Goodbye 2020

Yes, there were some good things that happened in 2020, but they were far outnumbered by the bad things. So much so, that I cannot remember ever feeling so badly disposed towards a year and looking forward so much to the new one. Goodbye 2020 and bad riddance!

Of course, there’s no guarantee 2021 will be better, but following the recommended approach of applying some positive thinking, I just have this feeling…

Here’s to a super 2021 – a year of happiness, good health, peace, and prosperity.

Goodbye 2018

Time doesn’t so much fly as it absolutely goes by in a supersonic rush. Where did the last year go to? Well, it’s gone now.

Here’s hoping 2019 is a year of health and happiness, peace and prosperity.

Timing Out

I forgot to take my headphones with me when I went to the gym last night, so I couldn’t listen to my music while I exercised. After what I thought was a good ten minutes of hard work, the clock on the gym wall told me I’d barely managed two minutes. I was not happy. I managed to complete my full routine, but it was so much harder without the music.

Compare and contrast.

This morning, I woke up 15 minutes before the alarm was due to go off. I was awake, but decided to wait for the alarm before getting up. Two minutes later, the alarm went off. Or rather, it seemed like two minutes.

If only I could master the passing of time, so the nice stuff dragged, and the hard stuff sped by, and not the other way round.

I’ll keep dreaming.

Happy 4th of July

I hope all those celebrating the 4th of July holiday have a great day. Whatever political challenges it faces and criticism it deserves, the USA is still a great country.

Goodbye 2017

Goodbye 2017. You are almost gone, and it’s time to say farewell. You have been a good year, and you’ll be missed.

Welcome 2018. May you be a year of health, happiness, and prosperity. And especially, a year of peace for all.

Happy New Year!

Goodbye HPE

For the best part of the last six years, I have worked at HPE Software in Yehud. Last month I was made redundant. While my official last day as an HPE employee is tomorrow, today was my last day in the office. I cleared out my cube yesterday. Today I took part in what I would describe as a Treasure Hunt in reverse: to be officially signed out of work, with nothing left outstanding, I needed to return all my kit and have the various recipients (for my laptop, docking station, headphones, screens, desk phone, lunch card, and HPE security pass) sign a special form. That involved a trip around several locations and a bit of schlepping, but eventually it was all done. I exchanged the signed form for what I see as my release papers. Continue reading

On being laid off


This last week I received official notice of my redundancy – Work Force Reduction as it is internally labeled. It wasn’t a surprise because me and my colleagues – around 200 are affected – had been given advance verbal notice a couple of weeks ago. Since then, as the powers to be have decided to kill our product, people have been polishing their CVs and their LinkedIn profiles. And the atmosphere in the office has been dreadful; like those awful moments when you gather for a funeral, before the body is committed to the grave. The difference is that some of the ‘mourners’ are secretly happy, because they have kept their job.

Financially, I will receive an enhanced package. That aspect cannot be faulted. But, regrettably, I wouldn’t give very senior management anywhere near pass marks for the way they have otherwise handled the situation. I’ll say no more than that.

So, with my updated CV and LinkedIn profile, I have been (and am) on the hunt for a new job. (My last day of work at the current place is to be the end of January 2017.) Fortunately, the world of Israeli high-tech is busy at this time, and there are lots of jobs out there in general. I am reasonably confident that with my skills and experience I will secure new employment. I don’t think I’m worried about that, but I could do without the aggravation, the balagan, and the uncertainty.

I do hope everyone else gets fixed up. I have had the privilege to work with some amazing, talented people. Every organization has its plonkers, but there were not too many of them. Instead, the quality of some of these men and women was very impressive. If there’s any justice out there, they’ll go on to great things.

The situation for me is bit like it was after I made aliyah, and was networking and looking for work. I have more free time than usual, but am unsure how long it will last. I have learned from that experience, and this time around am going to make good use of it. The cliche every cloud has a silver lining is spot on. On the other hand, I’m not looking forward to clearing out my cube. It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in just shy of six years. It’s probably time to ditch the reference books.

I can now add being made redundant to my life’s experiences. Regardless, I have been lucky to date, and am ever hopeful that as one door closes another opens.


Break over

OK. That was the break that was. Time to return to blogging. It’s not that I feel, at this particular moment, I have so much I need to say. (Give me a platform, and I’ll put the world to rights with just one speech? I don’t think so.) It just feels right. But let’s be careful out there, for it can be a dark, dark, world.