I just got news yesterday that a good friend of mine, we'll call him Dave, landed a job as a Field Service Technician for a bank in NC. He'll be driving all over the state supporting branches of the bank -- installing hardware, troubleshooting PC issues, kicking ATMs, you get the picture.
Dave has been out of work for the better part of a year since he left teaching. He's put his nose to the grind stone and went back to the books to learn so he could change careers.
Hats off to you Dave and best of luck!
(now call me you bonehead)