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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 normal 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 bare 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 in specific on how this all “went down”. My guess is that Karma, or God or whatever force that makes things equal in this world will get them eventually.

Interesting that I never really had a specific post stating I was back at work, I simply slid it into a Random Thoughts posting.

A Questionnaire for Everything (2009/01/06)

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

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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 favorite expressions, “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than talented”, and that is how I feel right now….

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A Year Ago (2009/07/30)

This is the one year 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 have me thinking that for something bad, it may end up being a good thing…..

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

For my regular readers you will know I have been on the hunt for a new job for over a year now, but 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 to my wife who will gladly have the house back in a regular working order soon enough)……

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