Back when Ben was job hunting, he went to a job fair. He's been to these fairs before, and typically you meet company recruiters who decide if your resume looks interesting, and schedule you for interviews with the appropriate people. At this particular job fair, he met a man with his current company who looked at his resume and began asking questions. They had a nice chat about Ben's experience and the company mission, then the guy asked, "So, how much are you looking to make?" Ben, thinking he was talking to a recruiter, answered, "Every brown penny I can get." The guy laughed and thanked him for his honesty, and scheduled an interview for three days later.
Three days later, Ben went for what should have been the first interview. He met with HR, then the program director and a few other important people, and finally with the "recruiter" he had met at the job fair. The "recruiter" was introduced to him as the Regional Vice President. The guy never mentioned Ben's comment, but he did offer him a higher salary than we had anticipated. Don't you know God has a sense of humor? I'm glad Mr. Regional Vice President does too.
Be thankful ~