Saturday, February 12, 2011
I weighed in this morning down 2 1/2 pounds, so I would be in leeway by a pound, the same as last Tuesday. Now all I need to do is at least hold my own through Thursday night and I'll be OK. That's a little surprising because yesterday I took the BW and Jack to lunch at the local IHOP. I had the "all you can eat pancakes" with just eggs and hash browns, but the first round came with just two pancakes. Then you get groups of three, rated at 440 calories, each time you ask for more. Fortunately, I was stuffed by the original serving.
Today I got to Nelson's to start loading by 6:30, and had to use a flashlight to see to unlock the door. It was 40 degrees according to the my thermometer, and miserably clod. We fed a lot of people for the Children's Hospital at Calvary Chapel, but I'm sure there weren't 300 people there. There were a lot, but we had too much food left over to have had 300.
After we cleaned up I brought all of the pancake batter equipment and most of the serving tools and trays home to wash. The sausage trays were a bear, but I got them all clean and back to Nelson's by 1:30. We had as many of the old Tarpon Springs Kiwanis as of our original club there, plus one of the winter visitors, who is from an Ohio club.
When things slowed down Papuga was talking about the school system's actions to play position for the coming budget cuts, and Dan was making his own comments. They both were lamenting that no one would listen to them, and I threw in that before I retired, no one would listen to me either, and I got fairly high up in a small part of the Navy. Then I told them that not only would people not listen to you, but you have to watch out for malicious obedience.
I was a deputy director for the Manufacturing department at the time, which had 1100 people, three year's worth of backlog, and all of it released for manufacturing. As a result, everyone was scrambling over everyone else, and everything was late. A key problem was that every function maintained about 30 to 45 day's worth of backlog. That kept the managers comfortable because they knew they wouldn't run out of work, but when that backlog was used up, that much more work would have shown up and the same backlog would be there. If you have 20 steps in a product's manufacture, it takes the normal work time plus 20 to 30 months to make the item. That explains why the average spare part promised delivery schedule was 18 months, and the actual delivery time was 24 months.
The malicious obedience was when I told the branch chief of chip turning (machining) that I wanted to get rid of his backlog. He claimed that if he speeded up, the heat treat guy wouldn't be able to keep up. I told him that he should let the guy in charge of heat treating figure out how to keep up with his improved cycle time.
The next Monday, I got a call from heat treat - went down to look, and not only was the heat treat area full, but there was a line about 200 feet long of five foot high stacks of machined parts on carts stretching down the hall. Machining had put everyone on overtime all week, plus worked Saturday and Sunday to get rid of the backlog. I hadn't intended to get rid of a permanent problem in one week, and chip turning didn't ask how fast I wanted it done. I was talking about a permanent change in operations, and he was talking about a one time event.
It was either my fault, his fault, or the fact that everyone lives in his own world. You have to be really careful how you tell someone what you want them to do. If you assume too much you will probably not get what you hope for.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I weighed in this morning at one pound less than last week. I was up 3.5 pounds Monday morning, down 2.5 Tuesday, so still within leeway by a pound, but Tuesday lunch and night, Wednesday three times around, plus a few beers in between did the trick. Today looks pretty good, but I need to hit it this week.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
This morning I weighed in at the same weight as yesterday, which is still good to keep me in leeway next Thursday. I'm about to leave for Venice, FL, and will be partying hard for Sunday through Wednesday night. If I'm still at this weight Thursday it will be a total aberration (for my history) but I'll give it a try.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
This morning I weighed in two pounds lower than I did yesterday, so I only have another two pounds to go in the next five days to get back to "normal," which is something I can't accurately define. I actually weighed the same last Thursday, but lost a couple of pounds during the day. I did do a lot of eating at supper and afterward, but it was food I prepared.
There is one woman in Michigan who has snow drifts burying her house - 15 feet out in front and 8 feet in back of the house, with just the mailbox lid and flag showing. I would feel guilty complaining that it has been raining most of the day - not very hard but constantly. The blossoms are about all gone from the peach tree - for a while it looked as if some branches were going to turn into a cluster like the grapes make. If they do that again the branches are going to break.
I did take pictures of the grape vines this morning, starting with the first red and going down the line. Here they are.
As you can see, the first red was the biggest vine, with the first bud, first leaf, and a huge shoot sticking up now. It shot up about three inches yesterday morning, and a bunch more today. The smallest and slowest is the second red, which has only two leaves so far and no runner at all yet.
The peach tree has shed most of the blossoms - the petals are covering the ground under it, but the leaves are springing out to get on with the new season. It looks like this how:
Because of the rain I walked on my manual treadmill. It is much more demanding that the sidewalk because I have to bend forward to make it run and I worked up a sweat after only 10 minutes. It gets my heart rate up too. It's more than just walking uphill because of the bending, so it seems to be more of a strain on my legs. I think it might be an improvement of outdoors if I can get used to it.
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