200A and 202 reproduction
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in stock.

rainjer
For the first time since in 31 years I am unemployed. I was "terminated" in a letter I received in the mail yesterday from my company. Apparently my last day was 8/13.  I have been on furlough for the last 8 weeks after working from home part time for 13 weeks. I am not going to say that this was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic because the company had been struggling for 2 years now but I think it is the straw the broke the camel's back.

Now I need to decide on what I want to do going forward. The job I have doing for the last 20 years is a manufacturing planner. I did Aerospace for 14 years and the mirror industry the last 6. The problem I run into is the Aerospace market is on the tank right now so nobody is hiring and the mirror industry is a very narrow market. I am sure I can apply my skills to other industries but nobody is hiring skilled office workers, just cheap laborers..

Jeremy
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My Name Is Earl
Start working for yourself. Takes a little extra tenacity at first, but worth the effort in the end. 
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stoves1234
I'm sorry to hear that. I've been "terminated" in the past myself. When I do a light up tonight I'll send some positive thoughts your way.
Jim Brizzolara
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Gunhippie
Sorry to hear that!

Since you have mirror experience, I'd gladly buy a few half-mirrored globes!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
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Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Leviticus Tomethreus
Wait, are those a thing
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi”
for nothin’,if they did call me that.

Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41, 
10/25, and 8/07

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”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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TwoCanoes
Sorry to hear that. I've been there, too.
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Bumpkin 95
Definitely sorry to hear that. Praying it just a door opening to something better for you.
  • Lee
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  • Like a lantern just hanging out
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Rustytank
Prayers A door opens up for you. I know the feeling. 
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Looking for birthday lanterns 11/58, 3/68, 3/73, 11/96, 6/97, 11/97, 12/00
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xvz12
Sorry to hear of this....I've been there, it's a terrible, hollow feeling.  Hope you can find something soon.
Wynn - xvz12

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Looking for almost anything kero...[wink]
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Mister Wilson
It's not a fun experience, I can attest to that, but you will find something, maybe something totally unexpected.  I was laid off twice in aerospace, again from locomotive manufacturing, now I'm in the beer business.  Never saw that one coming.  I'll lift one for you tonight.
John
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Looking for 6-56 and 6-58 Birthday lanterns.
There's been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about.
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Smudge
Best of luck to you. I remember when I was "downsized" in 2007, after 23 years with the same company, I though my world would fall apart. But it didn't. looking back it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. One year later, the company went out of business. 
"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts,
also happens to the man. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons of the Earth.” - Chief Seattle

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rainjer
I have never been laid off or fired from any job I have had. I have always left the job with another one line up.

I have always made it thru the layoffs because I make my self more valuable by taking every opportunity to learn new skills or cross train. I was with the same Aerospace company from 1997 to 2014. I start as a material handler and left as the master scheduler. In the time with the company I did shipping, receiving, quality assurance, purchasing, planning & scheduling. I left that job because I could see the company had no new work coming in and all of the existing was going away. The company closed 14 months after I left...

My last company I did planning and IT work. I learned ans implemented bar code scanning and automated several manual functions such as label making and glass cutting optimization. My boss and calculated that process improvements I spearheaded saved the company over 1.2 million dollars annually.  That got me a 10 cent raise last year....
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Coldwaterpaddler
@rainjer I went 30 years in electrical engineering before getting laid off following the same plan as you, but eventually something happens out of your control. The semiconductor company I worked for was going through a buy-out and I was the only person who worked for that design group here in town. The new company said cut 10% and I was an obvious choice. It was bound to happen eventually. But again, out of your control. Keep your spirits up and your mind open . . . this may be an opportunity!
Stovie-Steve
"Don't let the weather run your life" - Steve
The Coleman Blues - #95
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Colonel_kernel
I’ve been there once and I know it feels terrible.  Keep your head up, this is only an opportunity for change.  And don’t be too proud to take advantage of any government programs if you need them, god knows you’ve been paying for them all your life.
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outlawmws
I've been there several times but like you I'm always "reinventing" myself.  So I usually land on my feet pretty quick.  think outside the box and watch for jobs with similar requirements.  then think about how to sell yourself for that position.    Best of luck on the search!
[Logo%20Outlaw-half] 
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“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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BSAGuy
rainjer wrote:
I have never been laid off or fired from any job I have had. I have always left the job with another one line up.

I have always made it thru the layoffs because I make my self more valuable by taking every opportunity to learn new skills or cross train. I was with the same Aerospace company from 1997 to 2014. I start as a material handler and left as the master scheduler. In the time with the company I did shipping, receiving, quality assurance, purchasing, planning & scheduling. I left that job because I could see the company had no new work coming in and all of the existing was going away. The company closed 14 months after I left...

