Ah, my stars. Look how time flies. Spring is only moments away and the greenhouse I anticipated is nowhere on the horizon. No, joking aside, folks, VR&E SES’s were put on notice September 4th, 2015 that they were going to have to forego bonuses this year. While they dawdled, the cost of the building increased dramatically-as did my imagination.
When I first found about ILP in 2010, I was sick and naive enough to believe you could walk in and ask for a greenhouse. ILP Guru and Jedi Master Bruce Almighty McCartney back east gladly sent me pictures of his 2007 success story. He spent three years waiting.
Knowing I needed to teach this new VA skill set to others, I dutifully filed in March 2011 and began my own Trail of Tears. A relatively short time later (in VA time) in September 2015, I was granted this tool to help others. The Agency’s delay in implementing it speaks volumes to the ineptness of the VR&E hierarchy. At what point does it cross the line from ludicrous delay to purposeful? I grant they are in a quandary. Nobody since Bruce has been awarded one to my knowledge. Maybe they forgot how.
I, like King Canute, cannot stop the tide nor put Spring on hold. Nature operates on a far different esoteric level than what we are capable of discerning. And, moving on while waiting for Col. Kammerer to send me his ILP credit card number and info, I am forced to make do with what I have. I take the three carbon emitters to help increase the CO² inside.
I’m thinking about asking Col. Kammerer to add cable TV internet access and a new computer out there. I might need to know something about hydroponics and it’s a three minute stroll back to la maison. Maybe WiFi too. And some stereo music speakers. I hear tell plants cotton to Country and Western tunes. But what am I saying? The reason it’s taking so long is because they want to get it perfect, right? Shucks. Here I was all worried they were going to cheap out on me. I’m betting they’re burning the midnight oil down at 810 Varmint Ave, NW and slaving over a very generous VR&E Individualized Independent Living Program (IILP) ’til the wee hours every day. I bet that contract encompasses all my needs. Actually, if I’m going to spend a lot of time out there, seems a big screen TV would be a good idea too. And a 12 K generator with a deadman autostart in case of power failures.
Funny thing is this six-month delay must be dragging down their efficiency numbers. Whoever expected there to be a backlog of ILP claims?