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September 13, 2008


As some of the more observant of you my remember, I build air conditioners to pay the bills.  I spent the better part of 25 years trying to stay away from the factory I now work at, but once I started, I found I kind of liked it. I went from temporary worker to machine operator to brazer to group leader in less than a year. Not bad for an outlaw! Surprised almost everyone (except Brenni (my beautiful wife) who also worked there.)

Anyway, the company I work for decided it would be financially beneficial to open a plant in Mexico.  Now Brenni (my beautiful wife) has been permanently let go, and I will be let go Oct. 31. I don't understand how putting the American workforce out of a job is going to help our economy...

But I didn't post this blog to whine or for some attempt for sympathy. These circumstances brought about a funny bit of karma.

Last month was the first month of production at the Mexican plant. They were slated to produce 2500 units - in the box, ready to ship.

They made 32 units well enough to box and ship!

I also heard that the parts they painted down there had so much paint on them, they wouldn't fit together.

I'm not sure the actual cost to build the plant but ignoring that, and just calculating production costs against the 32 units they built...those fucking air conditioners better bring on hell of a price.

Ain't karma a bitch!?!


"somedays it isn't worth chewing through the straps..."

P.S. I'm thinking of taking the schooling they're offering and going in to web design. If anyone has any input, I'd appreciate advice on a career path that will equal a decent living.

Oh, and I'd like to hang out on FOD a little more...