I'm too excited to think of a more creative title. Here's the story:
On Friday, I was dutifully doing my visiting teaching (when Mormon women pair up and visit other women, bringing treats and an uplifting/inspirational message). We were at the home of one of my neighbors (a luxury of living in Utah - you go to church with your neighbors because 90% of them are LDS). I was asking her about the company she works for because Ben had applied there for a position and I wanted to know more about it. She told me a bit, and it sounded like a pretty crappy job. I was unimpressed. But then the girl that I VT with asked what Ben does. She said that her husband works for a company that is hiring several positions, and that Ben should give them a call.
That night when Ben got home from work, I told him about the prospect, and he called the husband about the job. They set up an interview for Monday morning at 9am.
Ben showed up to the interview this morning. He was there for about 2 hours, but they offered him the job on the spot as a credit analyst/underwriter. He starts in 2 weeks. His pay will be significantly less than what he was making before the lay-off - but its lots more than unemployment. Besides, the benefits are good and the company seems to have lots of potential for future growth. Its such a relief to actually have him with a job too.