Thursday, July 05, 2007

Stories from the graveyard, Part I

There are a few managers here who basically have the responsibility to ensure that only the people who have an absolute need to see the airplane see it. (I won't get into the reasons why, but mostly, they want to keep it a surprise.) However, the managers are also just incredibly proud of the airplane. This is not a good combination, because, invariably, pride of creation wins over keeping a secret. Of course, this might be a little different on first shift when there are lots more people. On third shift, there are only a few people to see, and we're all very well known to the managers at hand.

I thought it looked good unpainted. It looks absolutely stunning painted.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Schedule Changes

I'm now about 4 hours into my first time on third shift (also known as graveyard). I am working in the paint hangar this week while it gets painted. I was able to see it a few minutes ago, and it is much whiter than when I last saw it. And there is a lot of kraft paper on it as well. (I doubt that's particularly proprietary information. Now, the sharks with the lasers on their head protecting it...)

I'm holding up better than I expected, but I will have to see how I feel when 7:00am rolls around. I can better understand why so many injuries happen on third shift as well. I'm sort of prepared for it, and I am still amazingly stupid. Of course, i just had a regular mountain dew, which really doesn't help the intelligence.

More later...