Niggly, snickitey, precise and clear writing; I could get into that…

Posted on: March 8, 2014

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I got the best compliment I think I ever could have today; and yes, it’s probably gone and made my head swell up!

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Bring on the world!

We are in the middle of negotiations for an office space (and to finally move things out of an over-stuffed; bursting at the seams home that was never meant to hold the contents of the hardware and lumber stores combined; along with three businesses…eseses…) Dare I hope some projects may actually get completed now?

Anyway, back to the compliment…

I like to think I am nothing, if not thorough; except for the time I sent out approx. 100-resumes with a cover letter ensuring I was/am “Thorough, focussed and contentious…” Funny how no one called back. I was/am mortified I missed that! And embarrassed as heck ’cause I can’t even consider re-applying to these companies on the off-chance someone will remember!

Okay, back to the compliment…

After many attempts to have a document sent in an editable form I finally spoke to the assistant and had the document minutes later. (Do you want to speak to the man in charge; or the woman who knows what’s going on?)

I then (headache and all, because, as you may know, contracts don’t care about YOU in the least) attacked the 9-pages with the fervour of a Cairn Terrier (or, my favourite, Cairn Terror…) pouncing upon a fresh rodent. I was surprised at how long it took and how much I found the original contract watered down and wimpy – to the point of feeling as if I were being tested to see if I was just a “bit of fluff” and not a serious business.

I read every article; sub-article; adjuncts; preface and spelling errors. (Gotta love a legal document that has spelling errors…) Still not convinced its enure instead of inure, but she assured me THAT mistake wasn’t. A mistake.

I disagreed with a fair chunk of the first draft and practically re-wrote the whole thing. (Esp. the part about paying $10 if we decided to walk away from the negotiations. Done laughing yet? I’m still giggling…) I fully expected a reprimand for messing up their perfectly written, common legal form. Now 13-pages; good thing I’m not superstitious, ‘eh? I didn’t really care. That’s why it’s called negotiations. I am not here to make YOU happy; I’m here to get the best deal for me.

Well, when she (the assistant – I think I scared her ‘boss’) called back this morning the first words out of her mouth were,

“Are you a lawyer?”

Yup; compliment received and flying high! Now deciding if a career diversion is in order… Law requires writing… copious amounts of writing. Niggly, snickitey, precise and clear writing; I could get into that…

I’ll deflate my head tomorrow, for today? I’m enjoying the view from above the clouds…

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