Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Beer and Pizza

Last night we had a party for all our coworkers in the RTT department. About 12 people came over and enjoyed pizza and a tour of the bus. It is always fun to give tours to fellow engineers; they truly appreciate some of the finer technical points of the conversion. At least three of our guests, including our department manager, are also RVers.

It's been a while since we've had a real party; you know, the kind where you know everyone's name. At the end, there were six of us sitting around our newly initiated Campfire in a Can, drinking beer, swapping lies and laughing.

In other news, Sean has been promoted and I have been demoted. Sean is now the supervisor of the Response Computer department (RCO) and my supervisor is back from her time off. It was interesting to do her work for a few days, and I am just as happy to be back at the cell phone desk. I'm also spending more time in the warehouse, which is a great way to learn more about all the different equipment.

We have also both completed the two-hour Introduction to the ECRV class. ECRV stands for Emergency Communications Response Vehicle, a Ford Excursion bristling with a generator, radios, cameras and a satellite uplink. Hmmm, sounds a lot like Odyssey, but much more cramped. The closest of the 12 Red Cross ECRVs is currently about an hour's drive from here, so it was a pleasant field trip out into the countryside. The full ECRV training is a 40 hour class which is rarely offered and by invitation only. We're looking to get on the list for that and perhaps take it in Austin this spring. Also required is the RC driver safety course, which we can probably complete here in Baton Rouge.

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