So I got a call from a high-up, about my non-selection for that group. He was selling me that same bridge, that my non-selection was an oversight, and that it was no reflection on my performance or abilities.
While I appreciate the call, and realize that it was difficult for him to make it -- arguing for his own staff's incompetence, really, and placing himself in the line of my fire (I did not fire, but was a Good Sport TM), I just don't buy it.
Do accidents like that happen? Possibly. Is there no correction mechanism? Also possible. That it should happen to three of us in that group? Also possible. But with each of those possibilities, the likeliness of the oucome becomes more and more remote.
I don't believe that accidents like that happen. I don't believe that it happens to 33% of the group.
No, something was up, and I was a casualty of it. But I appreciate the call, even when I don't buy the contents.
There's our annual formal dinner coming up. I have to decide if I want to go. On the one hand, I have to be a Good Sport TM. On the other, hanging around for a few hours with my replacements, smile plastered on my face -- I am SO not up for that.