As I said, the overworked, assistant bookkeeper in the current story, who had been assigned the job of getting the computer up and running in her superior’s absence, threatened to quit if I didn't leave. So, I left in disappointment and returned to McGehee, thinking ‘I will never get paid for that one’.
This owner was a professional convenience store operator. He knew the convenience store business inside and out and I learned a great deal while pleasing him. One thing he asked for was a "Tahiti Report." He described it as the kind of information he would need to run his stores from Tahiti. It consisted primarily of the fuel and non-fuel weekly summaries for the last thirteen weeks, extrapolated out into the future.
Along the way, I learned a great deal from the ways my customers used my computer software to solve problems. It’s an opportunity most programmers rarely have. One day a customer called me all excited because he had discovered by cutting back by one, the number of packages of taco sauce the employees summarily handed out with tacos, it increased his deli profits by 2 percentage points. (I must admit I never really understood how my system told him that.)