I'm quite surprised at how busy things seem even though I'm now officially unemployed. Thursday was spent deciphering the industrial relations and tax arrangements, and catching up with various folks.
Friday I went back to the office to pickup my stuff. After almost 8 years I had a literal car boot full of stuff on my desk, crammed into drawers and on the *two* returns I needed to display all my toys. :D Played a game of soccer up at KGV as we had entered a lunchtime indoor soccer tourney there prior, and then spent the afternoon distracting folks from Hack Day.
The weekend was the same as any weekend. I had to go to Ikea to buy a shelf to store all the crap that was previously at work. :) Mum & dad suggested we visit Vietnam & Malaysia since I now have some free time and dad has long service leave. The tickets are now booked and I went to the Vietnamese Consulate today to get my tourist visa.
Monday saw me back in the office to hand in the various redundancy forms & legalese, a few goodbyes then it was up to the pub and dinner with my fellow unemployed bums. :)
This morning I went into Donington, the start of a series of sessions paid for by Yahoo! aimed to help staff transition to whatever they choose to do in future. Its pretty cool - using a few strength/weakness like/dislike exercises they try to help you clarify what you might like to do next but they don't actually find a job for you. I think this separation is good, avoiding potential conflicts of interest and it allows for a lot of flexibility in terms of folks wanting to do their own thing etc.
After that I popped into Paxtons as I needed a passport photo for the tourist visa mentioned earlier. Paxtons do passport photos for $15 with a one hour turnaround. I couldn't understand why it cost so much, nor the slow turnaround, so I pulled out my digital camera (which is always in my backpack), took a photo of myself in front of their handy white screen, and used the Kodak kiosk to create my own "mini-prints". I printed 9 passport sized photos for $1.50 (the minimum cost for a "mini-print", printed instantly), and it took all of 15 minutes. For whatever reason the "proper" way of printing takes an hour but doing it myself with the kiosk allows instant printing. I did call the Consulate to check if this was ok and I highly recommend this method if its suitable for your needs (passport photo requirements can be notoriously picky so beware).