All that having been said, I don't see much point in rehashing what in many ways was the worst and longest part of an extremely fucked up year, made even worse by its seeming to start out so well. The situation was sufficiently different from the norm that I doubt any description of it and the way I went about cauterizing my emotional wounds would help anyone else. Me, I'm not likely to forget any of it until Alzheimer's sets in - at which point I will arguably be in Hell, because with my luck I'll be remembering nothing but that year. So that pretty much wipes out any reason to go on talking about it here.
In happier news, I had a second interview with H&R Block tonight, and they seem inclined to hire me as a part-time customer service rep for the 2009 tax season. This will bring me an extra $10-12/hour, and a shot at attending their tax preparation course next year for just $20. It might also allow me to get free/discounted tax preparation, with any luck. Paid training will start next month, and with my luck it'll fall in the week between Christmas and New Year's.