28 September 2009

Don't Ask...Won't Tell

The frustration continues, as R still hasn't given us his bid. He's gotten bogged down in the three houses he's currently working on, and while it's nice to see how dedicated he is to his current clients, I kind of want to shake him and remind him that he needs to focus on upcoming clients, too, or he may find himself without any (he has told us that he has nothing planned for after these three houses are finished). Secretly, I know that his dragging his feet won't cost him us as clients, but I would like him to believe it could. Secretly, I also know that we have crossed the other two builders off the list, but I don't want to show all of our cards, so I only told him that we crossed one off. He doesn't usually have to "bid" jobs -- people choose him and only him, and worry about cost from there (if they worry about it at all), so it's a fine line between reassuring him that the effort of putting together a bid is worth his while, and leaving enough question in his mind that he'll make it competitive. I hate playing these games. And I really hate having all of our eggs in one basket -- especially a basket that he won't let me carry (not that I'm a control freak or anything).

Meanwhile, at the City of Austin, our application has been rejected -- both "rejected" in the sense of rejected-'cause-seven-days-are-up-and-it-was-forwarded-to-flood-plain-review and actually rejected because certain things are missing from our plans. These things fall into three categories: things that actually are on our plans but the reviewer apparently didn't care to look for, things that aren't required for our our type of structure, and things that our designer should have known to include. We are pretty peeved at all three categories of issues, but the third is particularly annoying because we're not only going to have to pay our designer to go back to the drawing board to do what should have been done the first time, but we're also going to have to pay for more plans to be printed to resubmit to the city. Good thing we got a head start on all of this.

Oh, and the big news this weekend was that the city has been so inundated with applications for solar panel rebates that they have suspended the program and will be reducing the amount of its rebates, if not ending the rebates altogether. Since the rebate was supposed to cover almost two-thirds of the cost of the panels, it's likely that we will have to abandon the solar plan.

To close on a happy note, the lawsuit in which I was named as a defendant was dismissed last week. So I guess that's something.

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