Have you ever wanted to be a Special Agent with the State Department's talented and awesome Bureau of Diplomatic Security... just like my husband? Well, today is your deadline to apply, folks! Vacancy announcements come out only sporadically, so ya gotta jump on that sucka while the jumpin' is good! And then YOU, TOO can be just like James!
[Except, sorry, but... he's better. I mean, I know you're great and all, but - he wins. Except your consolation prize is that you don't have to be married to me. YOU'RE WELCOME.]
And not only is the Vacancy Announcement open right now for the DS Agent spot, but also:
James' own job right here in Chengdu is on the DS NOW bid list right now! So those of you who are already hired - *you too* can be just like James!
Yessirre, folks - in a very interesting paralleled flashback to a few years ago when James snagged his position off of the NOW list, it has returned to the NOW list again. In the exact same way. Complete with also having a position in Shenyang on the bidlist, too - concurrently! Just like before!
Except now, James and I know enough about both places to help potential bidders figure out which city might be a better fit for them. Actually, I will sum the Chengdu vs. Shenyang city differences up by stealing a very apt comparison from a friend of ours who is currently posted in Shenyang:
"In deciding between Chengdu and Shenyang, you have a choice: ice or pandas."
So there you have it, potential bidders! Which one would you prefer?
(Incidentally, Chengdu is the one with pandas. Just in case you were wondering.)
Interestingly enough, back a few years ago when James was trying to snag Chengdu off the NOW list, there were only two bids on it: his and another dude's. But this time? There's a 400% increase in bids!
(Translated mathematically, that means that right now there are 8 bids on Pandas. But a 400% increase is a big increase for just one bidding cycle! And just in case you were wondering, Ice has a bit less bids, but there is still an increase from the last cycle.)
James has been contacted here and there by potential bidders, which is always interesting.
And can I just say something right here and now?
It has come to my attention that there is some kind of belief out there that Chengdu doesn't have any acceptable high schools. This idea must be from many, many years ago or something. But I am here to tell you that Chengdu DOES have what I consider to be an excellent high school. So if you have high school aged children (or middle school aged children!), please feel more than free to bid here. Ice, however, does not have such a thing, from what I understand. BID ACCORDINGLY.
If you get posted to China, you will be well rewarded, my friends. For BEHOLD, where else can you get this kind of candy (don't forget how IT'S CANDY):
A Cola Sandwich Salad Set (of candy)? That's FAT FREE?
NOWHERE, THAT'S WHERE. And don't tell me you can live without this unique candy that (please God?) can only be found right here in China. You're lying.
Yes, my friends... between applying for DS or bidding for Pandas (or Ice, if that's your thing), you, too can live The Sailing Life (except please ignore the Eiffel Tower, because you ain't gonna end up in Paris, THAT'S WHY):
Very wonderfully and more pleasantly full of dreams and full hopes!
DIVE. ON. IN!
[UPDATE: My editor has informed me that going from two bids to eight is actually a 300% increase rather than a 400% increase. WHATEVER. So I suck at math. At least I'm not still homeschooling my kids. YOU'RE WELCOME. And also: I HAVE AN EDITOR! SQUEE!!]
[UPDATE NUMBER TWO: A State friend of mine who is posted in Shenyang just told me they "love it" in Shenyang, that they "love the adventure" of being in Shenyang, and that "Ice is nice!" So there, now: BALANCE!]