Saturday, June 13, 2015

Engine, Diesel, One Each

Engine, Diesel, one each….  It is very important to be specific when you are asking for something.  The Engine comment is something that I ordered back when I was in the Army.  See, we just got back from our first combat deployment and we were engaged in a major overhaul of our equipment.  Now, I got bored pretty easily and we had access to the “big book of things” that did contain pretty much EVERY thing we could possibly order.  We needed to replace the engine pack for our M-113.  Well, in reading the big book of “stuff” I did come across a listing for “Engine, Diesel, One Each”.  The 113 A2 was in fact powered by a Diesel engine.  So, it MIGHT have made sense that one could order just the engine.  You couldn’t, there was an Engine Pack with the differentials, etc…  So, I was wanting to see just how far it would go before someone caught the “error” when I ordered the Engine.  If one were to read the whole description in the book, one might have made the connection and realized that there was something else called a Diesel Engine.  A train for instance.  So…  Nothing came in for a few days, then Division HQ called our CO to let him know that, “Yes, we do have one.  Where would you like it delivered, and by the way, why does a line combat Engineer Company need a train?”…  Never did get the train J…  CO had a darn good idea who actually ordered the train, and as punishment I was promoted to the “Training NCO” for the Company… 

So, applied for a few other jobs at the University.  Things with “Director” in the job title.  Guess it is about time I actually get an actual “Management” job since I’ve actually been doing it for a few years now and have been in formal training and schooling (MS in IT).  There is a great deal of talk about a lot of the IT on Campus going to a more central model.  From my perspective iiff this is done right, it will work.  Problem is that I feel like “Big Joe”, Telly Savalis’ character from “Kelly’s Heroes” yelling at Kelly about him “counting on the Artillery to be ON TIME and ON TARGET, when they have yet to be”…  So, since there is pretty much nowhere to go in my current organization until things shake out with the new “Executive Director” for us…  If it ends up being the one I hope, then there is a possibility of moving up here…  Assuming of course I do not end up taking another position elsewhere before…  Since EVERYTHING moves at the speed of committee here…  We’ll see I guess.  I know I am a finalist for one position, and thinking my resume at least looks good for a few others… 

Gaming wise, in 40K the Space Marines are getting another new Codex…  Not really sure how much has changed really…  Free transports if you follow the Force Org chart for Companies and Demi Companies (?), so I expect there will be some broken builds involving that.   So, my Crimson Fists could hit the field again and probably have a decent chance…  Eh, I may get around to painting again soon.  The 30K Wolves I had been painting are looking pretty good, and I hear that Book 5 or the Horus Heresy series is out…  Still Wolf free, so not really all that excited about it.  So, thinking that painting and perhaps gaming cycle will begin again soon.  The basement cleaning will continue and will see about building a shared hobby space for my wife and I…

Pool opening soon…  Filter basket did not survive the winter, so that has to be replaced…  I really do not like swimming these days…  I did once, but some of my time playing Army killed that as well for me…  And looking for the weather to clear so I can ride the Silverwing again…


But all things considered, things are going quite well…