Friday, January 9, 2009

Behind Every Cloud is a Silver Lining and Behind Every Highlight is a Silver Foil


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:
Hair.

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...

20 comments:

Annie said...

You are hereby crowned the queen of fabulous metaphors. May manly highlight specialist Brad find a great beauty salon of his dreams.

Which reminds me, I need to make a hair appointment for my own dreary January hair.

Cathy said...

I totally "ditto" Annie! I hope and pray it all works out better even than expected!

Lisa-Marie said...

Oh, Gab. I have missed so much. I am sorry that you are on this roller coaster ride. BUT, of course you are amazing and are teaching us all lessons along the way.

Good cluck to the fab colorist. He'll be working his magic again in no time!

Hollyween said...

I seriously LOVE your analogy and amazing attitude. Oh, and the ability to write it all so well and beautifully.

Everthing is going to be fine. Especially if he's that good of a 'colorist'.

Hugs from Holly...

Annemarie said...

Oh yea, now you're speaking my language!!

the MomBabe said...

I totally get that analogy. TOTALLY.

♥Shally said...

I would totally go with the great colorist!!

Good luck to him!

Lindsey said...

Can he open his OWN shop?? :)

lusciouschaos said...

Two years ago my husband was riffed after working at the company 30 years. It wasn't devastating because we had savings but having been out for job market for so many years his interview skills were a little rough. I know what you are going through. He may want to include the higher end temps agencies. Many large corporations hire contract temps to hire here in CA. Saves them from bad hires because they get to know the person without a full committment. Firing someone in CA is costly and painful if they don't work out.
All the best.

Lauren in GA said...

You explained it perfectly!! I agree with Annie...you are the queen of metaphors!!!!!!!!

We all just love you so much, Gabi and we all wish you the best! That handsome, masculine colorist will be setting up a better shop situation in no time!

andrea said...

i'm going to start calling brad "hollywood".

i mean, whenever i talk to him.

which i never do.

so i'll probably never actually call him that.

so the joke isn't so funny anymore.

cami said...

I hope one of the "beauty parlors" that want him & his clients are located in PHOENIX!

wenderful said...

Good luck to your favorite colorist. It sounds like he'll have no problem finding a new salon. ;)

Celia Fae said...

Yeah, are you going to have to move?

Brill metaphor. Love it. Want to copy it.

I am a little stressed about your whole job situation but it seems like you've got it under control.

TravelinOma said...

This is the kind of life experience that turns people gray. Luckily Brad can turn you both back to brilliant blond. No foiling, your blog is a highlight every day!

diane said...

I love your analogy. Now hair color I get. Good luck.

Robin said...

If your husband is the colorist, my husband is the nail technician.

Marci said...

Thanks for always finding the perfect way to explain everything. You have such a way with words. I am sure Brad is the best "colorist" around, and it will all work out for the best. You are in my thoughts!!

Ilene said...

Oh what would I give to be married to a colorist.

A literal colorist, not a figurative.

Maybe if Dan loses his job next week, I can sign him up for hair school. Thanks for the idea.

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