Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Time to Eat Crow

I like my crow warm, fried if possible, so here it is.

A while back I whined about being nominated for an award only to be told they may decide not to give it out this year. I said it then and I stand by it now, I would understand it completely. My beef was the way it was presented to me but after y'alls kind words and thinking about it I realized I should have just been thankful for the recognition.

I do really appreciate you guys.

Fast forward to today. I booked my tickets and room for next week. Seems I am getting the award after all. Kinda embarassing now.

Problem is I have to go to a meeting in Denver to get it. Standing in front of folks, especially boss men, aint my thing. I couldnt talk them into sending it here.

I guess ya just cant make me happy. LOL

Monday, April 25, 2011

Overheard At The Restaurant

Well technically it aint a restaurant. I found this little trailer serving mexican fare on Main Street which is actually a back street in this old town.

It is only at this site on Thrusday and Fridays. The menu is simple and the food is amazing. Nothing Americanized about their Tacos and Sopes.

I was there last week picking up an order of Tres Tacos with carne asada when a car drove by with a bunch of kids in it hollaring, "F... You, F... you". Classy, guys. I was so embarassed and a little nervous as the main clientele is hispanic workers. I didnt know what to say but the folks there pretty much ignored it. Seems they get that a lot but it was new to me so I apologized for them. Kinda stupid as it wernt me doing it but I was at a loss of what to do.

Now I pretty intolerant of illegals. I am against them being here. However if you are here legally and willing to work, more power to ya. They should'nt have to put up with that crap.

And to you guys in the little white Honda. Grow a pair, next time stop and get out before you start running your mouth or even better, try growing up.

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm Back!!!

It is good to be home. It is amazing what a good night’s rest does to ones perspective. I started my post trip posting last night and wow it was so gloomy. Today as I have discussed my trip with folks in the office it sounds like a totally different trip. So I rewrote it.

I set my machine up, removed the sample in time for the tech to install the new bore plug and I was back in the room by midnight. No Biggie!! But this was a trip of highs and lows. As I mentioned last post the trip out weren’t that great, but Tuesday dinner was good and it was great to spend some relaxed time with the guys.

Sure, the cut took a long time and we had to replace the drive shaft 4 times. My heart stopped beating every time it made a weird sound but in the long run I got the sample we needed.

The Turbine, About 24 ft long.

The Sampler

We made it work on the worst case possible bore size, 12 feet up inside a 3 inch hole.

The Hole

What I dreaded happened but due to some creative planning inspired by the tech working with me we got it done and now I have that nice feeling of accomplishment. I’d dance but that aint pretty.

Thursday morn when we flew out, the tech, which travels A LOT, hooked me up with a first class upgrade.

Turns out to have been a great trip plus on the drive into the jobsite I did see the famous Arch off in the distance.

NO!!! not that one.

This one!!

Thank goodness for that good night’s sleep.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On The Road Again

This blog finds me in St Louis. So far all I have seen is highways and traffic.

The trip started out with a delayed flight. Not sure why I was excited to finally get on this plane. During the flight instructions they mentioned the seat cushions were flotation devices. There is no way the bricks I was sitting on would float.

Tomorrow I will be pulling samples from the bore of a turbine we are inspecting. The last time I did this was a nightmare. Since then I have rebuilt the unit and had new cutters made so I hope this one goes better. We will know tomorrow nite how well it goes.

Time to go to bed. 5:45 comes early.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Overheard At the Ball Field

Yesterday it was Little A’s game. She was excited because College Sis A was in town and Big Sis A were both coming to watch. The earlier game was running long so we were standing around talking when we realized College Sis A had a tattoo on her foot. It was kind of an open circle made with a brush then tattooed . Her comment when asked about it? “Well, It could have been bigger”.

Big Sis A leaned over to me and said with a grin, “I’m lookin more and more like the golden child every day”. LOL

BTW, Her team won. That's two in a row.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Overheard At The Resturant

Well technically I didnt overhear this, I was in on the conversation.

I was on the road, working in Arizona. We typically have a celebratory dinner after each project is completed so that includes a few extra drinks. We were well into the meal when one guy spoke about his wife being jealous and wernt wild about him traveling. Another guy suggested he needed an open marriage like his. Then he went into a decription of his marriage including how they made more money selling explicit photos of his wife online than at their regular jobs.

Being one always at a loss for words I sat there mouth agape. How can you do that? I definitely look at him differently now and I can imagine I will look at her in a more uncomfortable light now too. No not like that!!

Am I being a prude?