My little town has its own Natural Laws of Inverse Proportion.
How quickly you need something will determine:
- How slowly it will be bid on,
- How much the vendor will expect you to do,
- How much the contractor really believes the urgency to be.
How expertly you need it rendered will determine:
- How little professionalism you can expect,
- How void of ideas the vendor will be when faced with unexpected problems,
- How many times it will have to be re-done.
I wish it were funny. Consider: There's a HUGE project that, when finished, will bring
There is no glory in that kind of Slack.
That's the overarching, prevailing attitude in this town, unfortunately. I think it's the Tourist-Sucker Syndrome writ large. You can be as crappy as you like, and still make money because next week will bring in a whole new crop of pigeons to be played. Well and good if you're one of the local establishments here that hasn't dusted the baseboards or air-intake vents in almost 40 years. Why should you? Money for nothing and the checks are free...
Or consider a nice-enough restaurant that thinks itself on par with the tony establishments to the north. There is simply no comparison. Local advisers to the restaurant association here had suggestions for the lagging business. The owner was indignant! She was the Queen of Corridor into town! Of course she is. The City Council works very hard to keep good chain-restaurants away from the heart of the tourist district.
That's why you can't find a Starbucks in the heart of town. It would actually constitute some righteous reckonin' of capitalistic competition, and that would be the end of so many dynasties here.
And that idea extends to every business of every level here. Salaries are low and housing/business prices are stratospheric. And everyone here votes Democrat. How can people afford to live here? Why, by getting a government job, of course!
Meanwhile, I have a deadline, and likely more than one television team showing up in a week for a big event. Every.single.part. of this project has had to be done twice. Except for the parachute.
My parachute is still doing its job, as it has been for the last two months, and it only cost me about 5 minutes of internet surfing, $69 and a bit of old rope I had in the trunk of my car. It's the only part of this project that has worked well, on time, the first time, and under budget.
Yeah, I'm underpaid.