Laid Off, Now What?

February 3, 2009

Packing the Boxes and Saying Farewell

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 10:28 pm
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Today was “clean out the cubicle day.” So that’s what I did. A bunch of Clorox wipes, a few boxes and three eco-friendly Walmart bags to carry them in. A few hours later it was all over.  Many handshakes were exchanged, hugs were given & received, and upbeat words were shared. Last remaining files of importance were transferred from my PC to the server, files of insignificance were deleted and everything in my cube was powered off for the near foreseeable future.

Somehow it’s still okay. I didn’t do anything to deserve being laid off and my boss expressed high hopes that I can return in the hopefully not-too-distant future. My hopes are there too. As of today I’m already registered for unemployment benefits with the Texas WorkForce Commission. I did my first job search, somewhat saddened to note that on first glance there were only two jobs within a one hour drive from home. I don’t even recall if either of them were a match for my qualifications. But I’ll be patient. I’m just getting started.

Ending on a positive note, my daughter-in-law shared this thought upon hearing of my lay-off:

On a glass-half-full note, one benefit of being unemployed is that you have a lot more time to spend with your wife.  I know this year has been miserable for Anthony in a lot of ways, but one of the positives has definitely been how good it’s been for our marriage.

My daughter and son both sent me upbeat thoughts by email as well. In trying times like these I’m not going to take moral support and love from family and friends for granted. When I pulled up to the house tonight, my wife met me at the curbside with a smile and helped me carry my 3 boxes in eco-friendly Walmart bags into the house. We’re a team in everything we do. It’s great to have her by my side.

I go to bed tonight ready to meet tomorrow.

~ Les

7 Comments »

  1. […] – Les, […]

    Pingback by Laid off by Wordpress : Marcus Can Blog — May 31, 2011 @ 2:18 am | Reply

  2. Les,

    pardon me, but this will be a lengthy reply as I’d like to answer each of your query:

    “I’m totally new to WordPress, and wasn’t sure if your last comment was a note you started and then accidentally posted with only my name in it, or is it something else? Let me know and I’ll delete it if it was just a mistake.”

    – this is what you call a pingback. when someone copy anything directly (like an excerpt) from your site and post it to their blog, a notice in the form of a pingback will appear as comment to your blog. you can moderate this if you want.

    “I also will want to add your blog as a link for others to read…”
    – you can do it in several ways:
    1. copy an excerpt from my blog and put a hyperlink either on my name or excerpt of my blog.
    2. you can write a blog and just mention my site…and again, then forget to hyperlink so that your readers can go directly just by clicking it.
    3. or you can add me to your blogroll if you want my site to be read by others whatever i write and whenever they wanted to.

    “I think you have a great idea going there, pulling people together.”
    – it started with a curiosity which finally led me to check who else has been laid off, about to be laid off or if somebody know anyone who is on the same situation as ours.

    “It was 50% of what I wanted to do as well, besides from just getting my thoughts and feelings out so they didn’t just build up inside.”
    – you’re on the right track as well and while you don’t have anything to do yet (and i hope it doesn’t stay that long), writing is the best thing to do to at least let our creative mind work.

    “I’ll also try to figure out how to get your blog to my email every day… I think that’s the RSS feed, right?”
    – you’re right. and by the way, give me a feedback if it works as I recently discoverd that it was a wordpress bot that has been checking on my RSS.

    “One more thing… if you would edit your post and put “Oklahoma” next to my name, you’ll have it right. I live in Oklahoma and only work in Texas.”
    – done : )

    Comment by crisn — February 4, 2009 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  3. Les,

    Thanks. Don’t worry, I’ll be coming back…keep on writing. and by the way, I posted your URL and excerpts of your blog and reply to my site : http://crisn.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/laid-off-by-wordpress/ .

    Crisn.

    Comment by crisn — February 4, 2009 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  4. […] – Les, […]

    Pingback by Laid off by Wordpress « Killing Time is Blogging Time — February 4, 2009 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

    • Crisn~
      I’m totally new to WordPress, and wasn’t sure if your last comment was a note you started and then accidentally posted with only my name in it, or is it something else? Let me know and I’ll delete it if it was just a mistake. I also will want to add your blog as a link for others to read, I think you have a great idea going there, pulling people together. It was 50% of what I wanted to do as well, besides from just getting my thoughts and feelings out so they didn’t just build up inside. I’m not sure how to do it except to copy your URL into a post. Please let me know if that’s all there is to it. I’ll probably really chop this comment down or delete altogether once you get me straight on how to do this. I’ll also try to figure out how to get your blog to my email every day… I think that’s the RSS feed, right? Thanks in advance for your help. Now to go back and respond to some of the people “in the same boat” that responded on your site. One more thing… if you would edit your post and put “Oklahoma” next to my name, you’ll have it right. I live in Oklahoma and only work in Texas. Thanks for sharing your and collecting others thoughts! ~ Les

      Comment by Les Riles — February 4, 2009 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  5. Les,

    I can very well relate to your situation although I’m yet to be one. I now confirmed that it’s a worldwide problem after I read your blog. Now, it’s just hope that keeps us live through the day thinking that someday we’ll get over it soon.

    Best Regards,
    Crisn

    Comment by crisn — February 4, 2009 @ 4:10 am | Reply

    • Crisn ~
      It’s like we’re all sailing along on the same ship, but it’s scary because we’re sailing in low water. I’m finding it helpful to think of all humankind as a big family, all in this together. As far as I’ve seen in my 52 years, everything eventually works out. Most of us manage to still keep a roof over our heads and have food to put in our mouths. We at least cover the basics. We may not always get what we want, but that’s a lesson so many of us, including myself, still need to learn anyway. I hope you stay employed through these thin waters. However, If you run aground, come back here and we’ll help each other get through these hard times. ~ Les

      Comment by Les Riles — February 4, 2009 @ 11:29 am | Reply


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