Back in the Saddle
Yes, Older Eyes is back in the saddle again. This morning I got up early (well, for me … 7 am), poured myself some coffee (already brewed in the coffee maker set to auto), and wandered down the hall to my office to start working. There are actually two jobs to be done, one which pays now and one that (maybe) pays later. The one that maybe pays later is a proposal that my business partner, Paul, and I have decided to submit with another company. It is part of an interesting small business initiative known as the Small Business Innovative Research program. Various government agencies publish a list of topics and small companies offer their ideas. If you win one, you get a small contract to prove that your idea just might work. Because the second phase is quite substantial, we usually end up working much harder than the original small contract justifies. That makes it VERY disappointing if you don’t win the second phase. The writing part is easy … I’m a writer, after all … but there’s also some equation crunching required. Job number two is the consulting opportunity I mentioned in Shifting Sands. I can’t say much about the job because of client confidentiality except that it will require a substantial amount of equation munching. No capiche? Crunching, I’m making my own equations, munching I’m trying to understand someone elses. However, the munching is paid for, by the hour. Furthermore, it needs to be complete when I attend a two day meeting in Washington, DC, next week so for the moment I’m doing more munching than crunching. But the proposal is due a week from Friday. Munch. Crunch. Munch. Crunch. Yikes. Anyone wanna ghost write some posts?
So, it’s Top Sites Tuesday #104 – Two Thoughts on Tuesday. Thought Number One is this: Just as our muscles don’t respond at sixty like they did at forty (we won’t even mention twenty), the equation munching and crunching brain cells don’t sparkle at sixty either. Twice today, I had brain cramps and had to play five games of Minesweeper to work them out. Now, I’m actually looking forward to flying … there’s something about altitude that stimulates my brain, as I said back in 2010 in my post, Flying … and I may get to see some friends while I’m in DC. But Thought Number Two is: My, oh my, how the heck an I going to stay awake for two full days of meetings? I wonder if Five Hour Energy comes in quart bottles? And, oh, yes, it would certainly energize me if you’d push my button … gently … to make me Number One on Top Sites Tuesday #104.
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