Just talked to my neighbor and thought about this thread. He was laid off from a 60K job about a year ago and now is working for a little over the MW at $8.50 an hour with no benefits. He is 58 years old. SO WHAT DOES HE DO? He went to every HVAC and plumbing company within a 20 mile radius looking for weekend work. And guess what happened after about 30 visits to different companies? He was just hired to work Saturdays from 8-6, 10 hours, at $12.50 an hour crawling under houses, doing the dirty work and manual labor with a shovel, etc. And get this!!! They are willing to train him to do the other work and state that within 12-18 months he will be able to make $20 an hour. No cry babies.