And then there's follow-up on that client we at the boss's direction cancelled on with, for them, a half-hour's notice, for those who weren't adequately rolling their eyes at the first installment. His reasoning you'll recall had been that if they actually wanted to do business with us, rescheduling would be no problem. They haven't rescheduled. Well, that settles one problem.
I'm fairly sure that wasn't the plan. The recourse the boss is interested in is to argue it out in court, citing various arguments that we have to be given the chance to make our presentation even if we did cancel the last time around. I'm not getting into the details because I don't really understand them exactly. (I can't grasp how they'd possibly have to give us another hearing after we bailed on them.) But what the quietly expressed opinion among the underlings is, is that the potential client is likely to decide it's easier to give us a couple hours to present and distract people from their work by showing off PowerPoint slides and all that than it is to fight it out.
Still, even allowing for this situation, I can't imagine it being worthwhile. It's bound to be a hostile audience, after all. And unless we give the most awesomely awesome demonstration in the history of demonstrations, I have to suppose they'll just turn us down anyway. No muss, no fuss, and we end up right where we started.
I imagine it's nice to work at a company run by grownups, although I'll admit a grownup company might have been more difficult about things like my adjunct instructing sideline.
Trivia: Kepler predicted, but did not live to see, the transit of Mercury of 7 November 1631. Source: In Search of Planet Vulcan, Richard Baum, William Sheehan.
Currently Reading: Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride To The Moon And Beyond, Nancy Conrad, Howard A Klausner.