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    Lots of time to ride ~ Suddenly

    I was laid off from my job on Thursday 1/17. Had been with company for 24 1/2 years. Nobody freak out in worry. I will be fine. It was a huge relief as I was miserable in my job but couldn't quit.

    I now have time to ride as much as I want. I am looking at new employment opportunities as well. I feel very good about my future.
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    Sorry to hear about your job.

    Glad to hear you have more time to ride.

    Use the time wisely.
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    24 1/2 years? Is that a typo? You've always looked way too young in your photos to have been anywhere 24 1/2 years, unless it was your mom that laid you off:-)
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    Sorry to hear about that, same thing happened to me. The job i was suppose to start when i moved here did not happen, so looking for a job myself. Good luck to both of us.

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    Sorry to hear that but things always seem to work out. More ride time, looks better already!

    24 1/2 years, dang!

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    Last time that happened to me I got a job I freaking love.

    Good luck!

    But FU to the bozos that hosed you.

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    You have paid your dues... 24 1/2 years is a long time. Now go ride and if you want to work, find something you love (maybe a cycling related job, huh?)

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    Hopefully they gave you a package to leave with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfred View Post
    24 1/2 years? Is that a typo? You've always looked way too young in your photos to have been anywhere 24 1/2 years, unless it was your mom that laid you off:-)
    thanks! I do look young I guess. A lady I rode in a club with thought I was in my 30's, bless her heart. My gray hair is like natural highlights. I started with the company in 1988 when I was 23. Started as receptionist and worked my way up to project manager (only one in company w/o an engineering degree).

    Quote Originally Posted by NashNathan View Post
    Sorry to hear about that, same thing happened to me. The job i was suppose to start when i moved here did not happen, so looking for a job myself. Good luck to both of us.
    that is too bad Nash. Good luck to you!

    Quote Originally Posted by InTheRain View Post
    You have paid your dues... 24 1/2 years is a long time. Now go ride and if you want to work, find something you love (maybe a cycling related job, huh?)
    i actually have a lead in just this area. Tweaking resume now.

    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Hopefully they gave you a package to leave with.
    thankfully YES. It allows me and the hubby to not freak out. Filed for unemployment (first time in my life).

    As a treat to myself for my many years working there I ordered this thru The Unlikely Cyclist:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachgrad05 View Post
    thankfully YES. It allows me and the hubby to not freak out. Filed for unemployment (first time in my life).
    Good for you. Not many are that fortunate. When I lost my job in '08 after 13 years with the company, 6 of which were as a department manager, my "severance package" consisted of 3 days' pay. I know many who got even less.
    Craig in Indy

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Good luck!

    But FU to the bozos that hosed you.
    +1

    Even more so to Craig. I'm glad you got severance anyway.

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    Sorry Beachgrad, bunch of us have been there 16 years at the last job before the layoffs. 10 years at the current one. If you need another gadget get one of those pump-hubs .

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    Congratulations, I guess. I'm glad you got out of a job where you were unhappy and wish you luck in finding more suitable employment in the future. Until then, enjoy the free time. I hope all goes well for you.
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    OP ~ so jealous

    what are your temps there these days?
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    I am truly glad you are ok with it, it is not a fun thing to have to go through normally. Especially glad you could get a severance payout, I hope it was in line with your years of service!

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    A blessing in disguise??

    I got laid off from a job once, which led me to my current career as a RN. At the time I cursed the company owner (Yes, I really did!) for laying me off, but now that I look back I say "Thank you". It was the best thing that could've happened to me and my family. I got out of a dead end, nasty job in a less than desirable work environment that I too thought I couldn't quit.

    Good luck and put that power meter to work!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachgrad05 View Post
    thankfully YES. It allows me and the hubby to not freak out. Filed for unemployment (first time in my life).
    Take some time off and enjoy life if you can. When I was 34 I got downsized at my own request. Got a decent package for having been with the company only 3 years. I ended up taking 18 months off before starting to look for another job. (I got no unemployment during that time. For one thing, people in my line of work are not entitled to state unemployment.) During that time I took three long bike tours. When I wasn't travelling I pursued my photography hobby and saw a hell of a lot of movies. I wouldn't trade the experiences I had for the money and career advancement potential I sacrificed even if I had not essentially gotten my old job back exactly two years after I got laid off.

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    Sounds like it's time for some bike touring!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachgrad05 View Post
    As a treat to myself for my many years working there I ordered this thru The Unlikely Cyclist:

    http://www.stagescycling.com/stagespower
    Never thought of that. I got laid off, so I'm buying myself a treat! I love that idea! Good luck on your search. Glad you have a lead that you're working. These days, it's more who you know. You'll be fine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Beachgrad05 View Post
    As a treat to myself for my many years working there I ordered this thru The Unlikely Cyclist:

    http://www.stagescycling.com/stagespower
    Never thought of that. I got laid off, so I'm buying myself a treat! I love that idea! Good luck on your search. Glad you have a lead that you're working. These days, it's more who you know. You'll be fine!
    LOL If I was not getting the nice severance pkg there is no way I could justify it. But I had an opportunity to get one thru Vntgdrms shop. So I took it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Take some time off and enjoy life if you can. When I was 34 I got downsized at my own request. Got a decent package for having been with the company only 3 years. I ended up taking 18 months off before starting to look for another job. (I got no unemployment during that time. For one thing, people in my line of work are not entitled to state unemployment.) During that time I took three long bike tours. When I wasn't travelling I pursued my photography hobby and saw a hell of a lot of movies. I wouldn't trade the experiences I had for the money and career advancement potential I sacrificed even if I had not essentially gotten my old job back exactly two years after I got laid off.
    +1
    Last summer I was unemployed for 3 months. I actually had a great time. I would set-off twice a week to hit 'tourist spots' in the area that were usually too much distance for a weekend ride. Then I would come home, spend time looking for a job but also take time to catch up on 'Breaking Bad' 'Homeland' etc that I had stacked on the DVR.

    Try not to worry about the job. Eventually, you will look back (when your working) and fondly remember the upcoming days

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    Everything happens for a reason....

    At least you are in sunny California...its 19 degrees here today.

    Good Luck and ride as much as you can.

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