Sadly the snowy owl in DC was hit by a bus. He’s doing well in raptor rehab, and to their credit, the DC police trailed the owl for hours before it was captured after injury. Snowy owls prefer wide open spaces, and there isn’t a whole lot of that in downtown DC. He gave it a good try though.

I am only just starting to feel better from being sick for a month. An especially snotty cold that started on New Year’s Eve turned into sinus congestion and then an infection there and in the lungs. Between the flooding, cold weather, and sinus/chest congestion I’ll have to say January sucked. On the bright side, my renter’s insurance covered a replacement for my computer desk, the funds more likely to go to rent and food.

The contracting job that got me through the holidays is now over, and I’m now just looking for any kind of cash flow. I’ve been exploring temp agencies and am noticing hourly wages are lower than they used to be. I think advertised annual salaries are lower too. I didn’t realize what a good salary I had with my previous job that I left. Of course rent and overall cost of living has not dropped. If I don’t get a decent source of income soon, I have about a month or two before rent and food start to become a struggle. I don’t know what I am going to do at that point.

It looks like the job I interviewed for at the institute of higher learning where I used to work is not going to pan out. My sources in that office say they seem to be on the next round of interviews, which I have not been invited to. I understand that my experience may have eclipsed a more junior level position. It’s clear that I have done the work they’re asking for, but I suspect they’re looking for someone younger or with less experience. That’s the conundrum I’ve been experiencing lately. I think I’m ready for a more senior-level position, and have been targeting those kinds of jobs for the long run.


  1. Sean says:

    I saw the story about the owl and thought of you right away. Glad it’s getting good care!

  2. Mari says:

    If food is ever a problem, you’re welcomed to some of our food storage, which is mainly rice and lentils. Yummy yummy lentils.

  3. brettcajun says:

    Let me take care of you deep in the bayous of Louisiana… THINK Misery x2. 😉

  4. mark says:

    ….while contemplating that off Jimbo, watch ‘The Skeleton Key’ and remember to not be Buddist there.

  5. mark says:

    Buddhist, even.

  6. NIFP says:

    Keep things like food stamps in mind. No shame in your game, and you can conserve some $$$ for rent.

  7. Dax says:

    Are you just looking inside DC? Or have you tried outside the beltway like Arlington, Frederick, Columbia or even Baltimore?

    I read an article in the Washington Express (I wished I had saved it) the subject was how salaries and hourly wages have actually dropped in DC from full time in favor of part time so employers can save money regarding benefits, mean while rent and over all cost of living has risen in DC. Then again I always found rent in DC over inflated

    If I hear anything Job wise I will contact you

  8. brettcajun says:

    I personally think Jimbo should hang up his bachelorhood and let someone make him an honest wife. Of course, this will require lots of therapy to unwrap the layers upon layers of thorny JIMBONESS. Can Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew and Judge Judy bring their collective minds together and team tackle that
    project? I think it’s worth a shot!

  9. cb says:

    Poor Hedwig! I hope she does ok.

  10. sterling says:

    Brett, with you off the market there’s no one for him. Would anyone be able to listen to the constant complaints and utter lack of compromise? Maybe a Jewish mama’s boy?

  11. brettcajun says:

    I hold out hope that ONE GOOD LAY will do the trick and FIX Jimbo. :)

  12. mark says:

    …we need an update. How is the owl?

  13. jimbo says:

    The owl is doing well in rehab, with the National Zoo I believe.