so I happen to be spending the night in a town that I wasn't planned, as part of a road trip (nothing bad, just we decided to stop here). I have a old friend, who I haven't seen in 10 years, who happens to live here. a guy I used to work with for 3-4 years. VP in a corporation, he actually used to be one rank down below me in a different corporation that we both worked. he's been making really good money for the past few years, but seriously hasn't seen his kids at all, doesn't see or spend time with his wife, works crazy hours, hates his boss, etc.
anyway, I call him to say hello - it turns out he was hit by a car last week while biking. crushed his pelvis, broke his hip, collapsed his lung, got a concussion. he's going to be out of commission for 3-4 months at a minimum.
so I am telling him how sorry I am and so on, and then I say "well, ironically, I guess you'll at least get a vacation out of this, even though you won't enjoy it you probably need a vacation" and he tells me that he quit his job the week before - he was offered either to relocate someplace he doesn't want or a severance package, so he took the package. he was supposed to have a job interview the day of his accident. so, here he is, no job, on cobra, in the hospital, with 3-4 months before he can even start looking for a job. poor bastard