Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:07 PM
Free advice is free. Take it for what it's worth.
Do not touch your inheritance. Invest it and do not touch no matter what. Forget it exists until you are 65 (or whatever age you retire).
As for the job, I couldn't do it. If I worked in any sort of a home improvement store, I'd end up owing my entire paycheck. I'm a freak that way.
I've had jobs I hated, and jobs that got boring. I've had jobs with close friends and with buttmunches. If you don't mind the job itself, wait it out and see what sort of people they hire. Remember that everyone is an idiot for at least a month, and give the new ones a chance. If that many people are leaving, see if there is room for advancement.
I don't know what the job scene is like in California, but if it is tough to land a job, you may just have to learn to make the best of things.
Experience is always a plus when looking for a job. Whatever you choose, work extra hard at the job you have now. It will either make you a more valuable employee should you choose to stay, or get you a good reference should you choose to move on.
Best of luck!
In reality, things aren't on fire. Fire is on things.