I made one final phone call at the Canadian border where the signal was dubious at best but the recruiter was starting to sound desperate and I was starting to just get to fatalistic because a background check takes as long as a background check takes and this company is in some ways stuck in the dark ages. Plus they are HUGE.
They collected and processed the drug screening on site. That made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Seems like a conflict of interest right there but it's just urine so OK. But then the nurse handed me a complete medical form, and I do mean COMPLETE to fill out, 2 pages front and back and there go my hippa rights straight out the window. I think back to the second page of my offer letter... nope, no mention of anything other than a background check and a drug screening. I walk down the hall and place it on her desk. This is a direct violation of my privacy and I'm really uncomfortable with the fact that you're even asking. Why do you want this. God forbid something should happen to you... God forbid something should happen to me you dial 911, put me in an ambulance, call my first emergency contact and the minute those ambulance doors shut I am no longer your problem. We went back and forth for awhile about the philosophical issues and finally it came down to this; I need to know if you have any allergies to medications and I'm thinking, no, actually, you don't. I agreed to give her that and told her if I came to her asking for 10 minutes of sanctuary migraine medicine she'd know about it then. She let me know she'd be tracking that. I didn't bother to let her know my face would never darken her doorway.
The recruiter was very nervous. Do you think it will affect the hiring decision? Richard. I already have the offer letter and it is the NICEST offer letter I have EVER received. No one has ever bothered to tell me why they want me and then go to the trouble of telling me what sort of difference I'm going to make at the company. No one. Nothing about a medical form is in the letter. To pull back now is to open themselves to a major law suit.
Richard is nervous anyway.
So I called him at the border and my guess is the hiring manager called him within about 30 minutes because when we hit the wifi at Inverness I had not one but three all clear emails with a start date of September 8. That gives me a month of severance on top of the new job.
So there you go. Fat lady sang and all that and I need to put this thing away and get back to just being here. NM was asleep when I left. I sort of suspect he'll be up by now.
Oh, one other thing. I walked away from leadership when I left The Castle 11 years ago, having fallen backwards into complete wreckage, leaving my power, or my mojo as Kate puts it in David's hands.
I just stepped back up.
I'm very excited about this.