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Old 08-27-2010, 08:59 PM
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So I decided to take the afternoon off.

The past 4 months has been Hell At Work. I've been traveling a lot to Southern Oregon (about 3.5 - 4.0 hours one way), heading down at Oh Dark Thirty on Monday mornings (sometimes early Sunday afternoon if I have a Monday commitment at the site), getting home at Oh Shit Look At The Time late late late on Thursdays.

My typical day starts with a 4:30AM damned beeping alarm clock at the company guesthouse, followed by breakfast, then it's off downriver to the construction site for a 5:30AM crew safety meeting. I usually get done with site work around 5PM, then I go to the local office, sign on to our network and answer my damned email, do project forecasts, read the latest and greatest inspection reports, review contract change requests, answer email, question some of the items on the change requests and generally take care of the other corporate business I am responsible for. Sometimes I even make it to the cookshack before it closes at 7:30 to get some dinner.

Then it starts all over again the next day.

But it's what has to be done. I ain't bitchin' about it and you'll see why further down in this post.

I'm managing a $65M civil construction project to construct fish passage facilities at one of our hydro generating facilities and, as some of you may know, one of the key principles of project management is being there where the work is being done. So the Ram has been getting a bit of mileage put on it.

With this project, I have a new key principle, a corollary on von Clausewitz's lament...No Project Plan Survives First Contact With The Soil.

We have had to redesign each and every major structure foundation which adds cost, time and headaches to an already tight schedule and some very strict Federal and State performance requirements.

So, this is where it started, May 21, ...



July 10th...



August 25th...welcome to Rock Hell!!!



Project Completion - November 23, 2012

I wonder if I'll last that long...

But, and this is why I ain't bitching..., I get out in some great country.

Mount Jefferson, just to the North of project site.



Crater Lake, South of the project site.



But this afternoon, I'm just plugged into the laptop at home, listening to some iTunes, watching and reading the Ram and 300 Z Forums for a change...and it feels good!
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:14 PM
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Tough location to work, I can tell you really hate it out there. I always had a hard time getting mgmt to understand the only way to get a project done right and on-time was to be there.

Funny thing though, when the stuff hit the fan, they couldn't get me on a plane fast enough.

You're right about what happens to a plan, too. Used to have a sign on my desk "the art of project management is unscrambling the egg."
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"....unscrambling the egg." LMAO Tuff thing to do....

There's no escaping this one for me. I'm stuck with it until it's done...unless I retire first!

At least my management understands that there's nothing we could do about the geotech and subsurface conditions. It's hard to get a good geotech profile on a site with huge volcanic flows intersecting with alluvium (sand and cobbles down to 75 feet or more) in the riverbed.

Oh well, we'll do what we have to and get 'r done, ya know?
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Cool pics Michael, love the Crater Lake one, very stunning! I take it from the pics you don't really feel as though you're making much progress with this one. Sure is some nice scenery, though and glad you're enjoying your day off, too!

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Not as good progress as originally scheduled, Dana. But we'll get it done...just a year later than planned.
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On my second glass of wine and all I can say is YOU SUCK!!!
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I try, Stacy, I really do. I was waiting for you to see this.

What?!? Don't ya like the pics???

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I hate you I hate you I hate you! I look out over my new horizon and it is flatter than a five year old!! I miss mountains, pine trees and clear water!

Yes, I love the pics and I love you too! It is the wine talkin! Will you forgive me in the morning?
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Of course I'll forgive you.

"flatter than a five year old." ROTFL!!!
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Seriously, it is flat here. And I know why they call it the Show Me State!

Can I come home now??
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