I was unable to make my computer support business provide full-time income, so I reluctantly sought a job.
Two separate interviews later, I'm working as an SDET (Software Development Engineer in Test [Automation]) at Microsoft in Redmond, WA.
I'm part of the team that just launched http://shopping.live.com/. IE only for now, but Firefox support is coming.
It's actually kind of interesting and fun working on a project with other smart people again. And the steady income will make my creditors happy, too.
My car broke again, but it was fixed within 1 week.
The front motor mount was torn and the bracket attaching it to the engine and transmission was snapped in half due to being improperly mounted; it was only attached with 1 of 3 needed bolts.
Also damaged was the 1 mounting point from the transmission case. Now the bracket is attached to the remaining 2 of 3 mounting points on the transmission and definitely feels a lot stiffer. This should suffice until I destroy the engine again or get a motorcycle for my daily 90 mile round-trip commute (argh).
To Degress (and anyone else cuirous):
I'm sorry for not responding to you; I hadn't checked back in on my journal until today and that thread is now locked.
Yes, I did see it coming, but not as soon as it happened... I was hoping to have my car fixed and my business ramping up so I could quit instead of allowing them the satisfaction of firing me. Fortunately (I guess), I was the very last person to be let go and the company was sold 1 week later. They did give me a decent severance package which supported us for about 1.5 months.
A co-worker friend left the company shortly after the sale as he had become sick of their crap.