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Well, I'm really bummed(7 posts)

Well, I'm really bummedPaulCL
Feb 25, 2002 7:32 AM
We just got word that my nice suburban office, a mile from my home, is being closed. I have to move my office to downtown Cincinnati. more lunchtime rides, no more walking across the street to my club to lift or play racquetball. Means putting 15,000 miles/yr on the car instead of 6000 miles. Means an extra hour per day commute. No going home for lunch with my son. Just plain sucks.

Looking at the posts below, I can't get too upset. At least I still have a job. This economy sucks. But guess what?? Officially, according to the economists, we were never in a recession. By definition, the GDP has to be negative for two consecutive quarters. It was only negative for the quarter including Sept. 11th. Coulda fooled me!
re: Well, I'm really bummedSpoke Wrench
Feb 25, 2002 3:14 PM
A recession is defined as when you are out of work.

A depression is defined as when the economists are out of work.
In Canada we were told its a recessionette...OutWest
Feb 25, 2002 10:57 PM
...what the heck is a recessionette? Sometimes I think I live in a country with a government that devotes most of its time to being as idiotic as possible. Recessionette sounds like a new chocolate covered candy. Raisinette, you get the picture. Maybe its when the economists can't afford a new Lexus.
Canada econ, ehTxTarpon
Mar 1, 2002 10:50 AM
Groan...what a word...Canada has traditionally had almost double digit unemployment, but not lately. It has hovered at 7.5%, right? Canada's main problem is that it is so big land wise with a small population and there is not a huge internal demand for much of what it can produce.
Sorry to hear that PaulCL, I hate commuting...OutWest
Feb 25, 2002 11:00 PM
...thats one of the reasons I like being self-employed. No chance you could strike out on your own is there? If not I hope you find a way to turn this to your advantage!
Feb 28, 2002 6:19 AM
The news has gotten a bit better. There is a workout facility that I can use next to the new office - no ability to ride, but working out isn't that bad. I'll still ride one or two mornings per week plus a long Sunday AM ride. It looks like I'm trading in my Jeep Grand Cherokee for a new smaller car. Nothing like having a new car to spice up life.

Parking was my big problem. Parking and walking 4 blocks to the office. But I got lucky and scored a reserved spot in the underground garage of my new building. I won't ever have to face to cold Cincinnati winter or steamy, muggy, hot summer stickies.

As for striking out on my's always a possibility (I'm in the financial services industry), but I like the idea of a large firm behind me. The idea of being in a big office (vs my office of four people) has re-invigorated my enthusiasm for my business. Nothing like being surrounded by ideas all the time. Besides, I thrive under a competitive envirement. See, I'm becoming less "bummed". Thanks. Paul
re: Well, I'm really bummedKEN2
Feb 28, 2002 1:17 PM
Have you considered using lemons to make lemonade? What about bike commuting, at least part of the time (good weather, dress down Fridays, whatever)? A lot of us get our best riding in during the week and get to and from work avoiding the frustrations of regular bumper-to-bumper car commuting. There are websites out there to help, too.