I worked from home for 7 years-- or 8.5 years if you don't count a 4-month stint at a magazine. So it will be a bit of a shock to go into an office every day. I'm just now washing and ironing my new wardrobe, which is desperately needed, as clothes don't look quite so shiny after 9 years of hanging in the closet growing out of fashion.
And what the hell is a '"lifestyle" mode inquiry'? :-/
That's the thing that I was most wondering about, too. It turns out it's a code they assign to you based on location, income, and likely spending patterns, stored in a database for easy sale to companies because America is, after all, all about money. It really doesn't have to do with social activities, which is what I initially thought and was repelled by.
So, "lifestyle" means, when a company sends me a solicitation for money, they'll say, "Can you contribute $20, $30, or $40?" or "Can you contribute $200, $300, or $400?" They have all sorts of stuff on record about me (and every other American) that really feels intrusive. I'm a rotten consumer so I suppose there's less on me than on the average shopper, but wherever you go, if you use any electronic device (like your credit card or the sales register), your transaction is recorded for posterity. Then they sell it.
The good news is I've passed my criminal and driving record check. They aren't doing a credit check, but they've sufficiently determined I have character. So that just leaves the drug test to clear on Thursday. What fun!
Just implant the microchip here, please. it will make things so much easier.
Only 6 more days of freedom! I really have to write that solar thermal power article, because I don't think I'll have the mind-share for it after I start. Thanks for all your good wishes!