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4 Days and Counting…

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Four days and counting – that’s all I have left in my current position in Supply Chain Management.  After many weeks of interviews and phone calls, my company has FINALLY hired my replacement.  I figured it would take about six weeks to find the right person, and it basically did by the time the position hit the job boards.  Starting Tuesday 09/04  – my first day – I will be in charge of my new department for a month while Bossman takes a long vacation.

As some of you may recall from my earlier post (, I was very unhappy and gave notice that I was leaving the company – with absolutely NOTHING lined up.  The next morning I was offered a new position in Facilities Management.  If you leave out the over night period since I gave notice at 4:30 in the afternoon, I was basically “re-hired” in a span of about less than an hour – not bad !  Thanks again, Lord – I am blessed !

The department I will be working in is basically charged with making sure the facilities, grounds, building mechanical systems and repairs & maintenance activities perform as advertised.  We have roughly 130,000 sqft of office and factory space (split evenly), along with 30 acres of property.  Along with the aforementioned areas of responsibility, my department also is a fully-functioning fabrication shop with machining, sheet metal fab, saw-cutting and welding capabilities – a very talented crew of six guys.

As a gift to myself I decided (as has become tradition for me) to take off this Friday after “College Football Thursday” as I call it.  I started this years ago so that I could get my fill of football by staying up late watching games, and also watching those meaningless West Coast games (still good football though).  Notre Dame kicks off yet another National Championship run on Saturday, plus it’s a holiday weekend !  Four days on, four days off, lotsa College Football and the last holiday of Summer – not a bad way to start off my new endeavor…


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Saturday, 25 August, 2007 @ 8:27 at 8:27

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Gooooo IRISH !!! (as posted at The Shark Tank)

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August 18th, 2007 by dfm · No Comments

JTI finally got sick of my badgering and submitted a few words about the coming train wreck of a season the Irish are going to have.  So here it is…

I honestly have NO idea what to put down.  I have been way too busy to even know what is going on with ND other than Jimmy Clausen got cited for underage transportation of alcohol, and he has a bum throwing elbow.  Oh, and Charlie isn’t letting on who his starting QB is until game time v. GA Tech.  TE John Carlson should be a bright spot with Jeff Smardjia gone. Travis Thomas had better perform in the backfield MUCH better that he did as a linebacker. Safety Tom Zbikowski needs to get back to the way he played as a Sophmore, and Maurice Crum needs to shore-up the Linebacking corp for Corwin Brown’s new 3-4 Defense.  Without an aggressive, stingy, play-making D it could be a long year for us Domers – I don’t expect much production from the Offense.  Surprise us, Charlie…

2007 Notre Dame Football Schedule
Sept. 1     GEORGIA TECH – W
Sept. 8     at Penn State – W
Sept. 15     at Michigan – L
Sept. 22     MICHIGAN STATE – W
Sept. 29     at Purdue – L
Oct. 6     at UCLA – L
Oct. 13     BOSTON COLLEGE – W
Oct. 20     USC – W (kidding)
Nov. 3     NAVY – W
Nov. 10     AIR FORCE – W (sorry Trav)
Nov. 17     DUKE – W (Duke ?)
Nov. 24     at Stanford – W

8 – 4 may be acceptable to most, but not the Irish Nation – probably more like 7-5 and a Poinsettia Bowl berth. Laces OUT, Dan…

Dan says:  I think you are too optimistic here, JTI.  I think that the Irish will be 6-6 at best, possibly 5-7.  There is no way they beat BC and they may, in fact, lose to the Midshipmen.  Penn State is questionable too – they will be good.

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Saturday, 18 August, 2007 @ 8:44 at 8:44

True Crime – updated (from March 2007)

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The stolen Picassos worth almost $70 million from my earlier post ( have been recovered in Paris !  Guess they didn’t get very far in 5 months.  Story here :

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Thursday, 9 August, 2007 @ 4:41 at 4:41

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Just A Little Update

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Tons going on here at 1470. It’s been a rollercoaster ride this Summer (beginning in May & still going) – here’s the latest :

GrammaPalooza 2007 – huge success, roasted my first hog (something you don’t see everyday in the city), 60+ at our modest bungalow with the postage stamp size yard.  Family in from FLA, MD, GA (you know who you are !) and OH.  First time this many of Slim’s fam have been together since the mid-80’s…

Work Situation – finally looks like they have found a replacement for me (they should make someone an offer this week).  I start training with my new bossman late this week or next.  He goes on a month-long vacation during September so we need to get a lot done in a short period of time since I’m his fill in, AND we’re in the midst of a huge expansion project.  BTW – ever since they made me this offer to stay my work attitude has done a complete 180 – obviously for the better !  Lisa likes her new job down the street as well…

Sprituality – been very introspective lately – OK, a bit more than normal.  There is a whole bunch going on in this crazy world and I’m just trying to hold my ground.  I’ve been bothered (as is the norm) by a lot of the senseless crimes, natural disasters, man’s inhumanity to man and the Godlessness that I observe in the headlines, and also in my personal observations as I journey through life.  I’m still trying to find how I fit in, and what my role is.  It’s a journey that has taken me from my Catholic upbringing to Non-Denominational Protestantism to where I am now – just praying, reading, contemplating and philosophizing.  I have been this way since I was a very young child regardless of what “label” you put on it – I’ve pretty much always been like this even before I “understood” God and faith .  Just remember – it’s where you’re at not where you’ve been…

Biking & Fitness – Not mountain or road biking as much as I’d like (who does ?), but with most of the Summer activities behind us that should change.  I also put up an 80-pound “heavy bag” to mix my workouts up between  the trainer (basically a stationary bike), my free-weights and the “home gym” machine.  Not trying to build much, just trying to stay toned – I AM 43 after all…

Kitchen & Food – Lately been seeing what I can do with inexpensive cuts of meat (Chuck steak, Pork “Western-Style” Ribs, et al) and trust me – if you know what you’re doing you can do a lot with a little.  Trying to do more with Rice, veggies and “peasant” foods also.  Rice is a staple for 1/3 of the world’s population – good enough for me – 2 billion+ can’t be wrong !  Also, 1/5 of the world gets by on less than a $1.00 a day – now there’s a challenge.  Crops aren’t what I thought they’d be (need some Miracle-Gro(tm)), but I’m working on it.  If only the squirrels & chipmunks would leave us alone !  It seems every time a tomato ripens enough to eat I find them half-eaten (but I DID land a couple 18-inch zuccini the other day…) !  Now, if only I can keep the dogs away from the cukes and squash…

NCAA College Football 2007 – Can’t wait !  The Tank is up and running (nice job guys) and The Irish aren’t in the Top 25 – no pressure, just play football.  And as we ALL know : it’s not football, it’s NOTRE DAME football !!!  Goooooooo IRISH !!!  See ya soon, and my best to you and your’s…

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Tuesday, 7 August, 2007 @ 19:51 at 19:51