... with nothing new to report. Nothing at all.
The job search has been a bust so far. Well, not unless you include employment agency interviews that result in "we'll call you if we get something in that we think is suitable." Fantastic. Outside of that, I've been to no interviews for actual employers yet. Not one. I've had a couple of people in the agency-industry tell me to not get my hopes up for anything until after the first of the year. Then there have been others that have told me that employment is up right now... but those people haven't sent me to any interviews yet. So I'm crossing my fingers for 'after the first of the year' at this point. It's something.
In my excessive amount of downtime, I've gotten holiday shopping finished. I didn't allow myself to do as much as I typically would due to the job situation. Most of what's purchased is for the kids in the family... and then a few things for the other special people in my life. Hopefully it's enough.
I've been trying to be more open and available to people lately as well. These last couple of months have resulted in too much self-alienation from people. Too much self-pity. Too much depression. I'm afraid of that path, as it would land me in a place in my life that I was in years and years ago... and I would consider the 'dark years' of my life. So, instead I am making an valiant effort to combat those feelings. I'm trying to reintroduce myself to the world. To get out and share time with people I love - family and friends. It's taking some effort... some people aren't entirely receptive to me, and seem to show me a bit of resistance. I don't know if it's me, or if it's them. Regardless, I will still continue to try... I don't want to be the one who won't put forth the effort.
I'm trying to be optimistic about travels for the upcoming year With the lack of income on my behalf, I believe I'm reaching for something that isn't there. But it's nice to have dreams, right? The one event that I will do my best to make is the Pastafari event in Moab. It's a week-long, non-supported expedition into the Maze District of Canyonlands. All food, fuel, and camp gear must be brought for the whole week - no running to the convenient store if you forget something. We'll have to create a makeshift toilet as well... and pack EVERYTHING in and out. Makes for interesting packing, for sure.
Other than that, other travels of lesser priority would be to run the BA/BE Rally with Aaron. I wouldn't participate in the 'race,' persay... but instead I would act as a marshal (marshals are the ones responsible for tallying points and and enforcing rules). The other trip I'd like to make (that we missed this year) is East Coast Safari. In previous years, this event has been in Oak Ridge, TN. I think the idea is to plan for a different location for 2011. I seem to be on a planning committee for this event, and I'll start doing my homework/research on these locations after the first part of the year.
Eugene is currently in 2wd mode only right now. Fantastic with the winter here. Let's hope I can drum up my skill of driving a rear-wheel drive vehicle again. I haven't had to do that since the Ranger. The jeep needs a new pinion bearing in the front differential. The decision is whether or not to just replace that, or regear both front and rear differentials. Regearing is a lot more money, but would be better for power reasons and better for bigger tires next spring. We'll also be hashing this out after the first of the year as well.
If anyone has any pull with Santa Claus... tell him to bring me a good job for Christmas. Seriously.