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Aug. 21st, 2001

found good sony digital cam for 994$...
there might be hope afterall! maybe.

in the meantime, theres soup from the kitchen and my own iced mocha mix:

1 hot mug o water
2 spoonfulls of folgers instant decaf (substitute your favorite coffee..i just have to watch the caffeine)
1 packet of swiss miss

mix all this together and then pour over ice. add half and half and sugar to taste. yum

is that gross? i dont know. i like it.

my dad is freaking out. i receieved this email from him this morning that stunned me...the end of the line and loss of job eminent and SUCH depression. ive never heard him talk this way. i was so worried that i called him on the phone and talked during work time for for 20 minutes. hes at a loss. Aligent is laying off so many people, and i guess his managers have been treating him like dirt. Here's a loyal employee of Hewlett Packard/ Aligent for 30 years being kicked in the face. I tried to convince him that at this time in life, peace of mind was the most important thing. he owns the house, an acre of land, a dog. i mean, his health is failing because of the stress. hes on medication and everything. it just seems like too much and i hate to see him struggle.
but i know theres the generation gap in dealing with the company. im not loyal to the company. i figure they can do what they want with me at any time, so why should i be any more loyal. dad is old school, and believes that his 30 years of service should be repaid somehow. i dig that, but i KNOW thats not the way things are anymore. theres no more assured job until retirement, and only then with a gold watch. you know? plus, as you know, my mom is in remission with cancer that could come back at any time. the whole health insurance issue is big, since no individual plan will take her, with her complications.

i wish i had good advice for him. i told him to weight the benefits of quitting with being layed off. does one come with a better package? afterwards, he should take a month or two off from life. just do whatever. get himself together, toodle around, do housework, sleep, meditate, whatever...
and then when he starts getting bored, think about taking something else up. granted, its Idaho, and theres nothing really gratifying for a senior electrical engineer to do except exersize his intelligence and stanford degree with somethine meaningful...but maybe that time in life has passed. maybe its time not to work so hard.
who am i to say? im just the daughter


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 21st, 2001 11:27 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear....
That sucks! That's what big Companies do..dump you before retirement, and hire someone for half the price later on. I have a great email on the very topic. I just got it today. I know how helpless you feel. I love my Dad so much. You wish you could just "fix it" for him.
Aug. 21st, 2001 11:29 am (UTC)
That post was from Randee. R_Lu. It wouldn't go through as R_Lu. I don't get it. I'll figure it out.
Aug. 21st, 2001 02:13 pm (UTC)
email i got...maybe from R_Lu!
> Dear Employee:
> As a result of the reduction of money budgeted for department areas,
> are forced to cut down on our number of personnel. Under this plan,
> older employees will be asked to take early retirement, thus
> the retention of younger people who represent our future.
> Therefore, a program to phase out older personnel by the end of the
> current fiscal year, via retirement, will be placed into effect
> This program will be known as SLAP (Sever Late-Aged Personnel).
> Employees who are SLAPPED will be given the opportunity to look for
> jobs outside the company. SLAPPED employees can request a review of
> their employment records before actual retirement takes place.
> This review phase of the program is called SCREW (Survey of
> of Retired Early Workers). All employees who have been SLAPPED and
> SCREWED may file an appeal with upper management. This appeal is
> SHAFT (Study by Higher Authority Following Termination). Under the
> of the new policy, an employee may be SLAPPED once, SCREWED twice,
> but may be SHAFTED as many times as the company deems appropriate.
> If an employee follows the above procedure, he/she will be entitled
to get
> HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel's Early Severance) or
> (Combined Lump-sum Assistance Payment) unless he/she already has AIDS
> (Additional Income from Dependents or Spouse). As HERPES and CLAP
> are considered benefit plans, any employee who has received HERPES or
> CLAP will no longer be SLAPPED or SCREWED by the company.
> Management wishes to assure the younger employees who remain on board
> that the company will continue its policy of training employees
> Special High Intensity Training (SHIT). We take pride in the amount
> our employees receive. We have given our employees more SHIT than any
> company in this area. If any employee feels they do not receive
> on the job, see your immediate supervisor. Your supervisor is
> trained
> to make sure you receive all the SHIT you can stand.
> And, once again, thanks for all your years of service with us.
> The Management
Aug. 22nd, 2001 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: email i got...maybe from R_Lu!
Yup! It was from me, Randee
Aug. 22nd, 2001 05:59 am (UTC)
i agree with that completely.
hang out until things start going downhill and then jump ship.
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