Apparently my company was doing much worse than anyone realized because 6 positions were eliminated today (about 10% of total management), mine being one of the 2 highest level jobs lost. The President of the company was obviously nervous in his meeting with me, making it clear that this was not performance related, but rather a cost-cutting move. I bit my tongue rather than suggest that fixing his crappy management techniques would be a smarter move than laying people off - and instead gave him the Japanese silent-negotiating technique, staying quiet even when he stopped talking until he got uncomfortable enough to start talking again just to fill the space. Fuck it - there was nothing to say. They gave me 4-weeks pay as a severance package although I think I'm going to have to argue with them to pay out my unused vacation time. Tomorrow I start contacting my former (local) clients and see if they have any openings. I'm also putting the word out to friends and contacts to see what's available. Wish me luck!