I got some bad news today. Things have been really (really) slow at work lately, so much so that they put all of the production staff (including us welders) on a four-day week late last month. Today my boss took the next step in cost-cutting and laid someone off. Unfortunately, that someone was me.
I think it's time to kick a dormant self-employment plan into action while I look for another welding job. Wish me luck.