For those of you not in the know, the above is shorthand for Oh My God Laughing Out Loud.
And here’s why I’m laughing out loud: I just came back from the Peterson AFB Med Clinic because I wanted them to check out a weird mole-y thing I have on my front waist area. I first show the nurse what I’m talking about and then she leaves; the doctor comes in about 20-25 minutes later and I stand up and show him, which requires me to pull the waistband of my BDUs down a little bit but not that much. Anyways, he takes a look at the mole thing and it turns out to be another damn cyst, which isn’t harmful but it is a tad annoying. Apparently my body likes to make those. So that’s a relief and as I’m buttoning up my BDU pants, the Doc segueways and says, “So, do you want to show me your penis?” I kinda stop what I’m doing, and look up at him with my most ‘WTF’ look I can give him. He sees the confusion in my face and continues, “No, seriously, while you’re here, you might as well.” What the hell is he talking about? Am I getting cruised? After my initial shock, I politely respond, “No, I’m good”. He then starts to realize something isn’t right here and says that his assistant said that I was visiting him for a penis thing. I reassure him that the mole was the only thing I was trying to get looked at. Then it really dawns on him what he’s been saying to me, and he goes, “Oh, I swear, I’m not trying to hit on you!” Thanks, Doc. So he starts just laughing, embarassed, and then starts retelling the story to all his nurses in his office, which cracks them all up and the more I think about it as I’m walking out, I’m freakin’ laughing my ass off as I’m leaving the clinic. It was just his matter-of-factness about the whole thing that made it hilarious.
Anyways, that was my funny of the day. I can’t believe I’m leaving for Chicago in a few days. I talked to one of the conference coordinators today and they gave me a preliminary list of those companies I’ll be interviewing with – some of them I’m interested in and some I’m not sure what kind of role I could play. I wrote myself an email after doing some preliminary research and I’ve put it below so you too can see what the Midwest opportunities look like. I wonder if this will be similar to what I can expect in San Diego? Like I said before, I’m using this mainly as a practice session; but if the opportunity and the actual position are interesting, then I may change my tune.
HOLYCRAP – Jenny totally warned me earlier this week but I totally forgot that BIG BROTHER 8 is starting tonight!!!!!!!! SET YOUR DVRs!!!!
RESEARCH EMAIL TO MYSELF FROM WORK:
You did some preliminary research on each one and found a website for each;Â also, you figured out some interesting facts about each one that may proveÂ useful in the interviews. Here they are:
– JF Ahern:
What I can figure out: A Fire Protection technology manufacturer that isÂ primarily focused on the Midwest region of the United States. It looks toÂ be definitely a manufacturing/industrial company; not sure what I couldÂ bring to the table here, to be honest. Need to do more research and alsoÂ see what position is being offered.
What I can figure out: Obviously, this is the petroleum products giant.Â They not only make fuels for cars and high-performance applications, butÂ they also are involved in plastics and asphalt production. Again, much likeÂ JF Ahern, I’d have to see what position is actually being offered. But inÂ this case, it’s because it’s such a huge company, I am not at all certain asÂ to what they are in need of – looking at their online listings, it rangesÂ from financial, managerial, engineering, IT, etc. Definitely a globalÂ presence, so perhaps that is a possibility for travel. Have to wait and seeÂ what is being offered on Monday.
– BVR Technologies:
What I can figure out: Looks to be an aviation-type manufacturer; I thinkÂ they make the parts that go into what the big guys (Boeing, Lockheed Martin,Â etc) overall manufacture, as they say they’re involved in commercial andÂ military endeavors. But since I have not heard of them before, I assumeÂ they are part of the ‘guts’ of a plane, and not the overall plane designers.Â They are located only in Rockford, Illinois, which is almost smack-dab inÂ the middle of Illinois. It appears to be a smaller company, but since it isÂ involved in the aviation industry, I’m sure it’s lucrative. They are aÂ subsidiary of EsterLine Aerospace and Defense, so perhaps it’s possible to
move around in the company. Again, don’t know what they’re looking for, andÂ not sure what I can offer them yet.
– TAMKO Building Products:
What I can figure out: A large and (seemingly the) industry leader of
making construction materials; used to be just roofing but now is involvedÂ in much of the materials that go into buildings. They are a nationalÂ company. While reading the website, it became overwhelmingly obvious thatÂ they are wholly invested in the Six Sigma methodology of QualityÂ Improvement. Memories of Total Quality Air Force came flooding back whenÂ reading this. Like I said, it definitely will pay off to come across asÂ somewhat knowledgeable about Six Sigma, so here’s the Wikipedia link to it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Sigma. Be prepared to answer intelligentlyÂ about this at an interview because of how overwhelming they have drunk theÂ Kool-Aid.
– Sterigenics International:
What I can figure out: A global company that focuses on the sterilizationÂ aspect of the healthcare industry, food safety and advanced applications.Â Who knew such a company existed? But it does, and the fact that it’sÂ globally-known and an industry leader is very interesting. They offer manyÂ products, but one of the ones that caught my eye was an online portal calledÂ WebVantage
24-7%20WebVantage.pdf) that allows companies to conduct their qualityÂ assurance/sterilization auditing (which looks to be FDA-mandated) throughÂ that portal by inputting data/relevant information. This effectively savesÂ the customer the trouble of either paying someone to come to them or havingÂ to go somewhere to do this. The interactiveness I have not witnessed justÂ yet, but I am intrigued.
What I can figure out: Littelfuse makes circuit protection devices thatÂ help protect circuits from electric overload. Apparently Littelfuse’sÂ products are in almost everything that has a computer chip in it, fromÂ automobiles to PCs to production equipment. It is very expansive. I didÂ read their quarterly report and while their sales aren’t going down, theyÂ are staying level with last year’s, despite predictions for an increase inÂ 2007. Not sure if that is a ‘sign’ of anything, but it makes you wonder.Â This is a global company as well, so there are perhaps opportunities on aÂ worldwide scale.
What I can figure out: Yes, this is that Kraft. It’s a freakin’ huge
company and #2 in the world in food production. You probably already knowÂ as much if not more than I do about the company; it’s involved on such aÂ huge scale that I really don’t have a guess as to what they are looking forÂ just yet. Could be IT, could be just management, etc. But it looks to beÂ an interesting company to work for.
What I can figure out: A leader in the development and production ofÂ packaging products, typically on an industrial level. Think cardboardÂ boxes. But it looks like they are also making in-roads on the Supply-ChainÂ model, as they are incorporating RFID technology into their products, asÂ well as developing RFID displays for retail, that enable client companies toÂ better track inventory and ensure inventory is managed/ordered on anÂ as-needed basis. That is a very interesting aspect of what they do thatÂ would make me interested in working at this company.
So it definitely seemed that while I was a bit underwhelmed at first withÂ the names of companies given, after doing some research, many of theseÂ companies would be pretty damn cool to work for. I’m not so sure about whatÂ my role would be at some of these places, but some, it’s not too hard to seeÂ where I might be able to fit in. Plus, I’m interested in traveling, andÂ some of these companies look like that would be something that is possibleÂ to do.