And sometimes, it’s not so great

You may or may not know that the architect has been studying his brains out since mid-March for the LEED AP exam. I’ve never seen anyone work so hard for anything. Yesterday was the exam. He didn’t pass. By two questions. Which is the suck. Even suckier? The exam, which was $400, is being complete revamped – so the book he used for yesterday’s exam is no longer valid. So on top of having to pay to take the exam again, there’s also a new book to buy, new facts to absorb, and self-doubt to overcome. On top of that, he’s coming up on 6 months of unemployment now, too. It’s got to be his turn soon, right?

Last night, I forced him to go out for drinks & crappy bar food (fried food cures all, right?) and I think everything is going to be okay, it’s just not fair. And I know life isn’t fair, but he worked so hard and definitely deserved this. I just wish there was something I could do besides force him to consume whiskey and nachos. I am so proud of all the effort he put into this, and can’t believe that effort wasn’t rewarded.

Anyone need to hire an extremely gifted designer who, although not LEED certified, probably knows as much or more about the certification as any other actually LEED certified architect? Anyone? When’s our New Deal-esque building boom supposed to start again?