Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Work is no more

Its been quite a while since I last wrote anything. As usual, a lot has happened. Unfortunately I don't really have the initiative or the brain capacity to write about all of it.

You are in luck, though. I've managed to muster enough energy to write about one particular incident thats been on my mind almost constantly.

It was noon on December 31, 2004. I had just woken up and was gonna take care of some personal things on my paid day off before hitting the town for a New Year's celebration. I checked my work email to see if anything important was going on. The only mail in my inbox was this:

To: "All Black Dragon" 
Subject: [Bd-all] On behalf of David Smith
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 12:06:38 -0500
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.3416

Please be advised that the governing members of Black Dragon LLC have
decided to cease operations as of this date.   Therefore, your
employment by Black Dragon LLC is terminated as of this date.  Some
personnel may be kept on for a specified period for the purposes of
winding down the company.  Any further information will be provided in
the appropriate forum in the foreseeable future.

Yeah, you read that right. The company closed New Year's eve with no notice whatsoever. Black Dragon Software LLC, often referred to as Black Dragon, BDS or previously "Carmichael Employee Leasing" had shut its doors.

Sure it was a startup and we all knew that this could've happened at any time, but it still sucks. Suddenly having no income in the peak spending season is difficult to say the least.

Want to know what makes things even worse? Not getting paid for the prior two weeks of work, unused vacation time, no severance pay, and no notice. Hell, the final two weeks of December, I took <>

It took quite a while for me to come to grips with the situation. New Years I spent most of my time staring blankly, wondering WTF. But honestly, I didn't have time to let it really get to me. After all, the upcoming week was the first in a new quarter, and hiring may be especially active. So I wasted no time, got my resume updated and started the job search.

Its now February and I still don't have a job despite the market actually being fairly active in the security arena.

All in all, though, I'm almost thankful for this unfortunate event. To be honest, collecting unemployment and being able to sit at home and do whatever I want is kinda nice. Although I really enjoyed my job, it was getting to be a bit stressful and I was spending too much time doing work related things and too little time elsewhere. I wouldn't call this a vacation but more of a time-out.

Thats it. I've actually got considerably more to say, but you need to get a beer or two in me and I'll let you know the real deal. Don't get me wrong -- I'd love to sit here and rip a certain someone a new one but what would that get me? It'd be easy, too. I busted my ass, made personal sacrifices and bent over backwards all for the success of the company. And you know what? My hard work did have a significant impact on things. Hell, if the rumor that Black Dragon Software got bought is true (and I believe it is), then I feel so completely betrayed. Instead of a "Thanks, Jon", I get an impersonal email on my day off announcing the closing of the company, and not even the common and professional courtesy to respond to my emails and repeated phone calls looking for answers.

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