At least he was honest.

Oh, the life of a contractor, vendor, hack-for-hire…whatever you want to call us. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the start of a large project I’m happy to be doing. I committed to it many weeks ago, and it was originally slated to start last month, before Thanksgiving. Of course, here it is, the week before Christmas and the ball finally gets lobbed into my court.

Of course, the week before Christmas.

I actually had one of the people on one of the teams I’m working with (none of whom I’m ever met before) send me an e-mail explaining how he was going to be off over the holidays (starting today) and then traveling for business in January, then off to China and Japan, etc. so…”we would like to get you started on review and editing of the attached article over the holidays.”

Oh really. I just had to laugh. No one has ever put it that bluntly before. Thank you, Mr. Scrooge.

Really, though, I don’t think he realized quite how that sounded. In subsequent e-mails, he seemed like a delightful guy who is actually on assignment close to here and we may even have lunch “after the holidays.”

But such is the life of any vendor, contractor, bee-for-hire: You dumpers. We dumpees.

So on that note, I better get back to work…shields up, photon torpedos loaded.  

Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face,
especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if
you are a housewife, architect or engineer. 
                                                      ~ Dale Carnegie