Day 177

Wednesday | August 22nd, 2012

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Things seemed calmer today. Meow was still stressed and worried that the bathroom would still be messed up. In contrast, I felt like there was a Korean way of doing this kind of work and most customers just wanted function and not form, which let them just agree that something worked and move on. But we were being so American about these things, it had to be “our” way. It had to be perfect. The little things that all of reno-guy’s other clients let slip, we weren’t having it. If something wasn’t 100% right it got noticed. If something seemed stupid, it got spoken. Given that, I felt like reno-guy finally got how we operate, that we really did care about all the details (and weren’t just saying that because we were full of ourselves). Once he got us, everything would go smoother.

Adding to the strife was that the bathroom was the biggest part of the job and the most expensive. There were a lot of people involved and reno-guy trusted them as he had on other jobs. But this job wasn’t normal and somehow that didn’t get relayed around, so there were snafus.

It seemed like things were moving in that direction. In the evening, I went to work on SJ’s computer, putting all the parts into a new case with a new power supply. I had worked on the machine back on Day 168 because of its spontaneous shutdowns. Those turned out to be heat related and cleaning the case did the trick, but when I turned on the sensors during testing, the power supply indicated upcoming failure. I’d made suggestions and SJ & SJ decided the best course of action was to buy the suggested parts and pay me to put everything together. No harm in that.

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