Sandpanther (sandpanther) wrote,

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Thinking Out Loud

My company got bought. This is not news. The deal is supposed to close in November.

I was planning on going to Japan for about a week in November, to take an iaido test. I have the vacation time for this, and I've set aside the money to pay for it. It's a bit of a pain doing that so soon after buying a house, but I'll live. It's a budgeted expense, so it's not the end of the world.

Unfortunately, when I stare at those two paragraphs, one thought occurs to me: I'm going to be on vacation when the deal buying out my company closes. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Should I go, or should I stay?

On the one hand, I would be gone during a lot of Important Company stuff. I might miss meetings where they announced plans for the future of the company, which may have great financial impact on me. On the other hand, I get to stay away during all the fuss and the politics. There are advantages to that. Also, this is the best opportunity for me to go to Japan to test for at least a year and a half.

This morning my Cute Lil Brain decided to throw an additional kink into the whole thing. It pointed out that if I decide that no, really, it probably isn't a good idea to be gone when the company gets bought, then I have vacation time and money available to go somewhere else. And that taking a vacation before the company is bought might be a prudent idea, since life gets very uncertain after that. It further pointed out that Wales Rally GB is a month away, so it's still not too late to think about going.

I hate my Cute Lil Brain sometimes.

So now I dither. Do I move forward with plans to go to Japan in November, and decide that I just don't care about what else may be going on at the same time? Should I err on the side of caution, and skip going to Japan -- which leaves the door open for going to Wales? Or do I go the ultra-cautious route, and decide to spare myself the expense and just sit at home and console myself with thoughts of Mexico?

It's frustrating. I feel like this year I'm going to keep missing opportunities because there is so much uncertainty in my life that I keep holding off, hoping for some stability. If I hadn't been doing that, I would have gone to test in Japan this past April, and might even have gone to Rally Mexico (which sounded like a total party, *sniff*) Instead I did the safe thing, and I feel like I missed out on a lot of opportunities because of that. And I feel like because of the job uncertainty, I'm about to do it again.

On a slightly related note, it is very odd to be in a position where I hope that the company buy-out does go through. (It's worth more money to me if it goes through than if it doesn't; it still doesn't mean that I am not still looking for a new position starting come November.) I think I might be about the only peon not hoping that it falls apart.

Randomly, I think the double chocolate chip creme was a tactical error. *bounciebounciebouncie*

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