Just hired a talented man from Dominica. Small job I could have gotten done for free but I don't mix family and business. Left open to the whole world, specified the Americas as preferred location.
First response from India, was never sure he understood what I wanted, liked his work. Second from Dominica, in the Americas; I called him out for a boilerplate response. He listened, just hired him. Thirteen hours elapsed time.
Wouldn't do that for an editor, an engineer, a management consultant or lawyer, but for commodity work such as a logo for a new internet column, it's pretty easy.
This seems more like a diary entry than a valuable community post. I think it's great that you've found a way to not only devalue your logo (the icon of your new column) but also devalue a creative profession in the course of a few short sentences.
I'm also sure your new friend thought it was worth the $5 you paid him for your logo to listen to your 13 hours of "calling him out". Now I know why those engineers, lawyers, etc are worth more to you. They are paid to listen...of course, I'm really not sure what the whole point is anyway. Congratulations though!