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I began work tonight at the 50/hour rate. Sent the electronically signed contract back. Thank you to all that provided advice and ideas re: how to proceed. Much appreciated.
One last thought before returning to lurk mode until I can offer advice that helps someone else as much as you all have helped me:
I was working on a revision to a manual at my new job. In one paragraph, there'd be two spaces after a period. In another place, I saw one. I asked my co-worker "one space or two after a period?" Reply: "One unless it looks funny, then use two."
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