Well ... I got my letter today. My new reassignment location is in Olivette, Missouri ... St. Louis for all practical purposes ... and my report date is September 23rd. I have until June 21st to let them know if I agree to the transfer.
For what it's worth, they did make an attempt to keep me. They kept me in computers ... I would be the computer associate for the Heartland Region. It was the only position I really wanted. They told me months ago to expect a move away from computers to clerical work so ... this offer was a halfhearted attempt to on their part to woo me. Ironically ... that attempt to make me happy was the only thing that depressed me today.
This would be a harder decision if I had family in St. Louis ... if I had something or someone I was moving to. But as it is, I would be moving away from everything and everyone I care about. The idea of having to find a new job in October is daunting ... but the idea of walking away is too hurtful to consider.
So ... I called ARS today and got my severance figures. I have a rough idea of how things will happen. I don't have an exact time frame ... but it looks like I'll continue to work until late September when my office closes. At that point severance kicks in ... and I start looking for something in private industry. Or ... take a year off and walk the Earth. You know, like Cain in "Kung Fu" ... walk from place to place, meet people ... get into adventures.
Kidding ... I don't know Kung Fu and, no matter how much I say motherfucker, I'm not Samuel L. Jackson. I'll find a job. I just keep telling myself ... we are where we're supposed to be. I've always believed that ... so why stop now? If I save ... if I work hard ... if I'm prepared ... everything will be alright ...
Everything's gonna be all right
Shawn Mullins - Lullaby