My Mom was just let go... a larger company bought out their company and let a bunch of people go. She's not looking very hard for something right now, since I am due in Feb, she kind of likes the idea of just enjoying the holidays and new year -- getting some time helping with the new baby -- and then heading back to work. (She had seen it coming once the merger happen and was prepared. My father still works.) I can say that the recent economic plunges have really hurt their retirement plans. My father is 65 and had planned to stop working but their 401k took such a beating now it feels like he "can't" stop yet.
at 4:31 PM on Nov. 15, 2008