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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 01:53 PM
Been pickin' and cleanin' my paper shredder for 2 hrs- Thought I could use a break..Hmm; now I may have some time to play here, move on up from micro chat-lurker..to some real conversation. So, if I wanted to tell a story about how ABB has been woven into my fabric of life.. where could one do that? I mean nothing real big here..just what it is..daily weaving. Well to start w/ABB had something to do my unemployment..Oh no blaming thing..just coming down to getting back to where it all began, the music, the vibe..Helped keep me grounded. I'm sure many can understand...
 
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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 02:28 PM
I may be joining you in the ranks of the unemployed so enough. Not by choice, but all sorts of changes in my industry. But I've had a great run and have no bad feelings. Of course, when I start the class action suit I'm planning I hope they'll be just as cheerful.

But we'd love to hear your story. You'll find all sorts willing to discuss and commiserate on just about anything

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 02:59 PM
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I may be joining you in the ranks of the unemployed so enough. Not by choice, but all sorts of changes in my industry. But I've had a great run and have no bad feelings. Of course, when I start the class action suit I'm planning I hope they'll be just as cheerful.

But we'd love to hear your story. You'll find all sorts willing to discuss and commiserate on just about anything


I have to say, I've had a good run myself..however if you were in a corp world, like I was...When you start feelin' the squeeze, and you can't get out you have to do what you could to make a living and keep your sanity. I played the game so long...got pretty good at it;just like a game of f chess...Hope your situation turns out cool for you..do what ya gotta do! I used to drive home from work...pop in my ABB/Honeytribe...Brought me right back to earth...I kid you not..I would totally zone out....

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 03:23 PM
Here is a great place to tell your tale. Sorry to hear about everyone's work problems. I am no stranger to that myself but I have always worked in environments where movng along is part of the business.

Look forward to any stories and an ABB related twist is always nice too.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 03:24 PM
Many here can relate. Story away!!

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 03:26 PM
Sounds similar enough. I work for a Fortune 500 corporation in a division that sells products to a declining industry. I've always figured that this job would get me roughly to my mid-50's (I just turned 52 yesterday). I've survived about 5-6 cuts in the last 8-9 years, and they very much need what I can and do provide. Fortunately that opinion is shared by a number of people I've talked to, but not all of them have votes in the final decision. I figure I'm 50/50 to get past this cut, but there will just be another in 12-18-24 months. So it's all just a matter of time.

But I'll get by either way. I have confidence in my abilities. I will likely have to downsize, but that will probably be a good thing. In another sense, it might push me to start something for myself, which I've been dragging my feet on for a while. I'd be better off controlling my own destiny.

But as long as there's good music to go see from time to time, and reasonable living conditions, I'll be very happy. I've been so blessed for so long, anything that happens now is fine by me.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 03:40 PM
Ahh..to be unemployed in the Summer.

Congratulations!!



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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 03:46 PM
Dinner time here! Makin' peppers/onions/mushrooms-ha ha!/tomatoes-is that oe or just o? Anyway.. along w/sausage on the grill! Well I have a little story about how I got my ABB groove back after a period of life in the Corp Lane...I think it was early to mid 90's- I was driving to the sup market and on the radio I heard the end of what sounded like a bluesy funky version of Whipping Post by Gregg...I kept riding around the pking lot just to hear- I couldn't believe what I heard...a new version;The light went on, the peach blood started pumpin...again! Where have I been?? I still remember the feelin'- Back in 72...I fell in love w/ABB and now.. there I was in the prkin lot..just bumped in to an old flame!
 

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Sounds similar enough. I work for a Fortune 500 corporation in a division that sells products to a declining industry. I've always figured that this job would get me roughly to my mid-50's (I just turned 52 yesterday). I've survived about 5-6 cuts in the last 8-9 years, and they very much need what I can and do provide. Fortunately that opinion is shared by a number of people I've talked to, but not all of them have votes in the final decision. I figure I'm 50/50 to get past this cut, but there will just be another in 12-18-24 months. So it's all just a matter of time.

But I'll get by either way. I have confidence in my abilities. I will likely have to downsize, but that will probably be a good thing. In another sense, it might push me to start something for myself, which I've been dragging my feet on for a while. I'd be better off controlling my own destiny.

But as long as there's good music to go see from time to time, and reasonable living conditions, I'll be very happy. I've been so blessed for so long, anything that happens now is fine by me.


