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I was working in the scope room one morning when I was summoned to the telephone. I had been anticipating this call for days, and took the cordless to a quiet space. The voice on the other end began: "Hi . . . I have the pleasure of offering you . . ." I had gotten the offer! I was thrilled – a faculty position at a small college. I began preparing, doing important stuff like donating away my supply of free T-shirts and buying a new wardrobe, and planning what I would put up on the walls of the office I would have all to myself. I would envision myself in that office, preparing lectures, and daydream about speaking to a classroom of students. I was champing at the bit. I arrived at my ...