I don’t recall the exact wording, and I’m currently too lazy to Dogpile it up, but it’s something like “When the sh*t hits the fan, you find out who your real friends are.”
Now that I’m “involuntarily between jobs,” I’m working my contacts like crazy in search of freelance and/or full-time gigs. And I’ve noticed two major themes:
–LOTS of agency people are inconsiderate rude jerks. The kind that won’t even respond to a job inquiry with a quick e-mail or phone call. Common courtesy, people. Some day, it could be YOU sitting at home with a Scrubs rerun on in the background while you click “Check Mail” every two minutes.
–SOME people are awesome. People I barely know (or know only through other people) who send a kind word and a “I’ll keep you in mind” or “I’ll pass on your stuff.” That’s the kind of person I strive to be, and I’m grateful that others exist.
In a time when the word “friend” has taken on yet another meaning (thanks, Facebook and MySpace), I’m glad to have them in almost any form.