Saturday, June 22, 2013

My Other Blog

So I've started another blog.  Follow along as I work on a project that may keep busy for a few years.

I used to tell Marti that I wanted to retire when I was fifty (you can retire at any age, it's just a question of the lifestyle and standard of living that you want to maintain). I think the prospect of having me home all day everyday made her nervous, so one day she asked, "And just exactly what are you going to do?" Well, now we know. But if I'm going to do these kind of things, there will be no retiring at 50.

Friday, May 3, 2013


Texas, where you can name your son Crockett or Steel, and your cat Chuck Norris.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Bonding Time

Jacob and Grandpa Smith enjoying a little bonding time.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Am I at Church?

We went the Houston Stock Show and Rodeo last night. They always follow the rodeo with a concert and Kenny Chesney was the performer. For awhile during the concert I thought I might be at church, because there were so many people going in and out of the stands.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Including Wrestling

Every once in a while Matthew or Jacob feel like they want to challenge the old man. What they don't realize is that everything I ever needed to know about wrestling, I learned while in kindergarten from my brother. I was always "wrestling up a few weight classes" like they are now. Hopefully by the time they get close to my weight class, they'll be past the need to challenge the Alpha male. If not, I guess the Alpha male can always just withhold their inheritance.

My brother use to show me how to perform the cradle move all the time. Usually I was the victim, I mean wrestler in training.

Not This Please!

I assume it's just a coincidence, but this is what two items showed up consecutively on my Facebook news feed.

New Project Benches

I have a few projects in mind so I spent the afternoon turning this stack of lumber into two sturdy workbenches. When Marti saw the stack of lumber she said, "What are planning to do, frame a house?" As it turns out, I knew I would have enough plywood/panel material to build 2 workbenches, so I doubled the recipe for the other materials. As I was buying them I was thinking, man that's a lot of 2x4's. After I got home and started working, I realized the plans had already included the materials for the second workbench. Needless to say there are a few 2x4's left over, but it's probably easier to build more stuff than to try and return the extra lumber. Hmmm....

Sammie's thinking, "Would you just give up this nonsense and throw my football for me."

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Good Day at the Mailbox

I went to the mailbox and what did I find, something(s) for me. I was hoping to find the envelope on the right, but the magazine was a bonus surprise. The envelope contains the introductory information and DVD about this:

I have some incentive to clean out the garage.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Growth Graph

We have a board at our house that we have been tracking height measurements on for a number of years, basically since we moved to Houston. Jacob has really been going through a growth spurt lately and I was wondering how tall he was compared to Matthew at the same age. So being the engineer that I am, I decided to graph it out (yes, Excel is one of my favorite software tools).

Brittney only has one mark on the measuring board. She hasn't grown since we lived in Midland (yes, we still check occasionally), but she is comfortable with who she is. Stature in life isn't just measured in physical dimensions.

Young Engineer - Hallway Conversation

I was walking down the hall the other day and heard one of the young male engineers talking to a female coworker. He was telling her, "yea, my girl friend has one more year of high school before she graduates." The engineer has worked for us for a few years, so I knew he was kidding, and he promptly told his coworker his girl friend was really in her final year of college. But it did get a laugh. Apparently he hasn't gotten the memo that engineers aren't supposed to have a personality or sense of humor. Give him a few more years of corporate life and that will probably take care of itself.

And just for the record, almost all of the engineers seem "young" anymore. Of course it's a relative term.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Title?

My current job title at work is Facility Engineering Manager - Eagle Ford. Prior to my current role, I had some additional responsibilities which included "asset integrity", so my title was Facility Engineering and Asset Integrity Manager. Apparently this title was a little too long for this company's database. They might want to do a little quality control or someone in their company has a sense of humor.

There may be those who have this opinion, but they usually don't put it down on paper.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Work for the Last 3+ Years

I have been busy at work for the last few years. Here's a link to an article that talks about the Eagle Ford Shale Play. It's kind of a big deal for the United States and for ConocoPhillips. (You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser to get to the article.)

Here is an illustration and couple of graphs from the article. it may be hard to read, but ConocoPhillips is doing quite well in bringing production on line. My engineering group has been responsible for planning and designing all of the surface facilities for ConocoPhillips in this development (pipelines, compressor stations, tank batteries, stabilization plants). I didn't take the picture, but I do think it is a cool picture of a facility in the area.