Friday Happy Hour: The Jobs That Got Away

Jason English

1. Last month, my co-workers and I found out that a healthy portion of our emails were not being delivered, and we were not receiving all the messages intended for us. This led to numerous awkward moments where someone thought someone else was intentionally blowing them off, and it cost our readers the chance to find out which former NFL great is a member of the Electoral College (Ethan's 'Where Are They Now? Super Bowl Legends' article never got through.) I think the problem has been resolved, but can't say for sure. So let's use this as a jumping off point for our first question "“ has anyone ever been really angry at you without your knowledge? How'd you find out?

2. When I think about all the jobs I didn't get "“ and there were plenty, especially in the few years right after college "“ I'm very thankful in retrospect. Of course the rejections stung at the time. But I was interviewing for a lot of jobs in fields I had no real interest in, jobs that would have started me up ladders I had no desire to climb. When you look back at your career and life, is there a job you didn't get that now seems like a blessing in disguise?

3. Kara's latest TVHolic post inspired a few readers to chime in with their favorite individual episodes of their favorite shows. "Episode Four" of The Office (UK version) was mentioned by several people, and I must concur. I think we've already covered this topic here before, but I'll throw it out there again and use this as an excuse to play a clip of the role-playing exercise with David Brent and corporate training guru Rowan:

(The question: what's your favorite episode in TV history?)

4. Ellen, Charlotte, Bailey and I are a few weeks away from moving, and it's hard not to compare everything in our current house to everything in the new one. In most ways, the new house comes out on top. However, there are a few things this house does extraordinarily well. We'd never think to put it in the real estate listing, but because of the way the house faces, the rising sun cleans up any half-hearted shoveling job by lunch. Our across-the-street neighbors are so jealous, clutching their railing and skating towards the car.

Unfortunately, the new house faces the opposite direction, which means I might need to trade in the crappy $3.99 shovel I bought at ShopRite four years ago. What's one hidden attribute or underrated feature of your house/apartment/dorm room/retirement home/commune?