All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Zero Hour

In one hour and fifteen minutes I will walk through the doors of one of the larger regional banks in the Western US and interview for a position on their management team.  It's a fairly good position on the team. It could be the team I spend the next 25 years playing for. 

I won't say I don't care.  I do care, in a big way.  Things are different.  My mindset has changed a lot in the last 10 years.  I care, but I don't want the job if its not the right thing at the right time.  I've never had that outlook before.

I'd like to say that I've matured as a professional.  That's not strictly true.  I've done almost no professional work in the last 5 years and not a whole lot in the two before that.  What's changed is my spiritual outlook.  God has accomplished a great deal with my faith.  It's not like I'm on some spiritual mountain top, or that I've grown to super heights as a Christian.  I'm still a substantial sinner.

What has changed is that I'm willing to trust that God's best, is best.


I arrived 10 minutes early for the interview.  The interview was supposed to go about an hour.  It went almost two.

It was a great interview.  I genuinely like the guy who would be my boss if they hired me.  The organizations culture seems to be a good match for my personality and ethics.  The over all mindset of my interviewer looks like a good match for our market too. 

I want this job.  I want it more than I did when I applied and now I want it more than I thought I wanted it this morning.  Part of that is a burning desire to get off the rat wheel I've been on for the last 5 years.  Another even bigger part is that this looks like a real good fit for me.  I want this job badly, and now my hopes are up.

It looks like I'll be getting a second interview, maybe even before the end of the year.

I'm very happy with everything I can see about this job.  Now I'm waiting on a call back and seeing if the fleece is wet.


  1. Sometimes you and I might not understand the plan, but God does. When it comes to fruition eventually, we have a lightbulb moment.

    God did that to my husband and I when we were looking for another house after selling our acreage 6 years ago. Turns out the house that would have been perfect for us in pretty much every respect was only about a block or so from a major drug dealing operation. God does indeed look out for us poor mortals.

    If this is the place, even though it might not LOOK like it to you, just listen to the Spirit, he will tell you in your heart.

    Good luck my friend.

  2. Best wishes. Praying you that any change will be positive for you and your family. God bless.

  3. Anonymous12:25 PM

    Praying, Res. Be sure to let us know how it went. Whatever He does, it's always the best and for the best.

  4. Good luck.

    Susan stirred up a whole mess of prayer for you over at Nate's.

    1. Susan1:48 PM

      Only because I know how important stuff like this is. Any of you would have done the same if you had caught it before me.

  5. Thank y'all very much. Prayers are always welcome.

  6. Glad to hear it went well.

    Good luck with the process.

    I'll be praying for you.

  7. Anonymous3:46 PM

    Good news! A second interview is promising. I will continue to pray.

  8. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Will the job require a re-location?

    1. Anonymous6:33 PM

      No it's in town about 5 miles from my house.

  9. WaterBoy5:13 PM

    Congrats on the first pass, and good luck on the second!

  10. Susan8:39 PM

    Second interview is a good sign. And 5 miles is not a bad commute to get to work.

  11. Glad it went well. Prayers for it to go better on the next interview!