I feel for the mom with the daughter in the Exxon office worrying about the health safety of her daughter with the prospects of all the alternate-lifestyle diseases that may certainly come from a more liberal Mobil workforce being intergrated into Exxon's workforce.
My kids have outside jobs so don't have the close-in pressures that an office environment imposes whether you know it or not. My career was in conducted in normal office environments. I remember the main worry I had was catching someone elses cold they brought to work. Apparently now the alternate-lifestyle people bring even worse germs to work. As a side benefit of my unscheduled early retirement, I am becoming more glad I don't have to face the germs of the office and actually that whole alternate-lifestyle bunch that you have to walk around on eggshells to be ever so careful you don't offend them in any way.
My stock is being voted absolutely NO on Number 8.
I'm still thinking about the basic merger proposal and the danger to the current Exxon employees in their office environments.