March 31, 2019

Hermit Run Ends At 22 Days

Against all odds, on Wednesday March 27th, for the first time since I was deemed surplus to requirements by my employers, I left Pond Central.  I got into the Duckmobile, drove a few miles to my local AcceptableClips for my first haircut in over a full year.  They took 10 inch lengths of hair off!  Now every time the wind blows I shiver because there's airflow over my neck, and that hasn't happened in months.


But there must have been a reason for me to go out, right?  Right.  On Thursday, I had a job interview.  Similar to what I was doing, except now I'd be creating the bills and sending them to the insurance companies.  It went well enough, except I have no idea what the interviewer thought.  Good poker face... I mean, if I interview someone, if I'm interested it would be pretty obvious.  Here though, she could have thought I was the worst candidate ever and I'd have no idea.  

More importantly though... I finally went back to the office to pick up my waiting packages.  This was duly accomplished, but I had a very interesting conversation with my ex-direct supervisor, who we shall call "Betty" because that's not her name.  Turns out Betty was being sent to Chennai, India by the company the next morning, for a month of training classes.  No, not her being trained, but her training other people.  Specificially, new hires on how to process claims from the same client I worked with. Three states' worth of claims were going to be permanently moved overseas for processing in India... and two of the states were quite large indeed.  Suddenly, it becomes even less surprising that people were being let go.  Betty also went on to say that it was "probably a good thing" that I was let go when I was... the whole building has a black cloud hanging over it, morale has totally cratered, ain't nobody happy.  Betty was expecting a mass exodus soon, in fact.  We talked for a few more minutes about her upcoming trip, she promised to e-mail, and I came home.

I'm still not fond of the outside, though.

Formula 1 race on Sunday, from Bahrain... the Ferrari of Charles AMX-30 is on pole, would you believe?  More important, however, is that this video is so cool it's stupid-cool:
Talk more soon.

EDIT: ...and then I found this, which is perfect: y'know, hermit crabs?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 02:15 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 Ah, you beat The Great Outsourcing. Soon to be followed by The Great CYA, as processing quality drops like a stone and complaints pile up.

Fingers crossed on the interview. Good luck getting back in the game on the other side. Reminds me of the time the school district I worked for hired an auditor away from the state to have her clean up their books...

-j

Posted by: J Greely at March 31, 2019 09:46 AM (ZlYZd)

2 Good luck on the job!  (Normally I'd say "break a leg", but I don't want to take any chances.)

Posted by: Rick C at March 31, 2019 01:44 PM (Iwkd4)

3 The first time I was let go by an employer, it was as part of a general 10% cut.  My direct manager was quite clear that he was perfectly happy with my performance and hated to let me go, but he had to cut someone and I had the least amount of critical institutional knowledge.  I wasn't even terribly surprised and already had my resume circulating, because there had been a previous cut a month before and everyone knew more were coming, and that it wouldn't be over with this round.  It still hurt and took me a few weeks to get my head back in gear.
At least all the signs are that if you have to be on the market for a new job, now is a good time.

Posted by: David at March 31, 2019 02:07 PM (JMkaQ)

4 Good luck Wonderduck!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 31, 2019 09:08 PM (2yngH)

5 Good luck! It certainly sounds like you have the expertise to handle the new job, so I hope you get it. You also have the advantage of getting there ahead of the competition when everyone else goes.

And you also know it's not so much you, but them.

Posted by: Mauser at March 31, 2019 09:50 PM (Ix1l6)

6 GOod luck!

...I need a similar haircut.  It's going to be like Lady Godiva getting a crew cut when I go.  I think it's been about 9,10 months since my last.  Maybe even a year. Aiee.

Posted by: Ed Hering at April 01, 2019 01:26 PM (/cXdK)

7 Way to bounce back!

Posted by: Pete at April 02, 2019 08:49 AM (LZ7Bg)

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