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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 13, 2014, 09:12:30 am
Good Saturday Morning!  I slept well, although I still have the headache from last Friday's dessert.  I'm about to go get the oil changed in my car and then come back home.  I'll have dinner with the family at 1630 and head home to Tulsa about 1730 or 1800.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 12, 2014, 10:51:42 pm
It was mainly lettuce and ranch, but it had some grated cheese, a couple thumb-size tomatoes and some croutons.  I didn't drown it in ranch, though.  It was actually pretty good.
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 12, 2014, 08:41:20 pm
Good Friday Evening!  I had a great day at work.  I worked until 1315 and then packed up my computer and took it over to the new office.  My boss will set it up either this evening or tomorrow so I can resume work at 0730 Monday Morning.  I got off this evening at 1520 when they were taking a break for supper.  I came on down to my parents and we had a steak dinner in Shawnee.  I had a New York Strip steak with a baked potato and a salad with ranch dressing.  Tomorrow, I have a couple of errands to run in the morning and then a dinner with my family at Grandma's and then I'll head back to Tulsa around 1830 or 1900.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 09:22:43 pm
...wait, did you get someone fired?

no, this error was made over a year ago and he left the company long before I showed up.
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 09:21:55 pm
At the end of the day, my boss was teaching me a new concept that I was doing as part of the added responsibility and while it took me a little longer to grasp what he was talking about as we were flipping back and forth between tthree or four different drawings,  I finally did figure out what he was taking about and spent the last 45 minutes putting those into my drawings.  I will work on that again in the morning.  He did say if I have questions do not be afraid to ask.  He would rather me ask to many questions than submit a drawing with a boat load of errors.  He just wants me to learn with each question I ask and not ask the same questions over and over.

With this added responsibility, he told me that this is a test to see if he can rely on me to do what he says in full whenever he asks me to do this particular task, 
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 09:13:49 pm
Good Thursday Evening! Oh my goodness today was a beautiful day!! I had a headache throughout the day (still have it), but I was really encouraged today. He is appearing to become more confident in me and is starting to place a little more responsibility on me. So far, so good!! The 30-day evaluation is old news. I know it is still a factor and still at play here, but the past two days gives me a lot of encouragement of being able to stay put in this job. I'm not cocky right now, but I'm growing more and more confident. Tonight is Thursday Night Football on CBS and then tomorrow is moving day. I will probably work up until Noon tomorrow and then pack up my computer and printer and get them ready to transport to the new office. It will be a fun day. I still don't know when I'll get out of there tomorrow. The plan is 1600, but it could be earlier if we get everything packed up in time. When I do get out of there, I am going to go on down to my parents' and spend the night with them tomorrow night.  I will be back before 2100 Saturday night.

Two days is old news?  Instead of just watching TV all night, why don't you put some of this momentum of doing a good job to practicing CAD?

As for correcting the mistakes of others, you were absolutely in the right, as long as you did it tactfully.  There's nothing good about staying silent about someone else's mistake when you're taking over that project, because it could come back to look like (and be blamed as) your mistake.  That being said, make sure you're staying humble about this.  It's one thing to be helpful and humble in your corrections, but nobody likes being corrected by a random new guy who they know the boss doesn't think is doing a great job who thinks he's having a great day so he decides to critique everyone.

two days is not old news, but I'm just not letting the negative get to me.  I'm focused one day at a time.

Again, I only addressed it to my supervisor, not to the ones who made the mistakes.  Nobody knows my evaluation except my boss and the owner.  One of the people who made an error no longer works there, so he willnever know.  Nobody will know that I pointed out their mistake, because it was really correctable by merely re-adding some weights.  It took me all of 5 minutes to correct the errors.  So, maybe a total of 10 minutes elapsed between discovery of the errors and the correction of the errors.
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 09:06:48 pm
Inks, I have already said that while the clock watching is hereditary (according to my mother), I can't blame anything on that.

