A Recap of My First Rotation

Posted: July 27, 2013 in Random Thoughts
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Members of the Field Service team where I work have a repeating two-week schedule called a rotation.  First day is dedicated to paperwork — tying up loose ends from the previous rotation and preparing for the next trip.  So, two weeks ago, I started my first rotation since returning to Field Service.  This first rotation was scheduled for “in-house” training, to re-learn the job.  Somehow, things didn’t turn out that way.  Instead of hitting the books, I hit the road.

On day one, I drove up to Cameron, Missouri with another technician for a simple job.  I think I wrote in my last blog entry, both of us had something to teach each other on that trip.  Then, I was sent up to Grinnell, Iowa for what was supposed to be a one-day job that turned into three.  I returned on Saturday, had a wild and adventurous day off on Sunday and some in-house training time on Monday.  On Monday afternoon, I was told to be in Springfield, Missouri on Tuesday evening, but first, stop in Neosho, Missouri to upgrade a printer.  So, bright and early the next morning, I was on the road again, again.  The job in Neosho went OK.  In Springfield, a two-day job turned into three (funny how “easy” jobs sometimes don’t quite work out the way they are expected to).  I returned home on the last day of rotation in a rental car full of equipment after the rental agency office had closed for the day.  Yesterday morning, I unloaded the equipment into a corner at work, and returned the car.  First rotation complete!

Memorable places and events:

  • Grinnell Steakhouse and Family Restaurant — best bleu cheese dressing I’ve ever had on a salad.
  • Prairie Canary, in Grinnell — fancy sandwiches.  My burger was great!
  • The county courthouse in downtown Newton, Iowa.
  • The Haas Building in Neosho — four stories tall, in 1906!  Neosho must have been a jumping place back then.
  • Norma’s Kitchen, in Neosho — A diner off the town square that served good food from an extensive menu.
  • In Springfield, a young pharmacy technician who shyly smiled when she looked at me.
  • Amish folks in Springfield wearing deep-bright blue shirts and dresses (maybe they were Mennonites).

And that’s all I have to say about that….  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for my next rotation.


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