At the end of October, my employer got bought. This is the third company that's bought us in the last decade or so. How did that affect me?
* My co-programmer, with whom I've worked since 1994 and who is by now about as good a friend as I could hope to have, got laid off. That was quite depressing, and as a bonus, it instantly doubled the work I had to do.
* We'd been with the last company for about five years, and had spent most of that time gradually integrating our systems with theirs. With no advance warning, we had to switch everything over to the new company. Another doubling (at least) of work. Only one system left to go, knock on wood!
* Then, a week after the announcement, there was the election. I'm trying to take the stoic John Wayne perspective: "I didn't vote for him, but he's my president, and I hope he does a good job." But it would have been nice to have at least a day or two to luxuriate in electoral angst without the job intruding.
Anyway, a month and a half later, things seem to be improving bit by bit. I realize that my catalog of woes is pretty paltry compared to many people's, but even so, Halloween kicked off a carnival of suckage this year, and I expect, nay DEMAND, a double-good Halloween next year to make up for it. That and two bucks will get me a cup of coffee.