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end of an era...

the box has been packed, my fare-thee-wells have been made.

i am no longer an employee of the I.C.E. Gallery.

word leaked out SOMEHOW, so instead of officially making next week my final day, it was today.

i was quite surprised that they didn't supervise what i took out with me, being such whip-crackers as they are.

i started this job in august of 1999. almost four years of my life has been spent there.

i had figured that when i left, that i would feel much like those curvacious italian women in the spaghetti sauce commercials, cartwheeling in a meadow as "boooooorn freeee, as freee as the wiiiind bloooows.." blared in the background.

instead, i feel like a newborn fawn, limping out into the big, big world without it's mum for the first time.

and it doesn't FEEL over.

but it is.

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talkingpotato
Mar. 28th, 2003 08:18 pm (UTC)
What a big step you have taken! I'm so proud of you! 4 years is so long, and I know it was probably more highs than lows.. but you will go on to better things, where people will respect you..
And you will take the lessons (and your friend also Ericka) along with you..so it is never a waste even though I'm sure it seemed a little more bad than good..
*hugs* Onward and upward!
aubkabob
Mar. 31st, 2003 07:00 am (UTC)
Re:
yes, i know that i've gleened SO much from there over the last 4 years. i've made a lot of friends, learned a new trade, affected people's lives.

i'm just glad it's over.
way2tired
Mar. 28th, 2003 08:30 pm (UTC)
so how'd they know??
aubkabob
Mar. 31st, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
Re:
i think one of the couple people i told out of confidence spilled the beans.

maybe it was usage of lj at work? i think it's the first one, though.

*shrug*

who knows, it's all behind us now.
blooduponroses
Mar. 28th, 2003 08:52 pm (UTC)
Either someone said something in your e-mail or your new employers called for a reference and said something about you starting there on Monday. Bastards.
aubkabob
Mar. 31st, 2003 06:58 am (UTC)
Re:
i truly feel it was one of the people i told out of confidence.

yet another reminder that if you wish to keep something secret, do not tell ANYONE.
blooduponroses
Mar. 31st, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)
yeah, don't I know that. I've been applying for jobs and I told the manager that just so it wasn't a total surprise if someone called for a reference, but I haven't told them about the interview I had today....or that I got hired too :-x
aubkabob
Mar. 31st, 2003 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re:
hooray!!!
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aubkabob
Mar. 31st, 2003 06:58 am (UTC)
Re:
yup, and yup.

after the initial panic subsided, i felt SO much better.

here's to new beginnings! *cheers*
baryon
Mar. 28th, 2003 09:45 pm (UTC)
How do think the I.C.E. Gallery found out? Have you been using LJ at work? Since they were monitoring your internet use, they could have found out that way. Even though you had locked down posts regarding leaving, they can still monitor what you send and receive on the internet. They may have even installed software on your computer that recorded keystrokes.

Well, you won't have the benefits you wanted to keep until the end of April. Hopefully you hadn't planned any medical expenses. But at least you are out of that hell hole and you don't have to make up any excuses for missing work or deal with your ex-bosses anymore.
aubkabob
Mar. 31st, 2003 06:57 am (UTC)
Re:
who knows, who cares... doesn't matter either way, cuz it's all over. i truly think, though, that it was because someone i had told out of confidence leaked it.

i had gotten my teeth cleaned, gotten new glasses, my yearly physical, so i'm good for awhile.

it just terrifies me that i'll have 3 months of no coverage.
cherub_bunny
Mar. 29th, 2003 10:04 am (UTC)
oh...
i'm sorry you feel that way about losing your job. but don't worry. you'll find a bigger, better job! :)
aubkabob
Mar. 29th, 2003 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: oh...
i know that everything happens for a reason, so down the road, i'll look back and feel good that there IS life after ICE.
cherub_bunny
Mar. 31st, 2003 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: oh...
yeah! right on! :)
mikewelch
Mar. 29th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
$10 says they somehow monitored your LJ, although I know you made the pertinent posts locked. I dunno. Always was my worry when I saw you posting aboot it.

BTW, I don't want you to think that my comment about taking the collections job is a commentary on you. I know you'll hate it. However, I also know that, especially 'today', we have to take jobs that suck for us. I went 6 months unemployed (in the middle of a divorce, nonetheless), and the week that my benefits ran out, I took a job doing phone sales (Industry stuff - not telemarketing) with Club Med. At 8.50 an hour (shudder). However, I kept my options open and networked, and managed to land the job I'm in now - OUT of the Travel industry - into IT. It's been over a year now, and my next stop is likely lower middle management. Just keep your chin up, keep your options open, keep your eyes open and keep networking. Don't stop looking for another job, or you'll be doing collections 4 years from now.

Do you have any Health Insurance, or Insurance experience at all? My place does hire all of the time, but I had to practically blackmail a Vice President to get her in - not because she's not good, mind you, but because they're such prudes about people with no Health Care experience. Let me know. I'll do what I can. Same goes for anyone else out there needing a job that has Health Care Insurance in their background.

~M~
aubkabob
Mar. 29th, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re:
i haven't had any insurance background, but i am a VERY fast learner (just look at my diverse background: property management, law firm, travel, etc.)...

i truly think it was one of the people i trusted with my information that leaked back to dana. *shrug* just because of how she worded it and such. so much for the element of surprise, but everything happens for a reason.

and i also figured that this job wouldn't be the best ever for me, either, but i'm definitely going to be getting a new experience out of it, and meeting a ton of new people, which i am excited about.
mikewelch
Mar. 29th, 2003 06:33 pm (UTC)
addendum
I should clarify - the 'her' i mention cryptically in that last paragraph is my girlfriend Alex.

aubkabob
Mar. 29th, 2003 06:34 pm (UTC)
Re: addendum
aha. note made.
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