Chuck, about to jump off a cliff

Seriously! More later.

November 29, 2004 at 02:49 PM in Revelations Regarding Life, the Universe, and Crap | Permalink


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Get out! I hope it's all for the best, obviously, and look forward to hearing more. Um, congratulations!(?)

Posted by: Sharyn at Nov 29, 2004 3:02:17 PM

umm, congratulations!(?)

this is exactly the right response. :-)

Posted by: chuck at Nov 29, 2004 3:40:53 PM


Posted by: Jonathan at Nov 29, 2004 3:57:57 PM

go chuck, go!

Posted by: kathryn at Nov 29, 2004 4:05:39 PM

Holy Crap! That sucks, buddy. But, uh, if you do jump off a cliff... remember to bring a parachute. And, be careful about the timing.

But, uh, no bungee jumping, ok?

Good luck, buddy.

Posted by: Juliah at Nov 29, 2004 4:07:22 PM

By the way -- no, this doesn't mean i've heard anything from INdTV. I made this decision independently of knowing whether or not I'd get a job there. I'm not even 100% sure I'd take the digital correspondent job (which I'm sure drives some people nuts!).

Long story short: I've been fairly unhappy with my job for the last few years. Obviously I've gone in a whole new direction outside of my job, and I've been pretty successful at it. I got a new boss who was more strict about my physical presence and hours, and also wanted to take my job further away from what I like doing (i.e. creating) -- so things kind of came to a head last week and I fret all weekend about it. After much "soul-searching" the only outcome where I imagined myself happy is this one. Quitting, but going freelance, and exploring film/blogging/??? brave new world opportunities.

I had the meeting with my boss today, and I could have easily trudged along the same path. But I dropped da bomb, and he was very supportive and excited for me, and perhaps a little envious.

So, Welcome to Chuck 2.0

(or is it 3.0? I lose track...)

Posted by: Chuck at Nov 29, 2004 4:31:29 PM

Hey Chuck, way to go. I'm sure within a few months you'll look back and think, "what was I worried about?" Maybe you'll be getting that call from INdTV on Wednesday. I'll feel less bad about not getting it if someone like you does.

Posted by: Michael Verdi at Nov 29, 2004 5:41:01 PM

I've often wrestled this. So far, I'm still trudging along.

Good luck!

Posted by: Luke Francl at Nov 29, 2004 7:00:00 PM

Luke, I don't know how you manage to have a job on top of everything you got going on. More power to ya. :-)

Thanks Michael - I'm lovin' the FILMMAKER game.

So I keep thinking, if this was the right decision to make, why don't the butterflies in my stomach go away?

The uncertainty, yes.

But also: The convenience store tuna sandwich.

Posted by: Chuck at Nov 29, 2004 7:00:45 PM

Dude, you ate a convenience store tuna sandwich?

Posted by: Juliah at Nov 29, 2004 7:25:08 PM


Posted by: Sharyn at Nov 29, 2004 7:43:44 PM

Ok. You've done it. You've forced me to post to your blog. The only other blog I've ever posted to (is "posted to" the correct terminology?) was Plain Layne's and I'm still mad about that.

Anyway, DAMN. I wish you would have told them to go fuck themselves (can you say "fuck" on this blog?) and made some clever remark like, "As if ruining the broadcast side of TPT wasn't enough, you've now decided to attack me and ruin the web side as well?" or "I see you're still working on the goal of getting the staff size down to zero" (well, you know, stuff like that--but more clever).

You know, if you would have gotten fired like I did, you could have gotten unemployment. Alas. There’s always next time.

Best of luck on your new endeavor. I can't imagine you'll have a hard time getting freelance work. And then you can turn it down when you’re working on your Mr. Big Shot films. Plus, that chick of yours can always get a second job to support you.

Anyway, congrats on the big decision. Yer cool.

Posted by: blond girl at Nov 29, 2004 8:43:12 PM

wow. thats huge!
working self employeed has been the best thing I've ever done, and the scariest.
get your minnesota care health insurance, triple your previous hourly wage, buy quickbooks for taxes and you'll be alright.

When I read your headline, I instantly reached into my bag of business ideas and found a couple that I think you'll dig.

lets go for coffee then get drunk over lunch. currently I have one day booked in April, but otherwise I'm free.

