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For those not yet aware, I started my new job on Monday, November 17, and I couldn't be any happier. It's such a relief to be out of the refugee camp that was my old workplace - the atmosphere there is completely dismal - I feel bad for anyone that's still stuck there, and I send lots of good thoughts, karma, and best wishes your way. I honestly believe the place would've eventually killed me had I stuck around much longer...

I was having lunch with a friend from the bank last week and she said something to the effect of, "Our getting closed down sure did shed light on people's character. There were incredibly strong people that quickly cracked, and then there were folks that surprised you with how they rose to the challenge and were able to adapt."

I'm definitely not one of those who rose to the challenge. I hated every single second at that place after May 9, 2008. Call me crazy, but being berated, belittled, and made to feel worthless isn't my idea of a good time. Constantly being reminded that "your bank failed" isn't much of a morale builder, and it certainly doesn't do much to harbor good feelings and promote harmony...

It's such a shame that we were targeted for closure; I guess we really were on the "leading edge" - first bank of dozens to fail in 2008... Oh well - it's over, it's done with, and we're moving on.

I'm now at a local technology company and so far, I really like it. The people are fantastic - the atmosphere is relaxed, positive, and extremely comfortable. I spent the first few days without a computer, but didn't really need one - I was being brought up to speed on the project that I'll be working on. I cranked out some documentation yesterday for the project and have spent today reformatting my computer (it came with Vista - I "lived" with that for a day and couldn't take it, so I installed XP Pro).

Here's what my workplace currently looks like:

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My friend Karl sits next to me, so it's a good time. I really enjoy working with him - he's a pretty good guy.


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Here are a few cat pictures to enjoy. :-)

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(I love the filename for that last photo - "your cat is not a friendly driver" - HA!)

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