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I just got done telling a very cool and nice person with whom I work that we have chosen to not hire him for our open editor position here. It was hard to do! I can’t tell if handled it well, or with fumbling awkwardness.

I have never had to go through a true employment interview process on this side of the desk. Last time we hired an editor, Lauren, she was pretty much the only candidate. This time, we had four candidates, three of which were very qualified and would have been good for us.

We ended up hiring someone who was less experienced, partially because of salary and partly for creative reasons. My current co-worker is a very smart, very technologically astute fellow, and it’s always a pleasure to work with him. I would love to have him here permanently! With multiple qualified candidates, however, all kinds of details come into play—political, economic, personal—and you simply make the best decision you can.

My boss and the other director here are both out, so it was up to me to dole out the bad news. The second rejection I have to deliver should be easier, as we are rejecting him based solely on his asking price. We can not afford him. That’s an easy out.

But it’s much harder to tell someone you like that you have to pass. Ouchie. This makes me feel way too grown up.


SSneaky Expounded Thusly:

That really sucks. Pooh Pooh to those director type people for making you do that!

Thursday, June 1st, 2006 • 2:25pm • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

Well, I guess in all fairness, I have to say that I semi-volunteered. With one director out until Tuesday and the other on jury duty, it seemed best for me to handle it. Noble, or stupid? Only history can judge!

Thursday, June 1st, 2006 • 8:07pm • Permalink

thatmattdude Expounded Thusly:

You should write a mini-book (is that what they call them) entitled “Things That Makes Me Feel Way Too Grown Up” and you can have chapters such as:

and likely to be my favorite…


Friday, June 2nd, 2006 • 1:41am • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

Matt has an excellent idea. In fact, here are some links to Forum examples:




I do not have a link to anything regarding SUIT AND PANTS, but I did make a big stink about buying a suit jacket for work when Matt and I were dating. The trip for which I bought it is here.

I have no idea what NO I WILL NOT PUT THE BLINDS DOWN means. I’m sure it’s some obscure event from our dating past that, once revealed, will be obvious to me. And maybe a little embarrassing! But that’s what the Wren Forum is all about: the unflinching, embarrassing truth!!!!!

Friday, June 2nd, 2006 • 9:10am • Permalink

thatmattdude Expounded Thusly:

oh you don’t remember! that was my favorite chapter!! and it was just a few months ago too.

Friday, June 2nd, 2006 • 8:02pm • Permalink

Steve (Blind) Expounded Thusly:

Hmm. Well, I have no idea. I often put the blinds down. I often put the blinders on. I often wear rose-colored blinders. I get a blinder’s dozen every morning at the bagel shop. I use my blinders every time I make a turn in my car. I love to eat kosher blinders at Canter’s on odd Sundays. I’m incredibly good at making blinded drinks at the pool-side bar. I love to blind my own business, yet appreciate the ties that blind. But this is all 20/20 blindsight.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 • 1:04am • Permalink

thatmattdude Expounded Thusly:

Remember back when blind was blind and blind then you blind. Still she blind and you got all blind although you blind after blind but only blind. blind blind. That was so blind. Wasn’t it? blind?

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 • 12:04pm • Permalink

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Steve Expounded Thusly:

Oh, good! Yes! So glad our communication has improved in the last couple years.

I wrote such a long response here that I’m going to post it on it’s own, where it belongs.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 • 6:08pm • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

And by the way, in case you’re all wondering what my semantic differences are between “blinds” and “shades,” here it is:

Blinds tend to be slats of some kind. A window shade comes down in a sheet over the window.

Now, I know this doesn’t exactly cover Venetian blinds, but I can’t be perfect, now, can I? So let’s all just chalk this up to my imperfection as a human being and enjoy the semantic wonderland my brain has created for the amusement of us all.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 • 11:50pm • Permalink


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