Letters to the Power Plant #67 — Confusing Looks at Dell

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 sixty seventh letter I wrote.

2/26/03 – Confusing Looks at Dell

Dear Sooner Plantians,

I hope you are all keeping warm in your igloos up there. —  And Thank you for seeing to it that we are able to experience some of your cold weather.  Yesterday the temperature actually dropped to 25 degrees.

That mixed with the rain made for some real slick roads on Monday night.  We just called off work yesterday and stayed home and relaxed.  I don’t even think they docked me a day of vacation for not showing up at work because of the weather (like had happened to me in a prior lifetime when I was known as a “wire twister”, or a “sparky” or a ……. —  Well never mind).

So we had ice.  You would think it’s no big deal, but down here whenever there is anything that even remotely looks like snow, people go haywire.  They run outside (and slip and fall down), and they make a Texan equivalent of a snowman (which is really an “Iceman”).

They slip and slide down the highway at the same speed they do when they are normally going to work.  —  I came to work this morning, and even though there were few people on the roads, they were all driving at the same speed that they do when there is gridlock.

I think even if it was a clear sunny day, and there wasn’t anyone on the highways, that people would still only go about 15 miles an hour during rush hour, because they have never experienced anything different.

Last week on Monday morning, I came in to work and put a new program into production (it was an upgrade to the program that I wrote back in October that they said saved them $53 million).

Well.  I put it into production, and there was some issues with it, but before I could look into them, my manager told me to go to some training that someone else had signed up for, but they called in sick for the week.  So I spent the week in training learning more about ASP.Net — which is made up of two programming languages that go together rather well.

The only problem was that I still had to fix the “issues” with the program that I had just put into production and take the class at the same time.  Luckily I have a program on my laptop, that allows me to connect to Dell whenever the laptop is connected to the Internet anywhere.

So I was able to plug my laptop in at the school to a computer jack and connect to my desktop computer back at work.  At the same time, I could keep nodding my head in agreement whenever the teacher said something, so that I appeared to be paying attention.  —  Which I was (sort of).

Anyway.  I took the class, and my new program is working well, and everyone would be happy, except for the ice, which has left everyone with a confused look on their faces.

Well.  I have a meeting with my manager this morning at 11:00 to go over my “Performance Appraisal”.  Wish me luck.  This is the big “Yearly” performance appraisal.  —  The one that really counts.

I hope everything is going well with all of you.  I haven’t heard much from you guys the last couple of weeks.  I’ll talk to all of you later.

Your friendly Dell Programmer,

Kevin James Anthony Breazile


Kevin J. Breazile

Dell Computer Corporation

(512) 728-1527

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