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To keep up with industry trends the company has decided to reduce the workforce and use contractors whenever possible. These days engineers are contracted along with construction. It’s definitely been a big change. Use to our construction department would do our jobs and if engineering made mistakes (yes, engineers make mistakes) they would correct them. Once the construction is completed we would come in and do the testing and checkout. These days without the ownership contractors are paid by the job. We watch contractors and after they finish we do the testing and checkout. Sounds good but without the ownership contractors don’t care. We’re left with the stress of directing contractors and correcting engineering. I say pay us more and we’ll engineer our own jobs. Might as well since I’ve been on enough jobs where no prints exist.

Thuy and John

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Congrats Thuy and John Brown. Had fun at the wedding. More pictures to come….

Yes, I’m lazy. I can’t find my copy of Adobe Creative Suite 2 to install on my computer and it’s making editing photos and uploading photos a drag.

Melt Migraines

the active life 1 Comment »

For anyone who dares to do this, I’m sure the migraine will be the least of your worries.

Move the red pepper to your medicine cabinet. Cayenne can make your headache vanish. Scientists at Seattle’s Bastyr University report that capsaicin, the compound that gives chilies their heat, effectively cuts off the neurotransmitters in the brain that trigger headache pain. Eating spicy foods won’t do the trick, though. Instead, the study authors suggest dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne powder in 4 ounces of warm water. Then dip a cotton swab into the spicy solution and apply it to the inside of your nostrils. The initial application-and subsequent smell-will burn, but by the time the heat subsides, so should the pounding.

Men’s Health November 2007


the sedentary life 1 Comment »

When you’re behind a jet past tense does that make you jet lagged?

I goto Paris and back and suffer no jet lag going there and returning. I goto San Jose a 2 hour time difference. When I get back I sleep 3 hours the first night and second night I wake up at 4:00am and I’m wide awake.

What’s up with that?

Oil spill

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I was in San Francisco on the day of the oil spill accident. It was all over the news when I got home, but while I was there I didn’ t notice anything. I did see the huge tanker that’s all over the news cross under the Golden Gate bridge. As it crossed I thought to myself, man that thing’s moving slow. A few days later CNN reported “Coast Guard: Oil spill probably due to ‘human error’.” When something like this happens, is there any other kind of error?


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