Being unemployed on the road to poverty is an exhausting ride. Searching for a job is akin to beating yourself up - you bare your soul, beg for attention, only to be spurned, and then with your southern upbringing you have to be gracious. The next morning you get up and do it all over again.
Then eureka, an interview goes well and you are offered a job on the spot. It is a job you know you would enjoy. You know the people you would be working with. The downside - the salary is half of what you made at your last position. That brings you back to the poverty issue.
Meanwhile back at the ranch you continue abusing yourself applying for jobs you know you are qualified for, being considered by folks half your age, all the while knowing you will never be considered because you are "over qualified", "too close to retirement and will not stay with the organization that long", and "not technically savvy - even though your resume reeks of tech". When in reality define "over qualified" when your skills match the job description. Given young people these days have no allegiance to an employer any more and generally change jobs, on the average, every 3 or 4 years, what is the downside to hiring someone with a track record of dedication to a job and are not that close to retirement.
So the question is do you take a job you know you would be comfortable with for little money or continue to beat yourself up waiting for the big kahuna? My confidence has taken a hit. And after all this I still cannot fry chicken. This is not looking good for the home team.