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Departing Soon

Today was the last day for a colleague.  He decided to retire after 37 years.  He follows two other peers who left last month.  Another will leave in June.  I’ve known these people for most of my career.  It seems to be time for my generation to turn the reigns over to our successors.  Watching the end of an era makes me sad, but also hopeful for the next chapter in my life.  The departures remind me feeling I don’t want to be the last one at the party.  I hope to make my exit in two years, if I can last that long.  I want to leave before I’m perceived as hanging on past my expiration date. 

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Retirement Postponed

My new contract was signed today. I’ll have another year of employment. Yeah! My forced retirement is postponed for another year, which, is a good thing.

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Retirement?

My contract has two months left. I could find myself retired at the end of September. Usually, Statement of Works for the next contract year have been written before August and that has not happened this year. I’m not sure I have it in me to find another job at my current salary level. Given the state of the economy, I’m not sure I will even want to try. I may end up folding t-shirts at the GAP. I have this irrational fear that I don’t have enough money saved for retirement. WM thinks I have nothing to worry about. He suggested a few changes to my portfolio to bring in extra retirement income. I’ll be a little anxious for next few weeks as my fate is determined for me. Stay tuned for further developments.

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Cindi texted after midnight to let me know a mutual friend of ours died from COVID-19 complications. I wish she would have waited until this morning as I never got back to sleep. While not a close friend, he was a man I knew socially, who, at one time, was a pillar of the LGBTQ community. He was at all the fundraisers and his family’s foundation supported many of the non-profits serving the LGBTQ community. He was also on several of those boards for many years. Not only am I tired as hell, I’m sad. Adding to my sadness is a friend in Santa Fe who has been in the hospital for almost four weeks with COVID-19. His prognosis doesn’t look good. And then there’s my job which has been like hell with a paycheck today. I’m looking forward to this day ending.

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Caught in an Audit

There’s nothing like starting Monday morning with a meeting demand from corporate counsel and an auditor. It seems they had questions about a project I approved because the implementation violated a licensing agreement and had the potential to trigger royalty payments to a third party software vendor. I kept detailed notes which allowed me to defend my position. Unfortunately, the person who implemented the project did not follow my instructions. Their mistake was caught by the auditors who reported the violation to legal. The person who implemented the project will need to defend their actions. I will not be included in that discussion. Given the company approved projects for 11,000 customers needing system expansions to support home workers due to the COVID pandemic, there was bound to be a few mistakes along the way. I’m sure no serious actions will be taken against the person who implemented the project. It’s back to work for me. I hope the rest of the week goes smoothly.

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Pay For Your Rescue

It seems like ten minutes ago it was Friday night and now it’s Monday morning. My Monday always starts with an early conference call before the offshore team ends their day. That call went well. No escalations or issues were transferred to the US team members. It’s still early, but it looks like most of the coronavirus emergencies have been handled. Now work starts on monetizing the emergency requests. The sales teams are tasked with getting the customers to sign contracts for the services and licenses which have been given free of charge to their customer to use for 90 days. Cut a PO or the services will turned off at the end of day 90. It’s a mix of blackmail and profiting off the misfortune of others. In other words, it’s time to pay for your rescue.

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The Contraction

My client suspended the contracts of most of the consultants yesterday. They are prepping for a major downtown in sales from Fortune 500 companies. Even though sales of remote agent applications and multi-media conferencing are up 800%, that’s only a short-term gain and not enough to sustain the company for the next few fiscal quarters. My position was deemed mission critical by my VP so I’m still working. That is, for now. The contraction of the economy is coming down the tracks like out of control train. This difficult historic time is going to be challenging for everyone.

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Profiting on Misfortune

It’s been a very busy week. My client has been inundated with emergency telecom needs due to the coronavirus. Remote call center agent software and multi-media conferencing solutions are very much in demand. There’s nothing like profiting on the misfortune of others. It seems to be the American way.

I’m meeting up with Miss Y tonight to take in a few art openings. It’s been a while since I seen her since she’s fully consumed by the new woman in her life. It will be good the catch up

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The Institution

I was in my client’s office this morning. I snapped these pictures of the hallway which runs by the R&D labs. I feel like I’m in a mental institution when I’m in this area as all the doors are looked and only accessible by those with high-level security clearances. By contrast, the customer briefing center, which is beautifully designed to showcase the latest technology, is on the other side of building.

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The Gay Guy Can Do It

I was asked by one of my female peers to tie a ribbon on a gift for one the VPs. I thought this was odd. Out of all the people in the office, the out gay guy (there are a few closeted gays in the office who avoid me like the plague) was selected for the ribbon tying. Was it assumed that, because I’m gay, I have specialized ribbon tying skills? I actually do but I’ve never discussed these skills at work. My second partner, who I was with in the 1980’s, was a textile designer employed by a gift wrap manufacturer. I learned a thing or two about wrapping gifts and tying ribbons. As I was tying the ribbon on the gift, the woman told me she bought the ribbon at Hobby Lobby. I cringed but continued until the job was complete. I learned long ago to pick my battles and giving this woman a lecture on supporting Hobby Lobby is not in the best interest of the my career. So I bit my tongue and tied a rather fabulous ribbon on the VP’s gift. The woman was pleased. Mission accomplished. The only thing left to do was to add gift wrapping and ribbon tying to my contract’s statement of work and to update my LinkedIn’s skill set.

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