Also, about the leaving early on Friday's, that is HIS idea, not mine.  He doesn't want to pay overtime, so I work extra during the week and take off early on Fridays.  He mentioned that initially, not me.  So, do not attack me for something that was his idea.

Is your mother in any position to determine what is and isn't hereditary? I haven't heard you mention Momma Bushie being a prolific publisher in genetic research.

I get that he doesn't want to pay overtime, but what difference does it make if you work 8 hours for 5 days or 9 hours for 4 days and 4 hours for one day? They both add up to 40 hours.

If your issue is, as you say, lack of focus, and you are looking at your watch every 2 to 3 minutes, I'm going to ask if this is what you really want to do. I wouldn't say my job is my "dream job" but I'm focused and don't look at my watch incessantly.

I recall you saying you wanted to get your CADD certification because you believed you could somehow use that skill when you moved to Kenya. I've never understood why you never considered pursuing a position with some kind of non-profit, whether religious or non-religious. Or why you never considered pursuing religious studies to become a pastor.

I generally work 8 1/2 hours a day for 4 days and 6 hours on the fifth day.  This still allows me to enjoy my evenings and have that extra couple hours tacked onto my weekend.  I'm considering working 9 hours a day for 4days and 4 hours on Friday's.  That would be nice to get off at 1130 on Friday's.  Whatever, I just need to get in 40 hours.

Mom didn't mention the word hereditary, she just mentioned that her and Grandma both watch the clock a lot, but she said for the time you're in the office you have to think like Dad who is not a clock watcher.

I enjoy this job very much.  It's too early to say this is my dream job, but it's definitely something I enjoy and can see myself doing as a career.

The timing is not there to work overseas, even as much as I would enjoy doing so.  Maybe someday.
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 08:30:50 pm
I would say dump the watch, but I know too well any change that involves change is difficult for you so I won't even bother going down that road.

As opposed to change that doesn't involve change?

[See, I'm like Bushie now.  Correcting the mistakes of others.  Where's my $1500?]


I can give you Monopoly money.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 08:03:39 pm
Don't say it's old news because you need to stay on your a game to make sure you keep this job.

I'm definitely not going to let up on this intensity.  I am focused and determined.
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who will win the Senate control in November? on: September 11, 2014, 07:51:04 pm
www.electoral-vote.com shows Republicans with a 51-48-1 advantage with all of the southern states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina) plus Alaska going red and all the western/northern states (Colorado, Iowa, Michigan) going blue.  I'm guessing Orman will side with the Democrats, so might as well say 51-49.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 07:44:02 pm
King, I know the eval is still playing a part and I know two very good days does not change the perception that much, but I can't focus on the negative that the evaluation brought.  I can only go one day at a time.  The fact is, though, every good day will help.  I can't change his perception overnight, but while I still have a job, I still have time.  I'm focused right now on Friday.  I'm not worried about next week, yet, at all.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 07:13:57 pm
If I didn't catch the errors and correct them, the errors would have become my errors and would have come back on me.  Remember, again, it's all about the almighty dollar.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 07:05:53 pm
Don't go around correcting other people. You're the new guy. Nobody wants to be corrected by the newbie who just got a piss poor review.

