Monday Smiles – 6/15/2015
As 2014 was drawing to a close, the only job our company had was coming to an end. It was awarded under the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Innovative Research program. These contracts are reserved for small research companies, giving them an opportunity to compete for government contracts that address critical need of the various agencies. The initial contracts are quite small, with only enough funding to show that a solution to a problem might work. Based on the work done in this Phase 1, a few companies are awarded Phase 2, which brings enough funding for up to two years. About one in ten companies go on to Phase 2, and sufficient time has passed that we had pretty much decided we weren’t one of them. It was OK … my business partner (who is my age) had talked about fully retiring anyway.
Life is funny. Sometimes it’s funny ha-ha and sometimes it’s funny peculiar. Sometimes, it’s funny interesting … in the sense of the so-called Chinese Curse, May you live in interesting times. And sometimes, it just surprises the hell out of you. Near then end of December, we heard … we’d been awarded a Phase 2 contract. So here I am, halfway through the year, unretired once more at 71. I am dragging out old textbooks and lecture notes and reading new technical papers because it is one of the most challenging and interesting problems we’ve looked at in the fifteen years we’ve been in business together. Not only is it fun, it allows my wife Muri and I to leave our retirement savings untouched for a few years. That’s worth smiling about.
It’s Monday and I am.