Sure, this is a nice award, but I'm still a little bitter about this one. This was what Tony and I busted our asses on for weeks and accomplished something truly remarkable, saving the USPS on the order of $50 million per year, so we heard. I naïvely thought we would get 10% of the first year's savings, $5 million, of which I was planning on sharing my half with the other techs and mechanics who had cooperated (wasn't going to share much, mind you, but a few 10s of thousands at least). (Sure, Fred deserved a reward too, but he was a manager and managers are expected to innovate and save the service money).
Anyway, it wasn't to be. This award was all we saw. What I put into the incentive awards program was ignored completely. And the in-house publication gave the manager, Fred, the credit for writing the programs, and despite my constant bitching they never issued a correction.
I started looking for other work. I thought I'd found it when invited to Owego, NY where Lockheed-Martin was hiring engineers. A couple of my interviewers were impressed with my résumé, but the starting pay was less (probably much less) than $100,000.00, and I couldn't wear jeans. So screw that. Shoot, I had made over $90K the year before, working two fulltime jobs with a lot less hassle than an engineer would have. And Owego was not South Florida.
Anyway, in a little over 2 years after this award was granted, I had found
my chance, at Dialtone Internet, where in 1999 I became CTO and quit my USPS
job for good.