Apr 23, 2013

The final Bad Tat Tuesday!

Loyal readers, I think this whole theme has just about run its course now. 

(several of you mumble something about this whole blog has run its course, and I agree)

So today I will clean out the bad tat folder and that will be that.  For the record, as I have told several people I am not anti-tat, I actually really think that most are very cool.  It is just the bad work or the weird themed ones that I find peculiar.

And without further ado, here we go...

Wow, bad work and the kinda 3-D look?

You only jizz 5 times?

That is actually pretty cool!

That is actually not cool.  That is horrific.

Nice use of the belly button.

One word - Unemployable.

These *are* the droids I am looking for!

Amazing work, but scary.

Worst ever.

This is way cool!

Another scary and WTF one.

I am as big a Trek fan as there is, but no way.

Even burly guys can appreciate a tramp stamp...

Apr 13, 2013

Job loss, Fork in the road, Apply your metephor here

These past two weeks have been rather tough here at casa del Skydad.  My company, Cisco Systems, has gone through yet another Limited Restructuring (read layoff).  This has happened a few times in the past and they have shuffled some people around, dissolved some business units, and I have made it through.

But this one was different.  This one hit very close to home.  My two best friends that I work with, Isy and Kerry, both were laid off along with another team member.  And we found out that all of the work our group was doing is going to China and India.

Did I mention I am a technical writer?  And all of our work is going to other countries with English as a second language?  I'll pause and let that sink in for a moment...

That's right, it appears that all of the smoke up the ass blowing about our people are our greatest asset is secondary to handing our work to teams that will do it for half the cost.

You want to know the worst part about my friends getting laid off?  My buddy Isy is home on medical leave fighting stage 4 breast cancer.  Yep, that is a classy move right there.  They can't legally lay her off while on medical leave, but they can call her and tell her when she comes back she is gone.  Because of this, I am feeling like pure hell with what I can only seem to equate as survivors guilt.  Isy and Kerry were my rocks, my sounding board, and wonderful friends.  I feel crappy that I made it through and they didn't.

Of course making it through is probably only a temporary respite at best, because it seems that this just isn't going to stop.  I received a call from a friend who is pretty highly placed in Cisco seeing if I was OK.  They were happy that I made it, but told me flat out it is time to look.  I appreciated the heads up.

So now, the search begins.

I can look for another tech writer job, and I was a systems admin in a previous life but those skills are rusty.  I had a friend call and ask if I would be interested in being a project manager, but I have done very little of that in my life.

And then in the back of my head is the nagging thought that I really don't want to do this anymore.  There is no passion whatsoever in this job, or in high tech any more.  It all seems like drugery to me.  But it is where the pay is and the good benefits.  And the benefits are important to me for Skyler.

So I don't really know what to do.  If we make significant life style changes we could get by on less money, we live pretty fugally as it is.  I even had a chat with a guy I always talk to at Lowes this morning.  Turns out that would be about 1/3 of what I make now.

Too big of a cut.

So what do my friends out here think?  What can a middle aged dude look for in this tight job market?

I am open to any ideas.  In the meantime, I just want to stop waking up at 3AM and throwing up from the stress.

That would be a great start...