Game Over

This week started with the title “There Should Be No Joy In Mudville”, how prophetic.

Inside The Perimeter: 10/08/2004 – 02/09/2017
I started this blog in 2004 as a means for having a voice in public space. Yesterday’s devastating rejection has put me in a deep, dark place and convinced me that it’s time to silence this voice. Furthermore, the time that I will need to retool in order to become employed again will mean that I will no longer have time necessary to devote to this space.

Auf Wiedersehen,

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14 Responses to Game Over

  1. Steve says:

    I encourage you to reconsider. You are in a funk, of which I certainly understand. And while I love the blog for selfish reasons, I also believe you need to have way to let your creativity out- yes, even your blog shows your creativity and your humor.

    I am worried about you. Let’s have lunch today please?


  2. Barb says:

    Bummer you want to quit the blog.
    Don’t make me have to text you all the time!

  3. bob says:

    Bummer dude, I looked forward to reading your blog daily. I agree with Steve, it is a good outlet for your creativity and humor.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Thanks all, and an additional thanks to Steve for lunch.

    I can’t stress enough how bad things are for me right now, my plan was being executed to perfection and completely blew up in my face. I can no longer justify spending time on writing blog posts. Thankfully I am still financially solvent, but I am lost otherwise.

    I realize the magnitude of this decision, as well as the magnitudes of decisions that I will be making in the coming months, and will deal with each accordingly.

  5. Steve says:

    As Debbie said, you don’t even need to add your witty prose if you don’t have time. Just open the “chat” and we can carry on. Remember Sani’s line- “talk amongst yourselves”.

    And if you feel like writing, you write… I think the blog will carry you in your darker times.

    • I forgot to mention that I also bought a new cycling commuter bag in anticipation of riding to work, that’s how confident I was about getting an offer. The bag is to be delivered today.

      One final thing, getting this job was going to reinstall my faith in living in town. I was planning on using this employment, located in Ponce City Market, as a launching point for fixing up the ITP Estate. Now, I have thrown out all of my plans, and am once again considering selling the house. First, I need to rid myself of all of my unnecessary possessions.

      We’ll see Steve, but my feeling right now is that keeping this alive is not going to happen.

  6. Steve says:

    And another thing. Don’t completely write these folks off. I’m not saying to wait, but they might find you fit the bill in another position. Then, when you have the great job you deserve, you can tell these guys to go pound sand!! 🙂

  7. Barb says:

    good times at the dentist today- Allan got a crown, I got an estimate on how much mine will be. I don’t have to do it now, so I’m going to wait – I just hope I don’t break my tooth before I decide to spend the big bucks.
    This dentist is in one of the Galleria buildings -great view of the new baseball stadium (and the interstate & all the road construction)

    we will miss you if you quit blogging Paulie. How can I give Steve crap everyday without you?

  8. HamWithCam says:

    We’ve all been there, at least I know I have.

    I literally shot myself in the foot when (during a somewhat of a formality) final interview with the big boss, I made sure he knew, in no uncertain terms, I “could do a whole lot more than just this job…”. Uh huh.

    Live and learn.

    If it was me, I’d ping my contacts as soon as possible to gain insight into exactly what happened. Call them. They owe you that. And if there was some sort of misunderstanding, include a (very mild) rebuttal in a closing email to at least the hiring manager:
    “Many thanks for the opportunity to blah, blah, blah and discuss my background and experience in blah, blah, blah. <— rebuttal. While I was not selected, I'd be happy to be reconsidered if your plans change."

    You just might be surprised.

    Job search trivia:
    Q: What do you do when Plan A does not produce the desired results?
    A: Go back and work Plan A all over again…..

    "Make 3 x lists….."

    Learn from this one, what you can. Move on.
    I'm betting you'll be looking back soon and be glad this did not pan out.
    ("One door closes, another door opens….")

    It shouldn't take a lot of research to identify numerous other companies just as attractive as this one at which to work.

    Lastly, many find it helpful to be held accountable as they work through a job search. I know I have. Two or three folks, trusted advisors, peers, or others perhaps also looking. Periodic brief meetings over lunch or a cold beer. Mutual support, somebody to bounce ideas off of, etc. Like a code review with peers. <— John make programming reference.

    Sounds like you/Steve got a good start on that today? If available, I'd be pleased to join if/when there is another one.

    And I'll be checking back here, for tomorrow's ITP blog edition.

    Now, go get back up on the horse…

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Well, since I pissed away time today I suppose I might find time to write something tomorrow. No guarantee however.

  10. James Beebe says:

    I agree with Ham – use the support group you’ve built through your blog, hashing and just being a good friend. Each time I’ve been laid off, it was friends who helped me find the next job. You’ve got good friends, Paulie, let us be there for you.

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