The best to yall man, with all the car companies laying off, the influx of people from New Orleans into Detroit, I think about yall and what some, including you, post about yall locale. I feel for your friend and his family in his time of need.
But people can call us blue collar workers, dream of big money and working in a nice office, but you will never ever get someone on the phone in India to change your contactor on your chiller, rod the condenser, etc. People will always want and or need heating and air. Younger people today more and more shoot for those white collar jobs, leaving a vacuum in our industry, strange times it is, the more people look for the golden egg, the more skilled professions like ourselves will be in bigger demand and our pay will rise with that.
Theres power in that knowledge, I will pray for you and your business, hang in there Dow.