So that hurdle behind me I thought, I'm in like Flynn. And then there were two --more hurdles I mean. Next came a very probing background check which I found very confusing. It asked for other names I have used in the past seven years. While I was pretty confident they did not mean like "Mommy" or "Snookie-Poo" I wasn't sure exactly what to put there. I've been married for 11 years (almost) but the Social Security Administration did not change my maiden name until like 2005-ish. So I was pretty sure that fell within the seven year rule. But I hemmed and hawed over it and clicked the Continue button. On the back page it summed everything up and showed no different name under "Names used in school". Now seriously, is this test only for recent grads? Am I the only who they hire who has been married more than seven years? Really??? So I clicked back to page one and added my Maiden name. I left out my first married name because I have been divorced more than seven years and quite frankly felt that was nobody's business -- Although to be fair most people guess it anyway because of the age difference between my oldest and youngest.. Once again I passed the background. Whew, now seriously I must be done with this whole process? right?
Sorry, once again I was wrong. The last and most undignified test was yet to come. Yes, I had to take a drug test. I have been on the internet a very long time and I've "met" many people who strike you as normal, upstanding, law abiding citizens until in one of the confessions threads they admit to smoking pot -- regularly. So knowing this, you would think I would not have been surprised, nay creeped out at being asked to provide a sample. Really? Me?
So yesterday at lunch I went to this tiny Dr.'s office-like setting on my lunch hour to finally wrap up this hiring process. And I felt dirty and cheap. I've had to take drug tests before for employment. And every time I've felt dirty and cheap. It's who I am. I am perhaps a transplant from another era. I believe that person's word should count for something. And generally I take people at their word. This causes me to be burnt from time to time, and that does suck. But the alternative is to live a cynical existence trusting no one and expecting everyone to get you when they can. I can't live like that.
I don't want to.