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Re: Suffering from Burnout - Can I FIRE?
Old 06-03-2006, 04:13 AM   #61
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Well, I made the leap of faith and today was my last day. Came in late, turned in my badge, and flamed the HR rep at my exit interview. Boy did that feel good Actually I was quite well behaved, objective and honest. I assumed that since they were asking me all these questions they wanted real answers. I then delivered letters to the CEO and CFO stating several observations and concerns about certain aspects of operations. No whinning, just very carefully written statement of facts. I doubt they will take any action, but you never know.

I then went around to say goodbye to a few people and left. The balance of the day was magnificent especially when I reaized I don't have to go fishing tomorrow when it's raining, I can wait until Monday when it's going to be sunny!!!!!!!!

I am still so stunned it's 3 AM and I am too excited to sleep. Plenty of time for that later!

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Re: Suffering from Burnout - Can I FIRE?
Old 06-03-2006, 06:51 AM   #62
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Outstanding Blue hero! It has been intersting to read your saga. It seems like all megacorps are getting more intense-my company sure has. Several of my old college buddies and I got together recently and the feedback that I received from them was the same - work harder w/ less compensation/perks and recognition.

CONGRATULATIONS! Life has restarted for you, detox, rest and enjoy!!!
Reading this forum has really made me reconsider my plan to wait until year-end to retire........I may have a new post in the near future as well!
Thanks for sharing your exit story -
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Old 06-03-2006, 06:59 AM   #63
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Actually I was quite well behaved, objective and honest.
Glad you went out with class. You will fell better about it forever. Honest.

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Oh it's a beautiful thing isn't it?

It's so cool when you come to realize that there really is life after work and the world keeps on spinning and everything.

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I thought Plato wrote down what Socrates said. I definitely could be wrong. I admit I never look up anything before I post, just pulling as best I can from memory!
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Old 06-03-2006, 01:44 PM   #68
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By the way, for those of you who were interested, my former employer was in fact Tektronix.
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Congratulations and welcome to the ranks of the woefully underemployed!

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I doubt they will take any action, but you never know.
Based on the senior management I know, it'll take until their second drink after work to forget about it, decide its just sour grapes, or rationalize it away.

Any which way...it doesnt matter anymore! Woo hoo!
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:33 PM   #71
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Blue,

You've made it my friend. Congrats and good riddance to Tektoxics ....

Take time to decompress, resist the temptation to peek into the deep dark cesspool of your old w*rk silo, recalibrate your life bearings, regain your true inner soul and enjoy life a day at a time.

Once you're immersed in your myriad of new activities, your previous life at Tektoxics would be but an obscure memory, hitherto key w*rkplace people will dissipate from your consciousness faster than you think. *After a while, the whole Tektoxics gang and saga would just be an irritating footnote in your life journey .... not worthy of your time or attention.

Recently, I bumped into a hot shot Class 1 toxic-spewing axxhxle from the old MegaCorp. I was amazed that this pathetic blob of decomposing biomass wasted many years of my life on issues of zero significance to this planet. I had this feeling of bittersweet rage and sadness tinged with incredulity (...you know, the Mona Lisa constipated expression) to the grim realisation that this perverse mutation of primate evolution somehow played a role in distracting me from many of life's simple pursuits and pleasures over the years. This person scurried away into oblivion before I could coil my torso to launch a nice drop kick to the soft breadbasket. *

Sadly, this lost soul and its kind will continue to spew and digest their own BS slurry to the still captive j*bslaves at the old MegaCorp gulag for some time.

Of course, the toil and drudgery will ultimately end for everyone either by disciplined self-planning and design (like many of us here) or via the decisions and machinations of others (downsizing, insolvency, etc.). * *

Anyway, I salute you.

Good luck and much happiness in your exciting new life experience. *



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Old 06-04-2006, 07:16 AM   #72
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I was amazed that this pathetic blob of decomposing biomass wasted many years of my life on issues of zero significance to this planet.
I didn't realize you knew my old manager

Seriously folks, I do want to thank EVERYONE in this forum for helping set me free. Through intelligent playful banter and genuine concern, this community has helped turn me from a timid lurker into a bold man of action!!!! And subsequently a man of inaction (at least during the detox period ).

I found ESRBob's book and commentary to be especially useful in confirming that I had done an adeqate job of planning and risk management. For those who haven't read it, it's an easy read that is neither preachy nor overly technical. It clearly presents all the issues(positive and negative) in a organized and objective manner and let's you decide if you're ready.

Boy was I ready! I volentarily got up @ 5:00 this morning just so I could see the sunrise and hear the birds chirp. That's just toooooo wierd!!!

Thanks!!!!!!
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Old 06-04-2006, 07:31 AM   #73
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Boy was I ready! I volentarily got up @ 5:00 this morning just so I could see the sunrise and hear the birds chirp. That's just toooooo wierd!!!
Naaahhh, that's not wierd. Just one of the symptoms of early stage ER! It's commonly referred to as "excited to be alive!"

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The next phase of ER is when you no longer bother looking at Dilbert strips, as they are now totally irrelevant!

Congrats!
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The next phase of ER is when you no longer bother looking at Dilbert strips, as they are now totally irrelevant!

Congrats!
Why? They are even more amusing (in a perverted sense) than they were when I was working.
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Maybe it was just me. About a year after I left, seeing Dilbert strips was about as interesting as conversations on finding a better job. :P A few years later they became fun again.
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Maybe it was just me. About a year after I left, seeing Dilbert strips was about as interesting as conversations on finding a better job. :P A few years later they became fun again.
I'm a year into retirement and Dilbert is still humorous at times. On the other hand, the TV show "The Office" is like watching people get tortured. Not only is it not funny, it's downright painful to watch. :P

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I'm a year into retirement and Dilbert is still humorous at times.* On the other hand, the TV show "The Office" is like watching people get tortured.* Not only is it not funny, it's downright painful to watch. :P
The most fun of all is e-mailing the first to your (working) spouse and tape-recording the second for her to watch at the end of the workday...
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I'm a year into retirement and Dilbert is still humorous at times.* On the other hand, the TV show "The Office" is like watching people get tortured.* Not only is it not funny, it's downright painful to watch. :P
The most fun of all is e-mailing the first to your (working) spouse and tape-recording the second for her to watch at the end of the workday...
Divorce is rough on the ER plans...
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I'm a year into retirement and Dilbert is still humorous at times.* On the other hand, the TV show "The Office" is like watching people get tortured.* Not only is it not funny, it's downright painful to watch. :P
The most fun of all is e-mailing the first to your (working) spouse and tape-recording the second for her to watch at the end of the workday...
Divorce is rough on the ER plans...
The heck with divorce, homicide is even rougher!
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