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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 21, 2014, 06:55:26 pm
Tomorrow begins Month 5 for me in Tulsa.  I can't believe I've been here for 1/3 of a year already.  I look forward to many more months and years in T-Town!!
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 21, 2014, 06:27:10 pm
Did your boss have words with you today?

Nope
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 21, 2014, 05:30:56 pm
Good Thursday Evening!  I am home from a fabulous Day 14!!  I'm really getting settled into my new career.  There's not a whole lot of news to relay in the work department that I have not regurgitated the past three weeks.  Things are just going tremendously well.  I can't wait to get in there on Friday.  I found out I will have to work until 1600 tomorrow, but that'll be okay.  Tonight, I am going to watch some Preseason Week 3 football - Steelers vs. Eagles on NFL Network at 1830.  After the game, I will watch Big Brother at 2130.  Bed time tonight will be at 2230.  I'm excited about Day 15 and the conclusion of Week 3 of work!!
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 21, 2014, 06:53:31 am
Good Thursday Morning!  I am awake and ready for another day of work.  This is my last full day of work for the week, as I will have worked two hours extra the first four days this week which will allow me to get off work at 1400 tomorrow and still get all 40 hours.  Week 3 has been a great week and I look to continue that today.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 20, 2014, 09:27:22 pm
Thanks, J-Mann and Patrick, this job is literally the best thing to happen to me in quite some time.  I need those little reassurances from my boss every now and then.  I try not to ask too often and in fact this is only the second time I've asked since I started.  I ask him to tell me honestly, and today I could tell he was being honest.  I am starting to get comfortable and get settled into this job.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 20, 2014, 05:17:57 pm
We even started laughing at some of the corrections that the engineers sent back.

oh no.  this is an ominous sign.  remember when the family bushie were laughing over papa bushie's diabetes diagnosis?  it was a real knee-slapper.

Yeah, "my boss laughs at the quality of my work" isn't exactly good.

He's not close to getting fired but at this pace it's not looking good for him to go from trainee wage to employee salary

This was not my work that we were laughing at.  The engineers changed their minds on a few things and sent it back to us.  I did everything I was supposed to with the information I had at the time.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 20, 2014, 05:10:14 pm
Yes, you are causing all of us to swing wildly emotionally, Bushie! We think death is surely upon you!

And, I'm sitting here with an evil laugh...
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 20, 2014, 05:03:31 pm
Everything is fine.  My boss and I talked about it in more detail after lunch and he is genuinely pleased with my work and recognizes that I am improving and picking things up nicely.  He wants me to pay more attention to detail and use more common sense when looking at drawings, but, no there is nothing afoot at this place.  The second half of the day was just as good as yesterday was.  The first half of the day was good, but not quite the level of yesterday.  Today was a tale of two halves.  I felt much better after the quick 2 minute talk we had this afternoon.  We even started laughing at some of the corrections that the engineers sent back.  I did nothing wrong, rather the corrections came down after I had made the revisions and sent them in with the information I had at the time.  Anyway, there is nothing wrong going on.  I'm just fine.

Incidentally, I love the forum roller coaster that I'm driving.  I'm learning to live with the ebbs and flows of the job, whereas the forum goes from one extreme to the other with loop-de-loops with every status update I make!
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 20, 2014, 01:14:14 pm
Lunch time.  The day isn't going quite as well, but it's still very good.  My boss is overall pleased with my work, I just need to pick up the pace in my learning.  I've got a lot of stuff yet to learn, and I need to learn faster.  Otherwise, I am doing great.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 20, 2014, 07:01:04 am
Good Wednesday Morning!  I had a good night's sleep and now I'm ready to begin Day 13.  This promises to be a good day.  My headache is quite low right now and I feel good.  Tonight is Week 3 of Discipleship Training at church from 1830-2000.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 09:26:54 pm
Not a doctor... high school coaches do this stuff. But I call BS that it's actually at 3. That may be the color of your toilet water post-urination, but that means your actual urine is much darker.

No, it's actually a 3.  I just looked at it a few moments ago.  Occasionally it may be a 4, but it's normally a 3.

A few months ago?Huh Don't you go several times a day?

FAIL

Hate to use a pun here, but your argument just got tinkled on...
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 09:07:26 pm
Not a doctor... high school coaches do this stuff. But I call BS that it's actually at 3. That may be the color of your toilet water post-urination, but that means your actual urine is much darker.

