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By atreides (Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 10:00:53 PM EST) (all tags)
I've done a couple of things differently the last few days.

Last week, I had a job interview with UT Austin. Usually I ask for karma and good feelings while I'm prepping for such a thing, but this time I stayed silent. I also got some coaching from a dear friend who works in UT's HR department. Most of what she gave me was handholding and pep talks, but she gave me one thing worth it's weight in gold. Along with a few questions to ask the interviewers, she gave me possibly the best interview question I've ever heard. "Do you (the interviewer) have any reservations about hiring me for this job?" So I used it. Not only did one of my interviewers beam about how awesome I would be for the job, the other said that her only reservation is completely compensated for by other qualities. I've had interviews where I feel that I killed, but I've never had one where I have no doubt of any kind that I did so. They're calling people back for second interviews this week or next. As I said to them in the interview, "I would be highly surprised if I do not see [them] again."

Saturday, I went to the local Rally for Sanity on the Capital steps. The Welsh Parents came down for it (as an excuse to see the Despoina). It was a fun time for us and the Despoina loved being able to run around on the grass. We ended up "camping" with a nice family with a 3 year old boy. They told us about how appreciative they were for "Obamacare". Their son had had 2 neurosurgeries, one on his spine and a cleft pallet repaired among other things. They said that he racked up over $6 million in medical bills and, if it were not for health care legislation, he could probably never be insured again in his life. And they weren't poor either. The father was a pharmaceutical rep, the mother worked for an aerospace firm and between them, they made about $130K a year. So our kids played together, both being at a point for socialization to start. And when we left, I thanked them for letting the Despoina play around with them. The father looked me in the eye and said "Thank you for letting your daughter play with my son." Made me think about how lucky I really am. They're pretty well off, but their son has more health problems than I could ever handle. I'm poor but my daughter is healthy. I'm glad for that.

So Dan, here's to you.

That is all.

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they look so serious by gzt (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 10:52:27 PM EST

It's a serious job, by ambrosen (4.00 / 3) #2 Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 03:43:44 AM EST
restoring sanity.

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True and true. [nt] by littlestar (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 07:13:46 AM EST

it really makes you thankful by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 02:02:46 PM EST
Saturday I went to my friend's baby's funeral.  Yeah, really really thankful.

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