Monthly Archives: August 2011

On Being Indispensible

I’ve always had a theory that no one is truly indispensable to a company. There will always be someone else to take over your job so this self-fulfilling prophecy is as much brag as fact. I worked with a man … Continue reading

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Belt Tightening the Old-Fashioned Way

In this new world of austerity, slashed government budgets, layoffs, and pay raises much less than the cost of living, I look back at my time with the Monsanto electronics plant in the 1980’s. The electronics world was just spinning … Continue reading

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The Oklahoma Inch

I’ve always felt I had an innate mechanical aptitude. It was actually bred into me. My father taught me how to change the oil in my car (I never dumped it in the backyard, though).  He also taught me how … Continue reading

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I’m Just One of the Guys

I met Frank not long after I arrived in South Carolina. Frank, a crusty character originally from South Carolina, worked at this new electronics plant when it was a textile plant. Frank’s job as utility supervisor involved keeping things like … Continue reading

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Starting Over, from the Bottom

I divorced in 1989 and found myself unemployed with two very young boys to care for. I had no desire to stay here alone without family support. I also had an issue with the divorce decree: I must reside within … Continue reading

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Six Months Later…

Six months ago, I started this blog about my experiences in engineering. I’ve had a blast reminiscing and having many of you share your own memories of the early times before technology became a four-letter word. Thank you to those … Continue reading

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Positively the Most Positive Person I Know

It’s easy in any working world to become calloused and beat down. Balancing work with home life is very tricky and the stress becomes immeasurable sometimes. I’ve often forgot that a job is a job is a job. Then I … Continue reading

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