And that brings me to MY gripe of the day:
After having been on a 21-day layoff notice for more than a year and a half now, I finally got laid off. Second job in a row where I've been a good employee and laid off due to bad timing. The first time was because the real estate bubble burst and more than half of the employees were eliminated. This time the company used stimulus money to install new technology that eliminated a crapload of jobs. It's going to start looking a little suspicious on job applications if I keep saying "laid off", job after job.
I am in the running for an even better job at the same company, but the odds aren't all that good. We'll see. I got a small severance, rolled over my 401k but cashed out my pension, so I could be unemployed until after Christmas and still be fine.