There’s nothing like coming to work and opening your e-mail to find a message from the CEO announcing that the company you work for has been sold. The deal is for nearly $500 million in cash, not that any significant portion of that is coming my way.

This is my fourth buyout in 10 years. It’s never pleasant but at least I pretty much know what to expect in the coming months. For many of my co-workers this is a new experience. They’re all buzzing with questions and concern. You can smell the fear.

Time to spruce up the old resume and perk up my professional ears. It always pays to be prepared. Of course I might get to stay on with the new company. They have offices all over the world and who knows? Maybe I can move to another state or even another country.

As always, the future remains unwritten. For now I choose optimism.

I love the smell of acquisitions in the morning

2 thoughts on “I love the smell of acquisitions in the morning

  • April 28, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    Wow… fourth buyout. Having never experienced one, I would be one of those that fall in the “fear” category. Good luck Jay!

  • May 11, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    I was interested in your having two pair of House Finches. I live in the Willowbrook subdivision, just off S. Post Oak near the south 610 loop and I also have two pair of House Finches. From all the regional maps I’ve see on these birds, they’re not supposed to be in our area. I guess the regional maps for them will have to be changed. They love the black oil sunflower seeds.

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