Thursday, April 29, 2004

Layoffs and Other Poop

Layoffs and Other Poop
Thursday, April 29, 2004
3:57:00 AM CDT

29 Apr 2004

We got in this morning and Ben from the night crew was just finishing off his log when Phil asked to speak to him. When he came back in to the shop, he handed me two pages that Phil had given him. Paperwork from HR. He had been layed-off! I thought I was past this last October. Nothing can remove the pit in your stomach once those words have been uttered. Randal did find out that over the course of the day, two more from our shop will get the ax. It wasn't Phil's or Randal's choice, but Joe- our country manager. So, let's see how many different ways have I peed in Joe's cornflakes since this whole QC thing has broken open? Now I know why Phil said to chill out on creating individual training folders. Probably didn't know yet how badly decimated our ranks might be.

I haven't heard if any others from other shops have been hit. Maybe the Army changed requirements on ITT-who knows. It just seems strange that they have been rotating people in and out of Victory Tech Control like we've got some kind of revolving door-then shipping them to other sites. How did we end up with an overage? Maybe HR and Recruiting were out hitting the sauce one night. That could be the only explanation for having 40-some people sitting in the holding tank in Kuwait. Some of these people have already collected three checks over six weeks and haven't worked one day in their field.

Speaking of poop; they hauled away the porta-potties next to the shower tents two weeks ago. We now have two conex boxes (10 ft X 20 ft) which have a single row of raised toilets on one side and a trough and two small sinks on the other. The toilets sit on this pedistal - almost throne-like with curtains. If I were Catholic, I would almost think it was a trailer with confessional booths. However, these confessionals have toilets *with water* (no blue kisses my sweet) and a convenient peddle at the base for washing away (as mentioned in the instructions) "tactical dumps," oops, strike that, the actual term is "tactical downloads." The first week was hysterical as the privacy curtains made of a thin opaque plastic were getting sucked toward the A/C whenever it switched on. Scott called it "schoolgirl skirt syndrom" as you're either reaching for the curtain or deciding on covering yourself after being exposed! This week they put in heavy duty rubberized darkened confessional-grade curtains. Haven't confirmed yet whether they are soundproof curtains.
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