PINK SLIP BUS - is coming to a town near you
On February 11, 2002, the Pink Slip Party Bus begins
its sojourn to parts unknown. Im leaving from Boston, MA., with
Brian, another fellow Pink Slipper, will be heading for San Jose to pick
up other friends.
a Technical Trainer for a Silicon Valley based high tech company,
I often traveled from my office in Wilmington, Massachusetts to
the companys San Jose, CA headquarters. On my last trip in
September of 2001, I noticed ads for Pink Slip parties in a Silicon
Valley community newspaper. Due to a substantial number of layoffs
in the Silicon Valley, considerable numbers of people were gathering
at these parties. I thought this a little odd but could understand
how people who had suddenly lost jobs would want to commiserate,
network and possibly celebrate their newfound freedom. Little did
I know, I would soon find myself wishing I had a pink slip party
to go to!
On September 11,
less than an hour before the terrorist attack, I was in the quarterly
All Hands meeting in Wilmington. A San Jose corporate officer
was painting a rosy financial picture for the company. He explained
that several key equipment orders had been secured and our pay cuts
from 6 months previous would be ending. Before the end of the meeting,
someone ran into the room and announced that the World Trade Center
had been hit buy an airplane. We then all watched the events unfold
on television. Two weeks later, we reconvened for another All
Hands meeting. This time we received very different news, our
plant was to be closed and everyone would be laid off. I was stunned.
I couldnt believe how much things could change in two weeks.
I LOVED my job. The leading-edge technologies I dealt with and the wonderful
people I met while traveling all across the country were extremely stimulating
and satisfying. I enjoyed this job so much that I had planned on sticking
with it until retirement and suddenly
I was, of sorts, retired.
I spoke with friends all around the country that were experiencing unemployment.
The thought of the Pink Slip parties in California kept coming to mind.
I would enjoy commiserating with my friends. Then the idea hit me.
I would put together a pink slip party of my own
a mobile version.
I have an ex-greyhound bus that I used as a transporter for my race
vehicle. Racing would be out of the question this year, but how about
taking the party on the road?
I decided to contact friends around the country to see if anyone would
be interested in LIVING
instead of freaking out about losing jobs.
I usually started the conversation with, "Do you have a job yet?
No? How would you like to go for a bus ride?"
11, 2002, the Pink Slip Party Bus begins its sojourn to parts unknown.
Im leaving from Boston, MA., with Brian, another fellow Pink Slipper,
will be heading for San Jose to pick up other friends. The route West
has not been decided, as we are hoping to make contact, via email, with
other adventurous Pink Slippers and picking them up along the
way. Employment is inevitable, lets enjoy this unplanned vacation now.
Stories from the
Pink Slip Bus will appear here from time to time and you can email them
directily if you want to
GET ON THE BUS!
(Hackwriters supports Harry Nelson and his enterprising
way of dealing with this enforced retirement and wishes him and Brian
the best of luck with this journey).
email Harry now
Want to contact Harry?
Tel USA (617) 901-3845
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