This will be my final blog entry for a while. We are leaving Juneau Alaska soon, and heading back down to the Lower 48. Not sure where just yet - maybe northern Arizona. Maybe Montana. Somewhere for a month or so for now, just so that we can regroup, catch our breath and rest. Somewhere away from people. I don't want to be around people for a while............
I gave it everything I had. Did two jobs for eight months. Fought the politics with all the energy I could muster. Tried to make the changes they wanted me to make and when it all hit the fan no-one was watching my back.
So I resigned and that wasn't enough. My name and my professional reputation have been slandered and I walked away a month earlier than it says in the two line letter of resignation that I handed in a few weeks ago.
Juneau is the most beautiful place I have ever lived. I loved living in Alaska. You always hear stories about how rugged the landscape is. How inhospitable the weather is. How treacherous the mountains can be. It wasn't the weather or landscape that did me in. It was lying, conspiratorial, back-stabbing people I dealt with on a daily basis, and the toxic, ever changing, dysfunctional and unsupportive workplace that finally won out.
A few people from work want to know what they could have done differently or what the take away from this experience is. The take away from this is that I gave up everything I had in Tennessee to commit to a job and establish a new life here in Juneau. And I got fucked over.
I told someone quite a while back that the politics in Juneau was bad, and that I was afraid it was more than I could overcome. It WAS more than I could overcome. And now I have brought two young managers from across the country to this place and left them in a meat grinder. I wish them the best and hope that they have enough sense to get out early if it gets too bad.
I worked for the City and Borough of Juneau.
Currently I am uncertain whether or not to continue this blog and just rename it when I get squared away somewhere or just start a new blog.
Regardless, thank you to everyone who reads this thing. I appreciate all of you taking the time.