I didn't confront anybody about it, but I alerted my boss to make sure I was right about the mistakes of others.  I had to go back in and correct their mistakes so I could work with a completely accurate drawing.  My boss made a measurement error on one of the markups he gave me this morning.  I asked him about it, politely, to make sure I was on the right track and he said "oops" and "good catch" and he corrected the markup.  Like you said, I'm way too new to confront anybody about the errors.  I do have an obligation to the engineers, though, to bring any errors I see to my supervisor and then get his okay to correct them.  The field engineers expect completely accurate drawings, because one minor error can cost thousands of dollars.  So, the accurate drawings gives them a stable and accurate financial ledger.  For example, my boss was off by 4 inches on two or three of the measurements.  Just those 4 inches could have cost the engineers $800-$1,200 depending on how much per pound the material costs.  By my awareness of the situation and not taking anything at face value, I probably saved the powers that be some $1,500 today.  I had an attitude that I was going to double check and triple check work that was done months ago to make sure there aren't any discrepancies.  Where there are discrepancies, I double check my own calculations and trace the values back to the source and I did find a few errors by various people that, again, could have cost $1,500 or so if left unchecked.  Remember, I am dealing with humans here.  Humans make mistakes.  People will double check and triple check my work and will probably find errors every now and then, so it's only fair that I find and correct some of their errors.  It's a part of the checks and balances system we have set up.
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 05:57:03 pm
I'm confused. Isn't Bushie working on a computer the whole day at CAD job? A normal windows PC shows the time in the bottom right corner. Why would you also need to look at your watch? And if you knew this is a problem, why would you still wear a watch to work?

I feel naked without a watch.  Even if there are clocks on the computer and/or walls, I still feel lost without a watch.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 05:54:41 pm
Good Thursday Evening! Oh my goodness today was a beautiful day!! I had a headache throughout the day (still have it), but I was really encouraged today. He is appearing to become more confident in me and is starting to place a little more responsibility on me. So far, so good!! The 30-day evaluation is old news. I know it is still a factor and still at play here, but the past two days gives me a lot of encouragement of being able to stay put in this job. I'm not cocky right now, but I'm growing more and more confident. Tonight is Thursday Night Football on CBS and then tomorrow is moving day. I will probably work up until Noon tomorrow and then pack up my computer and printer and get them ready to transport to the new office. It will be a fun day. I still don't know when I'll get out of there tomorrow. The plan is 1600, but it could be earlier if we get everything packed up in time. When I do get out of there, I am going to go on down to my parents' and spend the night with them tomorrow night.  I will be back before 2100 Saturday night.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 12:38:13 pm
It is lunch time and today is tremendous.  I am catching other people's errors and correcting them.  My boss seems very happy today.  The day has flown by since I've been really busy.  I just wish you guys could be here with me to observe his reactions the past two days.  He's used words like good catch, good point, and good job.  It's a very good day indeed!
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 11, 2014, 07:07:48 am
Inks, I have already said that while the clock watching is hereditary (according to my mother), I can't blame anything on that.

Also, about the leaving early on Friday's, that is HIS idea, not mine.  He doesn't want to pay overtime, so I work extra during the week and take off early on Fridays.  He mentioned that initially, not me.  So, do not attack me for something that was his idea.
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 10:33:49 pm
Bed time, folks.  I'm ready to tackle this all again tomorrow.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 10:04:44 pm
Can you elaborate on what you mean by clock watching?  Do you sit at a desk and stare at a clock all day instead of working. My chemistry teacher had a sign on his clock that said "Time will pass. Will you?" I'm sure he thought he was very clever.

I sat and looked at my watch constantly.  I did my work, but I would constantly look down at my watch every 2-3 minutes.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 09:49:03 pm
Clock-watching is NOT hereditary. It's being lazy and wanting to the minimum required before you can go home.

If you have something to do... you work at it until it is correct, near-enough is not good-enough for your line of work.

It's not hereditary to the point that I can't blame it on that, and I am not blaming it on anyone, but myself.  Still, though, it is a problem, but I did pretty well today.  I can be pleased with a hard days work today.
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 09:47:07 pm
I hate to say it but I'm guessing that his drawings just aren't that good. They're probably filled with mistakes.

I'd guess the same, considering he had issues with that in school the entire time and never did anything to practice/improve his skill.

