Wow. I feel loved.
Thanks to everyone for your words of encouragement, phone calls, emails, prayers and wishes. The silver lining of our current storm cloud has definitely been soaking in the warmth of your friendship.
I think we're gonna be ok.
Not to bore you with the excruciating business details, I will liken Brad's job situation to something we all understand and enjoy:
Just imagine that Brad's company is a successful beauty salon. Brad is a colorist (a very masculine colorist, of course) who specializes in foil highlights. In fact, he is the only one in the entire salon who does foil highlights and he is really very good, with a huge book of clients.
Due to the economic downturn, this salon decides to streamline its operation and completely shuts down the color department, choosing to specialize only in haircuts. Boring, right!?
The good news is that Brad can take all his loyal highlight customers to any new salon he chooses. Next week he will be meeting with a few other salons who want him to bring his foils, brushes, & faithful clients and set up shop in their beauty parlor.
So, substitute "telecommunications firm" for beauty parlor, "market research" for foil highlights, and "vice president" for colorist and you have the general idea.
Although, wouldn't it be great if he actually could touch up my roots?!
Here's to looking for the silver lining...