Hi, everyone! I thought I'd give y'all an update.
Well, I DID find another job! I saw in our daily legal newspaper that a firm had stolen away a whole section of attorneys from another firm. An equity partner I used to work with left our old firm to become a shareholder at the thief firm. I right away sent him my resume and then a secretary who defected over there called me a couple of days later so excited about an opening and rest is history.
I accepted the job on a Friday so my belly was in knots that weekend knowing I'd have to tell Bill I'm leaving that Monday. I had to take a sleeping pill Sunday night just to get some sleep.
But I never did talk to Bill about his problem. I didn't have the courage (but I was all too happy to give that HR a-hole my week notice). I just said I got a much better opportunity at the new firm. He was sad, we hugged and I got puppy-dog eyes from him for the rest of the week.
But wouldn't you know it, I have another sick attorney! He has Crohn's disease and is very private about it. He doesn't take painkillers but I've been warned about his explosive temper at what he preceives is incompetence. I've made some mistakes but he hasn't blown up at me YET.
But after he shared that he has the disease, I understood a little better why he would blow up like that. I'm not excusing that behavior but I bet its no fun living with pain. Thank goodness he has a wife and three little boys and SHE can tell him to take it easy/work from home or go to the hospital when he needs to.
All in all, I'm happy where I am now. I got an $8,500 increase (yes, I was woefully underpaid), my commute is shorter, and HOLY CRAP, I'm getting an honest-to-goodness bonus this year! WOOHOO!
To all those looking for a job, I wish you the best and good luck. Just keep your ears and eyes open and be NICE to your coworkers. You never know who can help you get your foot in the door to another great opportunity.