After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going. This is the thirty fifth letter I wrote. Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online (Boy. Times have changed).
05/17/02 – Not boring at Dell
Since I have been told that my last letter to you was “extremely” boring, I thought I would make it up to you by writing another letter that is only partially boring, thus letting you face the weekend with a chipper attitude that will make your weekend fly by so fast that before you can turn around you will find yourself back at work ready to make the Equipment Support Supervisor a “Hand”.
The first item of interest is that big empty space on the other side of this floor. You know. That space that was about the same size as the maintenance shop, only empty and carpeted. — Well. This week it is still carpeted, but it isn’t empty. They have been putting up cubicles all week.
200 new employees will be moving in that room. So…. We all know what that means. — Yes. No more laptops in the bathroom stalls. — That’s right. The bathroom will be twice as busy as it is now, so the bathroom stalls will be premium real estate.
We won’t be able to afford the luxury of writing e-mails while contemplating the meaning of the universe anymore. So as I look around at these four stall walls and realize that “Change Happens” (It says something else on one of the stall walls, but it sounds kinda similar), I know that change is good.
Yes. Just think of all those new faces I will be seeing every day. In the mornings I will pull into my parking space just ahead of someone else who will be waving wildly at me greeting me with all sorts of wild angry expressions, (which I know will just be some people’s way of saying how much they care.
You know the expressions. Yes you do. — You’ve seen them many times. The Equipment Support Supervisor and Business Support Supervisor really do care you know. That’s why they makes those wild angry expressions. Didn’t you know that?).
Yes. As it is now, if you don’t show up by 7:45, the parking spaces around the building gets sparse. Just think what it will be like when 200 more people are working in this building. Luckily we have the “Dell Shuttle”. You can park way off over the hill and have the Dell Shuttle come by and pick you up every 12 minutes. — I prefer to arrive a little early, so I am able to find a parking space close to the door.
Well. I have an interesting meeting next Monday. I’m not sure what it’s totally about. I know what we are supposed to be doing, but I’m not sure why we are doing it in the room where we are going to be doing it. From what I understand, this meeting will be in the “Board Room”. — Yeah, like in the “Board of Directors” room.
I know that they are interested in what we are about to do, but I didn’t think they would be interested in what “we” are doing. — We shall see. The room where this meeting is being held is not on the Round Rock Campus. It’s in a special building that is located just down the road from Michael’s house.
I’ve seen Michael’s house from the Highway. His house is literally about the same size as the town of Morrison. — Just to give you an idea. Remember that Michael is worth about $11 Billion. — Do you remember my last e-mail when I was talking to you about all those numbers? Well that is the same as saying 11 GigaDollars!!!! — I know these numbers are boring to some people, so I won’t dwell on them.
Actually, since I am risking another Extremely Boring e-mail, I will end this letter now in order to avoid the dreaded “BORRING” notice I have received from one concerned citizen of Sooner.
I hope all is going well with all of you,
Your Friend from Dell,
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile
Customer Experience / Warranty Cost
Dell Computer Corporation