Warning: Could be a bit long. Today I had an interview with a principal from a somewhat less than desirable district for 7/8 LA. It's a bit of a drive, but better than I thought it would be. I had talked with him earlier in the summer and apparently the person he originally hired didn't "make it" through alt cer. The princ. was great. He recognized me from somewhere -- neigher of us could remember where. He was very easy to talk with, professional, knows his stuff -- so unlike where I came from. Even though it's a school I would not have normally applied to, I think it could be really good because of this guy. And it pays decent for the area. His new AP, tho, scared me. He never talked much, kept getting up and leaving the interview, and took lots of notes. Did not ask me a thing and in fact, tried to explain some things to me that I had already talked about. Like he reiterated things that I had said in a sort of condescending way. Didn't even stick around long enough to shake my hand. He has very high credentials so it's not like he was an amature and didn't know how to act. This guy worried me a bit. Well, anyway, the nice principal said he was needing to "get on this quick" and that he had another person to talk to (what???he told me before he was desperate) and would let me know sometime this week but to call him if I did not hear from him by the end of the week. I hate the wait and see stuff. It sends off bad vibes. Took off on the long drive home, stopped for gas, then checked my voicemail. Got a call from the only other district looking for my cert. in the area. Once again, not one I would normally choose, but hey, times are tuff. And, it's a bit closer and pays about the same. So, I know this princ. is new to the district (so is his super. and they both sound very, very young), and I bet is panicked to fill this vacancy. First thing he asks me was if I had a job or not yet (awe, gee, how could I tell him I just got back from a fairly promising interview -- despite the AP?) He, too, seemed desperate, had four of us he wanted to interview, and was "needing to get on this right away." He said the school is in a shambles because of getting ready for school to start, so wanted to meet elsewhere. OK, so we're meeting at a McDonald's conveniently located in a town close to mine (and apparently his) at 10 AM tomorrow. Question is, should I go early enough for breakfast (so my tummy won't growl) or hang out long enough to see if he'll buy me lunch??? JUST KIDDING. In all seriousness, I'm just about to the point to tell the truth...I need a job, please hire me, I'm not gonna BS you with a dog and pony show...instead of going through the ridiculous hoops and antics. Really, what do these people want, anyway? So the pouring rain starts again. I just hope I don't get hit by lightening again. These are the last two jobs available in my very small area. And school starts in two weeks.