Friday, November 13, 2009

Fall morning

A few splashes of red and green are all that remain of the summer. I took these from our backyard this morning.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

40 years ago today

Forty years ago today, on November 10, 1969 I began work as Assistant Manager for C&P Telephone Company in Fairfax, VA.

I had just completed my military service in the Navy and considered myself lucky to land a decent white-collar job at a time when thousands of other veterans were competing for scarce private-sector jobs during an economic recession.

Here I am in Service Representative training, which lasted 12 weeks. There was lots for me to learn about a very complicated business.

The "new guy" always gets assignments like coordinating the United Givers Fund ("UGF" - now United Way) fund drive. Here I am receiving an award from Alan Sharett, General Manager of the Northern Virginia area, for achieving 100% participation in the 1970 UGF drive.

A few years and lots more hair later, I arranged for the donation of an old coin collector's truck to the Fairfax Jaycees, of which I was a Director. The Jaycees in turn donated the truck to Central Fairfax Services, which provided transportation to mentally disabled adults.

I was put in charge of the Service Order Bureau, which used machines like this to cut paper tape to transmit the details of telephone service orders. These orders were transmitted over wireline facilities to central offices, traffic intercept and comptrollers for setting up billing records. I successfully campaigned for more modern equipment (including Touchtone telephones if you can believe it) when we moved the office to a new location in 1971.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Great weekend at Barefoot Charlies

Here are a few pictures from this past weekend's gig at Barefoot Charlies in Hendersonville. We really rocked the house!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

My band at Halloween

This is how my band dressed up for our Halloween show at the Nashville VFW. I'm the 50s rocker, second from the left.

Full moon with new camera

I decided to try out my new camera on last week's full moon. The closeup was taken at 80X zoom. I set up my camera on a tripod and used a 2 second delay to avoid jiggling the camera.