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 forty third 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.
07/19/02 – Traveling at Dell
Dear Soonerites and others,
I have spent this week working in my new location. It has been a real experience in many ways. Probably the biggest difference between where I’m working now and my normal workplace is that the cubicles are 1 1/4 inches shorter. That means that I don’t have to stand as erect to see over the top of them. I can easily see across the entire building by just standing up with my normal slouching posture.
Another difference with working in Parmer South (that’s the “campus” where I am working), is that I have to drive farther. Instead of the easy 7 to 10 minute drive to work, I have about a 20 minute drive. — The extra 5 miles generally takes about 10 to 15 minutes because I have to travel on Interstate 35.
The 35 means that that is about the top speed you travel during Rush Hour (Rush hour. Yeah right.). Anyway. Driving that extra time reminds me of the days when I would carpool to work with Scott Hubbard (and Toby O’Brien and Fred Turner, and Paul Mullon and Tony Mena).
Note to reader: To learn more about carpooling with Scott Hubbard, read the post Hubbard Here! Hubbard There! Power Plant Hubbard Everywhere!
As you can imagine, we would talk all the way to work, and all the way home while we were listening to NPR on the radio, or Rush Limbaugh. Those were fun days. It’s amazing how much you can say in a 25 minute drive.
I have found that instead of filling my car up with gas every 2 1/2 weeks, I have to fill it now about every week and a half. — When I was working at OG&E, it seemed that I had to fill my car with gas just about every week.
Anyway. I have heard some interesting conversations in my new temporary abode, as you can imagine. I don’t want to go into much detail about it, but let me just say that I have heard a lot of conversations that I couldn’t understand because they were in a very different foreign language. Since I speak every language in the world except “Greek” and “Geek”, my guess is that these guys were all speaking a Geekish form of Greek.
Dell is coming out with some new commercials, and I was watching them on my computer this morning. I think you will like them. Especially if you have grown tired of the “Steven” commercials.
These aren’t aimed at the regular consumer like the Steven commercials, they are geared more toward the ******SECURITY VIOLATION******** THIS PORTION OF THE E-MAIL HAS BEEN DELETED BY DELLSECURE—-IT CONTAINED PROPRIETARY INFORMATION. ******SECURITY VIOLATION******** Anyway, I thought Ellen and Dave were pretty good.
I hope everything is going well with you guys this week. I haven’t heard much from “up North” lately. I suppose that means that everything is going well. No fires. No explosions. No buildings falling over in the middle of the night. Gee. If none of those things are happening, then what are you guys doing for fun these days?
So, who’s the next person retiring from Sooner? Does anyone know? Has George Pepple retired yet? I have forgotten.
Your friendly programmer from Dell Land incorporated,
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile
Customer Experience / Warranty Cost
Dell Computer Corporation