I haven't worked for 10 months, was out for 7 months for a surgery then got laid off when I went back to my job and for the past three months have not been able to find a job that event remotly has a decent wage. I started out working at my last job as a floor sweeper for minimum wage and ten years later I was the warehouse supervisor making a good living, I work hard but its just very dull work. My savings is now just about depleated and the bills will start to pile up and the rent is due soon. Its been tuff finding a new job that pays even close to what I was making. Unfortunatly I was never able to go to college and the trade I learned after high school doesnt really exist anymore, so I am pretty much unskilled labor. Two weeks ago (just before I go broke and have to start selling stuff off so I can live) I got a job at a furniture store. They hired me because they are going to need a furniture repairman in two months and because my former employer and supervisors gave me such good letters of recomendation they hired me right a way, but I had to work as a furniture deliveryman for the next two months until the repair job opened up. Like I said at the beginning of the thread, I havent worked for ten months. I didnt realize how out of shape I became. The first two days of delivering furniture was horrible, but I made it thru. The third day I was actually beginning to feel better. I watched my niece for a couple hours that night, and as luck would have it she had the flu. The next day I was feeling sick, but since this is the fourth day of a new job there was no way I could call in sick. Sure enough at the third delivery I ended up getting sick, puking and ended up passing out carring a leather reclining sofa into a house. The driver called it in to the store and they sent a car with a replacement guy for me and to take me back to the store were I was propmptly fired. I couldnt believe it. I know it was only the fourth day but I really was sick, everybody there including the owners sister was shocked he did that but its done. So since I dont really have too many skills and since this area has a couple of casinos and seems to have new stores and shopping centers sprouting up everywere I thought I would try to get into retail. Unfortunatly since I dont have retail experiance, I could only find work as a cashier and such. No one would take a chance with me at any kind of supervisory position. At the beginning of the week, I heard about a furniture/electronics store (they have a few stores in the state) that was severly short on managers. Thru a friend I met the district manager of the three stores in my area. I told him my story, told him about how I ran the warehouse and how I need a break to get into the retail business, particularly with selling electronics. He liked the idea that I have supervisory experiance, he asked me about what I knew about furniture, stereo's and televisions. I explained how much I love the home theater and what I have done with my own and some friends I helped out. He called up my referances and got alot of good words about me. So he said he'll hire me at a decent wage, not as much as I was making but close. He says they are planning to open two more stores in the state whithin the next year, and if I am as hard a worker and learn as quick as I and my referance claim, there is no reason I cant manage one of them in a year and the salary he quoted for that is quite good, a good incentive to learn this business. So I start this coming Monday. I have to go out today and buy a bunch of shirts and ties, I worked in a warehouse for the past ten years and have a laborer's clothing sensibilties. I'm pretty excitd about this. It is like starting over for me, learning a whole new job. After the experiance at the furniture moving job, I am a little leary about people promising me the world, but this company I am going to work for has an excellant reputaion and is known for promoting from within; I know a few people that have worked there for quite a while and say that it is a great place to work, so we shall see. I can't say I'm not a little nervous though, trying something new. This is the fist time that I am going to have to deal with the public on a constant basis, not exactly my best area, but I will have to get good at it, I need the job. From the way the job was described to me there will be a lot more paperwork than I am used to but I dont think I will mind that. Still a little nevous though. So thats been my past two weeks, started out pretty craptacular but hopefully everything is going to work out alright. Thanks for reading my little saga, its been a pretty topsy turvy couple of weeks and I just wanted to get it off my chest.