I got the call today. I was not the chosen candidate.
Truth is, I have felt (known) all along I wouldn't get it. Maybe it was pessimistic cynicism at work…but…I knew. The "paranoia" could have been justified. The post-interview self analysis was probably correct.
They told me I was "absolutely the second choice"…so, I got that going for me.
Oh well. I might need to hit the liquor store on the way home.