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Last night we had dinner at the house of Janet and Andrew, a couple we are thrilled to have as new friends. The first time we had them over a few months ago, Janet scored a direct hit with her humorous comment, "I don't want to have children right now, but if I decide later that I want a kid, I'll just get a used one."

While the four of us were nibbling the exotic chocolates and berries Janet set out for dessert, I let my guard down and made a passing comment about interviewing new friends.

"We knew we were being interviewed, you know," said Janet. Horrified she might think me pretentious, I pointed out that it goes both ways -- that when we conduct such a meeting, David and I assume we are being screened as well.

"Right. Anyway, I really wanted the job," Janet said. "That's why I sent that 'thank you' card the next day."

I noted her playful attitude and all around good-sportiness and said, "Well, we're really glad to have you on board."

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