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Never Dull in the ZT Bus Series – Making It Legal

Matt “Never” Dull has been a technology consultant for over 15 years and is only famous for a few of things. The earliest was a 12’ x 6’ acrylic on canvas painting “Four Bluish Ballerinas” in 1993, if anyone locates it, please put the starting bid at $10. With a brain that can “never” say no to solving the strangest of business requirements, he has successfully delivered some of the most interesting and seemingly impossible integrations involving content management, search, social, portals, security and mobile solutions to a client list a mile long. In November of 2015, he bought a bus. This bus will eventually become a home, a mobile house where technology wheels will continue to turn and sweat from his pores. So the adventure begins. His two kids and dog put up with him and will join him on cross country bus trips when they can.

Getting insurance, plates, title, signing contracts, legal

I’ve got my framework! Legal? Let’s say you chose to not use open source and have decided on your framework. Now you hand off the purchase order to management, they approve it, send it to legal, they work through all those contractual things and you get to go play with your new framework.

Not me. I bought a non-traditional motor vehicle, open source, baby! Back in Episode 2, we learned that I drove it 200 miles home with no insurance. True, but not the whole story. I had the previous day called my insurance company with the VIN and opened up a full coverage plan to get the bus home. The intention was to then change it to a liability only plan during conversion. The phone call the day after I brought it home went like this.

Me: “Good morning, yes, I’d like to change my new policy to liability only.

Insurance Agent: “Sure, no problem, let me pull up your account. OK, can you read me the VIN and description from the title again.

Me: “Sure. blah blah blah blah.”

On hold….

Insurance Agent: “Mr. Dull, I am sorry, but after checking that VIN, we have realized that we cannot insure this vehicle, we will give you a refund for the 1 day premium due on the account. Again, we are sorry.”

Me: Click. “#$*@ @*#^ $*&%

While you happily hummed along with your new toy,  me, well, let’s just say I spent the next two weeks in search of an insurance company that would cover me and get the legalities of owning a bus fixed. I finally did find one, but they required I move my daily driver to them as well. So be it. Done. Off to the DMV to get plates.

So, always be respectful to management and legal and anyone else involved in taking care of purchase orders, contracts, SOW’s, NDA’s, etc. for you, because if you had to do it yourself, you would understand that it is not always easy.


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