Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The end.

At this point it's been nearly five weeks since I've posted. I simply don't have the time or the desire to really keep backside 180 active anymore. In fact it's pretty much served it's purpose in my life and the place where I was when I started it.

Now, I'm going to abandon it. I might post very sporatically (as has been the case for months) in the future but I won't keep any regular tabs on what's happening here. It's sad that is has come to this, but it has so that's that.


Edit: It should be noted that I'm not done as a blogger, just here at backside 180. I'm just somewhere else blogging. Somewhere more transparent and writing in a way that is a little more tempered.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

There was even a hookup.

I've been back from Copenhagen for about a week now and I'm finially getting adjusted to life back stateside. Even though we weren't in Copenhagen proper, I still had a fantastic time while I was on my trip. The ten hours of class and wearing a suit every day was a bit of a drag but the nights spend with my new friends from 45 countries were a blast.

There was even a hookup with a fantastic girl from South America. It was truly incredible.

Life these days is much faster paced than it was back in Auburn. Hopefully things will slow down a bit now that I'm almost done unpacking and getting settled from being gone in Denmark.

For your sake, I'll try to do better.

Monday, September 11, 2006

"That's hot."

Well, how about that. J2 got undeployed on Wednesday and was home by Friday. Now he's talking about trying to transfer off the ship for a landlocked assignment doing security at a Navy base in Bahrain. Maybe if the Navy would ever let him fire a Tomahawk, he would think about staying around instead of counting down the days till his commitments up.

Four days til Europe. As Paris would say, "That's hot."

I've been peer pressured into entering the Kiawah Island Marathon. It happens just twenty eight short days after Richmond. It maybe a mistake. I'll likely hurt myself but that's cool, I can deal with it.

I put in twenty miles on Sunday. It took me two hours, thirty two minutes and fifty one seconds. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and I feel much more confident about running the actual marathon now.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

At least I did my job and it won't be mine.

Today was a strange day at work. I work in dispatch. I dispatch containers to truckers. They pick the export loads of containers at one of four rail yards that I am in charge of and dray them to the proper terminal. One would think this is a pretty simple task. I'll break it down in a few easy steps:
1. Containers arrive at rail yard.
2. I dispatch containers to truckers telling them when they have to be at the terminal (port).
3. Truckers pick up containers, drive them to the correct terminal.
4. Containers load vessel for export, everyone is happy. We pat ourselves on the back.
It's amazing how many things go wron between steps one and four. Sometimes I'm to blame, most of the time I'm not.

Today, the person who dispatches the containers to the owner-operator trukers (she hands out the pieces of paper I EDI to her) was out of the office due to vacation. She deserved a day off.

In her absence, nothing got done. No one took care of her stuff. I did my work. My end was done, I made many efforts in writing to get containers moving. Not much happened. My boss was pretty upset.

Tomorrow this particular trucker who is a daughter company of ours isn't getting any export loads from me. They are all going to third party truckers. All their service failures (some were for Strategic, top level customers) are going on the service failure spreadsheet.

It's possible that heads will roll. At least I did my job and it won't be mine.


That's a lot of technical shipping jargon, let me know if you want any clarification on terms or concepts.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Living out of the suitcase.

I finally broke down and went out and bought myself a MacBook. Rumor has it that there will be an Apple media event on Sept 12, probably introducing some new products. Maybe they will even announce the much anticipated iTunes Movie Store. I know the MacBooks will be updated before the Christmas shopping season hits, heck they might even get Core 2 Duo processors but I just couldn't wait any longer.

So, I now have regular non work access to the internet and Blogger so content should start picking back up here on Backside 180. Suprisingly enough although it seems regular visits to Backside 180 have dropped off, other visitors are still finding there way here. At any rate, I'm back and other than my two week business trip to Copenhagen the last half of this month.

I'm definitely looking forward to gettting settled into my house and to stop living out of the suitcase. That won't be happening until October though.

I've been battling a strained groin from flag football back on August twenty third. I finally got in a good quality run yesterday so I'm hopeful that I can get back on my plan and be ready in time for the marathon.

J2 has been redeployed out of South America to the Med for the next few months until Christmas. He's not real happy about it as they found out a week before the were to come home that they were to be sent to the Med. It sucks because he was going to make it up here some time this fall. I guess that visit will have to wait until spring.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Pretty cheap at 2500/month.

The job is good. My two weeks of training have flown by and Monday morning, it's time to sink or swim. I hope I'm going to swim. For some reason I've been very anxious about work Monday. The past two nights I haven't slept well and have had dreams about work.

Friday was a busy day and I didn't finish my major tasks of the day until right at five. I should have been done much earlier but it didn't happen. It's pretty high pressure trying to get all the containers dispatched and onto the vessel in time. The trucking company that I mainly use has a lot of issues with getting things done but they are an owned subsidiary and have garaunteed business from us so I think they don't try as hard.

My three roommates and I signed a lease Friday for a really great house. It was built in 1890 and refurbished in 2004. It's really pretty nice and also pretty cheap at 2500/month. It's incredible how expensive it is to find a decent place to rent at a resonable price here. I'm just glad I don't live in Manhattan, I definitely couldn't afford it.

That's it for now. My car comes next week and I'll have my things delivered to me on Sept 15 when we move in. I'll be out of the country for the last half of September in Copenhagen for a buisness trip so it's doubtful that regular updates will return until into October. But I'll try to do what I can until then.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

No, I haven't died.

No, I haven't died. No, I haven't fallen off a chimney. No, I haven't incapacitated my typing fingers. I've just been terribly busy with my new job and almost complete lack of internet access has really hampered my blogging. Believe me I miss it. It's a good outlet.

I'm here in Jersey and will be for the forseable future. My stuff should come up in the next month. Then I'll get my computer and things will return to more of a normal schedule. Until then, consider this a hiatus.