My clients threshold for wait-n-see was apparently 4 years. Like juuuust shy of one half the US population, they were hoping obummer would get voted out of office, and the tsunami of government regulation, taxation, and monetization would abate. After a quivering sigh, they decided they'd have to get on with it regardless. No development, no money.
So in December of 2012, all of the sudden, it was Katie bar the DOOR, we gots ta build us a buildin!
The good is, we are busy as all get out. The bad is that our clients are running around like the proverbial headless chicken. There are a multitude of conflicting opinions on any given subject which makes it difficult to find a clear path to a solution, but "We've got a SCHEDULE to keep! DO SOMETHING!"
For the first time since 2007, we are in hiring mode instead of downsizing via lay off or attrition. That's good. The bad is that all the clients now want their projects documented in 3-D. The software, which shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, is horrifically expensive on a per seat basis and on an annual $ubscription basis. And, we need new computers and new software licenses for these new hires. I do not like overhead*.
I'd rather spend the money on my people, as in put it in their pocket. My peeps are the firm. Not the hardware.
The other good is that operating in a state of constant emergency seems like "normal" to me, and I'm finding that my mood is improving. SNAFU.
On another note, my 70 something father finally decided that he needs a handgun with a little more punch than the .22 LR he has. That's good. I'd expressed the same notion to him some six months ago**.
Long story short, Dad wants Belle and I to head down and take him pistol shooting. He wants to get a handgun with a little more "punch". The last time he actually shot a pistol might be as long ago as the late 50's when he was a weatherman in the Air Force doing his mandatory training with a 1911.
The bad is that he's headed into handgun purchasing mode in the worst buyer's market in the history of the world. Dad can be irrationally conservative with respect to where and how much of his money he spends. When he finds out how expensive it's going to be to get more punch, he'll buy junk. No, really. I know the man. I grew up with him. My ace in the hole is that I'm going to lobby The Southern Belle to go shop with him. She knows her pistols.
Hanging paper with one arm and converting new shooters one range trip at a time,
Kx59 signing off.
*Leave your sense of entitlement at the door pleez. Do not complain to me about your computer in the middle of the worst recession in history. Tell ya what. I'll buy 20 new computers and hand them out, smiling like Santa Claus. You can decide which of your peers I'll lay off to offset the cost. Fairnuff?
K. Get back to work.
**I've always believed in the power of a gently delivered, "off hand" comment. But, it does require an intimate knowledge of your audience.