artphoto by splunge
artphoto by TheophileEscargot
artphoto by Kronos_to_Earth
artphoto by ethylene





Mecha Wiki

Metachat Eye


IRC Channels



Comment Feed:


11 February 2009

Me, too Just got 90 days notice that my job is ending.[More:]Well well well. Still in shock, but of course, I saw the writing on the wall. Just wasn't sure if it had my name in it or not.

Job search, here I come.
Oh shit, Miko. That's so screwed up. The economy can stop tanking now, please.
posted by msali 11 February | 11:12
They cut the staff by a full third. Skeleton crew remaining. The only bright side is I won't be here to try to run the place in that miserable situation.
posted by Miko 11 February | 11:14
That sucks, Miko. I'm so sorry.
posted by LoriFLA 11 February | 11:14
Man, miko...I've noticed a few comments of yours of late that suggested, as you said, that you were aware that this might be a possibility and I quietly kept my fingers crossed for you. This sucks. I'm hearing more and more bad economic news lately, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I don't like it.
posted by richat 11 February | 11:20
posted by occhiblu 11 February | 11:23
That stinks dear, I'm sorry.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 11 February | 11:25
Oh no! I was hoping you'd be able to ride it out. Sorry, Miko.
posted by gaspode 11 February | 11:26
posted by Ardiril 11 February | 11:28
Ah crap, keep your chin up; at least you got a long notice, plenty of time. Good luck!
posted by Hugh Janus 11 February | 11:32
posted by sperose 11 February | 11:34
Whoa shit, hon, so sorry to hear that! I'll keep my ears open for you. Are you going to go to AAM in Philly in May?
posted by mygothlaundry 11 February | 11:43
Oh Miko! Like richat I've had my fingers crossed for you.
posted by muddgirl 11 February | 11:50
*hugs* I'm so sorry.
posted by brujita 11 February | 11:51
Poop. Crap. Good luck, sweetie.
posted by Specklet 11 February | 11:53
That sucks, although 90 days is pretty nice notice. Certainly better than "here's a box, clean out your desk now". It's going to be a fun few years coming up.
posted by octothorpe 11 February | 11:55
No words can express....

Wuffles and hugs to you
posted by mightshould 11 February | 12:00
Thanks, you all, it helps. :)

Wish I could go, mgl, but I hadn't been planning on it...on the other hand, hm, why not? MAybe I should. I can drive to Philly and I have friends I can stay with in that area. Might be a smart move. I have to go to AASLH in August because i'm on program committee, - I was gonna have to foot my own bill for that since travel was cut, but we'll see what happens, it's a long way off. I'm glad you mentioned AAM though. I will give it thought. If I go and you're going let's defintiely meet up.
posted by Miko 11 February | 12:07
Ah crap, Miko. You are obviously so competent and valuable - shit - you're going to have the overqualified factor to think about. Man. I'm sorry. That sucks.
posted by rainbaby 11 February | 12:16
That? Is full of suckitude.

The silver lining is that you're awesome, and all those new places where you apply will want to snatch you up. So that's good, anyway.
posted by mudpuppie 11 February | 12:18
That's too bad. :(
posted by grouse 11 February | 12:27
Aw that sucks. I bet/hope you'll find something in those 90 days though!
posted by rmless2 11 February | 12:32
Godverdomme Miko, that really sucks.
posted by jouke 11 February | 12:36
Damn, Miko, I'm sorry to hear this. I can't help but think any employer that would willingly let you go is an employer that is messed UP.

(And though I know it's thin consolation, this -- "The only bright side is I won't be here to try to run the place in that miserable situation" -- is very true. A dear friend of mine who's a VP in a Ginormous Financial Org found out Friday that her entire staff was laid off, leaving her to run the whole region, and bring a dozen pending huge projects across the finish line, by herself. She's really not sure that she wouldn't have rather joined the layoff list...)
posted by kat allison 11 February | 12:39
Oh, boo. I'm so sorry. I agree that it's better than the surprise "you have an hour to get your stuff and leave" (that's what I got) but it must be very disheartening to work somewhere for three months knowing this.

I have no doubts you'll recover quickly, though.
posted by loiseau 11 February | 13:08
I'm sorry to hear that, Miko; no matter how much you might have been expecting it, it's still horrible.
posted by altolinguistic 11 February | 13:31
I'm sorry to hear your news. I think you will end up in a better place though ~ I'm sending good thoughts your way.
posted by saucysault 11 February | 13:42
I'm so sorry, Miko. I hope something better comes along for you soon. You'd be an asset to any employer.
posted by essexjan 11 February | 13:44
Well crap :(
posted by arse_hat 11 February | 13:50
:( !
posted by eatdonuts 11 February | 13:50
You shouldn't have to work, anyway. You should get paid for always being right on the Internet.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson 11 February | 13:51
Change brings growth. Congratulations, Miko, I know that these will be interesting, exciting, and ultimately beneficial times for you.

You'll find yourself soon in a better place, doing better things, growing into an even more excellent and improved version of your current self.

INTO THE BREACH! Brave heart! Go go go! If I know anyone on the Internet, I know you can do it.
posted by Meatbomb 11 February | 13:53
Oh god. I am so so sorry. Hugs, whuffles, good vibes, etc. Let me know if there's anything I can do...
posted by Stewriffic 11 February | 13:55
Oh noo Miko! I'm so sorry to hear this ... hoping for a quick turnaround for you.
posted by initapplette 11 February | 14:02
I'm sorry to hear that, Miko. If you want to move to Little Rock and put on library programs for teenagers, I could definitely put in a good word.

