They withdrew the offer.
The HR person called me yesterday, stammering and stumbling over her words. It took her so long to get it out, I thought something much worse was coming.
She said they ran the numbers, and realized the salary they had agreed to was considerably higher than they're currently paying people in comparable positions. (Should I paraphrase Joe DiMaggio? "Then those people are very underpaid...")
They still want me as weekend coordinator, and if I don't want that at the salary they're offering, they'd still like me to stay on permanently in my current position. So it's not awful news.
The weird thing is she didn't even have a counter-offer. Did she think I was going to keep guessing downward until I hit it? I told her I need more information before I can make a decision. She actually acted surprised.
They're going to give me a number early next week.
Sometimes I remember that I boarded this roller coaster of my own volition, and I wonder why I left Crappy Firm in the first place. Then I remember. It was crappy and I was miserable.