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10 February 2012 @ 09:06 am
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As a result of an unfortunate confluence of circumstances, Merrill Corporation and I parted company at the beginning of this month. The separation is, I believe, as amicable as such things can be; I am sad but I bear no grudges. I cannot fully express how very much I will miss my friends and coworkers; they are as smart, knowledgeable, talented, and hard-working a bunch of people as you will ever find. Working with them was at times humbling and always a pleasure (not to mention how sweet and forgiving they were those times I’d go into my “stubborn doodoo-head” mode). I wish them, and Merrill, every success in the coming years.

This too shall pass.
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the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on February 10th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I am sad with you.

K.
Fred A Levy Haskell: zeligfredcritter on February 12th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, K. No matter how much one is prepared for such, it always stings a little. But I'm taking a week-long course in C# and other .NET topics starting Monday and I think it will substantially increase my marketability. Will keep y'all posted.
one_undone: all we have to decideone_undone on February 10th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, Fred, I'm sorry to hear that. It's understandable that there will be sadness and a period of transition, but I hope this parting of ways does not cause too much strife or instability in your life. My thoughts are with you.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter in Coraline's tunnelfredcritter on February 12th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you. If it goes on too long it may cause a bit of turbulence in our lives, but I think we're okay for the moment. And I'm told that while the economy as a whole is still in a less-than-ideal state both Susan and I are looking in an area that is in demand in the Twin Cities at the moment. Time will tell. I find it really helps to know that my community is thinking of me.
BritHistorianbrithistorian on February 11th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about this. There's never a really good time to become unemployed, but now seems like a particularly bad one. Just keep your chin up and keep on keepin' on. *hugs* Like I just told another friend who lost her job today (there seems to be a lot of it going around) you wouldn't have been working tomorrow or Sunday anyway, so don't worry about not working tomorrow or Sunday. Enjoy your weekend and then get up Monday ready to take on the world.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Rune 44fredcritter on February 12th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear of your friend. As I've said, I've heard that the employment prospects in software are not as bleak as in other sectors. I'm hoping that's true--I guess we'll find out before too long. Good luck to your friend! ("And like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!")
parsleighparsleigh on February 11th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Hugs.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Geri's Fredfredcritter on February 12th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Especially. Your hugs are above average so they're especially appreciated.