I have been fairly quiet about bidding recently, at least here.
But the truth is, we have gotten an air kiss.
For those not in the service, a handshake is what you get when you are formally offered an assignment. Handshakes can go out beginning Monday.
But sometimes (not always), posts and the bureau let you know ahead of time that you are who they want.
Remember passing notes in class? "I like you. Do you like me? Check Yes or No."
It is a lot like that.
Except it does more like "You are post's (or the Bureau's) leading candidate for position x. Can you tell us where we stand for you and whether you would accept a handshake if offered."
We call this (unofficially) an air kiss.
This air kiss is of course, only after you have offered to sell your soul AND your first born to get this, or any, job. After you have told them how much you love them and would do anything to come work there. Sometimes though, you have have said that to several places (I opt for the honesty is the best policy route, but some don't. Everyone is their number 1).
So anyway, my wife and I got air kisses both from post and from the bureau.
And we told them we would accept the jobs if offered.
But I can't air kiss and tell (okay, we did tell a few folks...), so stay tuned until Monday.