Miscellaneous Bits

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I'm almost done with the project I was working on yesterday. The final list price of the project is over $18M. Now we just have to see if the sales team can sell it. Because it's for The Asstard Company, of whom I've spoken before, I have no confidence in a favorable resolution. In spite of their bribes of chocolate, I'm about ready to tell the account team that if they call me on this again, it had better be with the phone in one hand and a signed purchase order in the other.

I'm a bit tired today, because I had to get up at 3:00 a.m.. It's Spring Break in our county, and my Smart Boy is on his way to New York City for their bi-annual theatre trip. They get to see four Broadway shows while they're there, and they'll also have some time to see some of the other sites while they're there. They had to be at the High School by 3:30 a.m., so they could get to the airport and make their plane. I went back to bed after I dropped him off, but had some insomnia last night, so I'm dragging ass.

The Smart Boy was really excited, as this is his first trip "by himself" although he'll be with his school group. Our agreement was that he could go if he paid 25% of the cost and kept his grades where they belonged. He could of gone when he was a freshman (since they go every two years), but freshmen are required to bring a parent due to their tender age. As he says, "Going to New York with my Mommy wouldn't have done much for my street cred." Because privileged white boys from Douglas County really need to worry about their street cred, apparently. He cracks me up.

So The Smart Man and I are on our own until Saturday evening. It'll be good practice for when we're "empty-nesters." Somehow I don't think we're going to have much trouble making that transition. As much as I love that kid, I'm looking forward to having him finish school, get a job and get out. Not get out like in Amityville Horror, but get out and start his own self-sufficient life. Because that's one definition of parental success, at least in this country.

7 comments:

mom in northern said...

He will make you proud.
It is in his "designer jeans" don't you know?

mom in northern said...

P.S.
You mean to tell me that chocolate can't buy your love? Tee Hee

Janiece Murphy said...

Mom, chocolate only works on a temporary basis. Eventually, I expect results.

Carol Elaine said...

Is it wrong to be envious of a high school kid? Because I am, just a little bit.

Janiece Murphy said...

Carol Elaine, then we're both wrong.

I've never been to NY...

Jeri said...

I am jealous of your HS son as well.

My younger had the opportunity to go to Paris with the photography club this year - but it was way expensive, and he's only a sophomore, so we're going to have to defer that one.

Good luck w/ your SE design!

Janiece Murphy said...

Jeri, I think these types of trips should be reserved for older teens for a variety of reasons. Cost is certainly one of them, but I think having to wait for the privilege of travelling without your parents is good for them.