Thursday, August 7, 2008

Almost in hand

My mom is visiting us for a week. We took her to the lakehouse for a couple days. I needed a break in any case from the waiting. We got home Wednesday afternoon. I went sailing (we came in third!). When I got back home in the evening, I was catching up on email and such.

There was a message in my inbox, from an unknown author. Subject: Proposal XXX-YYY-Z under topic... etc. I paused. Then I looked.
Dr. Dad,

Are you registered with the Central Contractor Registration service? If not, can you please register there.


Catherine Thomson
Contracts Specialist...
This morning, I took care of some of the necessary items (like opening a business checking account). I sent her a message describing the status of my progress toward registering, and included the inquiry: Does your involvement mean the proposal has been selected? Her response:
Yes the proposal has been selected. Once you are registered in the CCR, I can award you the contract, which should only take a few days.
I'd say, there's little ambiguity in that response. I'm... breathless. Five years has been a long time to wait. Now... this is just six months of funding (granted at about twice what I might have been making as a professor, including benefits, plus operating expenses and such). I'm thrilled. If all goes well (and there's little reason it shouldn't), the next six months, then another two years should be in the bag.

It's a foot in the door, a new door. One foot in/one foot out. I'm still here.


BrightStar said...


This is wonderful news!

Congratulations. It's fantastic to hear of good things coming your way.

What Now? said...

WOW!! That is really exciting -- many, many congratulations.

ArticulateDad said...

Thanks, my friends. It's exhilarating. You've been on the ride with me these past couple years. Thanks for coming along.

Tracy said...


What exciting news! This is precisely what you've been waiting for, needing, and deserving.

Congratulations, my friend!

Nik said...

Right on!

"Tae's Mom" said...

YAY!! It all sounds very .... dreamy! Congratulations.

trillwing said...

Congrats! Fingers crossed for more good news. . .

Lilian said...

WOW!!!! I'm so thrilled for you!! And I'm sorry I'm over a week late reading this. wow... on your first try, nonetheless.