2.01.2009

Layoffs

I probably would have blogged sooner after the inauguration, but that day, moments after Obama was sworn in, I learned of layoffs happening at my company. I was very, very lucky to have been spared, but that was a difficult week in general. It's hard seeing people lose their jobs, even if you don't know them too well. So I was feeling rather uncommunicative for a while afterward.

Life moves on, but these are dark days indeed. Not a weekday passes when you don't hear about another company shedding dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of employees. I don't care how few it is or how justified the expense may be; my heart goes out to those people. I've been unemployed before, and that period goes down as one of the toughest in my life. The money problems might be the most tangible, but losing one's place in one's career and one's sense of immediate purpose are, in my opinion, much more damaging. The good thing about unemployment is that it does end. Some day, some way or another, you're gonna work again. It's too bad it's nigh impossible to enjoy the time off when you have it, but that's just one of those harsh realities of life.

Anyway, today I'm starting to write again, even though I might not have a whole lot to say, and what I have said isn't particularly upbeat. It's a beautiful (albeit a bit ridiculously is-this-global-warming-in-action? hot for a Super Bowl Sunday) day in San Francisco. I just got back from a glorious outing with my family, and now I'm gonna draw the blinds and play some Fallout 3. 'Cause, y'know, I like a little postapocalyptic role-playing with my global warming ;)

7 comments:

Mark said...

It was unseasonably warm in Pennsylvania too. I was planning on washing the road salt off my car but all the local car washes were packed with people who has the same idea.

Hope you enjoy Fallout. I plan on starting it in the coming days as well. Either that or go back and finish Fable 2

Andy said...

Shhhh.....don't scare the warm away! We're just happy it finally got above freezing here in Chicago.

RJC said...

It's beginning to feel tense, when it comes to job security. We have been assured, where I work, that our jobs are quite secure and that we need not be afraid.

But I can't help but look at the layoffs affecting EA, Eidos, and feel something like that may very well knock at Ubisoft's door.

Anyway, let's shake off that nasty feeling and play some Sins of a Solar Empire.

Jason Galm said...

I know what you mean about losing purpose when you are out of work. I was out of work from May till December. The only plus was I started to learn VB, and I am picking up C++. Plus the lack of Income is going to get me Fincial Aid instead of having to get loans for going back to school.

I know you probably heard this A LOT but I will miss your monthly reviews in EGM, they always steered me toward games I would have over looked.

Anonymous said...

This may not be the appropriate place to ask, but will it be possible for you to still give game reviews once in a while? Without EGM its hard to determine which games are worth purchasing.

cr1901 said...

A month late, I just found out that EGM has been discontinued. Although it's tough, at least the staff (including you) aren't dropping off the face of the Earth. I truly believe that time will make things right...

Christopher said...

you haven't blogged much recently! i like your posts. what's been going on in your world?