Print Story Getting out while the getting is good, early 2022 edition.
By yankeehack (Sun May 22, 2022 at 01:48:44 PM EST) (all tags)
If you want to feel ancient...

LO finished the last of the coursework for her master's degree, and she attended a wedding of her peers the other weekend.


Aside from all of that, LO is doing well. Her, her boyfriend, and myself celebrated her 2 year delayed undergraduate graduation a few weeks ago in New Orleans. It was a fun, needed weekend. The first time I've flown since the pandemic.

And even though the graduation ceremony itself was a bit chaotic, it was nice to visit campus, to see the city again, and to say goodbye to that part of her life.

Also, we got to throw beads at revelers on Bourbon Street. Note: I do not need to stay at a hotel on Bourbon Street ever again.   

In other news, LO is leaving her teaching assignment at the end of this school year (oh man, the fucking crazy stories she has) and is planning (last I heard) to get a job at one of the Chicago-area cultural institutions.

She likes (but not loves) living in Chicago. Her boyfriend is apparently looking for a new job, but I don't know if that means staying in Chicago or looking back out East.

Her and I are planning a trip together in mid-July to the EU. The plan is the two of us and 14 days of traveling around on the continent with no real plans.


Work is...

The nicest thing I can say is that I like most of the people I work with...

But I am getting crazy tired of the inherent dysfunction. In reality, the org has a few more years of work on certain aspects before it can truly scale. And it is super obvious what is going to happen in the meantime. The org is going to be directed to spend and then when the scaling does not occur, there will be blood.

Nothing much I can do about the direction, and there's no financial reason for me to stay, so starting to interview. Career wise, the gig has helped my career growth and given me some big industry visibility, but I realized that this year would be the year I would need to evaluate. I only stayed so I could claim a few big milestones on my resume.

The only question is whether I shank a certain person who elided their startup experience once I'm ready to go out the door.


That's about it. Been quiet on the dating front, just haven't been excited about anyone. Have stayed out of family drama back East.

I need to move up to SF, but the travel and job plans are putting that on hold until I know more.

My main goal: I need to find a place closer to the Pacific Ocean.


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Oh I forgot the best story of the past few months by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun May 22, 2022 at 08:36:58 PM EST
The previous startup exited (ahem, was bought by some small unknown PE firm so the founder who will never ever work in Silicon Valley again could save face.

The little tech media coverage this exit got was pitiful. The worst, most embarassing part was the that the company LOST hundreds of customers since I left. Anyway, in the articles, the founder hinted that he had gotten "millions" for the deal.

Most of the later US employees never took options because we knew that signaling would screw with any future exit (we knew the situation was fucked). I also was told the most recent 409A was shitty. The one who did take their options, my former staffer, made a whopping one thousand five hundred bucks. What a fucking ride.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

SF by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed May 25, 2022 at 08:50:58 PM EST
I heard there's a 300 sq ft studio for $5000 a month available in the tenderloin.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Vanlife man by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu May 26, 2022 at 01:03:24 PM EST
get an old van, paint on mural on the side, and when the man comes a knocking keep moving.

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Feeling old by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon May 30, 2022 at 02:28:58 PM EST
My youngest is working on her PhD at Georgia Tech. She was in elementary school when I first joined k5.

The last time I was in Chicago was in the 90s. Best brunch I ever had was at a vegan spot. I think the name was "The Chicago Diner" or maybe "The  Chicago Vegan Diner". We had brunch with a bunch of folks that drove into Chi Town for the wedding our our friend Maggie.The food was so good. I didn't even miss the lack of meat.

Tyou should Ddefinitely shank the problem cow-orker.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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