Asshole postdoc who started around the same time as me got a High Impact Paper, I noticed today as I was catching up on my reading.
We work on totally different things, he hated his advisor, and he's quite the opinionated, pushy jerk.
I also note that he went gray/bald during his time here as a postdoc. I'm focusing on that as the silver (pun intended) lining.
He's also a foreigner, much as I hate to use that word (I always hear "furriner" in my head, it sounds so redneck to me). I don't know if he plans to return to his home country to get a job, or if he'll be yet another person competing with the likes of me.
Although I really can't compete with people who publish in Those Journals, can I?
In theory, this should light a fire under me to get my own paper(s) written up and finished, but I feel they have such a long way to go, and my chances of publishing them in This Particular Journal are next to nothing.
Working on polishing up the anger into something useful.