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December 03, 2003
It's my blog and I'll whine if I want to.

Via Cursor, here's something that could ruin your day although I do want to make it clear that I'm not really buying into this theory. I just thought I'd share the idea.

On a more personal note....

Well, on the work front, the stress of the last few months is coming, or has come, to a head. My boss has had to confess that now that a big contract we were hoping for isn't coming through, he's having to retrench. I'm not exactly out of a job.

Not exactly.

The idea is that I'll swap over and work for the parent company we're trying to spin off from for six or eight months until the new company gets some business going.

I keep trying to tell myself it's a good thing.

That it means not only that my current boss wants to keep me around until he can afford to pay me again but that what the parent company has seen of my work over the last year has made them want to employ me. That a job, with health benefits and vacation and the (outsized) salary I'm drawing is good in these chancy economic times.

Whatever. I'm not excited about working in this field, but I'm not precisely swamped with alternative offers at the moment.

It's a job, right? I need to focus on that. I'm not excited by the recent "leap" in productivity and employment. We get a "leap" every year in the fourth quarter as people are hired for temporary, seasonal jobs. I have no faith that it means there are any decent, permanent positions out there. (Nor, quite frankly, am I impressed by an "annual 9.4% economic growth rate" that has lasted, so far, 30 days. )

I've been in the habit of wasting company time blogging for a couple of hours a day, as you've no doubt noticed. I rather suspect that will have to change once I'm employed by someone with rather more actual work for me to do each day. It may come down to carving out an hour or so in the evenings to write blog entries or I may have to give it up, but that's an issue I'll have to resolve in the next few days.

I'm not disappearing over the horizon immediately. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone whose writing and opinions I've read and enjoyed (or even been infuriated by) over the last year.

In the ocean of human idiocy that, in my humble opinion, covers most of this planet, I've found intelligent, insightful people from all over the political spectrum.

I've had my mind changed, my prejudices overset, and my cynicism, unfortunately, sharpened.

I've learned that the slogan of my youth ("mistrust authority") is good advice for any age, that a few insistent voices really can be catalysts for change and that no one, right, left, or center, has all the right answers.

It's been an education.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:09 PM


Hey, what's a little millitary dictatorship when you have health benefits.

Posted by: JohnC at December 3, 2003 06:54 PM

Sorry to hear about the troubles on the job front. Hope things get better for you soon.

Posted by: Andrew at December 3, 2003 08:37 PM

As you no doubt know, I can identify. :)

Good luck in the new (one hopes, temporary) position. I get the feeling you'll still be able to sneak in a little bloggy-time...

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at December 4, 2003 07:51 AM

Noooooooo! Job problems! Maybe you'll find the new digs a refreshing change. At least you don't have the flu, right?

Be cool, Gigi, baby.

Posted by: Dawn Marie at December 4, 2003 09:27 AM

Another banned IP hits the list -- Anne

Posted by: vioxx at December 19, 2003 01:49 PM

I am new to the internet and I am surfing here and this is very interesting reading. I did a search in the search engines on "company blog" and I found your web blog.
I am a Lawyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and thus my interest in searching for a company blog on the WWW.
I just wanted to see how the rest of the world thinks and see what trends and technology are happening in the world. I also was interested in a blog for myself which might possibly lead to a blob for my law firm, you never know, that is if I can understand the technology of operating a blog. The different things discussed on a website found by searching for "company blog" in the search engine is very amusing reading to this Halifax Lawyer.

Respectfully yours
B. J. Stephens, LL.B.
A Halifax Lawyer

Posted by: Halifax Lawyer at February 8, 2004 11:38 AM