Tone Parsons

Life takes the other fork in the road

Sometimes life gets in the way of your plans.  No matter how well you have it all planned out, things can change, and suddenly, you’re launched into the ether.  This is what happened to me.

After working at my company for 6 years, I finally got my dream job as the Senior Web Developer.  They paid me to do what I loved the most… playing with photoshop and illustrator and creating web based applications.  They treated me like a king, paid me very well,  and let me run down whatever path I chose.  Life was unbelievably good!

Then, the floor fell out.

Friday was my last day at the office.  I packed up my things and went home at the end of the day.  I’ve been placed on disability because of my back.  While I’ll live the rock-n-roll lifestyle from now on (wake up, take a large amount of drugs, play with my guitar), I’m not very happy about it.  I’m only 41… far too early to retire!


Luckily, I have insurance for just such an occurrence.   It covers me until age 65, and I’ll still be getting most of a paycheck during that time (most being 70%).  While that’s a pretty big cut in pay, it beats nothing… and I was paid well, so I’ll be ok financially.

Now I have to figure out how to fill my days.


9 Comments so far

  1. Zipper October 27th, 2007 9:17 pm

    I am so, so sorry to hear this.

  2. bugfreezer October 27th, 2007 11:13 pm

    Wow, that was quick as all get out. I knew this was in the works, but OWCH!

    I’m so sorry. You are in my prayers.

  3. Chas October 28th, 2007 9:05 pm

    Ouch, in more ways than one. Your pretty swift and will come up with something i’m sure.

  4. Dan October 29th, 2007 9:11 am

    I feel for you my brudduh!

  5. Kim G October 29th, 2007 9:17 am

    I am so sorry Tone! Hopefully, your doctors will find some way to get this fixed. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and if you need anything, you let us know.

  6. Cuzz Henk October 29th, 2007 7:31 pm

    Hey man, As one door in your life closes you may find that another door opens. and with the drugs your taking you may see more than one door. Both Linda and I hope that the door you find will open onto Great health and more photoshop fun for ya.

  7. G & L October 29th, 2007 9:20 pm

    Hey Favorite Neph,
    Looks like you’ll now have more time to spend With your Mom & Grandma?…ha ha….
    Okay, with that cheery thought, seriously, we are sorry you have to give up the job you really enjoyed and were so successful at. Hope things get better soon and we’re pulling for you.
    Uncle George and Aunt Linda

  8. Mike S October 29th, 2007 9:48 pm

    Sorry to hear that, I know exactly how you feel. I was about a decade older though, and eligible for early retirement. I’ve found that it really did open new doors. We returned to our home state and became active in the community at a pace I could take. Also helped a few deserving people start businesses as ‘silent partner’. There’s plenty to get involved with, all of it rewarding in one way or another. Just find a pace that suites your situation and talents. Teaching as substitute in local schools and lecturing at local university branch was great while I could do it as well. With your computer talents you’d be a great asset anywhere, and you could pick your own schedule, or lack of one. Best of luck to you my friend.

  9. pigman October 30th, 2007 9:39 am

    I already told you what a great guy you are. I want you to know I grabbed your old tape dispenser and made it my own. I will remember you every time I rip one off. (The tape that is).

    We will see your return!