I decided to check in with Farflung U. to see where things stood, since my cancelled Skype interview was supposed to have happened a week ago. I still really really really want this job, and I’m just paranoid (perhaps rightfully) that it just isn’t going to happen for one reason or another. So, I e-mailed the chair of the search committee earlier today.

That last e-mail he sent said this:
Well, hang in there, as I did hear your name come up quite a few times today!!! It’s a slow process around here as the provost has cancer. Things don’t get done as quickly as we’d like because of that.

How should I interpret this? How would you interpret this? Am I still a contender? Not? Do I need to pour myself another drink?