This sounds so much like myself...I fell like mid-life came at me fast! I just haven't figured out what it is I want to do..or be, or can do or be in these times...But taken the summer off to give myself a chance...

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 03:54 PM
Come out to Red Rocks.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 03:55 PM
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Ahh..to be unemployed in the Summer.

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Lucky me!! I've already been to Macon, Asheville, Savannah...I may be going broke..but I am having a good time!!

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 04:00 PM
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Here is a great place to tell your tale. Sorry to hear about everyone's work problems. I am no stranger to that myself but I have always worked in environments where movng along is part of the business.

Look forward to any stories and an ABB related twist is always nice too.


I really am looking at this as an opportunity to take a break, before I move forward..or backwards...I am calling it the summertime of my life..of course I thought back in '76 that was it..

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 04:08 PM
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Come out to Red Rocks.

That is very tempting! I had Beacon tickets, but we know all about that...Still went to NYC-had room/flight..Hoping to have caught the "Please Call Home" thang..but we all know about that...so CO..hhmm..

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 04:11 PM
I'm a little hesitant to post this, but it might become more valuable, if the economy does head south....

If the wolf gets too close to the door, sometimes people begin accessing their retirement plans. There's a right way and a wrong way, if it comes to that. Can become like a cat chasing its tail. The right way works best for people in their 50's. I've worked with dozens of folks on this, PM if info needed.

 
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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 04:17 PM
I too have found that being happy is much better than making a lot of money. I got out of a business I was in for over 25 years. Just got burned out. Now working for the family, making only a third what I use too and I have never been happier. Get to go to a lot more shows. Many Many live shows in the past 5 years or so.....


Good luck in the future. This place can keep you busy in a good way...........

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 04:23 PM
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I'm a little hesitant to post this, but it might become more valuable, if the economy does head south....

If the wolf gets too close to the door, sometimes people begin accessing their retirement plans. There's a right way and a wrong way, if it comes to that. Can become like a cat chasing its tail. The right way works best for people in their 50's. I've worked with dozens of folks on this, PM if info needed.

Thanks for the heads up...I'll work at mcd's before I start tapping, I know this all too well...

 

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I too have found that being happy is much better than making a lot of money. I got out of a business I was in for over 25 years. Just got burned out. Now working for the family, making only a third what I use too and I have never been happier. Get to go to a lot more shows. Many Many live shows in the past 5 years or so.....


Good luck in the future. This place can keep you busy in a good way...........

Nice folks, solid friends, and a good time.


I don't know what future holds, but I sure hope I don't hafta go back to Corp World..I don't think I could eva do it again..I did start a business w/partners..but..that just ended! I am done...Money..is the root of most evil; but I haven't figured out yet how to do w/o! What worries me the most...Health care...




 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 04:37 PM
Okay..so now let me start at the beginning..I can't remember exactly when the ABB came into my life..but seems it had to be about 72..Let's see I was born in...Well I was about 14 or so. I was into music at a very young age..had lots of older bros/sis..so I heard everything..but my time, my music..I think ABB had become my music. Even though I grew up in NY..I was onto Southern Rock like white on rice...So young but soooo coool!
 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 04:47 PM
I fell prey to the infamous "Your position has been eliminated: disease the first week of April. This is the first time I've been umemployed since 1973, as in 35 years. So it is a really scary feeling, but that hasn't stopped me from doing some swimming and fishing and lazin' around. I found I like not working A LOT! I have to admit since I haven't run out of money yet and the wife has benefits I'm doing somewhat of a half a$$ed job of looking for a new position. I've talked to a few people with 5 miles of home, but the thought of driving 50 miles in LA traffic with $5.00 a gallon gas has me looking at exactly how long I can hang out. I've got much more important things to accomplish:
1) Fourth of July weekend is my birthday and we're going to Vegas to see Jersey boys
2) the second week there is a couple of spots on a 5 day tuna charter to Mex. That I might just have to do.
3) the 30th of July is our 25th wedding anniversery and we're going to Jamaica for w week so:

July seems like a really crappy month to look for work, don't you agree?

