Friday, June 8, 2007

Shuttle launch

I'm hoping to be able to see the shuttle launch tonight. There is currently a lot of cloud cover and we've had a downpour of rain. A lot of us are looking forward to seeing the rocket flare just because we are so close to the launching area.

There was a lot of activity last night trying to get the yellow submarine back on board the ship. Seas weren't too bad but the sucker had a mind of it's own and was being difficult to get back in the cradle. Essentially, it had to be craned back on board (bottom photo) but a diver had to go in the water to untangle the lines from it. The rescue boat was launched to pick up the diver (top photo). I've attached a few photos from the evening. When everyone is running around like crazy in a panic mariners call this a "cluster f*ck".

It's an applicable term because there are a lot of egos running around trying to work as a team yet where egos are involved that's hard to do. Everyone thinks that they are an expert and have the answer, which makes it difficult to really effect a solution. Ego is one of those things that is most detrimental to the work that I do and to the program that I work. I usually stand back and watch the process unfold. It keeps me in the background which is where I'm probably most comfortable. Sometimes I think that I need to push myself forward more. It's something that I need to work on, yet find hard to do. My fear of failure and rejection no doubt contributes to that feeling of being left behind. I do it to myself. One day at a time.


  1. Hope you get to see the launch.
    Looks like somebody is a 49'ers fan!

  2. OH I sure hope you get to see the launch the meantime keep it real and humble in your own skin.Never mind the clash of egos on know why you are there.Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Syd,
    So true! Too many cooks spoil the broth! Nice to take a backseat sometimes.
    Good going!

  4. I hope you get to see the shuttle launch. Pictures?

  5. i like the backseat -- although I have been accused of driving from there, too.


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