"Brace yourself," she said.

It seemed like any other Friday morning. I went to the gym, took Dog to the park, made lunch and drove to work. I parked in the same spot. Swiped my security card at the same door and said "Mornin'" like I do every morning.

My co-worker, Carol looked like she had been crying.

"Layoffs."

Three in my department - 24 overall.

The layoffs and buyouts began at my company about three...
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