Over the past several years, I have been attempting to garner external interest in my abilities and knowledge of a specific type of test equipment, used in the semiconductor industry. I've been out of work for not quite four years, and it would be nice to leverage those skills to make a buck or two. Over the past couple of weeks, it is beginning to look as though my patience and perseverance are finally going to pay off. In simple terms, I GOT A GIG!
So ... in the process of getting myself LLC'ed and fixed up with mechanisms for getting paid for my work, I've had some interchanges with representatives of the company who needs my help. Just this morning, I received an email from one such person, inquiring about payment methods, and having this lovely little addendum just below the signature of the email:
His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word...
I don't think any of us need to guess at just WHOSE grace the above little morsel is referring to. It took some real strength of character NOT to add my own little bon mot in my answer the email, something nice, say, like:
That which may be asserted without evidence may be dismissed without evidence.
-- Christopher Hitchens
Of course, I didn't, but here again, is another example of how religion inveigles itself into inappropriate circumstances or assumes it has a place where it doesn't. And let's make no mistake here: had I slipped in the Hitchens quote into my return email, I have no doubt but that the reaction would be as swift as it would have been negative, never mind more than likely screwing up any chance of doing business with this company.
Yes, I am properly pissed. No, I don't know if there is anything I can particularly DO about this circumstance. Thoughts and suggestions are herewith solicited.