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With all due respect and with all this bad economic times many engineers are struggling with, your post is a little out of touch with reality (not your reality).
We all are happy that you run a successful business and have the highest paid engineers working for you, where everyone else is suffering, you have grown the company 70 to 80 percent from last year, you make more money than you can spend, you have three air conditioners at your house, you got the rebate but you don't need it.... blah, blah, blah, .....on and on.
I forgot the point I was trying to make.

From: Stan Caldwell <stancaldwell(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Thursday, August 6, 2009 3:17:51 PM
Subject: Re: Off Topic: Economic Recovery

There are hints of good news to the South, as well.  My AIG stock went up more than 62% yesterday and a bit more today.  Just another measly 256% to go, and I will be "whole"!  Apparently, the AIG crooks are spending my tax dollars more wisely than the crooks that are managing my other financial stocks:  BAC, C, and WM.
Also yesterday, I began receiving resumes from former Walter P. Moore employees.  When they start laying off engineers, it is confirmation that times are really tough.
Sarcastic Stan

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 11:53 AM, Daryl Richardson <h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Fellow engineers,
        I am writing this in the hopes that it will provide some encouragement to those of you who are hurting.
        In the past couple of weeks or so there have been announcements indicating that the recession in Canada was over as well as other indicating that it was not necessarily so; that there was still some bad news to come.  This is significant improvement from three months ago when everyone was spouting nothing but doom and gloom.
        Our banking system, which is more conservative than yours and more regulated, did not suffer a single failure.  In fact, I don't personally know of any bank that even cut dividends.  In fact, stogy old Bank of Montreal announced in March that it had been paying dividends since 1829 and it was NOT going to stop now!
        One of my colleagues, who operates an structural engineering business (staff of 17 a couple of years ago, 23 today) is now interviewing potential new hires.  This is great news because it is generally known that engineering and architectural activities now usually lead to construction activities a few months down the road.
        I hope at least some of you consider this good news.
H. Daryl Richardson