more economic symptoms
I learned this morning via email that a downsizing at the company for which I consult has eliminated my position; the consulting company for which I work also informed me that they will not be able to carry me while I'm not working, so I'll officially join the ranks of the unemployed on February 4. I've already been looking for work in anticipation of such an event, and I'm certainly accelerating that search now.
Of course, these developments may affect the frequency of future postings, but for the time being things should continue at the status quo. Further developments will be reported as they occcur.
Update: I want to express my gratitude to the kind wishes in the comment thread.
Update 2: Fortunately, I was able to secure another consulting gig before my two-week notice was up, so everything's copacetic, at least for the present. It's a great relief, of course. Once again, to all who've expressed support, you have my gratitude.