Well, it looks like yesterday might have been one of those "cases", as I ran into a "financial services" group that seems to be in need of "somebody like me", although that was not what they were exhibiting there for.
Much like when I hooked up with Simuality, I was at an event where they weren't actively looking for me, but they recognized a need; and in this situation, it just so happened that the person running their booth was the person who needed the sort of support and skill sets that I bring to the table.
I'm hoping that this will turn into an actual "job" there ... but it's a situation where the person I spoke with will have to pitch the concept to the owners, and create a position. Fortunately, I'm told they're in a period of rapid growth, so "creating a position for me" would be less pie-in-the-sky than it would be at a lot of companies. If they can't get that through at the moment, however, the person I spoke with was interested in my working on a project basis on various things (web site, promotional literature, etc.) that they've been "meaning to address".
We're supposed to touch base on Friday. It would be very cool to have a real-live interview next week! Please cross your fingers, light green candles (I know, hard to do with one's fingers crossed), etc. for me.
This is certainly nice to have come through the day after the "kick in the teeth" on the other thing.