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 ninth 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.
06/11/02 – Vacation at Dell
Dear Soonerites, and others,
Finally. I have a short week this week. I have three days of vacation. I’ll be gone from Wednesday until next Monday. I have already turned in my Weekly Status Report, and I only have one more meeting to go to in about an hour, and then I’m gone.
Whew. I will finally get away from this gruelling work. Boy. A vacation at last! I haven’t had a real vacation since 1997 before I started going to school. As you remember, I used all my vacation to go to class.
Of course, as you can imagine, they really frown on people taking vacation around here. When I’m gone, who is going to do all the Fun Committee activities for all the meetings? — Well. I have passed that torch onto the other new hires, so I am no longer needed. Also, there are all those mini-team-building activities that go on continually that require my attendance. — Well. Too bad. I’m just going to have to miss those this week.
I’m going to New Orleans. I’m just going to lay around in the sun and drink beer. — Wait a minute. This is starting to sound like work! That’s what I had to do last week! Ok. I’ll just lay around at the pool and think about all those fun times I had at Sooner Plant. — Oh wait, I did that too at my Manager’s house.
I also played pool (you know pool. It’s a lot like Snooker, only easier). I had to use our Manager’s pool cues since I didn’t have one of my own. — Yes. Walt Oswalt never game ME a pool cue.
Note to reader: To read about Walt Oswalt and pool cues, please see the post: A Window into the Power Plant Man Bedroom.
So I told my whole team that I knew Walt Oswalt and Bud Schoonover. They chuckled a little at a couple of stories I told about Bud. I told them I needed more time to tell them about Walt.
Then I told them I knew Jim Arnold, and they all fell on their knees and bowed down and said, “We’re not Worthy” — At least, I think that was what they were doing. Either that or they had had too much to drink, and they were loosing their cookies all over the Castle-like patio stones that decorated our Manager’s backyard.
I told our team about some of those “infractions” that I had done while I was working at Sooner. I explained to them that I liked programming things, and they wouldn’t let me do any of that at Sooner Plant, so I had to think of SOMETHING to program. But I assured them that now that I’m in I/T (That’s Information Technology), I don’t have to mess around, because I get to do that every day anyway — program, I mean. (smile).
Well. I’ve been learning everything anyone ever wanted to know about Databases, but were afraid to ask. I have been learning SQL Server SQL, Oracle PL/SQL, Teradata SQL and ANSI SQL all at the same time. — Sounds like a bunch of Squealing pigs. SQL SQL SQL SQL. Or a shopping cart with a squeaky wheel at Wal-Mart.
Anyway. I won’t be writing at the end of this week, so I thought I would write today, just to let you guys know that I had been thinking of you. — Oh. Talking about Wal-Mart, and thinking of you. I had a dream the other night that I was in Wal-Mart and I saw Byron Hoeltzel there, and I said, “Hi Rudy. Um, er. I’m sorry I called you Rudy. Isn’t it funny how quickly a person can forget a name? I know you’re not Rudy. I just can’t remember your name. You’re…….” Then I woke up in a cold sweat. Funny how dreams are. Calling “Byron”, “Rudy”. I know better than that. Geez.
Talk to all of you next week.
Your Friend from Down here at Dell,
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile
Customer Experience / Warranty Cost
Dell Computer Corporation