Gut Rumbles

June 24, 2003

power outage day

Tomorrow is the annual plant shitdown where we kill EVERYTHING and do the work you can do only once per year. This will be my 18th P.O.D. where I was intricately involved in the scheduling, shutdown and startup of the plant.

I've done everything I could this year to make it nasty, brutish and short. That's the best you can hope for on a Power Outage. If you DON'T plan well, you end up with a combination of a goat-fuck while a screeching monkey humps a football and the sky falls on your head. That gets ugly. I've seen it happen.

I kept copious notes over the years about what NOT TO FORGET, but I laundered them to sawdust right after the last P.O.D. by attempting to do my laundry without taking everything out of my pants pockets. My Notebook of Knowledge evaporated. 18 years of written lore ended up stuck as bits of chewed paper in the dryer filter. This year, I had to do it from memory.

But I'm not senile yet.

If I fuck this up, I deserve to be fired. It's my goddam job to get this shit right. If I don't know what to do after 18 years of doing it, they need to jettison me and reload. Call bullshit all you want to, but I can do it from memory. I ain't no virgin.

If I sing a different tune tomorrow, that's because I'm not as smart as I think I am. But if I crow, give me credit.

I have the easiest job in the world when everything runs right. If it's running PERFECTLY, I don't do anything. I get paid for knowing what to do when things DON'T run right. I get paid for handling days like tomorrow. And I earn every cent I make FOR THE YEAR in those situations.

That's why I'll be at work at 4:30 in the morning and stay until all the jobs are done. I planned it all. I'll be there until everything is complete.

If I'm not home before dark, I fucked up.


It will be like the dark ages alright. Don't let any loose screws fall on your head from the piperack. *LOL

Posted by: quarks2 on June 24, 2003 07:43 PM

I envy you for the simple reason that you get to plan your outage as well as run it. I have to run one that the "enlightened ones" in the ivory tower planned. Of course, they are never around when things go to shit, and guess who is expected to have forseen and corrected all the problems piss poor planning caused?

Good luck with it. I hope all goes well.

Posted by: Gene K on June 24, 2003 08:57 PM

Just the fact that Rob called it a "shitdown" tells me all I need to know.....Freudian slip or not. Ya know?

Posted by: stevie on June 24, 2003 09:54 PM

So did it work, or what?

Posted by: Fred on June 25, 2003 04:21 PM

OK. I've checked back here all day long and now I have to finish making dinner. It's 6 pm where I am which makes it 9 pm over there in Georgia. Quote from you: "If I'm not home before dark, I fucked up."

..... well? We're all hanging around, waiting for the update. Dammit I hate waiting for anything.

Hoping it went well -

Posted by: jaymie on June 25, 2003 08:09 PM

Want a bigger challenge? Start scheduling and running outages at nuclear power plants. You're talking weeks on end of 24/7, with recruiting, training and all sorts of other issues like physical security and radiological safety thrown in, with huge complex Gantt chart schedules orchestrated to the hour.

Posted by: J Bowen on June 26, 2003 11:45 AM
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