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« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2017, 06:18:55 PM »
Chad... I'm sorry to hear that you lost your job, but I am glad to hear it's a positive thing. Hopefully having this lifted off your shoulders will help you mentally.

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I just don't understand what they were trying to achieve with any part of the song, either individually or as a whole. You know what? It's the Platypus of Dream Theater songs. That bill doesn't go with that tail, or that strange little furry body, or those webbed feet, and oh god why does it have venomous spurs!? And then you find out it lays eggs too. The difference is that the Platypus is somehow functional despite being a crazy mishmash or leftover animal pieces

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« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2017, 07:18:18 PM »
You pussies.  I went to Canada to visit him.

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« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2017, 07:23:10 PM »
You pussies.  I went to Canada to visit him.

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Well don't you feel special
I just don't understand what they were trying to achieve with any part of the song, either individually or as a whole. You know what? It's the Platypus of Dream Theater songs. That bill doesn't go with that tail, or that strange little furry body, or those webbed feet, and oh god why does it have venomous spurs!? And then you find out it lays eggs too. The difference is that the Platypus is somehow functional despite being a crazy mishmash or leftover animal pieces

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« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2017, 07:39:06 PM »
You pussies.  I went to Canada to visit him.

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Yup.  Trumps all.

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« Reply #39 on: March 03, 2017, 07:57:30 PM »
Damn, I was hoping for a meet up in NJ.  But considering I've been working on planning my summer vacation going to Seattle and driving down to San Fran, I guess that works.  :yarr

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« Reply #40 on: March 03, 2017, 08:09:18 PM »
But considering I've been working on planning my summer vacation going to Seattle and driving down to San Fran, I guess that works.  :yarr
That's funny. Under strong consideration for the TACs' Summer Vacation involves SF and Seattle.
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« Reply #41 on: March 03, 2017, 08:13:33 PM »
But considering I've been working on planning my summer vacation going to Seattle and driving down to San Fran, I guess that works.  :yarr
That's funny. Under strong consideration for the TACs' Summer Vacation involves SF and Seattle.

I've been wanting to do that for awhile.  Seattle to Portland to San Fran with stops inbetween at national parks.  I had to punt it last year because it was a bit too much to do after doing my tour of Texas and Arizona earlier.  I haven't been to Washington or Oregon before, plus all these states are legalized so I figured that adds some fun.  The girl I've been seeing also had the same idea as me before we even met so we are trying to go together which would be nice.  She's big into national parks so that's her idea to visit some which looks like they are sort of on the way.

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« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2017, 08:17:09 PM »
I want to do a Texas tour too. We've been to Arizona twice. Even Talked The Lovely Mrs TAC into seeing Iron Maiden in Phoenix in 1998!

Last summer, we did Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks. They were both amazing!
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« Reply #43 on: March 03, 2017, 08:24:37 PM »
haha at convincing the wife to go to IM ( I have yet to convince any girl to come to that concert with me).  It's funny though because I did convince my girl to wait on booking to see if any tours are going through that area this summer so we can go to a concert too.  She's cool with it.  I'm specifically waiting on 311 to announce their summer tour.  I followed them through three dates in Texas last summer, Austin Dallas and Houston meeting El Barto on the way.  Good times.  :yarr

Also I recall your pics from your vacation last year and it looked awesome.  One day I want to do something similar.

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« Reply #44 on: March 04, 2017, 02:48:13 AM »
Great to hear this might be one of these cases where losing you job might actually be for the best! Really glad for you, Chad, and definitely hope to see you around more.

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« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2017, 05:00:09 AM »
You pussies.  I went to Canada to visit him.

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I would do anything for you. :heart

From what you've said, "sorry about the job loss" doesn't feel appropriate at all. So instead I'm going to say congrats on what sounds like a really positive situation! Anna went through something not entirely dissimilar a couple of years ago - she chose to quit her job, but similarly she was hating it and for the sake of her mental health that job ending was the best thing that could have happened to her. Odd how these things work out sometimes.

It's awesome that the severance package allows you some time and space to take stock, enjoy yourself and then think about what comes next.

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« Reply #46 on: March 06, 2017, 08:14:37 PM »
Chad...  I'm not sure whether to be happy or sad for you!  It sounds like this might be actually very liberating for you.  I guess I just hope that everything will work out for you and your family, Bro.

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« Reply #47 on: March 06, 2017, 08:20:13 PM »
Thanks Greg.  You used the two phrases I've been constantly saying over the past week - it's not a sad thing at all; and I feel liberated.  My first reaction to the news was "you know, I'm mostly relieved".  By the end of the day, I was telling people "I'm liberated".

It's shocking how draining my job had been over the last little while.  This is definitely a good think - in a weird way.
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« Reply #48 on: March 06, 2017, 08:27:26 PM »
It's kind of interesting..  I'm such a "Structured" guy.  I need that structure in my life.  The security of that "Job" .  I envy you that you seemingly don't :)

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« Reply #49 on: March 06, 2017, 08:33:02 PM »
It's kind of interesting..  I'm such a "Structured" guy.  I need that structure in my life.  The security of that "Job" .  I envy you that you seemingly don't :)

