If you currently google the phrase, “Bloody Monday”; you’ll read countless media stories about the some odd 71,000 people that lost their jobs this past Monday and this week. It was like all of the nation’s employers got the same memo and decided to downsize en masse.
Oddly enough, my employer got the same memo. No, I didn’t lose my job. I lost my position. I’m not unemployed, I’ve been re-employed. The option of lay-off was presented to me matter of factly; and the alternative was a new position in my employer’s business partner’s other business. I had little choice at the time, except to take the new position.
So this week, I’ve been learning a new job, while staying in the same building with my former employee friends. We pass by each other, still talk, still take “smoke breaks” together or go to lunch–except now we don’t really work together. We are in different parts of the building and my new position is far removed from my old position. It’s not like I was “down-sized”, but rather “re-sized”. Suffice it to say, it’s been stressful, different, and challenging. The week seemed as if it would never end and frankly I’m glad it’s Friday and I have the weekend to breathe and evaluate what just happened. But, I am grateful that “Bloody Monday” only wounded me, and that I was not a fatality.
On a “up” note, I checked out a nightclub here in Mobile, Alabama called The Blind Mule that offers an “open mike” night and I am gonna schedule a night in a week or two to tell a few jokes. I may even invite my bosses, as long as they remember I’m not on their time when I’m doing stand-up comedy and every topic is fair game.
Speaking of “every topic” and lastly for this entry–I discovered a new blog this week and I’ve added it to my “Links That I Like”. The Gun Toting Liberal has enough controversy and opinion to suit anybody. For me, I can agree with one entry and then in an instant, think the author is way off base. The author(s) are “Liberal-tarian”. So, they say stuff that will both infuriate and inspire residents of both Blue States and Red States. And the site owner is a fellow resident of Mobile, Alabama and has had an interest in Quixtar and Amway like myself; so that’s a plus. Go take a look and comment, if you dare.