We have hit a sticky situation here. I normally don't air problems to many people but I think we could use all the positive energy we can get. 2 years ago hubby was made a job offer that we couldn't turn down, it was a dream come true for any mining engineer.... a chance to prove a reserve, build a plant on it and be in on the ground floor of an operation. He signed on and proved the sand was there, proved the grades most profitable were there in decent quantities, helped set up all the technical information for investors, basically made it possible to get the funding for the plant to be built. He helped talk the land owners into selling the property to the company instead of leasing it out. He has written the job descriptions and manuals for the entire plant. He designed the application forms. He handled all the write ups MSHA and the EPA needed for them to get all their permits. This takes years of experience to handle and hubby has been in the business for 11 years now Yesterday the 'boss' called him in and basically accused him of forging his entire resume, qualifications, education, contacts, everything and bumped him down to the lowest paying position they had... less than half what he was making and less than the first job either of us took straight out of college 11 years ago. He lost the company truck, his desk and phone. This is an at will state and we've already spoken to a lawyer.... there is nothing we can do other than grin and bear it. $1200 a month after taxes is really bad. I've been out of work for the past 15 months and am also an engineer. We live in a rural area where even cashiering jobs are scarce. Hubby has been on the phone all day trying to land ANYTHING that will at least let us pay the house payment, electricity and the gas back and forth. We are down to one car, I'll be working on the other one tomorrow to see if I'm going to have to pull the engine or if it's a less involved fix. Moving is not an option at the moment, due to the new credit rules neither of us will ever be able to buy a house again and with the housing market out here we'll take a HUGE loss on the house anyway. I'm going to be begging for a job over the next few days within walking distance of the house. For now we have a plan for the next month or so money wise. He will stay at the crap job until he can find anything else. His recruiter has a lead or two in the area so we are hunkering down and planning on fighting to keep our house. Any good vibes, prayers, positive energy, good karma, drool, etc you can spare would be appreciated.