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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

It was the best of times, it was the worst. There were a couple of decisions (to be made by others), that the Duck household had been waiting on, and wouldn't you know it, both came down yesterday.

First the good.

My daughter is majoring in psychology at Tarleton State and had applied for an internship at the school. Only one student is selected and she learned a few weeks ago that she was one of five finalists for the position. She was informed yesterday that she had been selected and will begin her internship in the very near future. The woman she will be working under is one of a very few who decide which students will be accepted into he University's graduate program. So this certainly gives M2 an inside track to acceptance at the next level of education. And it will look great on her resume'.

Needless to say, I'm one proud Dad :)

Now the bad.

Ms. Duck heard rumors a few months ago that her employer, State Farm might be closing the office in which she works. She was informed yesterday, by conference call (ah, the sensitivity of the corporate world), that her office, along with all Agency Field Offices across the country, will be closed as of March 30, 2013. She has been offered her position in their new centralized office in Dallas, but a four hour commute every day (two up, two back), seems a little extreme. So, after 30+ years with one company, suddenly it's over.

Needless to say, she is going through the gambit of emotions.

Next week she will be part of another conference call where she will learn what type of severance package State Farm will offer. A week later she'll find out about accessing her retirement fund.

Needless to say, I'm one upset husband.

Life is interesting sometimes. My daughter is not getting paid to work and my wife will be getting paid not to work.

Yesterday was certainly an eventful day. The best of times, the worst of times.


  1. Sorry to hear that about your wife's job...

  2. Wow -- talk about both extremes ...

    Congrats to your daughter, who seems to be a delightful young lady. Please tell your wife how sorry I am that things are ending the way they are. Having dealt with two different times when my wife's job was done away with, I wish you the best as you will be depended upon for lots of support. Life just sucks sometimes.

  3. Very sorry to hear about your wife's job. Went through the same thing myself 5 years ago with Xerox and while it wasn't fun, I did get a summer vacation. Hopefully the severance is good and she can get something else she likes. BTW I now officially hate the Patriots.