Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Random Thoughts (A Post Just to Post)

Last week I got hit with a quality issue at work. For five straight days, I worked from 6:00am to 10:00pm, got gratuitous gobs of juicy booty gnawed off of my backside, practically ripped the skin off of my hands sorting thousands of parts and nearly killed myself twice trying to figure out how to drive 80 miles home and catch up on some desperately needed sleep at the same time. Help finally arrived last Friday in the guise of a nineteen-year-old kid we hired to help with the sorting. Upon introducing myself to him as the engineer in charge of the products he was tasked with sorting, he looked at me in awe and said, “Engineer? That must be an awesome job!” Apparently, some people’s jobs are so bad that they think I am living the dream. He was a nice kid and an incredibly hard worker, but if he thinks getting yelled at for ten hours a day while sitting behind a computer screen trying to do weird mathematical things to brutally boring pieces of data is glamour work, I suspect that he must be taste testing monkey feces as a side job.

So, what else has happened around here? Let’s see:


The Lions have knocked quarterback Joey Harrington out of his starting position with the Detroit Lions and replaced him with Jeff Garcia. The results since have been somewhat less than spectacular. The Lions have scored 13 points in both games that Garcia has played in, which was enough to beat the first mediocre team they went up against, but not against the other mediocre team. They play a dismal team next week, a team that has won only one game all season, and they are favored to win by 1.5 points. My gut tells me though that they will lose by 3 and embark upon a biblical quest to capture last place.

On the hockey front, the Detroit Red Wings are the mirror image of the Lions, unable to do anything wrong. Last night I watched my first hockey game of the season from start to finish and loved every minute of it. They looked better than Marilyn Monroe in a Victoria’s Secret cheerleading outfit (when she was alive, not now).


I took the kids out this year with a buddy of mine and was astounded by the number of teenaged girls out trick-or-treating in skimpy nursing uniforms. Being a person who is inexplicably prone to an overabundance of energy and a spectacular lack of judgment when drinking heavily, I have been in many hospitals. I have never been attended to by nurses that dressed like that. That’s probably a good thing though since I doubt my insurance covers multiple trips to the emergency room for recreational purposes. The only time I ever saw nurses dressed like that were on the covers of those movies rented in windowless stores that check your ID before letting you enter. Personally, I was appalled. Teenaged girls were just not built like that when I was in high school. “That’s not true…” a guy sitting next to me at Sharkey’s Bar commented after the Halloween festivities had subsided. “The styles were just different when we were in school. Remember? The girls all wore baggy, loose fitting clothes with Day-Glo colored sweatshirts all the time.” After uttering this statement, he downed his drink and slammed the glass down on the bar. “WE WERE FUCKING ROBBED! ROBBED< GODDAMMIT!” He then turned around on the bar stool, took a long hard look at a young lady bent over the pool table in a very tight, form-fitting Bat Girl costume, and stormed out of the pub. My guess is that he went home to beat hi binky like it had just insulted his mother.

Well, that’s pretty much it. I’m hoping things quiet down a little around here soon. I need to get back to writing Acid Pulaski.


Blogger GMTMan said...

I think someone needs to tell the truth about modern engineering to the up-and-coming generations.

Back in the day, when cash virtually grew on trees, and the most serious product Toyota offered us was named 'Toyopet', engineering was most likely more of a fun job.

Look at the R&D done by automotive companies, and you'd see advanced things like regenerative gas turbines, automated highways, rotary engines, etc.

Anymore, you're all too correct. It's no longer about creating a unique, innovative way to solve problems. It's about creating a unique, innovative way to squeeze cost out, without nessecarily addressing existing problems - just so long as it doesn't create any new ones. And it's getting worse with the current domestic automotive market mimicing the Posiedon Adventure...

The problem is, the general naieve high schooler or college student still is being sold on engineering based upon the ideals of the past.
Put them in an actual position, and they'll soon find out how 'exciting' it really is..

Still, hope things get better for you. Sorry I couldn't make it to Big Bucks; I've been running to Flint so often lately (grandmother @ McLaren), I've barely been able to keep pace with the necessities...

5:49 PM  
Blogger JEP said...

Hey GMT, well said. You need to call me when you get a chance there, buddy.

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still looking for a job, Jep.

If you ever need another "assistant", you just let me know!

*wink wink, nudge nudge*


8:23 PM  
Anonymous LoB said...

Ah, Jep. Even your random thoughts are a pleasure to read. I've been doing some checking to see if you have updated, but I seldom have time to comment anymore, so I really know what you're going through with lack of time.

Here's hoping you'll get more time to relax, watch the Lions sink (hopefully not) and get around to doing some more writing.

6:46 PM  

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