Okay, it didn't really happen like that. :) I knew I was on my way out because I was informed of that likelihood a few months ago. (although I'd be stupid if I hadn't figured this out years ago. None of this had the looks of a lasting career and that wasn't really what I wanted anyway.) I just didn't know when it would happen. They probably chose this day as a convenient stopping point between pay periods.
So yesterday afternoon, the managers and I had a little meeting. Then I went to HR to get the paperwork. She seemed a little surprised that I was happy about it but in truth, I'd been planning to leave anyway. I'm glad I waited for them to make the move though because there is a difference between voluntary and involuntary termination. Thanks to ARRA 2009, COBRA premiums are significantly lower for the latter.
There is a lot of stuff, mostly books, that I'd left at work over the years. Yesterday, I carted out 3 boxes of books, gadgets, and memorabilia. Today was my last day of work. I returned to HR to submit the paperwork. I'll be getting a severance payment as well as cash for the ridiculous number of leave days that I haven't yet used. I got the rest of my stuff out of there. Resolved as many bug reports as I could and left notes on the rest to help whoever takes my place. (It could be a sign of trouble that they didn't train anyone to take over but hey, that's not my problem any more.) Had a final talk with a manager and then I left. After 14.5 years, it's over! I'm glad.