No matter how much I really don't want a job.....(resistance is futile) turns out I just can't stay away from being employed. Nicole and I wandered down to the employment office here in town last Thursday to see what resources they had for job hunters, and ended up talking to a very enthusiastic man working there. He was happy to show us how to use their system and explain the best way to go about things. I already had a couple ideas about what I might do for income, including reestablishing my Seattle business up here in Sitka, but thought there might be some good leads for Nicole. As we were getting ready to leave the employment office, we were asked what we did for work before coming to Sitka. When I mentioned I was a marine electrician, his eyes lit up and he proceeded to explain that he had an employer in town that was looking to fill just such a position and was pretty insistent about finding someone. When I got back to the boat I registered and set up a profile on the employment office website, and Friday morning I downloaded a resume for the position he had mentioned. Within an hour I got a call from the employment office asking if he could forward my resume to the company he had mentioned. Several hours later, I got a call from someone at Allen Marine, the company looking for an electrician, asking if I could come in and talk about the job. I explained that I didn't currently have transportation but I could arrange something early the following week, to which he suggested he could be at the marina in a few minutes to pick me up if I had time now. Seems they were a bit anxious to fill the position. After a fairly surreal meeting/interview, I was told they would contact me on Monday to follow up. Monday morning I got the promised call, and it was quite a while into the conversation before I figured out they were offering me the job. Several phone calls back and forth with offers and counter-offers and I had a benefits package I thought was reasonable, so I agreed to take the job. Monday morning I start as the new head of the electrical department for Allen Marine. We're not sure yet what this means for our long-term sailing plans, but for now it means we will be sticking close to town.