Tygr is going back to work!!
…so he’ll finally have some spare time to post on the boards. (Yes, I can SEE yer thrilled.)
For all two of you that were wondering where I been, Mrs. Tygr’s been providing me with impetus to become re-employed by proving that the only way I’ll get spare time is to find it at at a job. In other words, I’ve spent my hiatus nursing a daily “Honey-do” list.
Although, in fairness, we did just move into our house, so there has been a bit of work to do.
Yes, folks, it’s true. I’m back among the ranks of the living, er, employed. And I have the Straight Dope to thank for it. Specifically, I have to thank The SDMB Saint-in-residence, Polycarp.
The back-story is here, so I’ll just do a quick recap: I was laid off from my job about a month ago, just days before our scheduled closing on the house.
<observation> And may I just say to any of you “extreme” sports enthusiasts, if you want REAL exhilaration, try facing the prospect of a new mortgage with no paycheck. Base-jumping’s got nothing on that for full-blown panic… </observation>
Anyway, I started the above-noted thread as an outlet for said panic. Then, clear outta the blue, Polycarp (who, I find out, is a fellow resident of the Research Triangle area of NC) replies saying that his company is looking for an experienced graphic designer. He offers to forward my resume to the relevant department. I tell y’all this - Clark Kent never typed as fast as I did that day.
I e-mailed it to him, then I received a call two days later from the person in charge, asking me to come in for an interview. Happy dance soon followed.
Interview goes well, get called back for second interview (with department head). Have a genuine George Zimmer moment, buying a new suit at the last minute, all thanks to my Mom and an extremely generous house-warming gift sub[/sub].
They musta liked what I said in that interview, coz a few days later they called wanting my references, and wanting me to take a personality test. I figgered I could give 'em a buncha personal references (Dopers as well as IRL) that would prove I got TONS of personality. But they wanted some kinda numeric quantification - like THAT’S gonna convey the awesome wit and brilliance that is me.
Couple days after that they call me again. Apparently that test showed that I WASN’T a raving maniac after all [sub](Ha-ha, I sure fooled them.)[/sub]. They offered me the position, with a really good starting salary - significantly more than I was making at the previous job.
So I accepted the offer, and started officially on Tuesday.
As I said, this has been a busy month. So Sunday we went out to The Melting Pot (fondue restaurant) to celebrate all our good fortune. A really lovely time of just us two - a true date. Helped by the fact that, for Christmas, my mother had given us a gift certificate to the restaurant - nearly half the meal was already paid for!
Well, I’m finally gonna wrap this up - I’ve been composing this post for nearly a week now. I TOLD y’all it takes me forever to post…
One last thing: I told Polycarp that I was gonna buy him a steak dinner, but I owe him more than that. Have the Teemings got any ideas? I will nominate him for SDMB sainthood, jes’ as soon as I can figger out where to send the application. - T.I.A.