Monday morning I went to work only briefly to bring home anything personal that I had at my desk at work. It didn’t take long, but afterwards I said a few “see ya later”s because I had taken vacation time this week and wouldn’t be back in the office until Monday.

The president of the company addressed the staff around 4:00, but I was on the road to my parents house for Rosh Hashana dinner. Amber and I stopped at a 7-11 for sunflower seeds, and I checked my iPhone and saw an email titled “It’s Official” from my boss. He read a statement to the staff that would go on to be published in today’s paper.

I’m going to hold back self publishing my thoughts about why the company went out of business and give myself a little distance. Observations are a different story. I was unhappy working there since the original “we might close” announcement, with more resentment growing each day. I watched my co-workers spend less and less time caring about the product they were producing and more about checking Linked In and Gawker. Gawker seemed to know more than we did about the situation.

The original name for thise post was going to be “Fuck That Place”, but then I decided to pull back.

8 thoughts on “Unemployed”

  1. Always a good idea to have restraint. Sorry your life change had to come not at your own choice but it is a change…now make it a positive one and live the life you truly want to live.

  2. Sorry about the experience of leaving. There is a whole lot of that going around. Exits can be painful but you sure seem to have a lot of pots boiling with interesting ventures. Good luck.

  3. Rob, I have been in your shoes twice before and it’s tough to have any restraint. I give you credit for having it…for now. The road ahead of you is what you make it… A smart person (okay, my husband) has always told me no matter where I work to consider myself a consultant. That way I always have the upper hand. And you know what, it works. Here’s to a successful & bright future for you and whatever adventure you chose! :)

  4. A company going under is never fun, but this may bring the liberation needed to try something new or hone an idea. I know you’re a talented guy, and it’s healthy to have stepped back to give yourself distance — it’s hopefully more clear now that you’ve just gotta do things in your own self-interest.

    Just before #pcmtl I left a regular paycheck to return to freelance automotive writing. I saw the situation the company was in and decided it was in my best interests to do my own thing — and now, it turns out the canary in the coal mine was two senior writers getting the axe a week before I resigned. Then a few days ago, the publisher was fired.

    I have no idea where I was going with this. Oh, right: something better will find you. Things will work out. Ok, that’s enough motivational poster talk for today.


  5. It seems a lot of people I know are following this route, willingly or not. I myself left a dying project and went freelance earlier this year. It’s not easy, and I won’t tell you I wish I had more work, but I love what I do now and have a much brighter look on life. I’m able to concentrate on the things I care about and take seriously projects I used to only hold out as hobby fun.

    There’s a lot of opportunity out there for guys like us, and I think we’ll be able to pull it off.

  6. @sukifuller I’m holding back publicly. Privately I’m being honest.

    @sean808080 I’ve had a few weeks to build to this and a few weeks before the pay stops.I have time to mess up big at least once.

    @bethharte I’m hoping to hit the four hour workweek with this consultanting gig.

    @michaelbanovsky I’d love to get you on Skype for a recorded conversation about going solo. I’m considering creating a show called “Clean Out Your Desk”

    @chriscavs I have some ideas to keep the money flowing for you and I. We’ll discuss.

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