amount of any credit is the net cost, that is to
say the actual costs."
"I'm reasonably sure it does," Milo said.
Andy thought about ways to reply to this.
"And now you want to keep the thirteen
"Over fifty thousand dollars, in profit," here
chair and stared at the mound of paperwork
on his desk that wasn't getting done while he
was on the phone deliberating, well arguing,
sort of, about profit margins on nonexistent
revenues, "for work you never completed,
never even started?"
"Fifty thousand," Andy said, "and all you
"I agree," which wasn't technically true.
he could think of one, which he couldn't. He
estly feel good about this?"
feelings weren't really involved.
and in this order and certainly not with all the
arguments and counterarguments lined up
in a nearly comprehensible string as I've pre-
sented them. Not exactly.
phone calls in which Tribble & Stephens'
project management staff made an altogeth-
er reasonable case for charging me for work
never done, I got my attorney involved to draft
a letter to Tribble & Stephens outlining our
understanding of the contract. Thereafter, all
parties agreed that a balanced "this for that"
seemed like a good idea.
mildly nonsensical spats had a way of weigh-
ing on you, piling up over time until you were
psychologically slump-shouldered, stooped
from the weight. By the time change order
#15 ambled down the construction turnpike,
Andy Perry was dog-tired from arguing.
When the debacle finally faded and almost ev-
eryone was once again friendly, Andy'd had
his fill of wrangling over money and irrational
legal nitpicks and wanted nothing more than
to work with a contractor who gave us a fixed
price and built the project for that price.