aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.

Years ago, I was applying for a job as Director of a community center in Terre Haute. I was working on my doctorate at the time. The community center was largely patronized by African Americans, and I was, of course, white. The interview team was courteous and interested, though I was getting some obviously questioning looks. Then a woman on the panel asked me, "How would people who know you well describe you?"

Well, that's a standard interview question, I suppose. The thing was, my older sister had just started a Masters degree, and for one of her writing classes had had to write a description of someone she knew well. She chose me. So I actually had an answer for that question. I immediately replied, "As a cross between Chaucer's Clerke and Neil Diamond's Brother Love."

I didn't get the job.

Hal-ley, HAL-ley-loo-yah.

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