Firstus, to set the mood, a video link via Peter:
Which is rather what the last week has felt like. In reality, it's not that... um.... frenetic, but for a creature of habit such as I, it's been unstintingly crazy.
I am mentally preparing for having this career end by June. There is some chance I may continue teaching at that school, as an adult ed instructor, but admin is as responsive as ever about it. That means 100% stone cold zero communications in return to multiple queries and enticements to converse.
(Looking at my paycheck 'stub' a little closer last week, and working the calculator a bit, I reached a rather stunning conclusion. I don't need to replace my reasonably decent salary as a public school teacher... I just need to replace the actual take home pay I get to live on.... which is roughly HALF what I earn. By the time all the Federal, State, and Local taxes are sucked away, along with (recently skyrocketed) medical coverage, mandatory pension 'contributions', union dues, uniform fees, and support payments (ending in a few months)... half my earnings vanish before I ever write a rent check. Yes... medical coverage is going to be a serious worry, as will retirement (HA!) benefits if I live that long. Frankly.... I don't expect to.)
Obviously, I cannot count on that situation panning out, and must prepare multiple backup plans. Towards that end, I begin teaching for HACC come Summer, but just a single evening course one day a week. That certainly won't pay the bills, but maybe it will cover a few small ones. Added to that, they just asked me to do a Fall course as well. Okay... bit by bit... I'll make it happen.
I've also been asked by some adult evening students in my PENNDot certification course to consider doing a class on diagnostics. I've been asked the same many, many times before, but never really considered taking the time to put it together. Now, under a different situation, it's a different proposition. Yes... I am strongly considering building and marketing my own series of diagnostics seminars for technicians. There is not much else around here like that, and there may be a niche market for me to fill. 20 people at $50 a head. $200 room rental. $100 in hand out materials. $100 in refreshments. What's left would pay some bills quite nicely.
So, right now in an effort to put a little cash away, I am working days... teaching evening courses... doing E-bay sales... working Craigslist and Armslist... and actively accepting side work on vehicles for the first time ever. Life is getting... hectic.
Considering that, what would a regular Joe like me do? Take on something new! I've been speaking with two publishing houses about reviewing books for them, and doing so on my Carteach0 blog. Not a paying gig, but lots of kewl free books and some nice material for a weekly regular spot on the blog. That may help drive traffic... which may help with the miniscule ad revenue from that blog. Like my Daddy would have said... "When in doubt, work harder!".