity when forming a mental image is a rare thing. Often, the image is fleeting, or not quite right somehow; perhaps the colors are a bit off, or a person’s head is larger in the mental image than it is in real life. But when there is perfect clarity, it is a joyous thing to behold, and so I sit here gleefully imagining you as you congratutorially punch yourself in the arm and smile a goofy smile, and my mental image is picture-perfect.

  2. Max "Bunny" Sparber 17.May.09 at 9:15 pm

    I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your job, but I am glad to hear that at least you have support from your coworkers. I’ve left a job in the past with a super-weird, distancing vibe from the people I worked with, many of whom I had considered friends, and it just made things that much worse.


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