Author Archives: dave

Laid Off

So I found out on Monday that I will be laid off next Friday, August 12.  Apparently the money that was paying for my position/contract at corporate ran out and they can’t find any somewhere else.  Because the plant is laying off people as well they can’t afford to hire me on fulltime.  So… I’m back to looking for a job again.  I’ve notified the contacts I have with the various staffing agencies I’ve worked with before and hopefully I’ll find something quickly.

I’ve started looking more intently at getting some certifications… I’ve been told that Security+ and Linux+ are two that are in high demand right now and fortunately they are both certifications I’ve been looking at getting anyways.  Now I have greater motivation to apply myself and study so I can pass the exams the first time.

If you know of a company or position that I should look at or apply for please pass them along: computerdave at yahoo dot com.

Marriage in the US

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/us/politics/29marriage.html?_r=1

There’s a lot of debate going on in the US right now about granting gay marriage the same privileges as same-sex couples.  My question is: why is it even an issue?  When was marriage defined so that it excluded gay couples from the benefits enjoyed by same-sex couples?  Just because their marriages weren’t necessarily recognized by a church?

The argument that gay marriage erodes marriage for everyone else is just absurd.  If two people love each other then who’s to stand in their way if they wish to get married?  Who cares if they are both men or both women?  I don’t see how two people loving each other in New York can have any affect on the ability of two other people in California, or anywhere else, to love each other.  If this country was founded on equality for all then why do we have so many restrictions on who we can be with?

Gross, gross, gross!!

Man what a nasty day weather-wise!  It’s been raining pretty much since I got to work today!  Looks like it will clear out before I leave, and be nice until Sunday when the next threat of rain is forecast.  Been busy working on prepping another batch of computers to get shipped back to the lease company.  My head is hurting from trying to keep them all straight so that we make sure we have enough new computers to refresh the ones that need it as well as meet the demands of the plant for new computers as they keep hiring more and more people.

The van is in the shop for some bodywork.  They guy that I would normally ask for a ride home is out sick today so Erin will have to pick me up.  We’re borrowing Erin’s parent’s van until we get ours back on Friday, but Erin wanted to not drive it that much to keep miles off it… that may be easier said than done if I can’t get a ride from someone at work.

Next week I’ll be on my own the whole week since the guy I work with is taking vacation.  I may take only Monday off and work a half-day on Tuesday since I’m not eligible for holiday
pay as a contractor.  Hopefully things are quiet, but I’m not betting on it… they’re starting to tear down some offices in PTFE and we’re trying to figure out if we will need to bring the outside contractor in that does the network wiring in the event that the cubicle guys mess up the wiring or damage the cables and they need to be replaced.  That will be a long week if the cables get damaged and people can’t work in the offices because of it.  We’re ordering more USB wireless adapters, but not sure if they’ll be here in time in the event we need them.

Weekend in TN

Erin, Megan, and I spent the weekend in TN with Erin’s folks at her aunt and uncle’s cabin in the Smokey Mountains.  It was a nice trip, took a little longer than usual to get there because of a disabled semi on the highway.

We vegged most of the time and on Sunday connected up with Dan’s sister Katy and her son Justus for a little visit.  Haven’t seen her since Dan’s wedding and it was neat to meet her son.  Hopefully next time her husband Walter will be able to get together with us.

We had a nice time, but a weekend is just too short; we’ll have to plan it better next time so we can spend more time just lounging about. 🙂

What a day!

Man… started with a dead hard drive… now the A/C in the server room quit and there’s a storm outside.  What’s next?  Spent all day working on rebuilding the system the hard drive died in and then trying to get some wireless devices that connect to our CNC lathes to work with our inhouse wireless instead of the vendor’s wireless so we can connect to them from anywhere.