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Night Cap: Cry to Me

Pour me a Tin Cup Whiskey, Rico. I have to tell you something. 
The fall out of the financialization and application of Silicon Valley flexible labor rules has struck my profession and generation hard. I downsized and sweated through income instability and contracting and changed fields and it still manages to find me like the scary monster in some Alien franchise movie. 

It struck again about 3 weeks ago. The company I worked for decided to replace about 25% of its workforce with offshore resources. As an employee who chose to start from the bottom all over again and was still in the process of learning her subject area, I was on the list of replaceables. I kind of knew it was coming. I’ve developed a sixth sense about these things. It definitely wasn’t performance related. It was just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

I spent a couple of days under the covers.  But this time, I found I had a lot more friends on my side who offered me their support or drove hundreds of miles to crawl under the covers with me and make me dinner so I ate well. That helped so much. And a few days after I was laid off, a former colleague called me about a position she had open in her group. I applied and had face to face interviews today. Keep your fingers crossed. With any luck, this will be of short duration. 

This night cap goes out to all of you. May you have friends as true and loving on your side when things go bad who you can cry to. 

I love you all.