furcation squaredThe big excitement on Monday was learning that the parent company is in bad enough shape that they’re having a second round of furcation for everyone; a “furcation squared”. I still don’t know when I’m taking mine. Maybe in late April or early May. I can deal with the short paycheck—I’ve been living below my means for quite some time, after all. I just wonder how this will affect people with kids, or people who live paycheck to paycheck.  The department head came by an hour or so after we learned about this, and asked if we had any questions or concerns.  Some of us did, and he was refreshingly honest with us (in stark contrast to the way I was treated at the old company.)

Bill also joined us for lunch on Monday.  That was a welcome change.  Usually, we all eat at our desks, but since we had a guest, we all sat around the table and talked about what we had going on.  Bill was very excited that his oldest daughter might get an athletic scholarship to a private college in San Diego.  None of us had anything quite that exciting to talk about.  I finished up the afternoon by trying to figure out what was behind the strange software problems with the absolute latest version of a package, and getting inconclusive results.  Fortunately, I have a plan for conclusively testing the bloody thing tomorrow, though I don’t know how long it’ll take.