At the beginning of 2008 I interviewed with a little outfit* in Annapolis to become their head of support. (This was just a month after interviewing with FogCreek.)
Oddly enough that day, one of my former colleagues at Opsware who had moved-on was my tech screener. Needless to say, that aspect of the interview I passed with flying colors 🙂
When all was said and done, however, I did not end up with the position. I was not happy their stated goal was to be bought out in 18 months. I had just ridden through a not amazing acquisition, and was looking forward to working for a company that wanted to grow at least mostly organically.
In discussing places we might want to move someday recently, my wife and I mentioned a bunch of places we don’t want to go – like Maryland and DC. Annapolis is right smack dab in the middle of that whole capital mess.
Had I ended up with that job, I likely would not have met my wife – and that would just be No Good™.
While it didn’t look it at the time, that was certainly a for-the-best moment for me.
* a company I now have some major philosophical differences with – yet another reason I’m happy i didn’t go