Okay, so it was too damned cold for a walk, but that didn't stop me. I needed to clear my head a bit.
As I've gotten more feedback from colleagues at my former place of work, I've had further confirmation of the fact that the reasons they gave for my departure were pure bull. Still, the fact that they did it is upsetting and insulting.
As much as I like to talk--even talking about myself--I don't tend to do that at work. I do my job, protect my bosses, colleagues and the institution overall, but I just do it quietly. I don't try to show off or brag. So I was wondering if that may have been a mistake on my part. Now, with the feedback I've gotten, I don't think it would have mattered. I covered their asses countless times, but I believe the result would have been the same anyhow, since my performance had nothing to do with this outcome.
I'm amazed that they did this so abruptly. I'm the one who deals with a lot of their legal issues, so I'm surprised they didn't worry that I'd sue them. I can think of a couple of decent grounds for a suit, but, despite being a former trial attorney, I don't tend to be too litigious. So if they keep to their bargain--that is, pay me my severance and the pay they owe me--I'll just go on my way. Of course, if they proceed to screw me, then that's another story.
Anyhow, about that walk. Marc and I had told some friends that we'd meet them at the new house, so they could see the renovations, and then go to dinner. The new house is a mile or so from here, and I thought a walk would help me clear my head. So when the time came, I grabbed my iPod and got going.
The walk helped a bit, but it was rather cold out. Also, for one long stretch of the walk, the wind was really blowing. So the cold took a lot out of me. Despite all of that, I think it was healthy to go for the walk. It was a nice break.