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15 Years

So it’s taken me a couple of weeks to finally post this on my personal blog. Not because I’m embarrassed or because I didn’t want to share (since those of you that know me on Facebook already know I announced this) but just because I tend to forget about my blog. After 15 years of service my employer decided to part ways with me. As some of you know last year it was difficult enough in my department because they announced restructuring of the training team, my entire local department (including me) was told they no longer had jobs and we had to basically reapply for the positions we already held to stay employed. Fortunately myself and the rest of my team (except for my supervisor) were all retained. We thought we had made it through everything unscathed. But then they announced another change in my department in December, we were going away from the regional and corporate structure and taking a one department structure. We honestly didn’t think much of it and figured if anything it would be those in the more prominent upper management positions would be the ones that would be affected. On February 15th at 8:45 AM I found out differently. I was called into my HR Business Partner’s office, she closed the door, called my manager, and I was notified that my position had been eliminated. I would be paid out through February 28th, but my services were no longer needed and I had to go home. Being that I’ve had a job since I was 17 years old and in high school, this was a pretty big blow to my ego. I’ve never once not had a job because of the decision of my employer and here they are telling me they don’t want me to work for them anymore. I called Kelly to tell her the bad news and stopped by her work to say hi. As soon as I got home I checked the company careers site and located some prospects for continuing my employment with my company, but it’s going to take at least a couple more weeks to see if things pan out.

Our boys have been keeping me company in the mornings.
Our boys have been keeping me company in the mornings.

I’m staying positive throughout it all. I mean I understand at the end of the day it’s business and due to the work load they had decided to let someone go, due to my skill set up against my coworkers in the field that I train I can understand that I was the one let go. It’s still frustrating, when you’ve busted your balls to learn everything you could to continue to stay relevant. On numerous occasions my director specifically told me that I was one of the few people in the department that was actually taking advantage of the education assistance that the company provided, assistance I was using to further my knowledge and help solidify my understanding of our products to better serve our clients.

Buster and Milo hanging with me.
Buster and Milo hanging with me.

In the past two weeks I’ve had both a phone interview and a 2nd interview for a position back in with my company. I’m keeping my hopes up that things will work out and I’ll be bouncing right back into the company with all my benefits in tact. But in the mean time I filed for unemployment on Thursday and am continuing to look for other opportunities outside of my comfort zone. In addition to the look for work I’ve been working a lot on the house this past week. I did a bunch of painting and finally completed our master bathroom project that had been stalled for a couple of years. This week I’ll be working towards getting Abigail’s (that will be the name of our girl) room done. We are moving the office to the spare bedroom and will be turning the office into Abigail’s room. We’ve picked out the paint and I’ve patched the walls, all that is needed to be done now is get an Ethernet line ran into the spare bedroom and then I can put the desk and computer in there. Once the computer is moved I can sand the patches and get the room painted and start getting some furniture in to make it complete.

Even Sassy is being sweet and looking cute!
Even Sassy is being sweet and looking cute!

Here are a couple of pictures of baby stuff we have already!

I might as well put this time off to good use!

Thanks to anyone that read this, typing it all out and sharing it helps with the frustration of the whole thing.

Adventures in Bad Restroom Design

Little did you know that not only am I professional trainer and locally famous food blogger but I’m also a public restroom design critic. Poorly designed restrooms have been one of my pet peeves for a number of years, but only just today have I made it known to the visitors of my website. But what do you expect when you have jackasses designing restrooms that apparently have never attempted to use the restrooms they design.

First lets start off with the overall clearance issues from the toilet bowl to the paper dispenser. If an adult is unable to sit straight on the toilet because the toilet paper dispenser is in the way of the person’s leg there is an issue. Next if the toilet paper dispenser is placed in a location that requires one to bend over as they are sitting on the toilet to an uncomfortable angle and still struggle to reach and pull out toilet paper something is wrong. Look I realize talking about taking a shit aren’t really something most people want to air in public, I’m not really interested in it either, but who else is going to fight for you on the terrible design of bathroom stalls, surely not Obama or Romney.

Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design
Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design
Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design
Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design

You may not be able to tell from the picture but there was probably less than 6 inches of clearance from the toilet and the dispenser. Also where the toilet paper comes out of the dispenser is not only below every fucking person in the worlds sightline, but also it’s lower than the toilet rim itself. Who is the moron that signed off on this? It’s not like it saved them any money to put it lower, it’s just a poor design decision. I actually have to pull the toilet paper out from under my leg to get it.

Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design
Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design

Then there is the guy whose job it is to decide how much paper towel dispenses from the automatic paper towel dispenser. This guy is one heck of a penny pincher. He’s decided that in order for someone to dry their hands they need 8 inches of paper towel. Little does he know that if your hands are actually wet because you actually washed your hands a normal grown adult probably needs about twice that. But by the time you’ve been tortured by the bathroom stall and tricked by the paper towel dispenser you are fed up enough that end up just throwing your hands in the air and give up.

Where was this wonderfully designed bathroom you ask? At the brand new multimillion dollar hospital and medical offices of Kaiser Permanente on La Palma, known as the Anaheim Kramer Hospital and Medical Office. Bravo KP, Bravo…

Linkmeter Smoker / Stoker Project

I found a really cool stoker project to make for my smoker and the past month and been working on putting all the pieces together to make my own HeaterMeter Linkmeter. This isn’t my design, I first found it on Reddit when someone mentioned it in the BBQ subreddit. Since then I had it on the back of my mind to try and get my Linkmeter in use for summer and here we are only a couple weeks from summer and I’m on the home stretch. In addition to the GitHub and Reddit mentions it’s probably most important for me to mention this forum thread on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board where the creator of this project and those that want or have made the device offer support. Also I have lots of thanks for my dad on being the brains behind the actual electrical part since I’m not an electrician, he worked on PCBs and appliances for almost 40 years so he’s an expect when it comes to this all, I’m a novice.

Linkmeter In Pieces
Linkmeter In Pieces

Soon enough I will have this all put together and hopefully it will be doing what it’s supposed to do not long after that! What is it that it does you ask? Well a stoker regulates air flow into the smoker to while keeping the pit temperature at the desired temp. So basically instead of me having to wake up every hour or two on an overnight smoke I can just set this and forget it (well not have to worry around it was much).

Wish me luck!

We are the 1%

I don’t know who to credit this to, but this graphic puts things in perspective. Sure things aren’t great, and yes things need to change but claiming to be the 99% when we are WELL off compared to many others in the world is petty.

We are not the 99%
We are not the 99%

If people would focus more on themselves rather than things we’d be in a lot better place. People want and desire too many material items which places them in debt to those that they are organizing against. Just because you spent over $100,000 on your education doesn’t mean you are entitled to a well paying job. Learn a trade and actually do something that will be a life long skill, school is great but when times are tough hands on skills are what will get you by.

Cool Stuff for February 21st through March 4th

These are the cool things I found around the web for February 21st through March 4th: