Feb. 23, 2008 - A Brave New World
Wow! Has it really been 10 weeks since our last newsletter? I can’t say I’m really surprised that much with everything that’s been going on. There was even some work to do. Have you ever watched one of those police dramas on television? There comes a point in time where the good guys think they have the bad guys cornered in some house, or room. Two or three guys are crouched outside, preparing to break down the door. When they do, the guy busting down the door breaks through, his momentum carrying him into the room, causing him to stumble, lose his balance, sometimes crashing into a piece of furniture or two, usually breaking something, becoming disoriented, eventually coming to a stop somewhere in the middle of the room. Then the guy will look around to regain his composure and take a deep breath. This would be one way to describe the beginning of the year, from January 1st to now. Now, I can only speak for myself and (to the chagrin of my boss) my company (thanks to this newsletter), but I’m sure you have had a point in your life where there has been such a flurry of activities, you just had to sit down at the conclusion of them. Okay, enough about my personal and professional life. You’re here to read about VentureSum, its’ progress, and the wonderful people that cause the progress.
VentureSum West is blowing through projects like a Texas tornado. Even when I tried to find out where they were currently working, I was told that by the time the newsletter came out, they would probably already be finished, and working on the next project, or the next. The closest we can estimate as to the status of VentureSum West, is that they are in Texas, and they’re doing good work. VentureSum East has finished their project in Kentucky finally…………………..or have they? East had just started work on a project for AEP in Virginia when the dragon of a project in Kentucky had come back to life. Now, as it dies a final death, East is ready to go full speed in Virginia. It’s nice what you can accomplish with perseverance. VentureSum South has settled into a project in and around Charlotte, North Carolina for Duke Energy and AT&T. The project will take several weeks to finish, but is going well.
Now that you’re all caught up on where everyone is, more or less, it’s time for a feature that was started a little while back, that allows some of our more talented field scribes to submit some interesting reflections of experiences acquired during work. These are know as…’Notes from the Field’. The following comes from Noah Sager. At the rate Noah is going, I might even let him guest-host the newsletter sometime in the future, as long as he can stay neutral and fair concerning politics, like I do.
Notes From The Field:
Working Environments (i.e. the roving cubicle)
When working in the urban jungle, special attention must be paid to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Urban environments offer a wide variety of distractions and hazards due to the wide variety of employment opportunities existing in high population density environments. The people that work in a city, and the people that support the people that work there, create a dynamic and fluctuating environment. Thus, while doing our kind of work in a city may appear boring and straightforward on paper, it is nothing less than an enthralling roller-coaster tour of every paved nook and cranny available.
Contrastingly, when working in rural areas (i.e. the jungle), special attention must be paid to everything. People can be anywhere, and often without reason due to their lack of employment. The vehicle traffic can be scant or voluminous, and may consist of homemade cars, vans, coal trucks or 4-wheelers. Cellular phone service is also at a minimum in most of these areas, as is eating establishments and restrooms.
In conclusion, working in a city is a fun, high-production and intense working environment, whereas working in the boondocks is more like a Rambo movie where one tries to get in and out efficiently and alive. However, they are both awesome places to do this kind of work.
Thanks for the input Noah. I’m sure the owner of VentureSum is very glad to hear that his minions (which I am one) actually get enjoyment from their work. In fact, I have heard him say that the reason for VentureSum is for the benefit of the employees, and not the other way around. I believe him. I have been with the company a long time, and Mr. Johnson (the owner) has always behaved in a manner that proclaims his belief in this principle. Everyone should be so lucky to have the kind of job that Noah and myself have. Unfortunately, most people can’t do this kind of job. If you can, please let us know. We need more people. Be forewarned though, most people still wash out due to the exacting nature of the job. Even with all the perks that come with this job, and I have enjoyed many due to my length of service, I must admit that I can still, sometimes, get into a weird blue funk, where work can be a non-fun thing. I don’t know if it’s an age thing, or maybe it’s just the grind of daily existence or what. I have been called ‘abrasively honest’, ‘compulsive’, and ‘the opposite of politically correct’ (thank goodness), but, I have never been called moody. I tend to think it’s just a cycle thing, like the seasons, or rechargeable batteries (runs good for awhile, until they run low). I’m a pretty good multi-tasker, but sometimes, even my system gets overloaded. So, I’ll do what I always do when this rolls around. I’ll pray to God, spend time with my family, eat, sleep and play paintball with my son. Come Monday morning, I’ll make a vow with myself to see how many poles I can get this week. Occasionally, I’ll take a day, or a week to recharge my batteries. When they are charged, sometimes I can count poles like Greg Sanders in VentureSum West, or even (gasp) like Joey Johnson. Like Noah alluded to, each week has us looking at different scenery through the window of our ‘office’. Each week is a new journey into the world in which we live. Depending on where we’re at, we may also need some bravery. I guess I should have titled this piece ‘Being Brave in a New World’. To complete this sequence of thoughts, when shoving off every Monday morning to get your week started, you may hear, faintly in the background (substitute your name and your vehicle), ‘This is Captain James T. Kirk, of the starship Enterprise,…whose 1 week mission is to….’. If you can’t finish the monologue, or don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry. Just approach each day with whatever vim and vigor you can muster. Do the best you can, while you can. Try to see humor, not hate. Try to have fun, it’ll recharge you. Till next time.
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