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first off, my hat is tipped to a particular Boomer from NYC who over time taught me to keep my mouth shut about certain things pertaining to my life while online.


This has been a deal in the making for over two and half years.

A friend of mine first spoke of a coworker friend of his and how they wanted to start a video division where they were working.

We had a mutual friend in the business but based out West who was more than interested.

Feet were dragged along and over time I didn't feel this to be a good fit with this guy.

Too many irons in fires virtually around the world.

I needed something better than that.

I was asked who else to reach out to.

I suggested someone that I had many times thought of calling to set something up for with just myself.

We did, and he jumped at the chance.

His company is based out of DC/DE but is a known in the business as a major player in the touring video world.

A few months more and we were ready to make it happen.

My deal was struck at Thanksgiving and I began to live a double life.

My intentions were to be in my new seat first thing this year.

But, I needed to speak with my key colleagues at my prior place before I did so. I needed to reassure them that when possible, they would be welcome in time to be part of this new team.

I don't burn bridges and couldn't just walk away from them without some face time.

Then the plan was moved to yesterday afternoon.

I was waiting on my people to get back from lunch and I would pull the trigger.

Then Boss Lite emails me that he is leaving for the day and he did so within minutes.

Curses!!!! I didn't want to have to get the game face on one more time but knew that was what was needed.

I pretty much cleared my office after everyone left for the day yesterday and dropped off the Jeep last night.

I got to work early this morning and let everyone at least swallow their breakfast and then gathered the four of us together.

Shock and awe would describe that moment.

I explained that someone threw me a lifeline and I grabbed it and climbed out of the drifting raft.

I told them that once ashore, I would throw one to them too.

I told them I was resigning within minutes and would be leaving shortly forever.

No contract, an "at will" employee. I could leave at any time. No time like the present.

Boss Lite shows up, takes a couple of calls.

I grabbed the last items from the Jeep and walked them around the building to the new Jeep.

Boss Lite is in some office someplace so I pull down the last of my pix on the wall and the inflatable mounted moosehead.

I see Boss Lite do a double take when he sees the office so I grab my two line letter and hand it to him.

He looks at me like a deer in the headlights.

I suggested that he may want to READ it.

He does so and as expected just says, "well, alright."

Off I go to HR and explain what I need from him since he is clueless.

I am told I will lose my vacation days from last year but I am supposed to be entitled to ALL of my vacation days for 2007.

I sure that will be a fight.

I gather the rest of the staff in the shop around me and announce what just went down. I repeat myself for those who thought they heard something but no sure just what.

Then I explain that this is no joke.

I will now be working for and with their former biggest client.

I kept hearing Ross Perot talking about a sucking sound.

I gather up my bags and such while my assistant is shooting video of what is going down.

Beforehand Boss Lite asks if there is anything I want to talk about or say. I say that would be pointless so, no.

I am shocked that while I am putting on my jacket, he comes into my office, offers his hand and thanks me for my hard work and wishes me luck.


Off I went to my new digs where the entire staff of nearly fifty are gathered for my introduction and the announcement that they are now in the video staging business.

I am the General Manager of said business. A partner too.

Folks, let me tell you how good I felt all day and do right now.

Being with dozens of folks who have a passion for what they is inspiring and I am challenged by them all.

I am up to the task.

Time to put up or shut up.

An email blast went out by the end of the day to a thousand plus contacts from all departments.

It all good.

Except for my commute which just doubled.

But now I work a mere ten minutes from DW.

We're going to do lunch one day.


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