My last company I did planning and IT work. I learned ans implemented bar code scanning and automated several manual functions such as label making and glass cutting optimization. My boss and calculated that process improvements I spearheaded saved the company over 1.2 million dollars annually.  That got me a 10 cent raise last year....


I have been fired 2x and merged 7 times.  Finally got up the nerve to go out on my own.  It's cold, harsh, and lonely, but I am doing OK, have no real boss, and can only get fired or merged by me, not by anyone else.

You have plenty of talent and a diverse background.  Is there some way you could do the "process improvement" gig as a consultant and charge a portion of the savings as your comp. In a model like that, you could wring $200-$300,000 out of a $1.2 million savings.
- Courtenay
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Chucker
I'm sorry Jeremy.

These events happen to many of us. They seem to be a calamity and in the next moment, an opportunity. Hope you find the opportunity in something you have the passion and skill. 
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
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Weirdnerd
I Just sent you a PM, let me know what do you think.

Werner
Can't sleep, squirrels will eat me....

If you need a Sun Flame Generator Model 100-107 ( for Sunflame lanterns models 105, 106, 107 and 110) give me a PM, I have close to 80 of those, 15 bucks each.


Werner
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Gasman64
Jeremy, I am sorry to hear of this, and also sorry I have no advice for you.  I'm just a blue collar schlub without an education, so I can't think of a way to help.
Steve
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74HARLEY
Sorry to hear that Jeremy, you're very talented! Something will come up soon.
Joe
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CaptainFantastic
Sorry to hear this Jeremy, but from what you have written it seems like you would be able to make a difference in a wide variety of other companies or sectors. Saving costs by process improvements is commendable, especially if the costs saved can be invested elsewhere for growth. I wish you all the best.

Last week, the place I work for filed for voluntary liquidation - not really related to covid-19 but more due to the very questionable behaviour of the shareholders, I think I am going to write a crime novel about it, the newspapers have covered it as well! This means I will soon be out too.

About 4 years ago I created my own company and I will freshen up my contacts and see what happens. Founding even a small company was very rewarding and I felt real pride in doing so. But after all the stress of the past 2 years at the current place I have to take a break (by order of Mrs Fantastic). My BP went way up and I need make time for myself and family again. Not to mention the lanterns waiting to be cleaned up! I am fortunate to be able to do this, but I recognise not everyone can and that must be very tough.
Ian - Looking for these dates 7/82, 7/92, 8/93, 9/03, 11/05, 5/17
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uvarmint
Sorry to hear this Jeremy, but from what you have written it seems like you would be able to make a difference in a wide variety of other companies or sectors. Saving costs by process improvements is commendable, especially if the costs saved can be invested elsewhere for growth. I wish you all the best.

Last week, the place I work for filed for voluntary liquidation - not really related to covid-19 but more due to the very questionable behaviour of the shareholders, I think I am going to write a crime novel about it, the newspapers have covered it as well! This means I will soon be out too.

About 4 years ago I created my own company and I will freshen up my contacts and see what happens. Founding even a small company was very rewarding and I felt real pride in doing so. But after all the stress of the past 2 years at the current place I have to take a break (by order of Mrs Fantastic). My BP went way up and I need make time for myself and family again. Not to mention the lanterns waiting to be cleaned up! I am fortunate to be able to do this, but I recognise not everyone can and that must be very tough.


Questionable behavior of the shareholders?   Now that’s a twist.  Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.
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GCinSC
Are the planets aligned for retirement?

I just finished year 1 after 39 years in the same industry but four companies. This "situation" has put a kink in my plans but we're getting by just no travel.
Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0154
Mil-SpecOps #0308
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fuel brained
I have been there several times. I finely got fed up with the same bull and stepped out in faith. I started a maintenance business and it took off for 10yrs. I'll light up "OL-51" and send prayers and best wishes for a solution to Your temporary problem.
Pastor Jeff
God said "Let there be light" so He let His Son shine.
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Jeremy
I was in your shoes five or six years ago. The folks at unemployment said I was unemployable at anywhere near my salary at the time. Over twenty years at a family owned company that circled the drain within three years of the fathers death.
Unemployment suggested I start my own company and with guidance of the Small Business Administration I did just that.  It is lonely at times but it may be something you might want to pursue. I was lucky as the OL has a good job with pension and benefits.
I still struggle but get busier everyday.
Things tend to work out for hard working folks, like yourself.
Kevin
I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

ICCC # 1865

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Majicwrench
Bet you look back in a couple years and see this as a real blessing........

Go for it. Whatever it is.
Keith
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