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02-05-2011 03:41 AM

These last few weeks have been hell at the Snowy River workshop. About three weeks ago I got up in the morning to find one of my cats passed out on the floor of the house…she suffered a stroke or heart attack and I had to put her down. She was 22 yrs old.

Then last week I get a call that my dad (90 yrs old) suffered a stroke and was in the hospital. After several days of visiting, hoping, and praying, he passed away last Wednesday.

I came home from the hospital bummed out about the events and noticed an email on my computer from my boss. It basically said they were laying me off April 30th after 41 yrs with the telco company I work for.
I’m a program manager for light fibe installations.

Fortunately, I have a good retirement package and severance pay, so I should be in good shape for at least a while.

I plan to take the summer off from regular work and do woodworking, yardwork, and fishing. The good news is I have waited for decades to do those things on a regular basis :-) Maybe in the fall or next spring if I get bored I will look for another less stressfull job. Cant imagine getting bored in the shop so maybe it will become a permanent thing if I can swing it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Wes Giesbrecht

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 03:56 AM

Sorry for your troubles.
I can relate on all levels.
It’ll get better.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 03:58 AM

Thanks for sharing. All of those things are tough and huge life changes, so take it easy on yourself and keep in touch with good people. Man. I wish you the best.


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 04:14 AM

Wayne when one door closes, another opens. After dealing with some of the crap you have had to deal with, you owe it to yourself to open the door to a little relaxation.

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 04:22 AM

Hi Wayne

Sorry for the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. As far as being layed off from your job, you might come to find out it is a blessing. In 2005 I was layed off and retired (After 35 yrs). A year ago my wife was layed off and retired (After 30 yrs). Went through the shock, disbelief and pissed modes. Thank God we had enough time in to retire. Now we both are the first to tell you, it was the best thing that ever could have happened to us. We are both so happy now! Work out at the Y every other day, my wife has an Ebay business and I do woodworking in the shop. Travel and see family in California and Flordia. You are going to like it my friend!

God Bless
tom &ruth

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 02-05-2011 04:49 AM

Sorry for your losses.

I just looked at your shop and it looks great. From what I see of your projects and skill, I bet that demand for your work can keep you in the shop with income to supplement your retirement.

Good luck and let us know how the fishing went.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 05:03 AM

Wow, losing your dad is a traumatic thing. My condolences to you. I lost my dad over 10 years ago, and I still miss him everyday. After I finish a project, I always ask myself “I wonder what my dad would think of this project?” My dad was a great guy. And to lose your cat also? Man that is just a bummer. I hope you feel better, but it will take a while. Go to work for your company’s competition! That will teach ‘em!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 02-05-2011 05:53 AM

Wow Wayne, I’m very sorry you lost your father. The good side is he had a long life. I hope he was healthy for it all.
I lost my dad on my wedding anniversary 31 years ago. I still miss the good times, fishing, deer hunting, hog hunting etc. Having these memories are a great help and I’m sure you have many fond memories of your dad too.

My best wishes to you and your family and condolences to you for the loss of your father. Rand

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#8 posted 02-05-2011 07:40 AM

Hi Wayne

My condolences to you and your family. Losing a parent and a pet is traumatic, I am sorry for your losses.
Perhaps retirement is a blessing in disguise. I hope your year gets better.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#9 posted 02-05-2011 07:45 AM

Condolences to you and the family too. Lost my dad at 90 5 years ago. My dog is gone too;-(( Guess we all have the same experiences. Have fun in the shop and fishin hole.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 08:53 PM

I’m very sorry for your loss.

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#11 posted 02-05-2011 09:05 PM

Wayne, my condolences to your and yours for the loss of your father, and your cat. Tough losses. I lost my Mother 9 years ago this next week and I feel that she is smiling down on me when I create something new in the workshop—she was my biggest fan.

I retired this week from the local telco here after 39 years 2.5 months (but, hey, who’s counting???), and I received an early-out package. So now I get to do more woodworking and traveling, and that suits me just fine.

Sometimes the next chapter in our lives comes a bit unexpected, but how we take it is all in our outlook. It’s a great opportunity for us. So, keep your chin up, and see this next chapter with your eyes open.

Good Luck

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#12 posted 02-05-2011 10:24 PM

Thanks for all the kind words folks…what a great bunch of people on this site. I feel like everyone is an extension of my family.

Verna….what telco company did you work for? I work for AT&T.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 02-05-2011 10:53 PM

now is the time to smell the flowers.

Work to live and have fun.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 02-05-2011 11:06 PM

I’m sorry for your multiple losses, Wayne. It sounds like you are coping with things in a positive way. Sometimes you just have to hang in there and keep putting one foot in front of the other until the fog lifts.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 02-05-2011 11:08 PM

Wayne, AT&T, also. Telecommunications Specialist-COT (Central Office Tech, Toll & Switch). Yes, they offered a great SIPP offer. I couldn’t pass it up, especially after my unexpected heart stents and angioplasties in November. As I said, a new chapter is open and I’m all for it.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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