Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

Capt. James Syring, left, Rear Adm. Victor Guillory, Brian Cuccias, vice-president for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ships Allison Stiller, Dirk Lesko, vice-president Bath Iron Works, and Rear Adm. Charles Goddard, program executive officer for ships.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Gates
Okay, truth be told, I was going to p!$$ and moan about work.

Many moons ago, I was working on a particular project (why yes, that photo does provide a hint as to what the project might have been, no never met anyone in that photo but the names are all very familiar) and then went off into exile.

I returned from exile and worked another seafaring type project, then that dried up.

Back to the not yet mentioned project for a few months, then I was free. Off to another, seafaring yet way less war-like project. A year of stress-free living and enjoyable work.

Then the money dried up.


Yup, got pulled back in.

Just when I thought I was out.

But I'm not Silvio Dante, nor am I Michael Corleone.

Just a poor working stiff, trying to make his way in the world.

Also, after thinking about the massive rant I was going to offload onto you, Gentle Reader, it hit me, the paycheck still comes in every other week. While I'm not going to get wealthy any time soon, I do pretty well, thank you very much. (The monthly check from the Air Force doesn't hurt either.)

So just what the heck do I have to complain about?

I'm doing alright.

Still, I kinda wish I'd learned to play the guitar...



  1. Paychecks are nice. Here I am "retired" with three part time jobs.

  2. I want one of those jobs where they pay to have you stand behind a mockup and get your picture taken.
    Who has time for that BS?

    1. Nah, my perfect job is Tue through Thurs 10-2 with an hour and a half off for lunch, paid of course, 30 days vacation/year all federal, state and local holidays, $250K/year, free air fare, a large support staff and Golf meetings anytime I want.

      In, short, I want to be this president.

    2. Heh, you run and I'll vote for you.

      I still expect the Monday posts though.

  3. LOVE my job...every other Friday.

  4. Oh, play the guitar!

    I always thought it was "...tune the radar."

    Sorry, couldn't he'p m'sef.

    Just enjoy the ride, Sarge!

    1. Oh, just to be sure, that Jimi Hendrix song, Purple Haze?

      It's "scuse me while I kiss the sky" NOT "scuse me while I kiss this guy."


      I'm enjoying the ride, from time to time it gets bumpy, then I whine. Or get wild on a snoot full of Guinness and Jameson's,

    2. I didn't know what a Mondegreen was until I met Skip.

    3. Had to look that up. Guess I'm often guilty of mumpsimus. However, "near-homophony?" Shirley you can't say that on the interwebs!

    4. Hahaha!

      "Near" it said "near."

  5. So what happens to the other project(s) you were working on? Be careful working for that new (old) program. We're not buying many of them and I expect the boss will eventually say something to the equivalent of the Dread Pirate Roberts- "Goodnight Sarge, have a good drive home, we'll most likely lay you off in the morning."

    1. One is still underway, last I heard NUWC was beating it about the head and shoulders. The second is one of those projects where the money comes in in driblets. Right now the faucet is off. It will get turned back on eventually or the National Science Foundation will have squandered taxpayer money. But nowhere near the scale that DoD burns through the dough.

      As to the current project? There are three to be. One floating, one with the keel laid down and the last named after a politician I didn't much care for. Though in hindsight he's a lot better than the peanut farmer we had and the ne'er-do-well we have now.

      I've been through a number of layoffs, I reckon they keep me around because I'm good at a lot of things. Not great at any one thing but a real jack-of-all-trades kind of guy.

      Of course, that could change tomorrow.

  6. "Still, I kinda wish I'd learned to play the guitar..." Hmmm.., I distinctly remember jamming in the barracks with Ed Toughlian, Greg Sager and me on accoustic guitars and you playing the bass!!

    1. Well yes, there was that. Perhaps I should have learned to play it well.

      Or kept playing?

    2. Oh, you played the bass it very well. Apparently, just like me, you quit playing. Those visions of me
      playing "Eruption" by Eddie Van Halen will remain just that!!

    3. Well, thanks Russ. Yup, I quit playing for whatever reason. Probably no one else around to jam with.

      Oh, that and being married and all. That kept me kinda busy and out of trouble it did.

  7. Been there. I was going to the Greek Olympics babee! And then I was clawed back into SPAWAR. God that sucked.


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