Oh, don't get me wrong... I do as well.  I'm a rather risk averse kinda guy.  But, as I said - and at least for the moment - I'm going to enjoy all the advantages of being unemployed.... while having complete financial security.  For the short term at least.  2 months tops, then I'll start looking for work again. I already had 3 informal/verbal offers when I was informing customers/colleagues/suppliers of my situation.  I'm rather comfortable with my position - both my current finances, and my future prospects for regaining employment.
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« Reply #50 on: November 08, 2017, 11:42:30 AM »
Some people get a mid-life crisis… I’ve had the good fortune and luxury of having a mid-life retirement.  The last 8 months has been the best time of my life - reading, working out, spending time with family... basically, enjoying life on my own terms.  But alas, that is all coming to an end in a couple of weeks

I started casually job hunting over the summer, then put it into full gear in September when the jingle.kids went back to school.  Job hunting isn't really all that fun, but it had to be done - I wasn't 'set' enough to full-time retire.  I'd been a final candidate at a couple of jobs, but they both ended up going forward with internal candidates.  Last week, I got the offer for the job/position that I had dearly wanted - that I had been chasing since the beginning of the summer.  Back in June, I had beers with an old customer who connected me with a colleague of his (Mike… my soon-to-be boss).  Mike and I kept in touch over the summer, and just before Labour Day he called to tell me that they were going to add a person to his team.  Two months and 5 rounds of interviews later, I got the job offer, and start at the end of the month.

It’s all been surreal, and I’ve truly been blessed over these past 8 months.  My old company (which was acquired) has turned into an absolute train wreck.  People are pulling the ripcord all over the place, and there are still more changes to be coming.  My job/company had been a tremendous irritant to my depression, and a handful of other problems in my life.  I was one of the very few that got out at a good time AND with a good package.

So 8 months ago, I get told by them to go home, along with a fantastic separation package.  I'll end up having taken 9 months off (that also came with some additional perks related to the separation that are too cumbersome to explain), and the job I end up landing is as if it was written with my resume in mind, in a growing space in the technology industry, and a 20% raise to boot!  I told mrs.jingle that this almost doesn’t feel real… that it’s too good to be true.  The time off has invigorated me in so many ways, allowing me to do things I never would have been able to otherwise …  most of which has helped me push aside my depression.

We’re off to Costa Rica to “celebrate” next Thursday, and then I start work again on the 27th.

Yay me.
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« Reply #51 on: November 08, 2017, 11:46:33 AM »
Congratulations! That sounds awesome  :yarr

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« Reply #52 on: November 08, 2017, 11:47:41 AM »
Awesome to hear Chad, good luck in the new job, and enjoy the end of vacation vacation!

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« Reply #53 on: November 08, 2017, 11:51:10 AM »
Yeah, congratulations! Hopefully the new job goes well!

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« Reply #54 on: November 08, 2017, 11:52:29 AM »
Congrats!

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« Reply #55 on: November 08, 2017, 11:54:35 AM »
Let's all celebrate the awesomeness that is being Chad!




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« Reply #56 on: November 08, 2017, 12:06:37 PM »
Great news Chad  :tup   Very happy for you!
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« Reply #57 on: November 08, 2017, 12:07:35 PM »
That's awesome news Chad!!! Congratulations on that  :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:
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« Reply #58 on: November 08, 2017, 12:15:31 PM »
Couldn't be happier for you.  Enjoy your remaining time off then knock it out of the park!!! 

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« Reply #59 on: November 08, 2017, 12:53:31 PM »
Incredibly news! Congrats!

I just don't understand what they were trying to achieve with any part of the song, either individually or as a whole. You know what? It's the Platypus of Dream Theater songs. That bill doesn't go with that tail, or that strange little furry body, or those webbed feet, and oh god why does it have venomous spurs!? And then you find out it lays eggs too. The difference is that the Platypus is somehow functional despite being a crazy mishmash or leftover animal pieces

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« Reply #60 on: November 08, 2017, 01:20:34 PM »
As ElBarto would say.... :tup
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« Reply #61 on: November 08, 2017, 02:34:04 PM »
Sounds like win, win, and then more win!!  The trifecta!

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« Reply #62 on: November 08, 2017, 02:42:48 PM »
Awesome Chad.

You not being on DTF so much is a win win for everyone! ;D








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« Reply #63 on: November 08, 2017, 03:25:15 PM »
Thanks for all the well wishes men.  I honestly can't tell you how lucky I feel (and know that I have been) regarding how this year has transpired.  I was at one of the lowest points of my life to start the year, and I fully recognize my good fortunes on everything that transpired since I was let go.  Former work friends constantly tell me how lucky I was to have gotten the bullet on day 2 of the acquisition, and a fellow DTF'r told me that "I'd suck cock for 8 months off".

Win, win, win is an absolute understatement.

Now I just need to re-adjust to working life again... and less DTF'g.   :-[ 
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« Reply #64 on: November 08, 2017, 06:28:49 PM »
That's awesome Chad!

Have fun in Costa Rica and good luck at the new job, I can't wait to hear about it.

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« Reply #65 on: November 08, 2017, 06:36:00 PM »
WOOOOOOOOTTTT!!! Congrats Chad!!
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« Reply #66 on: November 08, 2017, 07:17:41 PM »
Awesome!! Will the new job send you to visit DTF friends?

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« Reply #67 on: November 08, 2017, 07:55:49 PM »
Awesome!! Will the new job send you to visit DTF friends?

I certainly hope so.  Not sure what my travel schedules will be like, as this role is more Canadian centric than my last roles were.
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« Reply #68 on: November 08, 2017, 08:27:49 PM »
I've got an advantage for a meet up.


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« Reply #69 on: November 08, 2017, 10:14:10 PM »
Congrats, bud! :metal
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