My problem in school was calendar-watching, much like my clock-watching problem of today.  I was so concerned about getting finished and getting into the job market that I sacrificed a bit of my quality.  I still wish I had stayed for the Civil CAD, but I was too eager to get into the job market.  However, at least I have a CAD job now and I know I have time to make the necessary adjustments because he has not let me go, yet.  As long as I have a job, I have time.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 09:39:14 pm
You all are really overreacting.  Its possible I could be underreacting, but you all are blowing this out of proportion.  Yes, I had a poor review yesterday and my weakness was not giving my all into the drawings while at work and watching the clock.  Yes, I have a tendency to watch the clock, but that's hereditary.  My grandmother is a clock-watcher, my mother is a clock-watcher, and I am a clock-watcher.  My dad and his parents don't know what a clock looks like.  They're totally opposite.  Because I have been watching the clock too much, I have been hurrying and paying slightly less attention to my detail and my drawings.  That was his biggest beef with me was the clock watching.  I definitely need to work on that.  I think I did a better job of it today.  He has moved me on to something completely new, that I had never seen before in the 5 1/2 weeks I have worked there.  I did three drawings today and I got the first one exactly correct on the first go around.  The second one needed only a couple minor corrections.  The last one also only needed a couple minor corrections that I will finish up in the morning.  I will work on the fourth drawing in this set in the morning, as well.  He was actually surprised that I picked up on things and actually correctly pointed out a couple of his errors.  Even he makes mistakes and he's been doing this for 30+ years and I was able to point out a couple of his errors.  Of course, I was very professional when I asked him about them, but he was pleased with that.  Also, the questions I asked today about my own work were not elementary questions.  They were intermediate-level questions that I would only have known if he showed me.  He didn't show me until I asked the question, but he wanted to see if I could figure out what questions to ask.  He gladly showed me what to do when I asked those questions and the explanations did not take long as I picked up on them really quick.  I correctly implemented his answers into my drawings within a short period of time.  One set of his answers he gave to me right at the close of the day, so I pondered them for a few minutes before time to leave and will resume in the morning.  I wrote down my tasks for the first hour or so in the morning so I can keep myself busy until he gets there.  I have also started making a checklist of the errors that my dad recommended last week when I had the bad day on Thursday.  That has helped and I think it will greatly reduce the errors I am making.

I know there is more I could be doing, but I feel good about the day I put in today.  I will work a full 9 hours tomorrow, so I'll get a little extra time to make some progress.  The thing is, if I do everything I can to the best of my ability and still get let go, then I can go out with my head high.  The thing I am not going to do is lay down and give up.  I am also not going to doubt myself, because that could be detrimental, as well.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 06:10:21 pm
And of course the suggestion of Bushie practicing CAD after work was quickly brushed aside.

I may do a little bit tonight, but mostly I am confident of my abilities, I just need to go all in on the focus part of it.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 06:04:18 pm
Can we get back to my question from a few days ago?:

I'm home from the potluck game night.  We had a Mexican potluck and as predicted, I didn't eat a whole lot.  In fact, I am pretty hungry right now, but I'm okay for the night.  We played a couple games as a group and had a great time of fellowship and fun.

What games did you play?



A couple games called Telestrations and another one called Logos.  Quite fun with lots of laughs.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 06:03:05 pm
Bushie, your feelings are erratic. One day you think you're on the chopping block and the next day you're on top of the world. Your employer's feelings about you do not change that quickly.

I'm still learning how to read him.  I'm sure he's still disappointed so far, but I think today was a good day and went part of the way to changing his mind.  My approach has not changed after today.  I'm still going to give him my best and make the very most of each day.  If he is still fully committed to me like he says he is, then I am eager to return the favor.  I am not going to get caught looking ahead anymore.  Instead, I am going to take this one day at a time.  Wednesday was a good start.  I Now, it is time to make Thursday just as good as Wednesday.  Tomorrow evening, I will focus on Friday morning.  I'm not going to get caught planning for employment beyond October when I still have work to do to get there in September.  I feel a lot better, though, about things today than I did yesterday.  My boss did seem genuinely pleased today, which is what counts.
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