[Update @ 1:20pm]
No reply yet to the aforementioned email yet, but I did receive something better... a UPS tracking number! I don't know if it was coincidence or a response to my email but, either way, I'm a happy camper now.
Last week, I received an email from someone at Microsoft, of all places, asking if I would be interested in a job with them. As both a Linux advocate and a justified Microsoft basher (I work with their stuff as a developer for my day job... trust me, I have reasons to hate), it seems to me like I would the last person they would want on the payroll :-)
Naturally, I declined.
Things are still going strong with Photo Friday. This week's challenge is "Complexity", and I've got a fallback plan (another of the Finland photos, or a better version of it if I can find one) ready to go in case I don't come across anything in the next few days.