Well - just got word that my background checks panned out and that I start a new job Monday at our local power company! I've been contracting for them for 15 years (since I left their sister company in an early out program and started my own business). This will have me doing the same job I've been contracting to do (training development) and provide benefits. I'll also stay involved in my other companies. So, to all of those still looking - don't give up; there are jobs out there and there are companies hiring!