Monday, April 20, 2009

The Other Shoe

Layoffs began at my job today.

The possibility of layoffs was announced a short 6 weeks ago and today they're happening. Last month's announcement sparked a rare and somber morning conversation on the van.

Neo-Pompadour was driving, I was riding shotgun, and Dora squeezed her torso between the two front seats. In hushed tones we all shared the bits of gossip we'd heard, speculated on who would be the first to go, and criticized management for letting it come to this.

"What do you think is going to happen?" Dora asked.

When no one answered, she lifted her coffee and sank back into her seat.

"I know one thing," said Neo-Pompadour, "I'm going to enjoy sleeping in!"

Cue the polite, strained laughter.

"Well, if it does happen, we'll all meet for coffee and donuts while we go through the want ads." Then it was quiet and Neo-Pompadour stared straight ahead.

And I wondered, looking at the amber glow of the instrument panel reflect on his face, how long it will be before we're wiping powdered sugar off the classifieds.

For all the poor bastards going home with pink slips in their pockets - may I never join your ranks - an anthem for these times:


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