Get it? No - except for Morty, I would bet that most don't.
At my "going-away" lunch, there was food. But NO cake! WTF? Granted I can't complain too much. I didn't want any to-do in the first place, so I stayed away from any planning even when they asked what I wanted. I would have rather had cake than lunch. Overall though it was nice. Decent mexican food and everyone was nice and seemingly sorry to see me leave the department.
I still don't know I'm going away. I am definitely exiting the department and my job, but possibly not the organization. Interviews on Thursday went well. I think I'm their top candidate. Actually, I think I'm their only candidate. Not because no one else applied. There is nothing to apply for. There is no approved job via H.R. This new division approached me out of the blue. So there is hope of employment.
I guess there are a few reasons no one has been selected. One being the old person is still there, now doing two jobs. In this home stretch of the fiscal season, it makes sense not to hire anyone just yet so they can be favorable to budget. My other thought was that they know I'll be out of a job and they can offer it to me and lowball me somewhat. I'd never tell them, but I'd take the job for what I was making - even though it is larger in scope. I don't mean that because I need a job. I wanted the job, and I know that I was well paid for what I do. I don't want them to think they can't afford me.
I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, but having possible two or three jobs (my old dept, which I am not interested in) almost immediately upon leaving is great, but leaves me no breathing room to look. I think it is extremely difficult to do a real job search when you're fully employed. Career searches can be full-time jobs in themselves. The ultimate would be time off to do that search and then if need be, come back to all those available options if needed. And that they held open just for you.
....a boy can dream.