Also, what meatbomb said.
posted by box 11 February | 14:10
This blows. Like a frat boy off a balcony.

You'll make it through, Meeks. You've got 3 months at least - my notice was "Hi - I'll need your badge now, thanks."
posted by Lipstick Thespian 11 February | 14:26
Echoing "that sucks." But you'll get some unemployment, and 90 days from now is May. I've always been laid off in winter. Summer is nicer. So I hope you can get a little bit of time to enjoy it.
posted by theora55 11 February | 14:27
Blar that sucks but I'm with Meatbomb otherwise. Go boldly forth!!
posted by jessamyn 11 February | 14:36
You shouldn't have to work, anyway. You should get paid for always being right on the Internet.

Dammit, I wish I could favourite comments here sometimes!
posted by richat 11 February | 14:53
Although it does suck, meatbomb has it right. You kick ass, Miko, and any future employer who doesn't see that isn't worth working for.

And there's always what Flo said. Maybe mathowie is hiring. ;-)
posted by deborah 11 February | 14:54
Aw damn, Miko, I'm sorry. This freaking economy. bleh.
posted by chewatadistance 11 February | 15:10
Ouch. Knowing you (as I don't in any real sense, but that won't stop me theorising ;-), you'll use this to springboard into something far better and, in a year, you'll be sending a thank-you note to your boss for giving you the opportunity to move on.

Good luck.
posted by dg 11 February | 15:13
They laid you off?

They're on crack!

Good luck, Miko. If I were doing any hiring (that is, if I weren't an unemployed dude in his pajamas . . . ), you'd be first in line.

What they all said. Boldly forth!
posted by jason's_planet 11 February | 16:12
This blows. Like a frat boy off a balcony.

Quoted for truth. (And to give LT today's gold star for hilarious similes.)

I'm really sorry to hear it, Miko. I hope it turns out to be a crazy blessing/opportunity in disguise! With your all-around awesomeness, I'm pretty sure it will be. *hugs*
posted by scody 11 February | 16:27
I am so sorry to hear this, Miko.
posted by redvixen 11 February | 18:13
Ah, Miko, I'm so sorry. I know you have such passion and dedication for what you do. I hope you find something even better.
posted by andraste 11 February | 18:18
I can't thank you all enough for the kind comments. Many times I've seen someone post about a difficult incident and say "it means a lot." Now I understand that from the other side - yes, a few kind words of condolence from your internet buddies really do mean a lot. It does help! Thanks. It WAS time to move on but this isn't how I would have chosen it. I do believe something better will be around the corner. I'll keep you posted.
posted by Miko 11 February | 18:30
SO sorry to hear about your job. I hope you find something that satisfies you with a supportive, encouraging staff. One that makes you pinch yourself with wonder, and makes you ask yourself if your dreaming, if it's true that you could have found such a great job.

Sending you *whuffles* and *big hugs*
posted by jonathanstrange 11 February | 18:45
Oh, of all the people this shouldn't happen to. I'm so sorry. I hope your next one is even more rewarding and fulfilling, and that you find it soon.

posted by casarkos 11 February | 19:20
Sending whuffles and good thoughts for a successful job hunt.
posted by Luminous Phenomena 11 February | 19:27
They are morons.

I'm sure you won't be without a job for long.

posted by gomichild 11 February | 19:42
I'm so sorry to hear that. Best of luck in the job search.
posted by Twiggy 11 February | 19:58
Wow, I just saw this.

Hugs and newjobwhuffles sent...
posted by bunnyfire 11 February | 21:27
eek! I'm so sorry. I've been let go both ways - lots of notice, no notice, and they both suck.

*packs up extra large whuffles, hurls them in your general direction*
posted by lysdexic 11 February | 22:20
Aw, crap :( That sucks, Miko.

Good luck to you on the job search (and to anyone else who's looking!)
posted by dipping_sauce 12 February | 00:39
I'm going with "opportunity" on this one. You are a woman of infinite talents and even greater patience. Work it, girl!
posted by Eideteker 12 February | 01:36
Wow. It sounds like your place is just sort of packing it in, then, hoping just to exist at a bare-bones maintenance level. I hope this bad thing nevertheless ends up working out for the best for you, sweetie... though I know that it isn't very comforting in the now. *whuffles*
posted by taz 12 February | 05:37
Miko, echoing all the above! Hugs to you.

(If I could be selfish for a moment here, I think you should write up/adapt your posts on the Blue leading up to the election into a book, you are an amazing social and political commentator!)
posted by Wilder 12 February | 07:39

On the upside, you can come stay with me and librarina. The city needs someone sane to run their farmland and we've got lots of chickens and ducks to play with. Also, year-round growing season. Fresh veggies all year round!

Mmmm, local food advocacy... And, WA state has a special class of small-scale distillery license. Craft booze! And I know that my county's extension office just lost their web outreach person. I'll buy you dinner here.

(Note: I am trying to get in early on what I expect will be a large number of people and organizations trying their best to poach Miko.)

Good luck. Being laid off sucks.
posted by stet 12 February | 11:16
Wow, you make that sound pretty darn fantastic, stet!
posted by Miko 12 February | 16:16
Nixon on "Arch" Bunker, "queers" , "homos" and the Greeks and Romans || Medicare or Social Security