21 November 2008

Training last night...

Last night was the first with only the mecchies, and I learned a couple of things.

First, with a smaller group, and in a 'remote' location, the chaos was less noticeable.

Second, and more importantly, the smaller group allowed a higher degree of interaction. The group all had a chance at getting hands on the lathe. We're going at a pretty rapid pace, not exactly the best scenario for training, but exposure to and a little experience with the machines is 'way better than none at all. As with anything, skill comes with practice.

The night, however, didn't go without a hitch. As we entered the shop, the teacher was present and objected to our using it. Needless to say, I ignored him, as he was exiting for the night. His claim is that we didn't "agree" to our using it prior to the build season.

Well, guess what? I don't care what he thinks we "agreed to" or not. He's off the clock, and I'm not, our paths don't cross, and I will not be intimidated. With him, I generally first consider the source, then summarily dismiss him as a nuisance.

What was not acceptable is the embarrasment he caused for our faculty advisor, in the presence of her supervisor, who happens to be his main squeeze. Nice working environment.

It will be interesting to hear from Lisa what Tom has to say about the interaction last night.


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