Let's see its been 15 months and I can say with 100% confidence:...
GETTING LAID OFF WAS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME
- I now work at a company that despite the recession is doing well
- I no longer waste my life stuck in DC traffic
- My cost of living is half of what is used to be
- I never collected a penny of unemployment
- My apartment is bigger than my condo
- My apartment doesn't require a monthly visit from Tyrone the pest control man
- Other people are paying the mortgage on my inflated Northern VA condo
- I can go hiking every day after work a state park near my house and not worry about rush hour traffic
- When I go out my tab is usually less than $20
- The other day the cashier at Rite-Aid insisted on giving me 6 cents so I didn't have to break a $20
- People seem less stressed and better able to balance work and life and therefore are much nicer
I am still getting used to apartment living though. Its not much different from the condo - I still share a wall on each side with neighbors. But if something breaks, I don't have to pay for a new one.
Currently I have loud house music man on one side.
One the other side, I have the woman who was blasting sad breakup music very morning. It suddenly stopped. Apparently she has a boyfriend again. I had to re-arrange my furniture so my bed is on the opposite wall.
Overall, it could be worse.
I love it here in NC.
But I will never be a Duke fan.