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Forum topic by Dan'um Style posted 06-25-2009 04:04 AM 2777 views 0 times favorited 68 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan'um Style

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06-25-2009 04:04 AM

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Got a phone call today. Got laid off. Twenty-four years of service.
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... Guess I will become a serious woodworker until I find another job.
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-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain


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patron

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#1 posted 06-25-2009 04:11 AM

it;s a shock , im sure .
take this time and think about what direction you want to move in next .
like they say , when 1 door closes ,
another opens !
you have probably always wondered what’s behind door #3 ?
check it out .

you are a smart guy dan ,
something good will come along .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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lew

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#2 posted 06-25-2009 04:15 AM

24 years, that must make it especially difficult.

As David said, one door closes another opens. Sounds like a tired cliche but it really is true. Hang in there- take a couple of days and sleep in. Another couple to clean up the shop and then make something!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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LocalMac

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#3 posted 06-25-2009 04:15 AM

With all your posts I never would have guessed you had a job! Sorry to hear it. I was laid off earlier this year. I bounced back and now have two jobs. Full time at a hospital and part time as a leasing agent for a property management company. Stay positive and hopefully things will work out for the best. Good luck and God bless.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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lazyfiremaninTN

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#4 posted 06-25-2009 04:24 AM

Spineless weasels didn’t even have the guts to lay you off face-to-face. They will get theirs and you will come out stronger in the end. Hang in their buddy and have faith.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 06-25-2009 04:59 AM

The reason I got it over the phone is I worked out of my house in Ohio and serviced the factories in Hartford.
I would have been pissed if they would have flown me to the east coast, canned me,and then made me get on a plane and fly back. It was relatively painless.
I left my house this morning, after a 9am call in meeting with some PW engineers, and was about 75 miles north of my house when I GOT THE CALL. I pulled over on the highway and listened to the VP of Quality and my Manager’s supervisor give me the news.
I turned around, canceled all my appointments and drove home. At least I got paid for the mileage and one more company paid lunch !
I called Earl, the supplier quality manager, my boss and he said he had just found out himself and wasn’t even consulted. It was strictly a business decision, The engine contracts for F119 were drying up and PW business was being moved to other suppliers.
By 3:30 my blackberry and company email access was shut off.
... I did get a weeks pay for every years of service and insurance for 25 weeks, a small bonus, left over vacation pay
and swift kick in the pants.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Innovator

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#6 posted 06-25-2009 04:59 AM

Been laid off before, always was the best thing that happened to me.

Good Luck

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Karson

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 05:00 AM

Sorry to hear that Dan. I’ve had it happen twice. Not fun. Did you get any severance? We cross posted so i see your severance.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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bbbb

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#8 posted 06-25-2009 05:03 AM

Hi Dan

this must be a difficult time for you and your family but this might be the time for a new direction, so be strong, the one true certainty in life is change I hope things turn out ok, so good luck for the future to you and yours.

kind regards bill from Scotland

-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 06-25-2009 05:41 AM

Sorry to hear that. Every where i go i hear of people with 20+ yrs out the door:-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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bamasawduster

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#10 posted 06-25-2009 05:48 AM

Dan, I personally like making sawdust better than software development, my previous job. Enjoy the 24 weeks of pay. Another door will open in it’s time. Until then look forward to the projects you’re gonna have more time to do. I have sure enjoyed the many you have already done. God bless.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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dennis mitchell

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#11 posted 06-25-2009 05:54 AM

24 years wow. This will be a whole new experience for you. This is a big one…take care of yourself!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 06-25-2009 05:55 AM

Sorry to hear it Dan.

I am sure things will work out for you. Take some shop therapy and I am sure that you will figure out your next move.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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degoose

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#13 posted 06-25-2009 07:56 AM

Ditto to all the above,
not much more I can say.. been there done that don’t seem to cut it.
BTW I enjoyed your wolfman jack impersonation on Charlies’ blog.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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ND2ELK

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#14 posted 06-25-2009 08:16 AM

Sorry to hear about your lay off. My wife always says things happen for a reason. Hang in there buddy.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Bureaucrat

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#15 posted 06-25-2009 08:29 AM

Dan:
Like Patron said take some time to explore what you want to do for the rest of your work life. Once you narrow it down, do some career exploration specific to your dreams. Set a plan and explore some resources that may help you get there. It will take some time but finding another job, if that is what you want or need, is a full time job. Take care.

-- Gary

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