The week was non-stop for Jiggs and several other graduate students who were collaborating with him on his proposal to the DCHG. Every morning, he left the apartment at 6:00 am, and returned late at night. He had already started on a budget, and begun his discussion of the science involved and the impact. Now, he needed to flesh out the details.
In his budget, he included the cost of washers, dryers, detergents, facilities. socks and graduate research assistants. The science was clear to him. Difficulties matching socks afer washing and drying had been well known for decades. He had observed the little clutch of ballpoint pens under the pile of mismatched socks, and was sure that the result was repeatable. Application of the phenomenon would help the economy and the populace.
The other students made their contributions to the proposal, and took turns proofreading. Professor Kavalioŭ edited and made refinements that he was sure would get the attention of the DCHG. By the end of the week they had, they were sure a winning proposal.
They submitted the proposal, and then went back to work on whatever endeavors they been at a week or two before, and waited. A month passed, then two. Jiggs taught his classes, conveying knowledge that others had discovered.
Finally, on a Friday the email arrived from DCHG. The proposal had been accepted. The project would be funded with the full Ḱ5M. Jiggs had the department draw up contracts with his hand-picked Research Assistants, and began shopping for appliances, arranging for lab facilities and negotiating for a dependable supply of socks.
He was on his way.