I haven't been posting much because I was fired recently from my job at the law firm. Supposedly they found malicious data in one of my computers that violated the firm's Acceptable Use Policy, but they kept the details vague and I had no clue what that data was or how it could have reached my machines. Almost nine years busting my butt for that place and they kicked me out in an hour. I already knew the firm didn't care about its employees, but the way they let me go just like that was a slap to the face. They did pay me a month's worth of income, but when I checked the stub it all came from my unspent vacation hours and a mere 30 hours of sick time out of the 300+ hours I accumulated because I rarely took sick days. Really showed that all of the work I did, all of the sacrifices I made for that place had absolutely no value.
Well, that's not entirely correct. A few days after, I got in touch with some people there that I helped out often and they told me the office was in an uproar, with attorneys and staff alike complaining to the Admin Director why I was let go. It was a nice comfort, to know that I did make an impact on people there, because I was in a dark place while I was unemployed. It's the first time I have gotten fired and to this day, it still makes me feel crappy when I relive that moment. I went job hunting right when I got home, but it was the closest I had gotten to being depressed and truly scared in a loooong time.
That was about five weeks ago. I got back to being employed as of 3/20 when, completely to my surprise, I landed a similar job at a crane rental/supply company just 10 miles from my house, in the city where I used to live before buying our house so no more need to use the train to commute. Pay is more or less the same with plenty of overtime and opportunities to do IT stuff beyond the usual duties so it makes for good stuff to put on my resume. I work with a team that loves to share the knowledge and my new boss is hands-off, but still encouraging and knowledgeable without nitpicking. I'm still learning the ropes in this new place, but I'm already enjoying it way more than the law firm and I don't go home feeling stressed out mentally.
It's a blessing I'm very fortunate to have, because the same week when I got fired, my wife and I discovered that she is pregnant. With a new job that I happen to enjoy, I feel relief knowing I can provide for my child because it was one of the biggest worries I had. To add to the fortunes, we found out yesterday after some test results arrived that it will be a boy too. Hard to believe so much has happened in such a short amount of time.