it's funny to watch them read through messages that they've already read just so they don't have to socially interact face to face with someone they really don't know
Have you considered the possibility that they just do this with you?
I'd be willing to take a $10k-$20k cut in salary for a more secure job...one that isn't going to lay me off unless it at least has good reason to.
Then best bet is to work for the federal government.
Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine