Monday, September 22, 2014

I Live in Iowa: Week 170

I had a really good week. Very satisfying in a number of respects. Work is going quite well. Sometimes it's more stressful than other times, and now, for me, it's actually not that stressful. Maybe part of that is that I am nearing a year in my "new" position and some of the things that I used to worry about I don't anymore. For example, sometime in meetings I feel like I am the only one concerned about some issue, but lately, I have been able to step back as others present the concerns that I had. Maybe a better way to phrase it is to say that we are a more aligned team now than we were a year ago.

Another fun part of my job was actually getting to spend about two full days in the shop. I won't go into much detail, but I got dirty with grease, steel and sparks, and in the words of the first Shoichiro Toyoda, "Any engineer that doesn't need to wash his hands at least three times a day is a failure." Well, frankly, I don't dirty very often, and it's to the detriment of my designs. 

Friday I left Dubuque to travel to Cleveland, Ohio, for the USATF 24 hour national championship. Well, you are going to have to wait a day or two for me to write up my summary of how it went. But! since my week ends on Saturday, I will say in the 15 hours of the race on Satuday I ran just over 101 miles...

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