Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Smoke is Clearing

As stressful as today’s engineering environment can be, or maybe that’s just my office, it pales in comparison for this non-smoker when smoking in the workplace was commonplace. That’s right, as late as the late 1980’s, smoking in the offices … Continue reading

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The Incredible Mr. Ward

While I’m on the subject of influential teachers, there’s Mr. Ward. Mr. Ward taught chemistry to sophomores and juniors in high school. He was relatively young, but probably in his thirties, old to those of us in high school at … Continue reading

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The Fantastic Mrs. Todd

Early inspiration for my interest in science and how things work has to include my eighth grade science teacher. First one needs a little background into Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1969. Prior to the late 1960’s Tulsa, like most southern United … Continue reading

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It Never Snows in California

South Carolina winters typically delivered a few snowstorms that resulted in four to six inches of snow and ice. With no snow removal equipment in the area, the cities usually shutdown until the next day when heat returned and the … Continue reading

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Did You Page Me?

Phone jokes are probably the funniest things I remember most about working. There is just nothing like a well placed practical joke to help the day pass. These days stress takes over the project and sucks the fun right out … Continue reading

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Exercising My Options

I left engineering for a couple of years in the late 1980’s. My husband and I started up an electric sign company after we moved to South Carolina. It was an opportune time to work a business. My engineering salary … Continue reading

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RIP Steve Jobs

Visionary, inspiring, innovative, what other adjectives would you use to describe Steve Jobs? While there will be others to come as there were others who preceded him, Jobs has left an indelible mark on technology, science and society. I’m so … Continue reading

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