Monday, August 21, 2006

Midnight Ramblings

My weekend at work is almost over. It is around 1230 A.M. and I am waiting for relief to get here. Well, my relief will not arrive until about 5 in the morning. I still have about 4 1/2 hours left.

I am anxiously awaiting L.S.U. football season to begin. Right now, the way my schedule looks, I might be able to make it to a few games. I have tickets to the Arizona and Fresno State games. I am hoping to get tickets to the Alabama game. Yeah, I know. . . tickets to that one are extremely scarce. It won't keep me from trying to score some tickets. I went to Tuscaloosa last year and had a blast! My wife, brother-in-law, my wife's friend and myself went to Alabama to see L.S.U. defeat the Crimson Tide in their own house. By the way, the Alabama fans were great. This enabled us to have an enjoyable experience. I would like to make that trip again someday.

We are trying to get some tickets to the Florida/L.S.U. game in Gainesville this year. Right now, we are not having any luck. My wife's brother lives in Orlando and we will probably go to Gainesville, even if we do not have tickets. The bars and restaurants across from 'The Swamp' are a great place to see the game if you don't have tickets. We've been there before and had a pleasant trip. Hope to have another one this year.

I know I'm rambling, but what do you expect from someone updating their blog at almost 1 in the morning. I'll be back when I have something to say.

Geaux Tigers!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Beginning the Weekend

What a week it has been! We have been working out here all week, and here I am working nights all weekend. Don't get me wrong, I like the money but the heat will take all of your energy after a while.

Here is a quote from the venerable sensei here in my unit. Try to guess what he is talking about, "That was just a little baby. . . In a little while there's going to be a growed up 'm f' in the bathroom." I was moving from our control board portion of the control room to the eating area when I walked into a "wall" of foulness. He ran 2 people out of the area he was in. It didn't clear out for a few minutes.

I'll post later when there is more to say.


Friday, August 11, 2006

Honeywell Incident

I just read online about an incident at Honeywell's chemical plant in Baton Rouge. Evidently, they had a release of Hydroflouric Acid at one of their units. I find this pretty disturbing, because they had a fatality at this same facility as a result of HF.

I know how difficult it is to prevent releases and spills on a 24 hour operation. It seems that the leak was detected by a remote monitor as well as the operations personnel and a "deluge" system was activated to prevent any additional exposure to personnel and equipment. My hat is off to the operators at Honeywell for handling this potentially dangerous situation rather quickly.

I hope no one was exposed and stay safe guys!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

More Golden Girls

Here is another great photo of the Golden Girls. I hope once the season starts, I'll be able to get some more.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Golden Girls

Initial Entry

"You better write these stories down, these guys are going to retire in a few years."

This quote from one of my co-workers is the reason that I decided to begin this blog. There are many stories told in a chemical plant during the workday. I am going to share some with y'all. My feeling is that we all have stories to tell. Some of them, though, are more interesting than others. My goal is to share some of these stories with you. Granted, what I find interesting might not be what you enjoy. That's O.K. I just feel the need to relate anything that I hear or see at work so that anyone bored enough might be entertained for a few minutes.

I work 12 hour rotating shifts in a chemical facility in Louisiana.

I am an outside operator, which means most of my time is spent outside working on equipment, making rounds, assisting maintenance workers, and keeping management happy. Because we all know that when management is not happy, no one is happy.

Anyway, I'll be back to post as I can. I have to actuall go back to work now.

Purple Tiger 006