Saturday, March 10, 2012


TEOTWAWKI .  The End Of The World As We Know It.  Kinda ominous isn't it?  I have read about this for years.  That term is usually aimed at so called Dooms Sayers, Prophets, and so called Religious Nut Bags.  I look at that term as we should always be prepared.  You may ask your self be prepared for what?  I say be prepared for anything that you think may happen.  I do not feel it is considered crazy to have a large pantry that can sustain you for month's or even up to a year.  I think of that as strong planning.  I have looked into creating a pantry that could sustain my family in tough times.  Looked and doing are two completely different things, and it appears that I have been caught with my pants down. 

Last week my employer dropped a bombshell that it will be consolidating resources, and reallocating real estate.  In other words, down sizing operations.  Please see below link.

 Verizon Wireless

My current position is being relocated to Salt Lake City Utah.  BUT, I have options.  In my center alone, it will affect nearly 325 people.  Other centers will be closed completely.  I have the ability to Relocate, move to the department that will be taking over in my building doing a completely different job, apply for jobs elsewhere within the company, or take a severance.  There is alot of doom and gloom going around, ( which is to be expected ), but honestly the fact that we have choices makes it a bit easier. 

Company's make these business decisions every day.  I can see that.  I am neither hurt, nor angry.  It is a simple fact of business.  I am not the first person to have this happen to them, and nor will I be the last.  What alot of people fail to realize, is as consumers, we do this all of the time.  We choose to go with lower cost's or better value.  I have jumped around in Car Insurance, Cable TV, Home Phone providers, shopping at Big Box stores instead of going with higher cost Mom and Pop stores, its the same thing. 

So you are probably now wondering where TEOTWAWKI  comes into play.  I have a bad habit of putting things off.  Preparing my family for what could be a long road ahead, eh well I can take care of that next month, well how about next month, and so on and so forth.  Well, I guess it is time to pay the piper, suck it up, and admit that I zigged, when I should have zagged.  I now truly understand the saying " Hindsight is always 20-20 ".

TEOTWAWKI  has very many meanings.  Zombie Apocalypse, Mayan Calendar, Y2K ( HAH ), financial collapse, the list goes on and on.  In my view, TEOTWAWKI  is just that.  The End Of The World As We Know It.  Depending on the choice that my family makes, it is just that.  Being home to cook dinner every night, having a very good schedule of holidays and weekends off.  It is not as drastic as the end of the world, but it means change. 

Many of my Friends will decide to take the severance package and retire early, or chase other options out side of our current employer, some will move to other centers across the US.  The JellyMan has not made a decision.  Moving to SLC would be a step in the direction I have wanted, but we will have to see if now is the time.  I am keeping my thoughts clear, my emotions in check, and dusting off the old resume.  You never know what hand life will deal you.  I have been sitting at the tables for the last couple of years, and have won hand after hand, and I forgot that in life, the house always wins. 

You never know.  This may be the kick in the pants the the JellyMan needed to chase other dreams.  During this time of decisions that all of my friends and work family are making, I will be making my own.  And while I am doing this, I will be doing alot of baking therapy both to keep my spirits up, and to keep the sugar levels up in all of us!