I just got the call from the job agent, who started out with "I want to make sure you understand that the quality of applicants was extremely high, and the decision really wasn't easy, and they'll make sure that those they don't take get a recommendation with HR to get hired at a later date... and I'm delighted to tell you you got the job."
My response: "My fucking gods, and how long have you practised to do that speech only to tease me, you bastard?"
Which made the job agent laugh and then explain they loved me, I rocked them, and they couldn't sing my praises high enough.
I got the Dep. Editor job. The pay-off of five days of really hard work and "nerve war" (Nervenkrieg) as the German expression goes.
I already accepted and already told my team leader at old place I've accepted. Now all pending contract and signing and benefits package.
No more sock boy.
I win at life.