Posted by: brian at Nov 30, 2004 12:05:03 AM

slow wave films eh? hey you got DVDs -- you're done with the sleep doc?!?!

dude. you gotta help me setup an LLC. oh, and maybe you can help me with my DVD fiasco. also, i forgot to thank you in the credits for helping me make a Blogumentary DVD a super long time ago and lending me some lighting junk and stuff. yeah man, let's have a 3martini lunch. i'm ready for crazy new bidness ideas. it's all about the multipronged income. i need more prongs.

"blond girl": oh you are crackin' me up. i was gonna try to get fired (really, i was on my way) but couldn't bring myself to go that route. but, i am sortof the "station pet" and i like to imagine some people will be like "WTF???" when they hear the news i'm out the door. like, why did we lose chuck? then again, perhaps nobody will notice. shhhh.

Posted by: Chuck at Nov 30, 2004 12:19:23 AM

You baby.

I leave the country and you quit!??

Thats cool though. I quit my fancy Paramedic job about 5 years ago with no real plan except that I was sick of having heartburn all the time. I have mostly not looked back and many great things have come along because of it.

Definitely keep or get some health insurance so Low doesn't have to play a benefit show for your ass (or jaw) and work your connections. You should come to Duluth on a Thursday sometime and DJ with me. You get free food, beer and 20 bucks. That's livin'

Stockholm is pretty cool too.

Posted by: starfiyah at Nov 30, 2004 11:45:29 AM

I can't believe it! You quit! Good for you! Now go live your life as you
want to live it. Chuck, you rule.

Posted by: secret girlfriend at Nov 30, 2004 2:34:51 PM

Good luck Chuck. You are too intelligent for it not to work out, taking risks like the one you are taking is what leads to anything good in life. It sounds like you did it the right way too, there is no reason to burn bridges or make any statement to the company that ultimately only hurts you.
Good for you. Maybe I will see in you Duluth if you come to screen Blogumentary than.

Posted by: Ca-chee at Nov 30, 2004 3:30:27 PM

This is huge news!
Congrats and perhaps some of Brian's insight will spark a new path.
How brave you are, and unfortuneately many folks out there will be stuck working for some lame american corporation forever. Only getting more and more grumbly every year.
You had the guts and I admire that greatly!

Posted by: Rena at Dec 1, 2004 9:36:06 AM

Frightening, isn't it?

I hope I was able to help make your decision a bit easier, through my example.

Ex-officemate and fellow quitter,

Posted by: Rich at Dec 2, 2004 10:28:21 AM

Thanks you guys!

Frightening. Exciting. Loud. Furry.

I stand up and I proclaim proudly, "Yes America, I am a quitter!"

Posted by: Chuck at Dec 2, 2004 2:45:08 PM

Good work Chuck - I myself quit TPT back when it was still KTCA and I haven't missed the taupe hallways once. Or were they mauve?

See how quickly it passes?

Anyway, it was hard leaving the relative security of a regular paycheck, but since somehow they decided it was no longer reasonable for a TV station to make TV and just about everybody I worked with had already been given the boot, I figured it was just a matter of time.

Sounds like you made a good choice. I wanna see your film.

Posted by: J at Dec 3, 2004 3:02:41 PM

You gave me a sneak preview of this future. I'm just glad you made it. So many people are parked on the verge. I look forward to keeping up with you and this frightening exciting loud furry thing called your life. Also your restaurant reviews of SuperAmerica and PDQ.

I'm on startup #5 now. It gets a little harder each time because the inertia snowballs -- mortgage payments, kids, now the need for kickass health insurance -- but I guess I'm addicted to those convenience store tuna sandwiches.

Posted by: Odin at Dec 3, 2004 10:06:23 PM

I quit my job today, too. WHEEEEE!!!

Posted by: Austin at Dec 28, 2004 10:27:36 AM

I quit my job today too. I was bypassed my promotion, they hired a 60 year old lady outside of the company who couldn't even fufill her job description... she quit today too, they begged me to stay...told me the job was mine.... fuck em.. Sometimes the money isn't worth the priceless dismayed look on their faces. I feel great.

Posted by: Kendra at May 18, 2005 1:14:57 PM