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Holiday Cheer Volume 7: 2009 Ends

in Best of, Humor, Nortel, Unemployment

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th, to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

For me, the year 2009 was a roller coaster of ups and downs both financially and in my life. As some of you know, I worked at Nortel for 20+ years and got laid off at the end of 2008, but I was lucky enough to find a job this year, and I have no complaints about 2009, other than the everyday rants my regular readers have seen.

I have picked out three posts that sort of sum up Nortel and me in the past year. I don’t bear any ill will to the folks I worked with at Nortel. They were great, but I still have a festering loathing for the upper management team(s) and some specific on how this all “went down.” I guess that Karma, or God or whatever force that makes things equal in this world will get them eventually.

It is interesting that I never really had a specific post stating I was back at work. I slid it into a Random Thoughts post.

A Questionnaire for Everything (2009/01/06)

In August, as part of the entire severance process that I lived through with my former employer, a few odd things happened, and this incident was the most bizarre…..

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Sometimes It’s Better to Be Lucky (2009/01/15)

With Nortel’s bankruptcy protection announcement yesterday, there is a sickening scenario for some very unlucky folks (many I know personally). Today’s title comes from one of my favourite expressions, “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than talented,” and that is how I feel right now.

To read the whole post, click here.

A Year Ago (2009/07/30)

This is the first anniversary of my lay-off notice from Nortel. A lot has happened in the past year (unfortunately, not a job offer for me, but I am still optimistic) that has me thinking that something terrible may end up being a good thing.

To read the whole post, click here.

Random Thoughts: Back to Work Edition (2009/08/07)

You will know I have been on the hunt for a new job for over a year now for my regular readers. Still, I am pleased to say that I will be embarking on a new career as of Monday, which is a great relief to me (and my wife, who will gladly have the house back in regular working order soon enough).

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