... isn't necessarily good for the wallet.
At the end of April, I was laid off from the Dallas Independent School District. I wasn't alone, 202 other people were laid off, including my entire department. Many things can be said about the layoffs, and many are well covered in the comments in the article I linked, so I won't go into further detail... It was a great job and I'll miss it and the people I worked with.
Since then, I've been sending out my resume and applying to local companies and doing almost everything possible to avoid taking any unemployment assistance. I say almost because I've turned down several development requests in the last few weeks. Rather than compromise my ideals, I'm choosing to keep my conscience clear and turn down jobs that would require me to write software for use in the porn or gambling industries. Don't get me wrong, I don't pass judgement on anyone - that's not my place. I think everyone is entitled to exercise their free-will, but I don't want to have any part of some activities.