Well, to anyone who is interested, my wait is over, and kind of bittersweet. Dean Rahman called me this evening and offered me a seat and I took it. I've already missed a day of orientation, and I have no idea what I'm going to do about the job I now need to quit, but I guess everything will work out... Thanks to everyone who has commisserated with me through this quite bumpy ride, and I wish everyone the best of luck!
i followed your thread but never made any contribution to it until now. i would like to say congratulations and the best of luck to you.