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Another one bites the dustshirt
May 6, 2002 9:38 PM
It's true. The economy sucks. 80% of my company got laid off today, yours truly included. Maybe I'll find something where my wife and kids are and won't have to drive 240 miles twice a week to get to my job.

The main thing is this frees up more time for riding. I know I should be happy about this, and I'm forcing a smile as I type.

Yeah, the economy blowsRockyMountainRacer
May 7, 2002 6:42 AM
I've been getting paid a week or two late and sometimes deferring up to half my paycheck for the last 7 months because my company is really struggling. It looks look we are finally going to go out of business this month as well. I'll probably be in the same boat as you by the end of the month! Hey, at least we'll have tons of time to ride.
same boatdsc
May 7, 2002 1:38 PM
here... late and slashed paychecks since Feb. Then, a week and a half ago, most of us got our marching orders...

The extra riding time is the bonus, though. Why, just this past Sunday I ALMOST kept up with my tri/roadie pal ( oh wait, she was recovering from a Half Ironman race from the day before...oh well :O) )

Try to keep your spirits up - it's bound to get better (I tell myself). We feel your pain.
i got laid off...merckx56
May 7, 2002 7:17 AM
and it uppped my training time considerably! if you must get a job for some filler cash and don't want to waste the whole day, call your local newspaper and see about delivering! seriously! i do it! i get up at 3:15, roll and throw about 200 papers a day and am back in bed by 5:30 every morning. it's easy money and it really doesn't affect my day or training schedule!
yeech, sorry dudelonefrontranger
May 7, 2002 8:42 AM
Just think about how fast you'll be.

Laid off sucks. I had to sell my MTB because of it this year.

merckx56 is onto something. Or just do like I did and milk the unemployment for all you can, ride a lot and do the job search thing. Good luck!

Oh, yeah - the other benefit of being jobless is using up your bonus miles for personal travel. If you're ever around Boulder give a yell, we'd be happy to put you up
thanks for the inviteshirt
May 7, 2002 7:01 PM
but of course the chances I'll be out that way are slim. Not nil, but slim. Oddly, several of our competitors (correction, companies who used to be my competitors) are in the greater Denver area. May do some consulting for a few as they don't have a very good handle on the one thing I'm good at.

Very sorry to hear.allervite
May 7, 2002 8:54 AM
Redding is a tough market, but if I hear of anything I'll let you know.

Nothing like a long hard ride to take your mind off things. E-mail me and will do 100 or so miles.
re: Another one bites the dustFender
May 7, 2002 9:52 AM
just what a soon to be college grad needs to hear!!! UNEMPLOYEMENT
re: Another one bites the dustbikenraider99
May 7, 2002 1:26 PM
Don't worry Fender, I only sat out 4 months after I graduated. THen my company went broke!
what are you talking 'bout? we are out of recession!cyclopathic
May 7, 2002 3:52 PM
don't ya read newspapers?
what are you talking 'bout? we are out of recession!distinctHead
May 7, 2002 6:48 PM
Yeah, i read those rags, they're full of cal my friend, don't believe it. The dollar is dropping fairly rapidly and gold stocks are going up and up because everyone is afraid of terrorism and the like... doesn't look good for uncle sam... :-/
Unemployment is a lagging indicator...RockyMountainRacer
May 7, 2002 8:25 PM
...meaning that even if we are in a recovery right now, we will not see improved employment levels for a few months.
I can top that,TJeanloz
May 8, 2002 6:22 AM
I read an analysts' report today that argued that we never actually had a recession. The glories of economics...