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Space Cowboys

Posted on 2006.08.31 at 09:10
Current Location: 63134
Current Music: Back to the Future I, II, III soundtracks
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Five years ago, my boss turned in a bid to build a massive application server and a database server. He said he could do it in two weeks when all other bids came back with a six-month time frame. It took a team of six of us working around the clock to bring it to fruition, but we did it. One of the team members likes to remind me that I got four days off in the middle of the project. It's true, I did - I had previously scheduled this time to brick the outside of a very large structure we had built adjacent our home. But it was no vacation: 12-hour days of manual labor shoveling sand, mixing mortar and cutting and hauling bricks was quite unlike anything I was used to. The very next day, I worked 24-hours straight on the project at work. We got it successfully up and running, with myself being the most minor member of the team.

Of the six of us, five are with the same company, and two of us once again have our old boss, as our current boss. We're Site Service Delivery Managers now. The old VP at that account is also with us at our new client. Two weeks ago, there was a catastrophic failure at a remote client site they couldn't get fixed. The VP gave my boss a single directive: "Get the old team back together." So...Tuesday after the holiday I'm off to New York for an unspecified duration. "Until it's up and running." Is the only outline I have for a timeframe. It feels just like the movie, Space Cowboys. We're trying to get at least one other of the team members out there as well. My boss has some pull across accounts...And once again, I feel like the least qualified member.


I was just reciting the Shepard's Prayer. Alan Shepard's prayer. Please God, don't let us screw up. Amen.





FIRSTS

I made my first comment to a post in MySpace. It feels a little dirty.

I've been reading The Hobbit to my six-year-old. He may be a little young, as he gets bored in places, but I thought I'd go ahead and start. It bores my four-year-old to tears, so I stopped reading it to them both.




Hulking through Dante's lair
(Reminiscent of our own)
Perambulators pushed by bears
Across the thorny stones.


(In response to lehah's post.)



My boss referred to us to as "Team Daedalus" (from Space Cowboys) when he introduced us to the Regional CIO. I couldn't believe it.

Comments:


This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2006-08-31 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, your reply kinda went straight over my head. :\
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 01:16 (UTC) (Link)
I'd never read The Shanty of Edward Teach but enjoyed the imagery. I simply composed a short piece which was inspired by your post.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2006-09-01 03:00 (UTC) (Link)
It's actually a fictional peice of work, an addendum to Alan Moore's magnum opus work - Watchmen - the only "comic book" that made Time Magazine's "100 Most Important Books Of The 20th Century".



It's probably one of the most brilliantly executed things I've ever read in my life.

The first page of the story
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 18:27 (UTC) (Link)
That's high praise indeed. I may have to look into that...right after I find my first two BSG comics.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2006-09-02 00:20 (UTC) (Link)
Its written by the same guy that did V For Vendetta (nudge nudge)
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-02 06:41 (UTC) (Link)
Oh really? We're going out tomorrow...I'll look for it. Thanks for the info.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-03 23:05 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I found it. I just didn't buy it. Oh, I plan to, just not...yet. Instead, I thumbed through it, and listened to clips of Cinema Parisdiso and Yo Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin's duet album. Yes, I looked at these things with longing, but in the end, purchased only John Irving's newest novel, for something to read on my trip. Now if I only had an iPod...Anyway, thanks for the heads up, I'll know what to get next time.
Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-08-31 23:31 (UTC) (Link)
Myspace? *Hates* My friends are addicted to that place.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 01:17 (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. It's kinda clunky and dull.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-01 02:12 (UTC) (Link)
clunky, busy and unnavigatable
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-01 02:16 (UTC) (Link)
It's good to know that you're needed from time to time. I enjoy being part of the team. See if you can't get some free booze outta the deal. Have fun. And I love the Shepard's prayer.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 02:50 (UTC) (Link)
Free...booze?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-01 02:54 (UTC) (Link)
you do have a command of the English language, do you not?
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 03:40 (UTC) (Link)
I do. And you do have command of subjective experiences of a relationship with another entity, do you not? i.e. WTF does one have to do with the other???
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-01 05:10 (UTC) (Link)
My original reply was in response to your comment "Free.......booze" as if you didn't know what either of the words ment. Please clarify the thought you are attempting to communicat here and I will reply in kind.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 12:36 (UTC) (Link)
And I sir was simply flabbergasted that you could read that entry and somehow see it appropriate to ask if perhaps I could get "free booze" out of the deal? I'm not an adolescent you know...Oh, but you are. Of course. Sorry. Yes, I'll ask. Thank you for your suggestion.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-01 12:39 (UTC) (Link)
I meant that since you have to go out of your way to make the trip, maybe they could make it worth your while i.e. not making you pay for your own booze. It was more of a bonding thing anyway, not an adolencsence thing.

Drop it. It is a dead subject.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-09-01 04:37 (UTC) (Link)
I prefer free boobs I'll pay for the booze!!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 12:37 (UTC) (Link)
You're wife makes you pay? Dude...that's how she gets all that money. Its all making sense now.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-03-10 06:49 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton: 1
cheese eatin' rat bastard: 0
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-09-01 04:41 (UTC) (Link)
You are supposed to come to Fort Worth not New York!!!!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-01 05:11 (UTC) (Link)
Howton can be such a bastard sometimes, can't he?
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 12:39 (UTC) (Link)
Start spreading the news
I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
And make a brand new start of it
New York, New York
I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
To find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York.

I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
To find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 12:38 (UTC) (Link)
He had me work in Fort Worth over my vacation, remember? My wife won't let me forget!
irulan_amy at 2006-09-01 14:43 (UTC) (Link)
MySpace is not all evil. I use it to keep with my sister and real life friends. Some people from high school also found me there. So it's good for that stuff, but I don't blog there. I really only send messages. I agree with the too clunky remarks above.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-01 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
I have one to showcase my lj account - as you mentioned, in case anyone 'finds' me there.
Renegade
leonardii at 2006-09-02 06:02 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah - actually I just made a post about that very subject today. Myspace is good for a general (well known) parking spot to situate yourself so others can find you. I found some friends that were using myspace. But I don't blog there - it's so uncomfortable. That's why I blog here.

Hey, that reminds me of a song...

In Heaven there is no beer
That's why we drink it here
And when we're all gone from here
Our friends will be drinking all the beer.
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