Friday, January 14, 2005
  For whom the bell tolls
Today is the last day of what's left of my current (soon to be former) employer. Tomorrow we will find out our fate-- UPS will deliver either a job offer with the merged company, or a termination package. I asked/am hoping for a termination, but I won't know for sure until tomorrow.

We went to lunch at the Chevy's down the street. The restaurant was packed with co-workers, many dressed in black and wearing buttons of our acquirer with a red slash through their name (I happen to have one of those exact buttons from my days at another competitor-- different space in enterprise software, though). Lots of margaritas and tequila shots were slammed, and the old-timers cried. A reporter from the San Jose Mercury News worked the room for quotes from drunken employees.

On the way back to the office, we stopped at the shrine that has cropped up and grown today-- balloons, marketing materials, customer and employee giveaways, logo hats, etc. are piled up by a sign at our back entrance. Reporters are camping out there now (one asked if we are working today. Ummmm....), and news vans are parked around our campus. This has been a day like no other in my working life.

My things are packed and in the car. My badge, network access and phone will likely be cut off this evening. The past 18 months have been a wild ride, and professionally I am a better person for having been here. This story will likely be studied in business schools for years to come, and in several years the results of this mess will be in. My money is on failure, but you never know. Whatever happens, I will always look back at my time here with gratitude and great memories. The friendships will last a lifetime.

Now it's time to move on. I'm not looking forward to pounding the pavement yet again. Ugh!

Monday, January 10, 2005
  Here comes the rain again
It's raining here in California, which means the national news services have sent their rain-slickered talking heads here to report on the water. On the local front, apparently some Californians can't get their brains outside their Pacific/Mexico/Arizon/Nevada/Oregon borders:
Rain Rain Go Away

Do you want to know how utterly sheltered and delusional people from Los Angeles are? As you may have heard we’ve been having quite a bit of rain here in LA lately, much more than normal. And, as a result, there have been a number of instances of storm channels overflowing and flooding, freeways closing, that sort of thing. So just a second ago, at the end of a commercial break, there was a quick preview of the news. The dunce anchor actually said something to the effect of, “The rain keeps coming. We’ll have all the details of the devastation at 11.”

The devastation?

In the wake of the tsunami disaster, with hundreds of thousands of people losing their lives, and millions displaced with everything lost, to have the local news refer to some rain damage as a devastation is simply obscene. And more or less what I’ve come to expect from self-centered left-wing California jackoffs.

Amen, though I see this kind of self-importance thing coming from both sides, frankly. It's not even funny.

Friday, January 07, 2005
  A fact to ponder
A Fact to Ponder:

Saudi Arabia has pledged $10 million for millions of Muslim refugees of the tsunami disaster.

Last year, Saudi Arabia raised $150 million dollars for the families of suicide bombers.

[Via Naomi Ragen]

There was a little brouhaha over "martyr" funding from Saudi Arabia and Iraq in 2002, less than a year after September 11, and while the Saudis were claiming to fight terrorism with us. It comes as little surprise that the House of Saud can find lots of funding for killing dirty Jews, but helping their "brothers" in need? Ha! Just keep telling me that America is stingy, not the rich oil ticks.