Just got home from a long day at work. Alot of deadlines coming up but the worst thing is our lack of cash. I have a payroll to fund this Friday and it isn't looking good. We are designing a new library and the town this library is in had been paying timely so I projected that we'd receive these funds, but we have not. For months. So 3 months later, I'm still waiting for my July and August payments and instead of working with the town like I had been, things have changed and I have to go through this "owner's rep" guy. And I just don't like him.
He keeps making me jump through hoops, so I jump, and then nothing...no money. He wants copies of all the invoices. Done. Then he says statements would be better. Done. Then he says he wants them in a different format, maybe in Word. Done. Nahhh that doesn't work, I should send them in Excel. omfg. Done. Turns out copies of invoices aren't good enough, I should send him all the backup that goes with it, Pages and pages of back up. Okay... I respond to every request timely and efficiently and politely enquire about when I can expect payment and he has no answers.
So we have an inhouse meeting about our lack of cash and what our options are, and I get challenged to collect this goddamn money. Obviously, being professional and providing proper documentation isn't getting me any answers, so I try a different tact.
I get another request from the royal PIA and instead of bending over backwards, I respond with.....
"You are my favorite OPM!" (owner's project manager)
He responds with "You're just saying that"..... ;-) (no shit sherlock)
And then lo and behold....he emails me, the client, and my boss with a letter approving all of the july and august invoices....not only that, but a report that shows both month's scheduled to be paid on the town's next check run!
Then he emails me this: "I rock, don't I? Just ask Ellen A..."
I reply with "Now you're just showing off."
To which he sends a "Hahahhahaha I'll show you showing off!"
A little while later everyone gets another report...he's added the SEPTEMBER invoices to the "to be paid" list. He's gonna take care of all 3 months at once! When my big boss saw that email he wanted to know how I did it, but I told him that he really didn't want to know. ;)
Even though I dislike him, YES he rocks, YES he can show off for me all he wants, so long as he pays me the fucking money. I guess that makes me a $300k whore. It just floors me that being professional didn't get me anywhere but a little "You're my favorite guy" crap and boom, he fixes everything.