Monday, April 30, 2007

energy drinks

A couple days ago, I received an e-mail bulletin at work that had made its way down through the grapevine. It actually started out with a client at another district before reaching the regional managers and then getting filtered back down to the district level. The subject was energy drinks. Most people are probably familiar with the names Red Bull and Monster and that those are basically beverages of choice for idiots loading up on caffeine. The bulletin concerned beverages of a similar vein like Liquid Charge, Sparks, Tilt, and Mickey's Stinger. Apparently, a random inspection turned them up in the lockers of a rig crew in California. The difference between those and the more mainstream brands is that those four all contain alcohol along with caffeine. Nothing quite like knowing the people you work with might be juiced on caffeine but ready to crash and crash hard at any moment.

Friday, April 27, 2007

back and car

By the way, I've been back for a couple of days now. I had a great time and photos will eventually be forthcoming. And I got my car today.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

in 24 hours

In 24 hours, I'll be somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

snow, car, vacation

I know I haven't posted much recently, but I've had a fair bit on my mind and my writing energy has been sapped by legitimate work needs.

It's still snowing around here, but at least it's not in town. In fact, it didn't even rain in town on Friday, when it was snowing in the field. We were about 30 miles east of Farmington and about 1000 ft higher up. Admittedly, this wasn't much of a surprise. When you have occasion to work outdoors, you pay attention to the weather forecast simply because it really sucks when it ends up being colder than you're dressed for.

I also stopped by the Ford dealer on Friday. According to their system, my car was built and shipped two weeks ago on April 4. Of course, it needs to travel from the factory in Hermosillo, Mexico (go NAFTA!) by train to Denver before it gets trucked down to Farmington. And of course the transport truck in Denver needs to be full before it leaves. Thus, the expected delivery date to the dealership is still 10 days away, but it may be here sooner. Either way, unless it shows up in the next three days, it might as well take the full 10 days. I suppose I'm kind of excited now that it's so close.

The reason it might as well take 10 days is because I leave for an all too brief vacation on Thursday. At least I can pretend that getting my car is a consolation prize for having my vacation end so soon.

Monday, April 09, 2007


Here are some photos of our district manager's Harley that I mentioned a couple weeks ago. I snagged pictures of the rear, rear three-quarters, and front quarter.