Redneck's Wife
Thursday, June 02, 2005
This is a farewell email sent out today to the whole plant (around 300 people). I've never heard of this guy until today. I thought I would post this as a public service, in case anyone wondered about the perfect way to say goodbye. This guy has it nailed! And you have to admire his English skills, and use of metaphor.

Subject line: It's has been a pleasure to work here at(The Company)

Friday June 3, 2005 will be my last day at (The Company) because I was offered a full time position at a startup company. There are so many people I know here and I’m sure I won't be able to personally say bye to all, so I can only say it with this email.

It's been a pleasure to work with people that I have gotten to known in a short period. I've once again had the pleasure to work with an awesome team of individuals who are dedicated, to get frustrated problems solved in a timely matter! I've stepped on a few toes or you thought I insulted you, for that I apologize, but business is business and you do what it takes to get the job done.

I truly have enjoyed working with all of you. This site has a great crew of people and departments to interface with and you all have supported me well.

I hope my replacement will be able to take the bull by the horns and run with it to get the job done.

I'm sure I will stop by in the future to say hi to all the ones I you haven't totally gotten rid of me.

Happy Holidays!


Huh? Happy Holidays? Which ones are those, I wonder?
Ah well. Nicely done, all the same, don't you think?

Note: Company name and employee name removed to protect the innocent (namely, me.)
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
  Housing prices
A few of us at work have been having a debate about housing prices. Are they going to keep going up? Is it a bubble that's going to disastrously pop?
No question, prices in California are crazy. And more and more people are getting interest-only loans and HELOCs(Home Equity Line of Credit) so that they owe more on their house than what it's worth.
But I can't discount the fact that our house, purchased 2 years ago (and yes, with an interest-only loan) for around 370K is now appraised at $550K. This is for an 800 square foot house, mind you. So I can't really feel that we made a mistake. Plus, we like living there.
Anyway, the debate at work has been between three of us. The deal is, we check the trajectory of housing prices once a quarter or so. Whoever is wrong has to buy everyone else lunch. One guy, Gerry, is currently renting, and has been saying for at least 2 years that the housing market is going to crash (the same two years in which our house appreciated 180K). He has some good points, and I have to admit, he makes me worry a little. But, he bought lunch this time.
The other guy, Adam, owns a house and a condo which he rents out, and he is convinced the market will keep going up. I'm kind of in the middle. I can see the warning signs: rising interest rates, rising debt, riskier loans. But then I think:

So we'll see who's right in the long run. Meanwhile, I'll be enjoying my equity. And my free lunches.
  Worthless apologies
I liked this post over at Stranger in a Strange Land.
He asks the question:
If someone makes mistakes or messes up everyday and says, “I’m sorry” after every failure, without any change in behavior, should it mean the same thing?
Scripture says we should forgive 70x7 times. But sometimes I admit, I have a lot of problems with that.
If you’re an employer or manager and your workers keep doing things over and over again, without really thinking about what they might be doing wrong and then, “I’m sorry” is all you hear for their reasoning - do you keep forgiving?
What if you’re a parent or family member and every day you hear, “I’m sorry,” for the same thing over and over again? Is there any difference?

I would submit that there is a difference, in that forgiving someone is different from holding them accountable. If you forgive someone, you are no longer harboring anger for them. But that doesn't mean there are no consequences for their actions.
For example, if an employee is stealing things, the boss may have no anger at all towards him (and so have forgiven him) but decide to fire him anyway.

Actually, if your idea of "forgiveness" is "letting them get away with it", there's no way you're going to really forgive the person. Instead, you'll end up getting more and more resentful each time they do THE SAME THING and then say "I'm sorry". I know this because I've done it.
I think it's fine, and necessary, to confront people when they've done something wrong and to hold them accountable, and at the same time, to forgive them.

The problem comes in when you have no control over the situation. I have a family member who has repeatedly borrowed money from his mother, actually mooched off of her for years, and never paid her back. It makes everyone in the family angry, but the problem is, she lets him do it. She also refuses to admit there is a problem. So what can we do? We're polite to him at family gatherings, and we don't bring up the subject. We also don't lend him money. But are we angry about it? Ohhh yeah. I guess the only thing we can really do is ask God to help us forgive him and ask God to change him. It's hard not to feel powerless and frustrated, though.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
  Old friends
With really close friends, it doesn't matter how long it's been since you've seen each other, as soon as you get together, it's like you've never been apart.

We got to hang out with our friends Raj and Scout last night who've been in Central Asia for almost a year. We played Settlers of Catan, like we normally do when we get together, and even though it had been so long since we'd seen each other, it seemed like it had only been a few days. We were making the same jokes, and laughing at the same personality quirks.

It was also great to see their little boy, Andrew, who was a baby when we last saw him, and now is a toddler who runs around, and talks, and gets into trouble.
Andrew, Scout told me, is a rasin fiend. He is still adjusting to the time difference, so he will wake up at 4am demanding rasins!
He could say my name, and Erick's, and he liked our cat but was afraid of our turtle. I don't think the turtle thought much of him either. The turtle doesn't think much of anyone, to be honest.

Anyway, I digress.

It was fabulous to see Raj and Scout, and I'll try not to be too sad that they're leaving again soon.
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