Thursday, November 27, 2014
EVERYTHING HAS GONE TURVY-TOPSY: you won't believe what happened next!
So, I just got laid off from work this afternoon.
No big deal: I've got a severance cheque coming, I have quite a bit of savings, and in fact there might be an even larger chunk of money on the horizon.
And I already know a bunch of places where I can go to look for another job tomorrow, doing the exact same thing: there are only maybe 20-40 people with my skills in Ontario, and (it being engineering) the number dwindles by the day because of the present demographic-driven wave of retirements in my field. In fact, my old engineer already offered to get me a job at his company.
Then again, I have more than enough money to go back to university, and was once interested in doing a Ph.D. in sociology.
Then again then again, there was once this loony, years ago, who suggested that I start my own paid investment newsletter. That'd be good for a lark, wouldn't it? After all, I can blather on at length about charts, I have opinions on markets and gold, I know big words, I type at 60wpm, I find it easy to ignore my own incompetence, and I know where to download a PDF file creator program: what the hell else do you need?
But for the time being, I'm happy that I dumped my junior miners on seeing the roll-over (and before being told I was laid off) today. Being unemployed means shifting to a more conservative asset mix - in particular, one that doesn't drop 50% on a whim.
More importantly, I want to notify y'all that posting may be light for perhaps the rest of this week, or perhaps next week too: there's a large collection of newly-purchased liquor and a Buffy The Vampire Slayer box set that I feel a desperate need to become acquainted with.