Trying to apply for a government grant to support my burgeoning business. I tell ya, I've written plenty of grants in my life, so I thought I was familiar with what to expect. But I've never done the administrative legwork before, and holy fuck if that isn't another beast entirely. There are at least 4 separate entities you have to register with to actually submit the grant proposal. And each entity has a verification period on which the next registration is dependent. And when I originally tried to do that late last year the system for the top level registration was experiencing technical difficulties, so I put it off. I have a submission deadline of May 27, and now I might miss it since I just started the registration process this week...a full 8 weeks in advance! That's our government at its finest. "We'll give you free money, but only if you don't kill your self out of despair after having jumped unsuccessfully through the thirtieth hoop." It's funny, because you're like, wow I like democrats because they want to give me free shit, but also like I am so fed up with this meaningless bureaucratic bullshit that I think I'll become a republican.