Unfortunately there isn't much movement in the job search yet. I've done the requisite resume flinging to see what will stick but very little has come back yet. So far the best lead continues to be Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. My company (Northrop Grumman) has an opening there and I've been trading emails with the site manager but nothing firm yet. I'm not as excited as I probably should be however because it's so expensive there that I kind of doubt they'll even offer me enough to make it worth it.
The most common question I've been getting lately is "Can't you find something else in Italy?". The short answer is almost certainly not. I happen to do a pretty specialized job which means there aren't many opening in general wolrdwide. And until this one was created, one didn't even exist here. There actually is an opening for a similar position down in Livorno and I'm putting in for it but it's a very long shot so I'm not getting my hopes up.
As far as my present position, here's what I've been told: they plan on keeping me here until the new guy arrives and gets settled. And since he's coming from the States, it could be as long as 3 or 4 months from now. The absolute latest date would be June 30, which is when the funding for the contract runs out. I hope to have a job by then but it's good that I have some time to see how things play out. That means I won't have to settle for the first offer that comes along if I consider it subpar.
Anyway, the neighbors are watching the X Man tomorrow and we're going to Carnivale in Venice. That should help take my mind off things, if only for a little while...