Economic Rug Pulling

Well, up until today I was, I thought, somewhat-gainfully employed doing a database-frontend design contract in my spare time in addition to school. It was a somewhat-neatish Access frontend that let vendors keep track of prospective clients, and managers keep track of their vendors, and do a couple of other clever things like evaluate the success of different promotions to different demographic groups in different regions.

Some of you have already noted my use of the past tense, so I’ll dispense with the formalities: the contract has been cancelled, before it even got signed. I sent the proposal in, reached a verbal understanding, started working. Now a few weeks later I’ve become kind of curious about when an actual paper-and-ink contract might materialize, and the fellow I was talking to is no longer working there.

Nice. In fact, the entire department I was working with is no longer working there. Because successful companies don’t need marketing, or something. Everyone involved is a pretty surprised about it, to all accounts.

I’m not upset with the guy in question, to be sure, but I am a little rankled by the whole situation. This is basically hours of my life completely wasted at a time when hours have been precious, and I’ve just gone from wondering how I’m going to get all this work done on deadline to wondering how I’m going to pay for tuition next term.

Which is just dandy.

Anyone who’d like to point out the obvious is welcome to do so in the comments below.

7 Comments

  1. sean
    Posted December 5, 2003 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    a) “This is basically hours of my life completely wasted at a time when hours have been precious”… see text based arcade game called nethack.

    b) I’ve got your back in a Jam.

  2. Posted December 6, 2003 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Not getting paid for work you’ve already done is, I can say from experience, the sort of experience that makes you want to wring some fucking bastard’s neck.

    On the plus(?) side, from here on out, you will never do anything for anyone on the basis of “oh, the approval’s just a formality, you can start in right now and all the paperwork will go through in a few days.”

  3. dorkSpotter
    Posted December 6, 2003 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Get use to it dude, your whole life will be a waste. Back in 1812 some cowbay got all mad cause he made these great wagon wheels and didn’t get paid for them. Now there are worms living in his nostrails…. What’s it matter.

  4. Mike Hoye
    Posted December 6, 2003 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    You know, I was feeling a little down, but really, nothing perks up my spirits like a little high-school nihilism. Truly, the only thing better would be actually hearing it straight from the mouth of some wholesome sixteen-year-old goth-chick.

    Are you sixteen? It sounds like you might be.

  5. odaiko
    Posted December 7, 2003 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Ask any medical resident how many times they’ve been screwed (and a patient’s healthcare has been jeopordized) because of a verbal promise/guarantee they’ve been given. It’s a wonder people get cured of the ailments they have in the hospital…
    Been there…doing it again tomorrow.

  6. Zeynep
    Posted December 8, 2003 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    *unsavory words*

    Hope something gets straightened up.

    And yes, that very clever noter does sound like 16 or so.

  7. bella
    Posted December 9, 2003 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    “You know, I was feeling a little down, but really, nothing perks up my spirits like a little high-school nihilism. Truly, the only thing better would be actually hearing it straight from the mouth of some wholesome sixteen-year-old goth-chick.”

    AHAHAHAHAHAAA! Was I really THAT bad? LOL! Worms in nostrils… why do anything… my world is so dark and polluted…

    *sigh*
    Okay, I miss being a gloomy goth chick sometimes…