Im still self employed D...work is ok, but I remember being allot busier. The economy still sucks here and I don't recommend coming back to this liberal cesspool they call Michigan.
You did the right thing by going to Texas as I hear/read the economy is much better overdey and the BBQ too.
Haven't seen Bob in a long time, Im sure he is busy out there...he's got himself a good niche.
Take care, and in this case, remember that the grass is greener in Texas right now.