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Feel the BURN!

Hey folks!

Had a great weekend in Waco. Got sunburned like crazy though. Happens when you’re outside washing cars for 5 hours straight. But you know what, totally worth it. The car wash plus the garage sale made a ton of money for the team. I believe it was over $2000. No joke. I love seeing God be faithful. Just like I love seeing all those guys down there go live it out.

Hanging out with Chris and Kelley is probably the most fun thing a person can do, by the way. Those two STILL crack me up to this day. You can seriously just chill with em, help em with a household project or carry in some groceries, and you’ll have the greatest time ever. I don’t get it, and I don’t have to. They’re just awesome and that’s all I need to know.

I think work is going better. I don’t know yet. I still am in the process of getting trained and getting access to all of the network resources I need to do the job. Security’s kinda booked up right now with the new system transition a little over a month away. I did have all day training on the internal website’s content management software, seemed easy enough to get the hang of. We’ll see how tomorrow goes, as always.

Oh, and, uh, I finally did it. I got an iPod Touch. If you recall I said I didn’t want an iPhone, too many flaws with the first model. iPod Touch was right up my alley, but I had to wait for them to release a big enough one…well they did this last month. I now have a 32gig iPod Touch. And so far it’s incredible. I mean, I can listen to music, surf the web, watch stuff on youtube, check the weather, check my email, all of it from this little device. Phenomenal. Once I get it all synched and get the chance to play around more with it, I’ll give you a better review, but so far…oh man, greatness!

Okay, back to work on this thing. Catch ya’ll tomorrow.

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You durn kids get off my virtual lawn!

Howdy folks. How ya’ll been.

Not much new from me. I’ve been training for my new temporary position most of the week. I start on it full time come Monday. Not sure how it all is gonna work out with the guy I’m replacing leaving on Tuesday. It looks like I’m gonna be doing mostly supplier readiness metrics (basically keeping track of various ways we think our suppliers are getting ready for the go-live of our new system) and possibly maintaining the website that they have to go to in order to get information about ordering from Bell, getting various documentation, that sort of thing. I’m supposed to be more trained on the latter of those two starting next week. We’ll see how that’s going later.

On the World of Warcraft front, I actually did something kinda different. On the server named Earthen Ring, there exists a guild which originally started as a fan guild for several of the podcasts I listen to, including Extralife Radio, The Instance, and Buzz Out Loud. When it originally formed, I decided I wanted to be there for it’s inception, so I made a Troll Rogue named Bmatt, and leveled him for a bit. Well, at some point, I decided I didn’t really have the time to dedicate to him, so I deleted that character and kinda watched that guild grow on the sidelines. I read their forums (since I already posted on the Extralife Radio forums, and they’re on the same site), and all, but recently I decided to move my druid over there and play with em. So I did. Grothi now has a new life on Earthen Ring as “Oldmanfranks”. I’ve got him to level 70 and am beginning the arduous process of gearing him up now.

I still check in on Mug’thol and my other two guys now and then, but I haven’t seen almost anyone in my guild (including Akin and David) on in ages. I’m not sure if everyone’s real life just got in the way or if they decided to try something else for a while. With Andy gone into the Army, Mug’thol feels kinda empty at the moment.

Ah well, that’s all I got for now. I do wanna get to Waco next weekend (I know ya’ll got Juarez training this weekend), and hopefully get our first real D&D session going. Hope ya’ll are well. Bmatt is callin this one done.

Hrmmm…been a while hasn’t it.

I think Mom and I are ready to move, finally.

This past weekend, some dumb kids went up and down our street and two neighboring ones and shot out several people’s car windows with a BB gun, including my Mom’s Jeep Liberty.

Initially, when the police came, he had been on the street for ANOTHER call, our neighbor across the street had her windows broken out by her own husband, who later went down the street and busted out her mother’s windows as well. We assumed (fairly I think) that he had probably been responsible as well, but since no one had seen it, we could not really prove it.

Well, the officer called us up later and told us of the arrest of two kids, two very stupid kids, who had done as I described above, and with our statements and those of four others, they planned to charge them with all of the vandalism.

