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 one hundred and first 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.
8/3/04 – Dell Summertime
Dear Sooner Plantians,
I realize you guys probably don’t remember me anymore. It has been about a month and a half since I have written to you, and like most people who leave the plant, after a couple of weeks you sit around trying to remember what that guy’s name was. “You know. That guy who used to sit there in that chair that used to read the dictionary for fun….What was his name?”
I have actually started a few letters in the past weeks, but I was never able to finish them because I was called away to some meeting, or had to go work on an application that all of the sudden quit working.
I am in an interesting position in my new job. I have been learning all these new programs and how they run. At the same time, Dell is opening new call centers all over the world, and I am the only one that knows how to program the timekeeping system, so I have to continue writing all the interfaces for those while I am doing my support job, at least until I can transition my knowledge over to another developer.
I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this position. This is a lot like what happens when someone at the plant moves from one position to another and they still have to work on things in their old job because no one else knows how to do it.
Oops. I just had two “ad-hoc” meetings while I was trying to write this letter. Also Charles Foster just sent me an e-mail that I had to respond to, so now it is already 5:00 and time to go home.
Instead of just deleting this letter as I have done in the past, I will go ahead and send this to you so that you don’t think I have been totally ignoring you.
I hope everything is going well up there.
Let me know…..
Your friendly Dell Programmer and Support Person,
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile
Global Financial Systems I/T