I should probably start this post with a mixture of an apology for the scarce writing and an explanation of what’s been going on.
Many of you know that political blogging doesn’t pay the bills for me. I’ve got a real day job where I manage servers for a very large company. I intentionally keep my day job and my political rants separate, since I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the company and don’t want to give the impression that I am.
On November 13, a handful of Vice Presidents and members of upper level management showed up and informed our little office (about 25 of us) that our office location was being shut down. We would have jobs through the end of the year.
That’s not a fun meeting to be a part of. We’ve got holiday travels already planned, kids to feed, Christmas presents to buy, a mortgage to pay. The last thing any of us need is an interruption in income. They were more generous than they had to be with severance packages, but still, hearing “you aren’t needed here” isn’t fun.
It’s this round of layoffs that has put me into the hunt for another job, along with what was already a busy quarter at work, a trip last week to Las Vegas for a big conference – and don’t forget the fact that we were all exhausted and ready for a break after Election Day – that has kept me away from writing regularly like I enjoy.
The rest of the year – especially the first two weeks of December – are going to be hectic for me, but I’m making a focused effort on writing. The creative outlet is good for me, so thanks for your patience and for reading.