All that is to say, these events are the most recent in a long string of criminal activities that really highlight just how downhill our neighborhood has gone. We’re in the process of actively looking for a new place to live, someplace in Fort Worth in the relatively same area that we are now, or more to the North, closer to where we both work. We could use some prayer in finding a place that’s both in relatively good condition, affordable, and in a decent area, if you’re inclined to do so. And no, we are not going to move to Waco!

In work related news, well, here’s where all that drama stands. Bell is in the process of implementing the SAP system (search for it on Wikipedia if you wanna know more) as part of a “Business Systems Modernization”. Unfortunately, for a wide variety of reasons that I won’t comment about here, the final “Go-Live”, the day we would completely switch over and start using the new system, was delayed by two months.

Rewind to a few weeks back. There is supposed to be a Master Data Team being put together for this new system, the role of which is to basically maintain, update, and report on the data for the Procurement organization. The manager of that team is currently trying to recruit me for this program. My response thus far has been to the effect of “I am interested in learning more about the position” though I have been very careful to make it clear that I will not accept the position until I have enough information to make an informed career choice. I have thus far not been given it. This is the “second promotion” so to speak that many of you are familiar with and have asked me about.

In my current role, though I report to the Director of Procurement for the V-22 Program, my pay comes from the budget of the overall Procurement Organization, not the V-22 Program specifically (which pays my bosses salary). Because of this, the VP of Procurement has the authority to temporarily remove me from the V-22 Program and over to any other project under Procurement’s authority. Due to the delay of our Go-Live date, we lost the budget for a number of contractors who were working for Bell on reporting the project’s progress on various fronts. The Procurement VP has directed several people in his organization to go and work on this until Go-Live. As you might guess, I was one of them.

I begin this new temporary assignment two weeks from yesterday. In that timeframe I have to learn the functions and duties of the gentleman I am replacing and transition my current duties temporarily to my cohort, Jeff.

There are two possible outcomes for this assignment that I can see. Either I return to my current duties for the V-22 Program a couple of weeks after Go-Live occurs, or shortly before or on Go-Live, I begin my new position on the Master Data Team. Currently this is up in the air, pending my acceptance or refusal of the latter position.

Confused yet? You weren’t the only one. It was not made clear to me (due in part to my not asking questions) that this temporary assignment was seperate from the role I would take as the Master Data Team. Needless to say I was not happy to being given assignments for a position I had not accepted AND that did not relate to what I had been told the position would entail. I managed to get a hold of the manager of the Master Data Team who answered my questions and made the distinction more clear to me.

So needless to say, a lot of things are up in the air right now. I don’t know what working for the SAP team in this new reporting function will be like, but I have met the man I’m replacing and the people he works with, and they understand that I will be learning over the next two weeks and may need some help until I am up to speed. What I am more unsure of is what follows this temporary assignment. The Master Data Team does seem like a good stepping point to me in terms of my long term career, but many of my questions about the team have not been answered, and without these answers, I cannot in good conscience make this transition. Every day these questions go unanswered is a day the job appeals to me less and less. I’m simply not sure what will happen next.

Anyway enough of work. Andy Nance is off to the Army. I hope you’ll join me in praying for Him, both for safety and to be used by God. As for me, catch ya’ll next time, I reckon.

Happy Birfday Mom!

First of all, let me say Happy Birthday to my Mom, who turned 1 year older on November 3rd. She got some other great pieces for the living room this past weekend. I swear I’ll get some pictures up soon!

While she was out on a weekend long trip with her friends, I opted to take the opportunity to head down to Waco and visit all my peeps. It was also Homecoming for BU this particular weekend.

Friday night was a blast. We got a big huge group of people at On the Border, and just had a ball in general. Got to see Lindsey and Daniel Cazac again (by the way praise God, the man got a great job in NC before their move later next month), and…I dunno how to describe it, it was just a fun evening. Plus those Chipotle Steak Tacos are delicious.

