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.

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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.