Details must be kept to a bare minimum here, but I'm making a little forward progress toward a job I applied for. (No, not the job I'm doing right now -- a career job!) The institution wants to interview me via video conference, which I suppose is not so shocking nowadays, with budget crunches and airfares and whatnot. They asked me for a prompt reply stating whether or not I was willing and able to do this. I gave them a reply within twenty-four hours, once I had confirmed through my people -- you knew I had people, right? -- that I could access the necessary fancy-pants technology. I explained in the response that we have such-and-such system, which can communicate with corresponding systems X and Y, and that as long as this institution has its own set of X or Y, we're good to go.
That was Tuesday.
Yeah, it seems that I'm back to waiting and nail-biting on the job market. It has begun. These institutions are not on my schedule, but rather I am on theirs. I have to keep this in mind, so I don't freak out and start panic-calling them every day like a loser they met at the bar one night. It's not as easy as it sounds. Aaargh.