Friday, September 27, 2013

Last Day...

So, today is my last day at the job I've held for the past 13.5 years. I'm taking a few weeks off before starting the new gig (official notice will be presented later) to prepare for the impending move, and I was in the office this morning basically to clear out my desk and say goodbye.

By the time this posts, I'll be done with the job I've had for more than my son's entire life.

I'm making a switch in careers as well as locations. I'm both excited and terrified at the same time. I'm confident that I will absolutely love the new job and do well there, but it's hard to leave the safety net of a position I've basically taken from the ground up. Then again, when you can do your job in your sleep, it's time to mix things up a bit.

One of the disappointing (but entirely predictable) things has been seeing the reaction of people I've known and worked with for more than a decade to the news that I am a gun owner. With the impending move and job change, I've been less reserved about what I've been doing here and what I will be doing in the future, and it's instructive to see the change in people's perception of me.

I had one person, someone I've known for years, tell me that they were glad I was leaving if I was one of "those" people.

A member of management stopped by for thanking me for not causing a "gun incident".

I'm the same person I was last week, last month, last year, last decade, yet now that they know that I am a gun owner, all of a sudden I'm every mass murderer they've ever seen on TV. Thank you, mainstream media, for working so tirelessly to conflate law abiding gun owners with the psychopaths and gangbangers. Your needless fearmongering is working well to drive wedges between portions of our society.

Fortunately, I'll be leaving this area for one more permissive - it will be refreshing to leave the intolerance of "liberal" Massachusetts behind me.

That is all.

27 comments:

Dave H said...

It's tough to let go of a job you've had that long. I held a job in Ohio for 15 years, and had worked my way up from a lab tech to a software engineer in that time. When I left, as I was going around saying my goodbyes one of the department managers actually stood up and saluted me. I returned the salute but apparently looked confused. He said, "I want to salute you for pulling off the best practical joke I've ever seen. You spent 15 years making yourself indispensable to the company, and now you're leaving. Well done!"

Sounds to me like both you and your former co-workers have learned something new about each other. I'm sorry it had to be that way.

Ancient Woodsman said...

God Bless you for taking the leap to a free(r) state.

Sad to hear that you got "the treatment" from folks who otherwise had been nice over the years. Now that the sheen is rubbed off you can probably tell that if they have their way, by the time you come back to MA (if you ever do) you can find that there will be special seats, backdoor entrances, and even separate water fountains just for the gun owners to use - if there's any left in Massachusetts, that is. What burns me even more is that if you even made the hint to them that they'd make it that way they would protest to high heavens...and still refer to you as one of "those".

Bless you again & Godspeed on your journey.

Anonymous said...

Glad you're moving in the right direction (south). Down here, we think people are strange if don't own guns.

Evyl Robot Michael said...

Job security is an illusion. Always remember that. I was one of the 'indispensable' people at my last place of traditional employment, right up until the point that they laid me off. My father-in-law got the privilege of training his Mexican replacements when they shut down the plant where he had worked for 35 years. That paycheck you can count on every two weeks? An enigma. Steady employment is tenuous at best. If I ever give up on my own craft and decide to enter the community workforce again, I'm going to exclusively do consulting contracts on a freelance basis.

Of course, there's a little empty steam-blowing in that rant. Good luck to you in your future! ;)

Jennifer said...

I am even happier for you now than I was when you first announced you were moving. Congratulations.

DaddyBear said...

I've had those conversations too. "I never want to piss you off, because you have guns" is a common refrain.

Good luck, and enjoy the time off, even if it is spent moving.

geeknotes said...

"I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain." - Red, The Shawshank Redemption

libertyman said...

Your former colleagues said those things to you?

Good riddance!!!

Bubblehead Les. said...

Well, in a few weeks, you'll be too busy going to all the Gunshows and buying Stuff that was BANNED and all you need is Cash to sweat about those Prejudiced Morons back in YankeeLand.

Anonymous said...

Do you and your family stop at Ellis Island on your way to America?

Just be careful, the area around DC is populated by folks from NJ and NYC who want to be somebody.

Gerry

Borepatch said...

You should reply to these people that they will never know what it's like being in an oppressed minority the way you do.

I expect that will confuse most but make a couple actually think.

Gunnutmegger said...

"A member of management stopped by for thanking me for not causing a "gun incident"."

Way to make a loyal long-term employee feel valued, chief.

Don't look back, Jay. Except to laugh.

Anonymous said...

Put this post together with your shirtless post. The shirtless dream is symbolic of your "coming out" about guns to your co-workers?
Or you are really pumped about your workout results?

Crotalus said...

With Terry McCauliffe running, you're not going to find yourself "VArooned", are you

Jim said...

Glad you're getting out of there, amigo!



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

SCI-FI said...

"I had one person, someone I've known for years, tell me that they were glad I was leaving if I was one of 'those' people."
^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Proper response: "If I had known you were a douchebag, I would have left sooner." (Extend fingers in backwards 'bird-dance.' Crapping on the desk is an optional flourish...)

TOTWTYTR said...

I like the way that SCI FI thinks. And I agree with Libertyman that you are better off without those folks in your life.

Daniel in Brookline said...

No doubt you had things you valued and appreciated at that job, Jay, or you wouldn't have stayed there so long. But those attitudes from your co-workers are just the thing to remind you of why you're leaving, and why you're glad to be leaving.

If these people had any class, they'd avoid making you glad to leave. Maybe they'd even put two and two together and say "I guess THOSE PEOPLE might not be so bad, if it turns out you're one of them. Hmm. Maybe some other people I think are nice now are also EBIL GUN OWNERZ too. Makes a feller think."

As it is, you can now, as Heinlein once wrote, shake the dust of the place from your shoes and never look back.

Daniel in Brookline said...

It's easy to second-guess after the fact, and play the "I should have said" game. (It's even easier for those of us who were never there to play the "Jay should have said" game...)

I shouldn't pile on. But I'm a weak-willed man...

I just imagined you staring down one of these flatheads and saying, "Yes, I own a gun -- several, in fact. I also own a truck. And you know what? If I woke up one morning and wanted to kill people, I'd use the truck. Easier, safer, and much more deadly. And if that makes you even more afraid of cars than you currently are of guns... well, have a nice day."

Cargosquid said...

As a resident Virginian...if no one else has....

Let me be the first to say....

"WELCOME HOME."

Old NFO said...

Sad to see, but glad you now know what their REAL feelings are... And you make the point that the media HAS done this to us!!!

GreyLocke said...

Some people with an irrational fear of inanimate objects and a lot of projection need to seek psychological counseling.

I'm very glad you have gotten out of that type of workplace.

Enjoy your break, and I hope you and your famiy enjoys your new home and work.

libertyman said...

So, when the African American guy left for a better job, did the same manager thank him for not starting a race riot?

Dave H said...

Now, now. Maybe the manager was just grateful that Jay didn't shout "Boo! I'm a gun owner! Booga booga booga!" and stampede the nervous Nellies.

I confess I've been tempted to do that at work a few times.

Rob said...

A different job in a different part of the country is a big step, big enough that's is often hard to do.
You've taken the step, enjoy the journey as you go to on to the next chapter in your life.

Ed said...

Sad to say, even though it has taken over 200 years, but what the British started in Massachusetts has come to be more widespread. There is a reason the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was put into writing, but many choose to ignore it:

http://www.davekopel.org/2A/LawRev/american-revolution-against-british-gun-control.html

Anonymous said...

Should have called HR on down and told them that your co-workers are harassing you and discriminating against you because of your lifestyle.

Tell them you don't appreciate being called "one of those people". What kind of person would that be? An American?