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 twenty sixth 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.
03/27/02 – Spring time at Dell
Dear Sooner Friends,
The other day I had to go over to the manufacturing plant to show someone a program I had written. While I was there, I was able to look out across the manufacturing floor and watch them building servers. It was quite an experience. It reminds me of what I used to think of when I thought of Santa Claus and his elves making Christmas presents for all the Children in the world. — This was one of the many manufacturing plants, churning out servers as fast as they could.
Tomorrow we are having a get-together with a couple of other teams for lunch. We are supposed to play Pictionary, and get prizes and eat ice cream. Then on Friday, we are supposed to take the day off and go to a team builder. We are going to go Bowling, then lunch, then go to a movie. We are going to wait until Friday morning to decide what movie we want to go to. — So you see, the rest of this week sounds like it could really be hectic.
I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. — You know. It’s like the Friday night before a Christmas weekend, when a big freeze happens and the unit trips for some unknown reason, and you end up spending your whole Christmas holiday trying to get the unit back on. You know. The same thing that happens at Thanksgiving, and Easter, and …..
Oh, and this week is probably going to be twice as disastrous. Not only are we having an all-day team builder on Friday, but this is also Easter weekend!!! — I wonder if Dell is anything like OG&E. I have spent the last three Easters at OG&E working on Easter day.
I’ll keep you posted and let you know if all of the sudden one of my programs goes hay-wire and causes the manufacturing floor to come to a grinding halt, so that I have to come out and work in the cold and the rain, and the coal dust and the fly ash with my fingers freezing as I try to tape up a piece of program with cold stiff electric tape in order to get the program back online as quickly as possible so that we can start making computers again.
Anyway. I’ve never played Pictionary, so that will be a new experience. It has been years since I bowled, so that will be an embarrassing experience. I hope I bowl better than I play horseshoes. One time I was playing horseshoes with Diana Brien, and her family, and I believe, that once I threw a horseshoe so wildly that it actually ended up behind me!! — I wonder if she remembers that.
I hope I can do better with bowling. — I’ll let you know. — At least if I get it in the gutter, I know I won’t hurt anyone sitting behind me. — And to think we were talking about going Golfing instead!! That would have been a hoot. I probably would end up breaking someone’s window in their house with a wild golf ball — Or maybe even the club.
Well, I’ll let you know how it goes. How is overhaul going? Are you about to wrap things up?
Your Friendly Dell Representative.
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile
Programmer Analyst II
Dell Computer Corporation