…That is, the one who laid me off. I happened to be at Adobe to meet Chris for lunch, but before he came down, there was a gathering of managers from my division. They seemed happy to see me, asking how the job search was going. Then lo and behold, along comes my former boss.
What was I to do? I smiled and shook his hand warmly, and let him know I was waiting to hear back from Google.
I wasn’t about to ask him how the work was going. That would have been too cynical. Ah, but that didn’t stop him! He asked, “Can I ask you a question, if you remember? That server you were setting up… which machine was it, the one in your office or the one in Rick’s office?”
Again, what was I to do? I answered his questions. The one in my office. It’s the Mac sitting by the PC, across from the door. No, I hadn’t set up a static IP address yet, you’ll have to do that. No, you don’t need to start Apache, because I set it up to start automatically at power-up. I offered all this with a helpful smile. I even offered to send him my work-related to-do list.
I do believe God has a sense of humor. This was also an opportunity for me to get over my anger. Still, I had to laugh as I walked away with Chris and he whispered, “Awkward!”