Sunday, April 01, 2007
I occasionally read your blog, time permitting. I've noticed an apparent decline in the general morale at LANL, at least as indicated by those who post to your blog. It occurred to me that it might be heartening for staff to learn that there is life after LANL, if that is the desired choice. As an example, you can access a press release on some of my current work, being conducted at my new place of employment, by clicking on the title of this post or the link below:
The work is fun stuff, with the added bonus that it is being conducted in an environment that is far less dysfunctional than what existed at LANL in 2005 when I left. I can only imagine what conditions are like there now.
Feel free to post this to your blog, if you feel it appropriate. Also, thanks for all the work you have put in to the LTCS blog. Sorry to see you shutting it down, but I completely understand your reasons for wanting to do so.
I'm glad to see that you were able to continue to do interesting science after leaving LANL. I remember when people here used to do exciting leading-edge computer science. As you might have guessed, there is not much science, period, being done at LANL these days, and the prospects for any interesting scientific research opportunities look worse with each passing day.
I expect it is time to get serious about leaving, myself.
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The fact that families are going to be impacted in a downsizing era and that I didn't bail earlier, seem to drive my daily vascillation between bolting even if it means a loss on the house and staying to work at the formerly-great Lab while holding out hope that we're doing something worthwhile.
Call it sheep-like or whatever, I should've left earlier and my seeming paralysis is certainly laced with self-loathing amidst the frustration and irritation for the circumstances.
While the Director swore under oath to Congress that morale at LANL was good, I have yet to speak to someone at the worker level that envisions LANL to be "better" than it is today. I have to assume he has access to information I don't.
Here are some numbers to think about. The week the RRW was announced there were 129 single family houses for sale listed on realtor.com for Los Alamos. Today (in less than 1 month) there are 159 listed. That is more than a 20% increase. The net houses listed are increasing at about 5 houses per week now. To sell in this market you'll have to lower the price you would have got 2-3 years ago by 10-20% I understand. Of course, if there is a significant down-sizing at LANL the current market would a seller's market in comparison. Just some numbers to consider...