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I seriously hate when people post vague messages or cries for help on social media. "Send good thoughts" or whatever just irritates the shit out of me without an explanation. In that spirit, I thought I would share, long story short, that I am no longer with DoSD nor at the Observatory.
For the short story long version, I'll start with DoSD. Ultimately, DoSD is continually growing and Marjy has set up an office in North Park with a handful of interns each school semester. When I was hired, it was with the intent to work 15-20 hours a week. After nearly a year, however, they need someone full time who can share in the management of the office, and with my schedule with Nova and my family and other work, it just wasn't feasible to move forward. It was agreed I'd finish out the month of October so now that's passed. I totally support what they're doing with DoSD and there's no bad blood at all, and I think Marjy is going to make it a powerful site and app for San Diego.
Meanwhile, I was recovering from the big Halloween Bash at the Lafayette last night but had to go meet with my Observatory manager at some point today. Since Nova's piano lesson is in South Park, I dropped her off, went in for the meeting where I was informed I was being let go, that there had been discussions and meetings in Orange County, that they're looking to "be more efficient" and that they need to make cuts and that my functions would be absorbed by other staff. I always suspected this day would come-- from the day I heard the owner of Affliction had bought the venue in the first place-- so it didn't come as a total surprise. When we were officially notified of the change nobody really seemed to know what my role would be, so I had to make it up as I went along, and while I found my niche, I was always pivoting, my roles never firmly defined. It would be really stupid for me to say anything further on this matter, especially because I still work for the Casbah which will continue to promote shows at the venue, so instead, I'm gonna make a listicle on looking on the bright side of this situation.
1. I can actually watch TV and movies without a laptop in front of me.
2. I have already deleted my account on Trello, the worst project management site on the planet.
3. My Friday mornings will no longer be spent formatting newsletters.
4. My daily email will be cut by approximately 60%.
5. No more mandatory Tuesday meetings.
6. I will continue to have access to shows and photo passes as a music blogger.
7. No more agents asking for "back end marketing plans" that I can't actually implement.
8. I won't spend the majority of my time chasing down and tracking other people's deadlines.
9. More time with and for my family.
10. Having the time to create listicles on meaningless blog posts.
Obviously the loss of income from both jobs is going to sting a bit and I sure am gonna miss that West Coast Tavern discount, but all in all, I'm going to be just fine.