I have withheld posting on UPSers.com, as I haven't survived working for one institution for more than half my life being totally stupid. Yet somehow I felt the urge to register and post here after many years of lurking. Someone has a tag line of I love my job, I hate what they do to it. I agree. In my heart, tomorrow will be a day to reflect on how the rules were changed along the way from my day 1 until now. They took a little here, a little there, and then I saw clearly that the values of UPS and its founders' were taken off life support in June. I don't smoke, but 3 days in a web posting? Come on. I started when I was 18 and am now pushing 50. This ain't what I signed up for. But I get it, life is a gamble. After 25+ years, I am coming up on the short end of the promises made back in the 80s. The old career development joke is I don't have a career, but only a set of assignment changes until retirement. Truer now than I ever dreamed. I post only to reflect, it hasn't been a bad ride, but I know they got me. Suckered me in. I'm now on the hook for a few more years, maybe more if they change the rules again. But at least I now have the wisdom to see, that all and all, we are all just bricks in the wall. My 50-60 hour weeks, canceling vacation days, missing family milestones are over. Rest in peace Jim, but for me Founders' Day is now only honored with a moment of silence.