Today is another wonderful day off except that it is also the town’s “SAFETY STAND DOWN”. This is a great time to talk about the injuries going on around here. I don’t know if there is a way to really get across to you how wacky it is about injuries. I think the best example would be our weekly safety meeting this week. This week we had a special guest, the Raytheon station manager. He had to give us a speech about horseplay and how to be careful. This is all due to an “incident” that occured last week. Lucky me, I got to see the critical event first hand. Do you want to know the whole story? Well, it’s boring and pointless but I think that’s the whole point about how uptight the head-ups are.
So, once upon a time, sometime last week, a bunch of us were sitting around at the Coffee House. We were getting ready to play a board game. Jana was off in the corner on the computer wearing one of those Jay-Lo billed poufy hats. The only part of the story that she had in it was that she threw that hat in our direction when Troy teased her about something. From there there the hat was tossed to Troy but Troy was minding his own business, wasn’t paying attention and a light toss caught him in the eye. Bummer for him because it turned out that it scratched his cornia, he couldn’t wear his contacts, has no glasses and has walked around squinting for the past week. I got to read for him and point out people in the distance, it was nice feeling usefull.
Anyways, that is an “incident” and it has gone back and forth to Denver repeatedly. Troy was even pulled into the office for a talk about horseplay and sort of warned that he’s being watched because this is his second “incident” down here. Anyways, there’s e-mails, shield reports, and a speech at our safety meeting. We were all told to continuosly be aware of our surroundings, how everything has the potential for injury and how we need to avoid potential hazards like some phobia. I think the kicker to the whole thing is that the very next day Angie, our boss that was told by Denver to give the talk about horseplay to Troy, came in with a bashed in finger from pinsetting AND Nick, the prep cook, came on crutches. He stepped wrong and really took out his knee. Angie had a pin fly across from one lane and mash her pinky between another pin she was holding.
Keeping on the safety and injury theme, I was talking to Emily about her shoulder and Lisa is telling her to get surgery as soon as soon as she gets home. Angie is going to send her home at Winfly which is a huge bummer because Emily doesn’t want to leave. She’s hoping to get hired in Rec till October. I hope it works out for her. She’s been on light duty for about 2 months because of some torn cartilage that has the potential to cause nerve damage or something. A casualty of the DA life.
Since then DA life has been adjusted. I think I told you about the new forced volanteers. How managers from other departments have to come in and wash dishes or pots for a total of 32 hrs a week. All of our activities are tracked and noted and charted and worked out about why DA get repetative motion injuries. They’ve given us training on how we need to load the dishwasher, how we have to use a cart to carry out a tray of mugs or bowls, wearing the goggles to fill a mop bucket with soap water, etc, etc. but it’s the denied pot washing that is so annoying.
We had a meeting about that this week as well. We are absolutely not allowed to do our job. If there are pots and you’re not tasked to do them you can’t do them. You have to leave them, tell someone else or I really don’t know what but it’s like underground work now. They have to get done before you leave at night but you can’t do them even though you are capable and it’s in your job description. I don’t get it.
Speaking of underground, it was interesting to talk about all the safety and reporting and medical stuff and what-not at our Galley safety meeting. The one about Troy as the bad example. I guess it was so crazy how people were getting in trouble for going to Medical that there was an “underground” Medical. People would just go to the various EMTs around for some treatment on the down low to avoid all the reports and explainations. Johnnie told me to come to him if I ever needed stitches. A dollar a stitch. Cool.
Anyways, we have the Firemen’s Ball tonight so I should have some good stories tomorrow. We have been coming to the realization that every day is the same and that it all runs together. Mandi and I had a 2 day weekend together and she didn’t remember a single bit of it. As I tried to help her recall all the events 3 months of weekends suddenly melded together. I have been here 3 months, at least, and I can list the “hangouts” on one hand. . . OK, not one hand but 3 are lounges from differant buildings that all look the same.
Talk to you later. I don’t have my brain (see glossary) with me so I have no idea what I had to write about. I’ve started painting a backdrop for Midwinter dinner, Christina and I have been experamenting on differant cakes, I carved up Andre’s ceramic bowl which he want’s to give to his mom. Did I tell you that they have a ceramics room? Fully stocked with pottery wheels, clay and a kiln. We had a margarita night on Tues, all I will say is that I didn’t get up to work out at 6:00 on Wed. morning. It’s the first workout I’ve missed since we started. Last night was a bunch of pastey uncoordinated girls in various types of long johns trying to learn belly dancing from a video. At least we had fun. We did our sauna night as well.
Oh, and a bit of celebrity excitement for me. I got to be a contender for McMurdo’s most elligible bachelorette. It’s a contest that two of the radio shows put together down here. I got to do a 3 min. interview on air. Cool! I really wanted to win but I’m putting my money on Cora she was hilarious. Of course, this was all supposed to be annonymous, ha.
Favorite quote I found this week: “Just because you’re neccesary doesn’t mean you are important.”
Love it. Hope to talk to you when I have more interesting stuff to say.