No, it's actually a 3.  I just looked at it a few moments ago.  Occasionally it may be a 4, but it's normally a 3.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 08:55:18 pm
Jeff, on average, which color is closest to your typical urine color?



Trying to play doctor here, eh?  I'll play along for a bit.  #3
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 08:46:08 pm
I'm extremely concerned about tomorrow, guys.

Don't let us down, Jeff.

No worries, Eraser.  My headache has come way down just since 1900.  It's down to a high-end Grade 4.  This makes tomorrow much easier to deal with.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 07:34:40 pm
I've got a very stout headache again tonight.  It is hovering at a Grade 7.  I started getting it late in the day today and it hasn't gone away.  I'm thinking this may be prescription migraine pill worthy before it develops into a migraine.  It hasn't gotten any worse in the past 3+ hours, but it hasn't gotten any better.  This will not affect tomorrow in any way and I will go to work even if it is a severe headache.

How about water? Just a thought. Most of what you consume is either full of sugar (fake sugar yes, but it has the same impact on your body) or caffeine. Which is a diuretic, and drains additional fluid from your body.

A key reason for regular severe headaches is dehydration. I'd imagine with your terrible diet, you're chronically dehydrated.

Also... regular headaches do not develop into migraines. They're two completely different physiological processes...

On the water, I need to get a big water jug and take with me to work.  There is a water cooler in the break room and I can very easily get me some water to begin my day and sip on it throughout the day.  That may not give me a full 8 glasses, but it will be a heck of a lot better than what I'm getting right now.  It might even help on the weight loss.

My headache tonight was apparently a developing migraine as the migraine pill has knocked it back to a Grade 6.  That's a small step in the right direction.  I'm considering going to bed earlier than normal to try to bring it down further.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 06:51:45 pm
I've got a very stout headache again tonight.  It is hovering at a Grade 7.  I started getting it late in the day today and it hasn't gone away.  I'm thinking this may be prescription migraine pill worthy before it develops into a migraine.  It hasn't gotten any worse in the past 3+ hours, but it hasn't gotten any better.  This will not affect tomorrow in any way and I will go to work even if it is a severe headache.

LIES!

There have been a handful of days in the first 12 days that I felt like staying home because of a migraine headache.  I currently have a 12-day attendance streak.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, Inks. on: August 19, 2014, 06:49:38 pm
Happy Birthday, Inks!
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 06:44:03 pm
I've got a very stout headache again tonight.  It is hovering at a Grade 7.  I started getting it late in the day today and it hasn't gone away.  I'm thinking this may be prescription migraine pill worthy before it develops into a migraine.  It hasn't gotten any worse in the past 3+ hours, but it hasn't gotten any better.  This will not affect tomorrow in any way and I will go to work even if it is a severe headache.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 06:19:48 pm
Wow, the owner must be pretty ancient, huh?

He's got to be in his 70's, which I still don't consider to be old.

A hard truth: You won't even get close to your 70s unless you drop a lot of weight and keep it off.

That is true.

And you don't want to change?

I didn't say that.  I've lost 8 pounds in the last month and I'm still going at it.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 06:09:09 pm
Wow, the owner must be pretty ancient, huh?

He's got to be in his 70's, which I still don't consider to be old.

A hard truth: You won't even get close to your 70s unless you drop a lot of weight and keep it off.

That is true.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 06:08:47 pm
There he goes throwing money around again!

Ha!  I'm in no position whatsoever to drop any kind of money on any charity, except church.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 05:15:20 pm
Bushie, is this you taking the ice bucket challenge?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26yl-EA3QPk

Haha, I am not doing the challenge.  I don't get the point of it.

Yeah, charity doesn't strike me as something you'd be interested in.

I don't understand what the point is.  If the purpose of dumping water all over yourself is to get out of donating $100 to ALS, then that seems to be a cheap way out.  I'd rather just drop the Benjamin and support a good cause than get myself wet to take money away from the ALS Foundation.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 05:13:20 pm
Wow, the owner must be pretty ancient, huh?

He's got to be in his 70's, which I still don't consider to be old.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 05:09:32 pm
Bushie, is this you taking the ice bucket challenge?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26yl-EA3QPk

Haha, I am not doing the challenge.  I don't get the point of it.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 19, 2014, 05:08:58 pm
I'm guessing Bushie is a double or triple whopper man.

Double  The triple is way too much for me.
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