Speaking of Work…

Wow, you guys get a third post today. You must be really, really special…!

A few weeks ago we got word from what is now called our Corporate Office but prior to a year ago, was not called our Corporate Office. I’ll explain in a few.

At any rate we were informed that because of the current crises in the financial markets, the Company was no longer seeking potential buyers. Whether that’s good news or not has yet to be determined, but it’s just another of many moves that I’ve seen take place during my almost 3-year employ.

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick chronology of events:

October 2006: One of the Company’s founders was suddenly “retiring.” Yeah, on their own will I bet. In addition to that, people were suddenly being let go without warning.

February 2007: The office in L.A. was no longer going to be referred to as “Corporate.” The east coast location was officially taking the title. With the co-founder stepping down, I figured something was definitely in the works.

May 2007: CFO steps down. Now it’s getting interesting. In a meeting a few weeks later, the CEO informed us that the lease on our location was expiring in 2011 and the the Company was not interested in renewing. Many people jumped ship and my job hunt began.

We continued to operate “business as usual” and I went on several interviews before deciding to stick around until the walls caved in. This went on for about year until…

May 2008: Much to the CEO’s credit, they admitted that the idea to close the L.A. office was a big mistake–gee, you think?–and apologized for it. So instead of moving, the Company decided to put itself up for sale.

June 2008: In a meeting with the CEO, we were given details about the potential sale of the company. A meeting a few weeks later went over details regarding possible severance pay, benefits, etc. What’s great is that at the first few meetings we were given the opportunity to ask whatever questions we had. Few of us did because of the initial shock. However, by this meeting I’m surprised we had enough time for all of the questions, and I hope to [insert appropriate deity here] that the CEO was wearing his steel-belted boxers. The questions were being fueled by anger, disappointment, and an overall negative impression of the Company after what had transpired.

October 2008: The Company takes itself off the market because of the current financial crises.

So in just a few short years, we’ve been long-term unemployed, had price tags on our heads, had to consider the possibility of relocating or finding a new job, then were put back to Square One as if nothing ever happened.

What a long, strange trip it’s been.


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Fried XBOX

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post in which I briefly mentioned that I stayed home in order to wait for an electrician to show up after we suffered a power outage.

Naturally, when such things happen my first inclination it to see if it is localized or if the entire neighborhood went dark. After waking up 30 minutes after my normal time and calming Anthony down (as he was pretty upset about the house being half-dark), I went outside with 4D-cell MagLite in hand to see what was up.

Nothing was up. We were the only victims.

So I then went over to the electrical box and began to examine switches. The one marked “G.D.”, whatever that means, was thrown so I switched it back on. The box began to hum so I turned it off and on again.

When I did that, I saw a few sparks from underneath the panel. So by now I’m thinking, “Eff this. We need to get this fixed by someone who knows what they are doing.”

The electrician arrived at 4:00. Had I known that I would have went to work since I am off at 4:30. So after his examination of things, he determined that nothing was out of the ordinary but suggested that I keep some room around the power strips we have all over the house. It was his thought that something may have laid on one of the plugs and caused it to throw the breaker. I’m no electrician but whatever, I think blaming it on swamp gas is as likely a reason as any.

So what was the real reason behind out outage? Well, that’s where you come in, loyal readers! I’m leaving it up to you to decide by using my first PollDaddy poll here on the blog, a new feature offered by WordPress. Note that since I’m a cheap bastard the poll is limited to the first 100 replies. It costs money to get more results than that so if you want your vote to count, make it happen NOW!

Now you may be axing yourself, “Self, what does the title of this post have to do with anything?” It’s very simple. With all that switching of breakers, my XBOX 360 was somehow rendered useless. No, I don’t have the infamous RROD but instead, the light on the power supply remains orange and the unit will not turn on even after following instructions from the Microsoft Web site.

So now I have no XBOX and must (presumably) send it out for repairs, just when I was getting back into it. Meh, I was looking for a reason to play some PSone Gran Turismo anyhow.

Oh, and I am quickly approaching 500 posts. That number includes what I posted at my original Blogger blog which is still lingering but not by much. (Don’t worry–all of those posts were imported when I moved here.)

Stay tuned for more info!


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NEWS: Police and Fire @ Work

Good morning…police everywhere outside building…nobody being let in…updates will follow…

UPDATED: Apparently a fire alarm was set off. All clear and we’re back at work. Yay…?