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Daddy’s End of Project, © 2017, R. Richard
Cover by Morgaine Wrightman
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All Characters In This Book Are Age 18 Or Older
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A Lot’s Cave Novel
Daddy’s End of Project
When you complete a military software project, you normally go through something called a 25 hour customer acceptance test of the software. The purpose of the customer acceptance test is to insure that the software will operate over the end of day. Usually, the end of day is at least the last day of a month and often the last day of a year.
I'm the principal architect of the software being tested and I'm operating the computer console as the test time ticks up to 25 hours.
We hit the end of the customer acceptance test time and there are a few congratulations, as everything has appeared to work.
I make sure to shake every military hand, including the enlisted support people and the enlisted Software Librarian.
My company sales rep tries to talk with the senior officers for the base, but they fob him off on a junior officer. It really doesn't matter, the base has a completed project and they have no more budget for the remainder of the year or for next year.
I go through normal system shutdown and then I help the software librarian carry the program materials back to the library. My help is a small thing, but it marks me as a good guy and also wastes a little time.
By the time that I check out of the military base, it's 11:50AM and I drive down to a franchise chicken place, where they have a lunch deal. I cash my grungy coupon and enjoy a budget repast. I then drive back to headquarters.
As I walk into the headquarters lobby, I see that Nanci is working the receptionist desk. Nanci is the Central Services Supervisor and she doesn't lower herself to work the receptionist desk. Things are apparently as bad as I think they are. I do wave and say hello, to Nanci, who appears to be really busy on the phone.
I then walk into my office area and Howard, the Project Manager waves me into his office.
Howard asks me, “Jim Rull, were you surprised that I wasn't out at the military base for the 25 hour customer acceptance test?”
I say, “I suppose that you had other, more important work to do.” (I have just told a complete lie. Howard knows that there won't be a follow on contract and he was likely using the test time, trying to find another job. Unfortunately, the people that he was calling also work for military contractors and they knew that Howard was abandoning ship early. That sort of thing is likely to piss off the military and pissing off the military isn't a good way to get another job. However, Howard thinks that everyone else is stupid, which means that Howard is stupid.)
Howard lectures me, as if I'm some kind of junior programmer, “The contract delivery that you just finished is the final contract that we have with that military base.” (Or any other military base, for that matter.) “Thus, your services are no longer required.” (I know that and I also know that Howard's services are no longer required. However, my telling Howard that can only hurt me, thus I keep it shut.)
I say, “Well then, if I no longer have a job here, I have a final check coming.”
Howard holds up an envelope and then asks me, “What do you intend to do about getting another job?”
(I have already made my plans, but I'm not about to tell Howard that, since he's hoping to get some job search information from me, for free.) “Well, I'll check the Sunday paper and see who has recruitment ads.”
Howard then sneers at me, “Then, you didn't plan ahead.” (Obviously Howard didn’t plan ahead, despite the fact that’s his job.)
I sigh, “I depended upon the company to get new contracts. Apparently they didn't.”
Howard says, “Well, you can now try to find something, on your own. I can't give you much of a recommendation.”
(Pretending to be surprised, I say,) “I did a very good job for the company. I designed and delivered a good working system to the customer. Why is it that you can't give me much of a recommendation?”
Howard sneers, “You didn't get us another contract, that's why.”
(Pretending to be surprised, I say,) “I wasn't assigned the job of getting new contracts.”
Howard sneers, “You have to look beyond your current assignment.”
(Pretending to be subservient, I say,) “I'll have to remember that.”
Howard tosses my final check to me and tells me, “Before you check out, Gerry wants to talk to you.”
I say, “Goodbye and I'll go and talk, to Gerry.” I then exit Howard’s office and walk down the hall to Gerry's office.
Gerry's Secretary is gone and I peek into Gerry's office.
Gerry looks at me and says, “Come in, Jim. You have your check, so you must have talked to Howard.”
(In order to make Gerry commit, I say only,) “Yes, I talked with Howard.”
Gerry laughs, “It probably wasn't too pleasant. Howard suddenly finds himself without a job and he's a bit angry.”
(Butter won't melt in my mouth as I say,) “Taking your anger out on others isn't a good way to get another job.”
Gerry laughs and says, “Likely Howard will find that out.”
I move the conversation back to business, “You wanted to talk to me?”
Gerry asks, “Do you have another job lined up?”
(I speak in a level tone of voice,) “For the last couple of months, I haven't even been able to get a job interview.”
Gerry sighs and says, “Yes, we had to make sure that you stayed to finish the contract that you just finished.”
“It might have been nice if you could have hooked me up with another job, once I did finish the contract.”
Gerry winces, “Right now, I can't even get another job, myself. However, if I do, I'll be calling for you.” (“I'm so dumb that I can't get a job, but if you can set me up with a new job, I'll hire you, peasant.”)