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Zero hour and hope returns

September 29, 2006

For those who have been following the story on the house, you know that I had an end of month deadline that I was really sweating.  The situation is a lot like the last 20 odd seconds of a hockey, basketball, or football game when your team is down, and has taken a time out.   The coach, players, commentators and fans are all busy discussing what kind of desperate strategy can be worked out to score one or more times and win the game.  At times, it seems like a possible, but highly improbably series of events.  Still everyone gives it all until the final whistle.

By Wed, I had done all I could strategy wise to stack inspections in parallel, crunch the schedule, prioritize the work, and had exhausted all the players on my bench, including myself getting through the electrical and plumbing finals.   The building inspection was a bust, and a call to the inspector indicated there were numerous as yet undocumented items that would cause a failure the next day. Even worse, the list of items noted was going to take more time than just Wed night.   That left Thursday as a work day, and Friday morning as a last “Hail Mary” pass to try to complete the project by the Oct 1 deadline.  The stress had baked my brain and I couldn’t concentrate at all.  There is a point where a person becomes completely disfunctional, and I have been to that point twice in my life now.  My friends worked into the wee hours of Friday morning to complete 45 feet of steel railings, one of the major projects holding us back.   I held out until about 3 am, and then had to pack it in.  6 Am, and my friends were back at it, taking vacation time from work to keep at it in the morning, hopefully to complete several outstanding items before the inspector arrived.  We craned the railings up to the second story and began to bolt them in place.

 The inspector arrived, and though we didn’t pass, he was obviously influenced to some degree by our efforts and progress.  He was conversational and helpful.  We received only 4 more minor items to correct, and scheduled again for Monday morning with the belief that though the clock has run out, there may be an overtime win in the end.   Will we be victorious on Monday?   Stay tuned.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. jge permalink
    September 30, 2006 1:30 am

    Hey Mark,

    I believe you and all you hard working friends have already WON.

    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” — Mark Twain

    Well, you started on the first tasks a while ago. Now you are about to complete your last task with your goal met. I think Mark Twain would be happy about that.

  2. September 30, 2006 1:39 am

    The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

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