Life is being a rollercoaster this week. There are lots of ups and downs, so many ups and downs. I'm feeling a little lost in the middle of it all.
The really, really good news is that Company O., in its wisdom, has decided to give me my first bonus in about two years. The bonus will be about 8% of my earnings in the last six months. After the government takes a very healthy bite out of this money, there will be enough for the major expenses of our honeymoon and maybe even some new stereo speakers. All hail Company O.!
On the down side, Fiancee S. is going to be laid off this summer. She teaches at a nearby elementary school that is undergoing consolidation at the end of this school year. She is at the low end of the seniority totem pole at this school, and will be let go. This is not wholly unexpected news, and she has prospects (including priority for open positions elsewhere in the school district), but, we had been hoping that one or two contingencies would arise that would prevent this. Sadly, they have not materialized.
Finally, in the weirdest of turns, aspects of my job have become strangely political. I'm currently working on a joint project with another company, Company X. As a part of this project, Company O. vehemently wants certain experiments run. Company X. just as vehemently does not, saying that Company O. can run the experiments on its own, but absolutely positively not on a joint project with Company X. In the midst of all this, an offer has materialized that would cause the desired experimental data to surreptitiously to appear, provided we cross-our-hearts-hope-to-die promise not to say where the data came from. Company O. is a big company, and tongues wag. I don't think that the secret could be kept. So now, I think this must be brought to the attention of "higher ups" in order to bring influence to bear. I am now torn about which specifics to relate... because if the wrong people found out about the offer, some people could end up in deep shit. I don't want that... not on my watch.
on 2004-02-25 at 9:20 p.m.
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