Friday – July 31, 2009 - All around me today I hear the pull and tear of packing tape; boxes being sealed and readied for shipping to Chicago, the August 3 start date practically upon us. All those who have chosen to relocate have either gone or are currently saying their good-byes. I have mixed emotions about it. I'm not one who normally handles change very well, and I've been experiencing a lot of it lately. Some people I will miss, most though in all honesty, I won't. I haven't made a lot of friends here. Ours has not been a very social group. The ex-pats tend to keep to themselves and each other, the misanthropes just to themselves. Largely it's a socially inept group, and it's been difficult for a social jackass like me not to have many fellow asses with which to hang.
It was this corporate culture that played a part in my decision not to relocate. For me, a big part of being "in love" with a job or a company is the people. I've had jobs that I've hated and yet enjoyed my co-workers, which kept me around longer than was healthy. This wasn't one of those companies, and while there were many reasons I chose not to go, my lack of love for the vibe was a large and definite factor. I'm extremely grateful – let me repeat that, I am extremely grateful - that I was given the opportunity to break into a new field, particularly at my somewhat advanced age. Writing and communications beats insurance adjusting all to hell, and I pray that I can land a similar gig and continue to improve my skills and my income. But I've known for awhile that "the company" and I would not be celebrating any tin or aluminum anniversaries. While I'd hoped to at least get wood, (hee) I've been forced to settle for leather. Such is life.
So there's supposed to be some sort of local, impromptu reunion for Lisa's high school grad class tonight a local watering hole. Actually it's for the class before hers, but the word has been passed around to others as well. Anyway, we'll likely drop by and check it out, have a drink and check out the inevitable train wrecks. Good times.
Have a swell weekend.