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 seventh letter I wrote.
04/05/02 – Another Friday at Dell
Dear Friends from Sooner,
Here it is, another Friday afternoon in Dellsville. Not much has been happening today. Next Friday we are spending the whole day at a place called “Reunion Ranch” There is a poster just outside my cubicle about the place with a Reunion Ranch balloon stuck to it.
Some guy dressed up like a cowboy came around yesterday and pasted the balloon on the poster, and said, “Howdy!! Are you going to the party next Friday? I told him I was planning on it. Then he said, “Well, Pardner, I’ll be a lookin’ for ya.” Then he sauntered off, with his spurs a clankin’ and his chaps a-swayin’.
The poster says that they have all sorts of fun stuff to do there. They have canoeing, and a beach, and a bunch of games, like Horseshoes, and softball, and basketball, and Indian Tepees, and Pony rides, and miniature golf and wagon rides, and trolley rides, and an obstacle course (this whole thing sounds like an obstacle course if you ask me), and a whole bunch of other things too numerous to mention.
We are supposed to spend the whole day there, just playin’ around and eatin’ BBQ. They told us not to eat dinner the night before, because they want us good an hungry, so we can really enjoy ourselves.
Anyway, like I said, not much has been happening today. I have been doing bug fixes on a program that I helped modify, and now our customers are testing it out. When they find a problem with the program, they write us a detailed description of the problem, and we go through the program code, and find out why it’s doing what it’s doing, and then fix it, and then test it again to make sure it works.
Anyway, like I said, not much has been happening today. I have been writing a screenplay for the commercial that our team is making for the “Team Commercial” contest for next week. — All the teams are in a contest about who can make the best 30 second commercial about their team.
I wrote the thing, and we have been gathering up props to film it. Then we’ll edit it on the computer. The whole thing has to be on the computer when we submit it. — We have to drive around town and film stuff for our commercial.
It’s due next Wednesday, so we really only have next Monday to finish filming it, then edit it on Tuesday, so we can turn it in on Wednesday. The big prize for the winning team is a two foot tall stuffed Mr. Potato Head that the team can display in their area of cubicles!!! — And of course the prestige of winning the contest.
I’m afraid that since my cubicle isn’t too decorated, that if our team wins, they will vote that I keep the Mr. Potato Head in my cubicle for the next year until the next contest comes around. — We are competing with over 35 other teams, so the likelihood of that happening is quite slim.
Anyway, Like I said, not much has been happening today. I also finished planning for my next project which is starting on Monday. It’s a project where I have to upgrade a bunch of software that is really shaky. Whenever anyone does anything with this software it quits working.
So our team decided that they would let me do the upgrade for it, because no one else had time to try to upgrade it, only to have it fail, and then have our business partners all upset because the application doesn’t work anymore. So, I start that on Monday.
Like I said, Not much has been happening today. This is the first time I’ve had to sit down and write a letter to you guys all week. My manager just popped in his head around my cubicle and looked at his watch, like I was crazy for still being here, (since this is Friday afternoon, and it is just about 5 o’clock).
I get the hint. — A couple of weeks ago, (the Friday before last), he invited our team out for a beer at a Mexican Cantina. We sat around and ate nachos and drank beer and I listened to all the “Old Timers” tell stories about the “Old days” when things were very different at Dell — Like 9 years ago when Dell was still a young company. After a while I thought my wife and children would be wondering where I was, so I went home.
Anyway. That’s what’s been happening here. How are things up there? It’s good to hear from you guys. I hope everything is going well with everyone.
I’ll write soon,
Your Friend and Dellite from Austin,
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile
Programmer Analyst II
Dell Computer Corporation