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(May 22, 2006)  The alarm clock gently illuminates. It's one of those "wake to natural light thingies" that slowly fills the room with artificial sunshine. As his hearing became less reliable, he shifted to visual cues. He wonders why it took so long to learn to greet the day in such a delightful way.

Up and over to the bathroom. The hot shower feels good and he outlines the coming day while relishing the luxuries of good soap and forceful water. A quick toweling precedes the morning facial rituals.

Shaving thoroughly and brushing teeth and hair extra carefully, he feels that familiar tingle of anxiety. Finishing the grooming, he walks back to the bed and sits on the edge to shine his shoes. It's an almost unconscious process...first the polish...then the rag...then the brush. The fine leather of the wingtips gleams with self confidence.

From the closet comes the suit, specially pressed and still wrapped in the dry cleaner's plastic. Socks on, shirt inspected and then embraced, pants up, belt cinched. The tie is the last, finishing touch. He lovingly caresses it into the half-windsor knot that is his signature.

The coffee maker, programmed for this morning, offers fresh java. Deftly poured into the waiting travel mug, he juggles coffee and an energy bar on his way to the car. As he enters the automatic pilot state, he is imagining today's encounter.

After a 25 minute drive, he arrives, bounds up the stairs and greets the receptionist. They flirt, as usual. She says, "Mrs. Thompson is eager to see you. We've been looking for someone to fill the position for a while now. She was excited that you'd be interested."

In Mrs. Thompson's office, they discuss the details of the job. He mentions a planned vacation and an upcoming big party. They exchange pleasantries about offspring. He shows his eagerness for the new challenge.

The interview goes well. Thompson says she'll try to get back in touch with the next couple of weeks. He's certain that he's aced the interview.

He heads back into traffic. In the car, he calls his best friend. They discuss the interview and the delight of facing yet another engagement.

"Oh, by the way," he says, "You're still planning on coming to my 78th birthday party, aren't you?"

(Penned after hearing about my dad's latest job interview.)

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