This song ( a recent discovery…yay for Sirius XMU) really resonates with me.  How could I not relate to a song when it says

And now after some thinking
I’d say I’d rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery
Serving something beyond me
But I don’t, I don’t know what that will be
I’ll get back to you someday soon you will see

Phone interview yesterday went pretty well.  I’m feeling pretty good about things overall.  Also, if I’ve made the next round of cuts for the non-academic job at Prestigious Ivy, I’ll hear something next week.  As it stands now, I can say with utmost confidence that I have absolutely no tenure-track prospects for next year.  It sucks, but such is life.