In this case I saw the roadsigns for a long time and have been preparing for the turn but still, when it arrives it's a mixed basket of feelings. I work for IBM and on 06/12 I was informed there was a "Resource Action" and my services would no longer be required as of 07/12/2013. In other words - I am laid off. Good news is I get a decent separation package and even better is my snake hobby/business is built up to the point of my original "plan B" of it being my full time job is viable. I've said for many years I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up - snake breeder. Now it's time to transition to my dream job!!