Thanks for the words of encouragement RJ. I tend to agree with you. There are some pretty terrible search results right now in the serps for both long tail and short tail key words in my industry. I doubt that Google is going to keep it the way it is... I still will have to let go of 7 - 8 employees tomorrow though.. and I think that the point is mostly for Google to be more responsible about making these changes over a longer period of time or "warning" people.
The after-the-fact blog announcement with a title "Have you noticed the better SERPS lately" is pretty obnoxious. It shows what a lack of understanding/respect/care that Google execs have for the honest hard working folks that make up it's user base. It's almost like they did not even want to make the announcement, like a child getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Recently there has been news about Google execs being "all grown up..." You know what, Google execs are "all grown up" they are grown up UFC wrestlers except with more power, less compassion for their "foe" and the shallow veil of an argument about there being a "zero sum game." I guess being "all grown up" means you get to be the big bully on the street.