Well, the emotions have worn off. I've accepted the situation, but I'm not sleeping well. I officially kicked off the job search yesterday having completed my new resume and was able to talk to two real estate firms in the Dallas area. Neither firm was hiring but one wanted my resume and the other gave me some names to contact. I posted some information on a real estate related web site so there's another hook in the water.
By that time it was time to pick up my daughter from school. I was able to watch about one quarter of Seahawks football as they proceeded to kick the shit out of Philadelphia!! BWAHAHAHAH!! Then we headed over to my son's middle school to watch his concert performance. He plays the french horn and is pretty damn good but he wants to play guitar, instead. He has a higher-end Fender but needs guitar lessons (note to self: get on that soon). As is tradition, I take the kids to McDonalds after a school function.
Unfortunately, I had to tell them that this would be the last McDonalds trip for a while due to a very tight money supply. They understood because we had our long talk about two nights ago. My daughter was cool with it because she's young but also because she loves loves loves her grandparents in Dallas (my parents). But my twelve-year-old was holding back the tears. He has some really great friends here. I told him the Internet is a beautiful thing and vacation trips to Washington will definitely be in our future. After all, this is the most beautiful place on earth during the summertime. He is very liked in school and makes friends easily and so I suspect he'll quickly make new friends in Texas.
Today I found a job opening that I'm well qualified for in San Antonio. Even though I'm not targeting that particular part of Texas, I will apply for every job I find. No stone will be left unturned. I also filed for unemployment online today, which tested my dignity as I have never ever pursued government assistance at any point in my life ever! But I pay a lot of taxes so damnit help me the fuck out. Anyway, I was prepared to apply in person but CharlieDelta thankfully saved me from that misery by informing me that all of this can be done online. Thanks CD! Because the last thing I want to do is stand in a long miserable line with a bunch of degenerates and their screaming babies, all of whom I'm paying for.
So it's about 3:15 Texas time, and I'm going to contact at least two more real estate firms in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area today. My goal is to contact as many firms as possible each day and send my resume to as many places as possible. It's the old junk mail strategy.
At some point I need to start researching places to live. Unfortunately, we'll be renters for a while until I climb up the money tree once again. My financial situation has been deteriorating across the last six months due to slower work, which has lead to lower income, together with inflation, and of course higher utilities costs during fall and winter. It finally unraveled with the layoff notice representing the corn kernel atop the turd cake. My perfect credit has taken a beating as a result because I started falling behind on mortgage payments, and my revolving debt surged a bit. Add the unfortunate reality that my mortgage note is higher than what my property is worth and we have ourselves a losing situation. FannieMae has scheduled a meeting with me to discuss potential mortgage assistance, and the bank has scheduled a meeting to discuss all of the options available to me. Good fucking times.
Well, back to job searching...