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Feeling A Bit Nostalgic

So I’m feeling a bit nostalgic.

I loved the job I had in Virginia. I loved its purpose. I loved the people.

There were over 100 employees and I knew them all and they all knew me. From janitorial to the CEO – I was comfortable with them all. And I rocked that fucking job.

But things change as they always do. And, well – my time was up. I needed to move on and I did. I moved to Chicago for the job I held for 18 months before being let go for budget cuts.

And I don’t regret it for a second. I just miss the job, but more importantly—the people.

So – my last day of work they threw me a bash. And some kick-ass folks put together this video documenting some of my stupidity over the past eight years. Some of it’s filled with inside jokes. But in short:

  • Yes I met Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter
  • Yes I got to “play” the Easter Bunny on year for a holiday event.
  • Yes I met, had a great conversation with, and headed up a major PR event for the great Tony Bennett.
  • Yes, I landed us on the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times.
  • Yes, I got to learn from the best when it came to marketing and public relations, and later be given the lead in opening a $30 million museum wing—successfully.
  • Yes I have a massive head, gap-tooth, and affinity to flash my middle finger at the most inappropriate time.
  • Yes, I made some kick-ass amazing friends, colleagues…

And so…a glimpse into a great, significant part of my career and life. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead, and what memories I’ll be making for those future “good luck” videos.

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Reader Comments (18)

The memories are awesome. Every time I've left (or been excused from) a job, I've always found something better, even if there was something awful in the middle. I was let go a year ago, and stayed home for 2 months. Now I'm kinda glad it happened.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeepingYouAwake

I have no doubt you'll find a new job, with new co-workers and will create even better memories for yourself. Stay positive!

And, you may have a huge head and gap-teeth, but at least yourkids are cute! (hey, you started it with the self depreciating humor :)

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Who knew working at a museum could be so much fun and rewarding. Rock on J Dog. Miss you!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermyturtledove

I'm impressed mostly by that Gap in your teeth!!! I actually have one or two also... but not my front teeth either way... it bonds us somehow :)

It did look like a fun work environment, but I've always said it is you who makes it that way... I mean the person you yourself... you make it worth going to work everyday or not.

Okay enough deep thoughts.

Another great post! :)

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelle-BlokThoughts

Did you get to keep the Wild West Dance Hall dress? Cuz that would be awesome .. just sayin'

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercjaxon

What fabulous memories! Looks like it was one helluva job! Thanks for sharing.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertlchome

Good job on the video. My grandfather used to say that if you couldn't get a job in Chicago you couldn't get one anywhere. Hmm, wonder why he left. ;) 2010 will be a better year.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Awesome job! Love it! Now you know what your life is, was and always will be worthy of! 2010 is going to be a great year for you!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterManiacal Mom

As always buddy sensational!!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteravionicsman

Yeah, no matter what job I hold, it's always the people that make it or break it. Looks like you had some great memories -- here's to making a lot more, and soon!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNathan Pralle

Very sweet that they would have taken the time to make that for you. Mack thought the ships in the video were way cool.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLotta

Those were some classic shots, man. Good times.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Library Skinhead

Way to go Poo-head - make me laugh and cry all at the same time! Miss you man but I'm sure there are great things in your future. You're too talented for there to be anything but. Sending virtual flip-offs your way!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMuseumgds

I can't watch without crying, ya poohead....miss you....

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonitorkitty

Can you and the fam please move to California and we'll look for a job together? You would be a blast to have as a co-worker. Yeah. I'll pick you up from the airport...shall we say one month from today? :)


January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim Jenkins

You will persevere! Love your memories.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAna

Justin I miss you! This video brought back some great memories. Keep your chin up...been there myself. Cherish the uncertainties of these curve balls and embrace the adventures that lie ahead. Blessings to you, Kim, Macy and Grayson!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Ah duuudee. We miss you ( and so do the geese)! I know you will find something else that's really great!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterscreenqueen

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