Saturday Chris and Kelley had a wedding shower at the Bonow’s place. I failed at the quiz game miserably though. Ah well. On Saturday, Rudyard turned 20, and the D-house guys threw him a suprise party. Justin committed arson on our taste buds with his extra spicy enchiladas. Fortunately he also made non-spicy ones, which were delish. We played Russian Tag, which entails going out to a playground and picking 2 people to be “it”. Those 2 people have to keep their eyes closed, but only they can touch the ground. Everyone else must navigate the playground equipment to avoid them, but if they touch the ground or get tagged, they’re out. Last 2 people standing are rewarded with congratulations…and must now be “it” themselves. It’s a LOT of fun, I have to admit. Lee and Angie literally blitzed through one round, tagging people left and right. After that, the nerds among us went back and watched an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, at Rudyard’s request. It was the two-parter “Year of Hell”. I’ve seen it, it’s a very good episode.

Sunday…Church, lunch with Josh/Angie/Lee/Rudyard/Mindy/Emily/Julie/Megan/a girl named Theresa who I just met/ at Fazoli’s (DANG I missed those breadsticks), and afterwards I went along on a shopping trip with Josh, Angie, and Mindy. The poor girls subjected Josh to a clothes shopping trip, which also turned into a lesson in fashion. Me? I was no help, I sided with Angie. Actually, they found him a very nice brown/blue shirt, and I found one of the same style but in gray and red, so I grabbed that.

Oh yeah, I also hit the comic store and Mardel’s as well. The comic store was completely sold out of the latest issues of Star Wars Legacy, so I couldn’t get those, but I got caught up on KOTOR, Dark Times, and Rebellion (though actually they were missing one issue of Rebellion I don’t have also). I really really am growing fond of Knights of the Old Republic the more I read it. I think there’s a Trade paperback of the first six issues, pick it up and see if you like. It’s based on the video game of the same name, but you don’t have to have played it to enjoy it.

On the recommendation of one Stephen Schleicher of the now-shut down majorspoilers.com, I also picked up volume 1 of Image’s “Invincible”. It’s about a kid who has to deal with all the normal high school teen issues, but in addition, his dad is a powerful superhero and now that puberty’s hitting him, his powers are manifesting as well. Volume 1 is kind of introductory fare, getting the reader set up completely into the world of Invincible, establishing the major characters and relationships, but Volume 2 is apparently where it really picks up, because we find out…well, you know what, go read them for yourself. It’s a new take on classic superhero themes, and there’s a big swerve waiting for you in Volume 2.

Okay, so now we come to today. I’m sure I’ve told most of you who read this thing about the big move that took place this weekend. If not, recap time. Basically, the whole office area where I work is being renovated. New carpet, new cubicles, new furniture, whole nine yards. The plan was to shuffle people around as particular areas were torn down and rebuilt, but the floor is just too full. So they relocated a sizable chunk of the people to another plant (which is just down the road). Unfortunately that sizeable chunk consisted of all of the buyers and many of the supply management specialists/administrators. Including yours truly. So, now we’re at a completely different facility and shoved into some VERY tight quarters. You’ve got 2 people to a cubicle now, and managers sharing with each other or with buyers in some cases. We’ve got a much reduced amount of desk space. The conference room we’ve been allocated is a very small office. The air apparently doesn’t work cause it’s FREAKIN’ HOT!! And we’re gonna be here for about five months. Fun time. Oh well, I reckon somehow, we’ll muddle on through.

Speaking of which, I think I’ve muddled through this entry enough. I’ll catch ya’ll later. Gonna go rock out to Thousand Foot Krutch’s “The Flame in All of Us”.

Sigh

Yeah, didn’t go camping. That stupid barbecue we had at work made me sick. On my very last day in that position. I’d almost suspect some of the people there of adding something to it, if I thought the people who WOULD do that were smart enough to do so.

Let me just clarify, a lot of the people I worked with I really did like. They are good people. There are just a couple there who were not, in my view.

At any rate, I didn’t get to go camping. And that made me freaking mad. After that abated, I was just sad. I really hope ya’ll had fun. Yeah, it’ll make me sadder that I didn’t get to go if you DID, but you know something, I can live with that.

I start my new position tomorrow. I’m, as you can imagine, quite nervous at this point. It’s so imminent, really. And I have no idea what to expect. I mean, I don’t have to clock in, I have to charge my time. I don’t even know how to do that. I don’t know when I’m supposed to go in, or even if it matters. I don’t know if I’m going to be working a lot of overtime, which is the one downside to this position, I don’t get paid near as well for it. I don’t even know exactly where my desk is!!

