@queensissy: I agree, a more clear heads up would have helped. It would have been a show of good faith too, a recognition of respect for us, who are partners, not beneficiaries, of WordPress.com. Instead, they treated us like dirt.
I chose WordPress specifically because it was not commercial and had classier themes than blogger. (Come to think of it, I'm not sure blogger has big, intrusive, unrelated, tacky ads like poppressed etc.)
So now, without warning, just as I'm starting to beef up my career blog to complement my newly beefed up linkedin profile - for my urgent job search - here comes these ugly, cheesy, gross ads that make me look completely unprofessional.
I will be looking for a new home for my blog. Thanks for nothing, WordPress.