I went to bells last night, having been assured that I was needed. I played the bass clef, even though I was holding the bells for the treble clef. I caused other, similar kinds of trouble as well. They may be glad I’m gone.

My Northerners, on the other hand, contacted me to ask for help in using their blogging platform. I don’t mind helping with that one bit, but I did charge them. And I notice that they still haven’t gotten a blog post up for this week at either of their blogs.

I’ve hired #1 son to assist me with an article which is a set of “Top 10” lists. They include walking/hiking trails, burgers, climbs, and beers in my local area. I think that $10/hr to do this research is a good job for a student, don’t you? Basically, I fronted the boy $60 for spring break, so he has to be my jack of all work until he pays me off. He ought to feel very happy that he can do this studying the question, “Where’s the best place in town to grab a beer?” for a men’s magazine.

If any of you local people have opinions on the subject of where to graph a beer and so forth, by the way, I’d love to hear them.

Also last night we worked on some choral music by Mark Hayes. I really like his stuff. You can hear some of his Blessed Assurance if you click on his title. This is a sheet music choir, which I think works toward anonymity and lack of individual style in order to sell the music to the widest variety of choirs, but it’s a very fun song to sing.

I got home to some little issues… or maybe big issues. We worked with two designers on our last project, and we ended up paying each of them to fix the other one’s code — not that I had any problems with the code, but if there were problems, it sort of seems as though maybe they should have fixed their own problems without charging me extra. And maybe it was even just stylistic differences and didn’t need changing. I don’t know. We also have a designer with whom we love to work, but who raises his estimates by large increments each time. We may be losing jobs because of that. Not his problem, obviously, but there’s a point at which we have to consider whether we can afford him.

Being freelance is like being single: you make decisions based on your own feelings, and you keep the money you earn. Running a company is like having a family: you have to make decisions based on the good of the larger entity and think about all the people involved.