But you know, I bet all this pales in comparison to what David is going through. I mean, in less than a WEEK he gets married. He will be sharing his LIFE with Holland. Not that it’s a bad thing, but talk about a monumental change. Just the idea that nothing is going to be the same going in to it, like this job of mine, would be sending my stomach aflutter.

But then again, what do I know, I’m still unattached!

In other news, my warlock is now level 50. For any of you who know much about World of Warcraft, that means FELGUARD! For those of you who don’t, I’ll post some pics in a minute or two here.

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Speaking of which, AFK stands for “Away From Keyboard”

Month of Change

September promises to be an interesting month for your friendly neighborhood B-Matt.

First of all, I finally got word on my new car. She will be at the dealership on the 10th, so you can bet I’ll be over there picking her up, getting all the financing details straightened out, and all that. This will be my first “new” car, and I’m hyped about it. I really think this is a solid investment. The Prius gets very high ratings from all the consumer reports, it’s very reasonably priced, gets great mileage, and it drives really great.

Secondly, I got the promotion I was going for here at Bell. It’s back at the old plant I was working at initially, not where I thought I was going to go, but that’s not a bad thing. My title will be “Senior Supply Management Administrator”, and I’ll be working on the V-22 Program exclusively. I’ll be going from buying parts and managing the schedules of a small subgroup of suppliers in a specific commodity to looking at all parts for the V-22 program, analyzing dates that parts are supposed to come in, and helping to align that with our production schedule. I’ll also be helping to develop plans for high-risk parts, ones that if we don’t get on time will seriously hamper our ability to build these aircraft, to mitigate the risk of delayed shipments or bad-quality parts. I hope that made some kind of sense. At any rate, the pay raise is very significant and I no longer have to deal with being pressured to join the union, because this position is not unionized. I’m quite excited for this opportunity. I start it on the 17th.

A few very short days later, my brother and best friend, David Butler, is getting married to his beloved Holland Tanner. I’m goin’ down to Houston on the 21st to be there for that. I’m very very happy for him and looking forward to having a good time there.

My mom goes days starting next week, so she’ll no longer be working the night shift. That means she’ll be home when I’m home and can do stuff like a normal human can. The possibility of us driving each other crazy is always there, but I think it’ll be a good thing for her. Plus she’s a hell of a lot better cook than I ever will be, heh heh.

Finally, this weekend is Labor Day weekend. Three day weekend. No idea what the crap I’m going to do with myself. Going to Waco again is always a possibility, if they will have me. It’s also possible I will find something fun to do at home. We shall see!

What does the upcoming month hold for you guys?

How ya’ll been??

Howdy folks. How ya been. Guess it’s been a little while, hasn’t it. Well, I don’t really have terribly a whole lot to update on. Mostly just lots of working, coming home and doing whatever, playing some games, or reading, or just chillin’.

My car is still taking some time to ship in from wherever it’s at, so I haven’t gotten it yet. I should know for sure how long it’s going to take by the end of the day.

I am interviewing for another position here within Bell. I haven’t had the interview yet (comes on Friday), but from what I gather it’s going to essentially turn out to be more money on my paycheck, but I get out of being union-covered. That means I get out from under the thumb of the union, but I lose all my medical insurance benefits. So I’m not really sure how well it will balance out. Basically, I’d be looking at a higher level of the flow of production at Bell, analyzing how current part deliveries would affect production, handle moving around deliveries with the buyers, that sort of thing. It sounds like a good position for moving up, so we shall see how it goes. Mostly I am interested in will they pay me enough to justify leaving behind all those union-provided benefits. They’re going to have to offer me enough of a salary increase to pay for my own insurance on a relatively similar level to what I have now AND making the same amount of income that I already make. Of course, a little more than that would be nice too. Getting out from underneath the union is a nice benefit, but it’s something I can live with if it means I would be making more net income.

I’ll be in Waco this weekend. I have no idea what to expect. Probably shenanigans. Lots of those. Mwahaha.

So, if cat sounds like “mew mew mew” and a laser gun sounds like “pew pew pew”, would a kitten with a laser gun sound like “mew pew mew pew mew pew?”