Finally...FINALLY...after probably 1000 resumes being sent out, I landed an interview last Wednesday, today I received a call and they want to hire me. I was just really suprised that I have been out of full-time work for nearly 4 years. Of that time, I have not had 1 interview until last week. Then, from 1 interview, I am hired. Just kind of confusing, not that I am complaining. heh. I will be working through a contract company for Xcel Energy, the regional power company here in Colorado. I'll be working in the drafting/design department as a CAD guy doing drawings for the new relay/power stations going up around the region as well as helping the department head develop some new CAD standards to increase productivity. Though it is a contract position, they have always many years of work in front of them and when a position opens up in the company, they prefer to hire a contract employee who knows the work. So, for all essential purposes, it is a permanent position without any benefits right now. This will be both an increase in hours and pay from what I get now. I do plan on continuing work for my current boss on an as-needed and part-time basis, but we'll see how he responds when I break the news to him tomorrow. The new place wants me to start Aug. 29, but sooner if I can manage it. My current boss broke me some news earlier last week that may make this transition a bit smoother, but may make things a bit more difficult at the same time. Finally I can save some $ and not worry about drowning in the economy, at least for the time being.