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The proposal I had to deliver in person in Buenos Aires

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During the week of April 14th, my team was rushing a proposal to be delivered to a French client who was based in Argentina at that time. The absolute deadline was Friday, April 18, 1997. If we missed the deadline our bid would not be considered anymore. It is Monday and they still are piecing together the proposal. On Monday afternoon, my colleague Raffy approaches me and tells me that we might have to deliver this in person if the proposal is only completed by Wednesday.

For those of you who grew up with email (and not snailmail), we were not as backward back then as you might think. There was already Windows 95 and MS Office was already present. But remember, I did not work for Microsoft. So our proposal was drafted in another office suite application. And despite having a high end email system, we could not send emails larger than 3MB. Our proposal ran way above that limit, so email was out of the question.

So the next option was to send by air courier. I checked out Fedex and UPS but they said the earliest they could deliver (if the documents were given by Wednesday) would be Monday, April 21st. So that still won't make it.

And there were no other faster options - except to fly somebody out to deliver the proposal in person. And among my team, my colleagues had to stay behind to complete writing the proposal, which left me as the only person who would be available with the time to personally apply at the Argentinian embassy and get the visa. Well, who am I to refuse a trip of a lifetime? :-)

Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in Philippines

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