And now it can be told… My employer has merged with its arch rival. It is reported to be a merger of equals and a combination of strengths. In reality, it feels a little less “equal” as the transition thus far has been a bit bumpy. I suspect more bumps lay ahead as we merge our operating systems and further define roles and responsibilities. But I have signed my offer letter, picked up slack where slack needs to be picked up, and continue to hope for the best. Having a job is a good thing, given the alternative.