[Edited on 6/23/2008 by woodyca]

 
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I fell prey to the infamous "Your position has been eliminated: disease the first week of April. This is the first time I've been umemployed since 1973, as in 35 years. So it is a really scary feeling, but that hasn't stopped me from doing some swimming and fishing and lazin' around. I found I like not working A LOT! I have to admit since I haven't run out of money yet and the wife has benefits I'm doing somewhat of a half a$$ed job of looking for a new position. I've talked to a few people with 5 miles of home, but the thought of driving 50 miles in LA traffic with $5.00 a gallon gas has me looking at exactly how long I can hang out. I've got much more important things to accomplish:
1) Fourth of July weekend is my birthday and we're going to Vegas to see Jersey boys
2) the second week there is a couple of spots on a 5 day tuna charter to Mex. That I might just have to do.
3) the 30th of July is our 25th wedding anniversery and we're going to Jamaica for w week so:

July seems like a really crappy month to look for work, don't you agree?

Yeah July doesn't look too good..besides it's too hot! Get all sweaty, tryin look good on an interview...I live in FL..August isn't lookin any better...Have a great Birthday and enjoy all the good.. life has to offer.

[Edited on 6/23/2008 by woodyca]

 

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I fell prey to the infamous "Your position has been eliminated: disease the first week of April. This is the first time I've been umemployed since 1973, as in 35 years. So it is a really scary feeling, but that hasn't stopped me from doing some swimming and fishing and lazin' around. I found I like not working A LOT! I have to admit since I haven't run out of money yet and the wife has benefits I'm doing somewhat of a half a$$ed job of looking for a new position. I've talked to a few people with 5 miles of home, but the thought of driving 50 miles in LA traffic with $5.00 a gallon gas has me looking at exactly how long I can hang out. I've got much more important things to accomplish:
1) Fourth of July weekend is my birthday and we're going to Vegas to see Jersey boys
2) the second week there is a couple of spots on a 5 day tuna charter to Mex. That I might just have to do.
3) the 30th of July is our 25th wedding anniversery and we're going to Jamaica for w week so:

July seems like a really crappy month to look for work, don't you agree?

Yeah July doesn't look too good..besides it's too hot! Get all sweaty, tryin look good on an interview...I live in FL..August isn't lookin any better...Have a great Birthday and enjoy all the good.. life has to offer.


[Edited on 6/23/2008 by woodyca]



Whoops...Anyway.A note on that $5 p/gallon...It's getting more profitable to stay home than go to work..Let's see..$5 p/g 50 m/p day...6 bucks an hr..traffic/time/quality of life...Nope ain't worth it. Stay home..you just saved yourself some money and time.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 05:50 PM
Okay..time for another little ditty....My first ever concert was ABB in 73. May 1st to be exact@Nassau Colliseum. Still have the stub. Had a curfew and had to be home before concert ended! I can remember just standing there thinking "I just can't go out that door!" I did not want to leave! Ever.
 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 07:32 PM
So back to business..Actually I was in the..uh..uh...the financial industry, I could hear the screams now! Well, not that I need to apologize,but back in the day my marriage was ending;cause"every junkies like a settin" sun; had a daughter-life; no car; Lost my house...I worked my way up..So I conformed and life was okay; stable. My music was my folly...But somehow I was dancing to a different beat. Of course ABB evolved, too. I remember when Gregg married Cher..Their went my chance...w/Gregg that is..I am female by the way. Come on girls...who didn't feel that way?! I hated to open up the B&S album and see him w/ ..whatever her name was!
 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 08:09 PM
I was forced into freedom over three weeks ago. I'm over the sick feeling but still a bit mad. Music has helped so much with the healing. My wife is a teacher so we are trying to enjoy this time off together. My old company is giving me a "retirement" of $261 a month for life which I hope to make my entertainment fund once I get some kind of work. I agree that July is a lousy month to do much of a job search.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2008 at 08:25 PM
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I was forced into freedom over three weeks ago. I'm over the sick feeling but still a bit mad. Music has helped so much with the healing. My wife is a teacher so we are trying to enjoy this time off together. My old company is giving me a "retirement" of $261 a month for life which I hope to make my entertainment fund once I get some kind of work. I agree that July is a lousy month to do much of a job search.



Enjoy the time together..it's a gift. My daughter is a teacher also and I am thrilled to be off w/ her. I worked almost all of her childhood through college,marriage and children.. so this is truly a gift! Did I mention w/my 2 grandkids too?! Take advantage of it..You are also lucky to be receiving that "pension". Better than nothing...Good Luck to you..Let me know how you make out.

 
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