I haven’t had any luck finding a job so far, and my lease here in NJ ends at the end of July, so the new plan is to drive back to NM and stay with my mom for a while and look for jobs out there. I’ve come to the realization that I’d rather work in the West anyway, and the NY/NJ area seems to be particularly bad for planning jobs right now (which is really saying something), so this isn’t that bad a solution for me. I’m sure I’ll find something eventually, but it may take a while. The job market is really, really bad right now, and while I realize everyone knows that, I really don’t think people who aren’t unemployed right now realize the magnitude of it.
I’ve decided that rather than trying to just drive straight through, which would probably take about four days, I’d prefer to take a leisurely road trip and see some stuff along the way. There’s a lot of stuff in the Midwest and South that I haven’t seen but would like to, mostly but not exclusively archaeological sites, plus I’ve always wanted to do this kind of road trip but never had the opportunity before. When I’ve done previous road trips there has always been a time constraint, although its nature and strictness has varied. This time, though, it really doesn’t matter when I get to my mom’s house, so I’m thinking I’ll take a week to ten days to make my way across the country and just get there when I get there. It should be fun, and I’ll probably chronicle it here (and/or on the other blog) as I go.