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By atreides (Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 12:23:34 PM EST) (all tags)
So, with all the drama swirling around the last couple of weeks, the Welsh Parents invited Welsh Girl and I up to L-Town for a while and we accepted.

For the last few days, the Satrapic Household has relocated to Longview. And it's been nice. We've been relaxed. Doting grandparents (and great-grandparents) have been adoring the Despoina and showing her off to friends. Welsh Girl and I haven't been anywhere near as tense and uptight. We rest, we enjoy time with the Despoina, we enjoy time with ourselves. It's turning out quite nice and we'll be here until Christmas Eve. Good chance to decompress. Good chance for Dredlock Girl to decompress from us, too. It's turned out alright all around.

Been watching Fringe the last few nights. Not too bad, thus far. When I get back to Austin, I think I'll download the entire series thus far. I'm a little wary of Abrams and his tendency to wander around but they claim he has an entire arc planned and a definite endgame so I'm willing to give it a shot.

Last week, I had an interview with a state agency. It may have been the worst interview of my life. During the first few questions (on a specific type of law I've never worked with before), my brain locked and my answers started going from succinct and informative to rambling and nervous. And it was bad. So, after a while, I decided to shift gears a little. If I was going to give the worst interview ever, at least I could make it the most entertaining interview I could. So I turned my rambling answers into answers with stories and examples attached. Got a few chuckles out of the panel and managed to not feel like a complete idiot by the end. The head of the panel called earlier this week to inform me that I didn't get the job and was kind enough to give me some feedback. They liked that I was able to think quickly on my feet when things started floundering (and bad as the beginning was, it was not the worst interview they did). They also liked that I had done a lot of things outside of the core job description and therefore was capable of wearing many hats if the need arose. They ended up going with someone who was vastly over-experienced for the job who they never would have been able to get a shot at without the state of the current economy. Joy. But I guess it could have been worse.

As for the genealogy project, my own side is difficult. I've gotten little help from my mother or relatives. Not their fault, though. My grandfather didn't talk about his family and my grandmother couldn't find much when she was alive and looking and and all that crap is little help. Welsh Girl's family has been easier. Her mother's side has stuff going back five and twelve generations before them and her father's side has living old folks who know all the stories going back and such. We'll get some more of that before we head back to Austin.

I think I'm going to end it here for now. Gonna watch the Despoina play in the Zendo for a while. She seems to like gongs and meditation pillows.

That, as they say in the wild and rural hinterlands of East Tex-ia, is all.

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That's cool that the state guy by muchagecko (4.00 / 0) #1 Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 01:28:28 PM EST
gave you feedback on your interview. And a call that you didn't get the job. I've never gotten either.

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Same here by barooo (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 12:44:04 PM EST
I've always had to drag a no out of people, and the most feedback I've ever gotten was "we hired someone else".

man, i need a beefy taco now.
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yep by webwench (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Dec 22, 2009 at 09:03:56 AM EST
and getting an interview at this time of year is a pretty good feat. Whatever waters you're fishing, keep fishing them.

Getting more attention than you since 1998 .

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That job by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 03:43:40 PM EST

You can take some solace in knowing that since they hired an over qualified person for the job the guy will quit as soon as the market turns in your area. 

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