Needless to say, this conclusion came after a rather testy e-mail exchange between the boss and myself. I realized at the end of it that, in his mind, there is only one right way to do things, and that's his way. Further, I've come to the conclusion that he has no faith in my ability to do it his way, or in any other way that he would find acceptable (see the conclusion above). I was always under the impression that, so long as the client (the person who's paying the bills) was happy, everything was all right. How wrong I was. Apparently, there are a number of people who must also be satisfied with my work, and oddly enough, they're also dependent on my doing it in order to draw a paycheck. Seeing as how I'm the only person capable of doing what I do at this point (aside from taking someone from another area to do it, which then deprives that area), you'd think they'd be a little more careful. You know, the old thing about "don't piss in a well you plan to drink out of" and all of that.
This whole affair with the boss has taken the joy out of damn near everything for me, and for that matter it's taken up too much of my time and effort. I have better things to do with my life than to waste it on a dead-end career with a moribund company.