The job search is still ongoing.
It doesn't look like my first-choice job is gonna open up anytime soon, so I'm looking at a couple of other government positions. Since I broadened my view, things have been moving a lot quicker on the job front, and it looks likely that I'll be back with the paid-workforce sometime in April.
Whenever I get that worked out I still plan on getting back to IL for a weekend or two. There might be some family issues that could bring me back to IL sooner than expected, but I'm not making any plans just yet.
Keep an eye out here for updates. I'll post it up as soon as I buy the tickets.
In the interim, I'm getting ready to sell off a bunch of the record store overstock off on eBay, and (at The Girl's urging) I've been looking into selling some of my photographs to a couple of stock houses.
One day, I hope that those serene nature shots I have taken can be used to sell tampons, boner-pills, or automobile insurance to the American consumer. I will die a happy man if I can get a photo of a crazy bag lady screaming at me from in front of a bus-stop ad for Monistat 7 featuring one of my flower photos.
You have your dreams, I have mine.
Since it's been really nice out lately, I've been out around town getting tons of pictures of all of the blossoms and whatnot. In preparation for 'going pro', I've started taking all of my photos in the TIFF format. That means that I've got to figure out how to (significantly) shrink the file size before I can get any of 'em up onto my Flickr page.
One other thing I'm considering (while I still have loads of free time), is wiping out my PC and reinstalling everything from scratch. The fucking thing is still doing that "waiting for files to be written to CD" thing that's driving me batty. I'm about ready to nuke the hard drive just to get rid of it.
If anyone had any suggestions and/or pointers to keep me from shooting myself in the foot on this one, please let me know.
Aside from all that, the only thing of interest is the load of good shows coming through DC in the next couple of weeks. I'm planning on seeing Electric Six this Saturday, Sebadoh next Tuesday, and we have tickets for The Stooges reunion show the following Thursday.
It looks like the rock gods are finally smiling on DC (after months of nothing).