Happy New Year 2011!

Happy New Year 2011

So we’ve made it through another decade. Back in 2000 I started the year being retained at the General Motors Design Center in Warren after participating in their Y2K migration the year and a half before. I was living in Canton, MI and my daughter had moved in along with my fiancée. Then in 2001 I moved to Ford Motor Company for the next four years and got married on April 21st. December of that year was when I started the blog that would eventually become Stupid Evil Bastard. It’s also the year when I earned the most for the first and last time. That was a good year.

Things were going pretty well up until 2005 when I got laid off from Ford and was out of work for almost a year. The contract house I had been working for brought me in-house in a paid intern position just before Christmas of that year to help me out while I tried to find a new job. It wasn’t enough to allow us to keep our apartment in Canton, however, and we ended up moving in with my in-laws for a couple of years. During 2006 I got called to come back to Ford only to have the job last a mere 2.5 months before I was back to looking for work. A short stint at the local Meijers led to a position back at the General Motors Technical Center campus in 2007 which led to Big Dot Com (still can’t say what company it was due to the NDA)  in Ann Arbor for two years which ended last April. Another stint of unemployment over the summer followed by underemployment doing PC refreshes for PNC bank finally wound up with me finding gainful employment at a company in Brighton that makes brakes and suspension systems just in time for Christmas 2010.

It’s been a wild decade with some major ups and downs and some of you have been there through the entire ride. Or at least the parts from when I started the blog. You have helped me out when I was in need on more than one occasion and you have been more than generous over the years. My best friend, William Owen, was tragically taken from us in 2003 by a glorified meter-maid with delusions of grandeur. My daughter moved out in 2009 to live with her mother and go to college in Grand Rapids. We went from a two car to a one car family at least twice over and are back at just one at this moment. We spent 8 years with a President who could barely string a coherent sentence together and who like to start wars for others to finish. We went from a stock market so high it was hard to believe to an economy in ruin from too much excess.

I start 2011 with a new job that pays decently considering what the job market in Michigan is like at the moment. My wife continues to do well at her job. We’re worse for wear after the last 10 years, but we’re still kicking and screaming with a roof over our heads and our bills mostly paid. Could be better off than we are, but we could be a lot worse too. Whatever the new year brings you’ll probably hear about it here so long as I still have fingers to type with.

Here’s hoping you’ll stick around to see what happens next.

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2011!

  1. Here’s hoping that 2011 will be a better year..for all of us..
    Happy New Year Les!

  2. Les, a friend recommended your site years ago, probably not too long after you named it SEB. I’ve been a regular reader for a long time and hope we both do better in this new decade. The years 2000 through 2010 were one hell of an interesting journey. You know what they say about living “in interesting times”!

    Now you have inspired me to work on “the decade in review” for my own site. It could take a while. I started in November 2002 and there is a lot of archived material to review.

  3. Happy New Year ! I think I have been on here for a minimum of 5 years, possibly as long as 8. I am one who has received more than I have given, I received a huge amount of general knowledge. For that I am Thankful !

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