This week, one of the larger Northwest Arkansas electrical contractors closed their doors, survived by a lot of unemployed electricians and more than a few unfinished jobs. While that's certainly not good news for all those electricians and their families — or for those who'd already been looking for jobs — it is good news for me and my family, since my company will have the opportunity to take on some of those unfinished jobs. That would bring some welcome employment security for those of us who are working on a big job scheduled for completion later this summer.

Also, I scheduled a phone interview for next week with one of the three largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world. The interview appears to be a preliminary screening interview, but it's the first nibble I've had from that sector after applying for dozens of jobs over the last year and a half.

Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings