I was listening to All Things Considered on NPR the other night, and heard a story that I thought was just really neat, in the midst of all the economic gloom and doom.
Here's a bit of the transcript of the radio story from NPR's website...
I recommend you listen to the report itself here.All Things Considered, January 8, 2009 · When the giant savings and loan Washington Mutual failed in September and had to be bought by JPMorgan Chase, not much changed for its clients. But its employees were laid off by the thousands. The WaMu workers in Seattle, the site of the S&L's headquarters, decided to throw themselves a party — a festive "WaMu Wake."
"I wanted so much to retire with this company," says Iris Glaze, a WaMu employee who will lose her job at the end of January. "And to think that I am going to be unemployed with so many wonderfully qualified people. I have to tell you, I have my bad thoughts, but why bother? Why would I want to dwell on the bad thoughts?"
I especially like the Beatles cover band playing "Help!"
and the emcee singing "I...Should've Known Better With a stock like that....
But I especially like the part where one employee says "we just wanted to find another way to say goodbye, and this one was waaaay better".
My car radio was tuned to the Sirius NPR channel, and I heard this story while I went to the store during halftime of a football game the other night. Guess I was just meant to hear it.