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Well, I'm done.

Today was my last day. I spent the day cleaning out my desk, filing things, helping a few customers, that kind of thing.
They brought in lunch and a cake. Gave me flowers and some goofy gifts. I'll post pictures when I can get Roper to teach me how. I was planning to leave about three, but things got in the way. I had just finished the monthly alarm testing and had two e-mails to send and a letter to fax when the system went down. We lost our teller system, our platform system and our phones. (They're all connected.) So we sat there and chatted and sent customer to neighboring branches. We were dead in the water. When the IT guy showed up to poke at it and announced that we would be down well past closing. They were drawing straws for who would get to stay with the IT guys and lock up when it really hit me. I usually was the one to offer. I live close by and have no kids.
But I had no keys and no alarm code. I didn't work there any more.
I packed my stuff in the car, (you accumulate a lot of stuff in 16 years) hugged everybody and headed home.
I'm going to miss that place. I'm going to miss most of the customers. I'm going to miss all my co-workers.
I'm not going to miss upper lever management and the stressed-out environment the place has become.
I made the right choice.
I'm just going to have to remind myself of that occasionally.



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Jul. 1st, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
Jul. 1st, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
Yep... you'll miss them, but remember... you _do_ live nearby, and there's no reason you can't stop by and go to lunch with a former coworker or three. And you may find that you run into the customers in the oddest places... when I left Cooper to come to Indy, I actually ran into one of our Cooper sales guys here (a long way from Mississippi, but he was National Accounts, so he got around) in a restaurant one day at lunch.

Enjoy the freedom. The nice thing about being gone is you can choose to keep the good relationships, but you're no longer stuck with the bad ones. :-)
Jul. 1st, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
Trust me. In three weeks you'll wonder why you didn't do this years ago. Hugs and congrats.
Jul. 1st, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
But you've got a new baby to concentrate on and that will keep you busy.

Here's to new starts without sucky upper management!
Jul. 1st, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)

And Tom's right - it may not be three weeks, but one of these days you'll be sitting in the living room and it'll hit you: I am soooo glad to be outta there.
Jul. 1st, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Very happy for you! I know how good I felt when I fled First Chicago.

It's been said before, but relax and enjoy pre-momhood. Stay up late a lot. Hang with friends. Filk till dawn. Take spontaneous trips to a bed-and-breakfast. The logistics will get a lot more complicated later.

See you at Convergence?

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