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This morning, I had my first job interview since I left Apple. I think I presented myself well and gave a good accounting of my skills and past experience with the HR manager, and now it's just a wait till next Friday to see if they'll call me back for a second interview with the manager I'd be reporting to if I got the job, which is in quality management.

I'd better not plan to have any more such interviews on only a couple of hours sleep and virtually no prep again, though. Last night, I went to see Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan in concert in Rotterdam with two old friends, and it was amazing. Mark Knopfler and his band took the stage before the interval (he was emphatically not billed as the opening act) and played brilliantly, but apart from the encore (So Far Away From Me) I recognised none of his tunes, as I'm ashamed to say I haven't followed much of what he's been doing since Brothers in Arms. This is something I will have to remedy forthwith, through iTunes I think.

Then Bob Dylan and his band came on after the interval and completely blew me away. An acquaintance of mine who'd seen him perform a few years ago had told me that the evening had been a disappointment and the artist was a shadow of his former self, so I feared the worst -also because I've never been a massive fan-, but on last night's evidence I have to conclude that at 70, his performance can still pack a punch. The arrangements and vocal approach were out of this world, the sound quality was great, and the band were just so well-rehearsed they didn't need to waste any time tuning up. And when Dylan played his mouth organ...it was just sublime.

Unfortunately though, after the gig had ended and we got back to the station, we found that the train service to The Hague-Schiphol-Amsterdam was severely disrupted (i.e. cancelled) because of some inconsiderate wretch who'd committed suicide by jumping in front of a train some hours before. Which meant I didn't get home until close to 3 a.m...The railway personnel assured me, though, that this setback surely meant that I would smash my interview -- which remains to be seen. However, I'm quietly confident; and even if I don't get the job, at least I now know I can do one even when half asleep ;-).


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Oct. 21st, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun at the concert.

Good luck with the job search!
Oct. 23rd, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oct. 25th, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
Good to hear Dylan is still awesome.

People killing themselves in front of trains are the worst. Apart from the disruption, the poor train driver is scarred for life. :(
Oct. 25th, 2011 11:34 am (UTC)
the poor train driver is scarred for life. :(

True. We often hear of train drivers who can never return to work after having experienced one or more of these incidents. Yet still people continue to throw themselves in front of trains.
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