awhile later she calls back to tell me that they wanted a more detailed estimate of wht it would cost them to do an actual job. An hour and a half later I'm in Mountain View scoping out what has got to be one of the more egregious examples of anal-retentiveness combined with incompetence I have ever seen.
I think as the next rise in the economy happens I'm going to see a lot of work like this: Places where the dot.com insanity forced people to use people that did more long term damage than good, and now have all of this legacy infrastructure that is a house of cards waiting to spontaneously combust.
During the day, I realized something about myself I hadn't really defined before...I know I have an odd way of thinking, but I really forget it at times.
Looking at all of this mess, talking it over with Richard and Ambar, I literally had only the vaguest of notions of what I was actually going to do. In the past, this would induce all forms of panic, anxiety, and other primal emotional reactions that would spurt forth like an over-filled water balloon with pin holes. This time, I felt fine. Just like the other times, I had that weird feeling (literally on the drive back to SF) all the pieces fell into place. I knew exactly how to handle the entire job.
I've already written the proposal, I just need to look up some costs online and it'll fly. They didn't even blink at my time and hourly estimates, and the solution I thought of in the car really reduces the issues they have with their cabling and down time.
Damn, I could really use this. Not just for the money, but for the sheer joy of tearing into something and making it right. It's been way too long.
This doesn't even impact the other stuff I've been talking about here...we're talking about a mid-march start date at earliest, which gives me a few weeks to work on other stuff.
I've also finished the first part of the story I'm working on with Toria...I'll post the link once I know where it'll be.