Jackhammering A Floor
Tomorrow I get to run a jackhammer for a while. Now, this isn’t completely unheard of – from time to time I go help The Plumber break out a floor, do whatever needs to be done, and we pour new concrete. We’ve actually got it down to a bit of a science – laying a new floor, for instance, we each have specific roles we take during the process every time. It works out nice, and so, from time to time, I get a call “Hey, I’m going to go break up a floor. Wanna help?”
And, of course, I say yes. I love running a jackhammer. It’s just a thing.
But, this time is a little different – this time it’s at my own house. We’ve got a leak in the laundry room, caused by an old floor drain. So, I get to use it in my own place, and, put down a fresh new bit of floor. And sign my name in the concrete 😉 I’ll be sure to grab a couple of pictures of the event 😉
A Good Place To Be
Part of what I’m doing this week involves trying to finish off an iOS / Android app beta, while at the same time finishing off a file services system, and trying to get a UI mockup done for another project. And, of course, there’s always the pending Jumpman Forever beta. Oh, and throw in trying to relaunch two magazines.
That’s a lot of stuff to have to deal with. But, that’s a good place to be. I’ve got people standing by for when I start shuffling work out of my hands and into the hands of contractors (bonus points, because it’s people who could use a little help financially.) That’s a very good place to be.
The project I did the UI mockup for is a weather app for a company here in Kansas (Kansas: Home of WTF!? Weather.) I’m doing the mockup, but, I have doubts that I’ll end up getting the project. I just really think I’m going to be too expensive.
See, that’s the place I’ve always wanted to be: have enough work that I don’t feel like I have to cut down my prices, because if I don’t get the job I might not have enough money for bills. I have to keep the current gigs rolling down the road to keep my pay cycles going, but, I’m not desperate. I’m going to quote this project for fully what I think it’s going to take at my standard billing rates. And if I don’t get it? Life goes on.
Now, that’s not to say there aren’t any concerns at all. I have contractors I WANT to give money to, because they need it. I’d like to make that happen – I’d like to use my connections, and my abilities to help others have it a little better off. Meeting my financial goals for 2014 does mean I’m set in a good place, but, a good chunk of that plan also sets me in a place where I can do good. And, so far, I really looks like things are headed that way. 🙂
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Projects Worked on:
- Jumpman Forever
- Unnamed Weather App Marketing Material
- Unnamed iOS / Android app (that is going to soon HAVE to have a name. I think it’s going to be called AnDimension. That should work. There, it’s done and named, until I look at this in the morning and realize I’m insane. 😉