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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sigh.. Tech work does not look like this anymore!

Back in the day your average tech person was hanging out in the Groovey world. Women in miniskirts while you were sporting the sideburns and the best in Polyester suits (or not). 
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I seem to have missed out on all of that. 

Exhibit C:















My Lead Tech on one end of pulling new Fiber Optic cable for a dedicated process control network.  Not air conditioned, dirty, and no mini skirts to be found.

Sigh....  

 

16 comments:

  1. Thanks goodness he isn't wearing a mini skirt. I don't think you would like the view from down there!

    ;)

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  2. Interesting ... I used to be a telecom and data systems tech and plan/build contractor.

    Put many miles of cable into, over, around and through just about every sort of filthy dump.

    But it wasn't all nasty. Office instals and training could be great fun. Big fun at some tech conventions too...........

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    1. OMMAG, Welcome! Well, there is the training and trade show thing, but most of our work is in really nasty places. I worked for the Bell System back in the day and some "other places" that were a bit more shall we say, cleaner?

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  3. Yep, been there, done that in everything from tire factories to sewage treatment plants when I was doing Industrial Controls.

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    1. drjim, we have a waste water plant on site. It is worse than this!

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    2. I think the *worst* place I ever had to go into was the tire factory. They made solid-rubber tires for lift trucks. The raw rubber came in one end of the plant, and got mixed with sulphur, stearic acid, carbon black, and a few other things. The carbon black was the worst stuff I've ever seen. Can you imagine 50 pound bags of "soot" being ripped open, and dumped in the hopper with all the other stuff? It went EVERYWHERE! It would float all through the factory and collect in places you couldn't get it out, like all the control panels and buss bar boxes. Since it's basically "powdered resistor", it was just a matter of time before it built up enough to case a flashover in the equipment, and set it ablaze.
      And it took a day or two to get it all off of your body. I'd get home, take a shower, and an hour later I was dirty again. The particles were so tiny, that they'd get trapped in your pores, and then slowly work their way back out.
      What a mess!

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    3. Ouch! That had to suck out loud and off key! I'll stop complaining now!

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  4. Brick beat me to it, rats.

    Oh, and steel toed boots, hard hats, and muffs just don't go well with skirts of any lenght. Had to keep some sturdy dress pants, socks, and boots on hand in my desk at some workplaces just in case there was a surprise trip into a plant scheduled that nobody told me about. Spinning parts of machinery and loose clothing do not mix well.

    Find any snakes while snaking cables?

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    1. Mrs. S.- LOL!

      We run across all sorts of stuff around there.

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  5. Dang, I remember those days. this is a link to my blog where I wrote about some of my younger days fighting the battles of the DP monster.

    Thanks for the pics.

    https://sulrock.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/real-puter-stuff/

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    1. DJ- Thanks for the link! Welcome Sir!

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  6. So computer gals in mini-skirts wasn't just a computer geek's dream... they actually existed...

    Dann in Ohio

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  7. I miss miniskirts in the office - nowdays (or last I remember) it was sloppy PJs, ghetto-wear, and ugly comefort-shoes...

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    1. It is just as you described now. Sigh...

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