Yesterday was a bit difficult, as usual, in that we had one situation then a second one, in my case, later in the day.
Every Friday, at around 9:30-10:00 we have a croissant
party break. There are about 15 persons in the department and we're recorded on a spreadsheet with the date at which we are to bring croissants. My turn is May, 19th.
Many had anticipated that BC would forget but … prayed that some angel would
strike him on his head and knock him dead gently remind him his turn. To no avail. BC counted on our department's secretary who happened to be off yesterday: No croissant…
That was a mistake to begin with and a sign that the day would be difficult…
What we do at Saint Marcel is basically mechanical assembly of elements for steam generators (SG), pressurizers, reactor vessels, all core systems of nuclear power generators. Assembling tens of tons of shells together induce mechanical tensions that need to be released at some points hence crucial steps: heat treatments in vast ovens. Since welded joints must undergo tests of all kind, some of which are destructive, coupons are to follow fabrication and be subjected to exact same conditions as elements they represent.
Simple enough. One of
my the four SG my finnish contract counts was to be heat treated this weekend so I had to make sure that nothing would stop the 48 hours process: I spent most of my day chasing worksheets to waive hold points and check out cascading documents, each referring to yet others.
We're talking paper documents, so the chasing was a physical race in a workshop 4 times the size of a conventional cathedral.
It's so happened that one discrepancy had been detected in the morning… of course.
It was impacting the very first step of the whole chain… of course.
Yesterday happened to be budget day and many heads of departments were off, attending meetings, unreachable, … of course.
SOOooo by the time we could all gather in an office and discuss, suggest, analyse and agree upon what was to be done (which consisted in proceeding with fabrication and postpone the moment at which the problem would be solved), it was past 19:00, Friday evening…
Still, 'little' details like creating CAD drawings and at least a temporary reparation worksheet was to be made, and everybody at the methods department was long gone home. GF had no problem calling up someone back to get the job done. RA was appalled (it was her second such Friday). I could see CB on the verge of slapping GF's face. ^_^
I have no problem with exceptionnal long days at work: this is what pays my bills and allows me to live. But exceptions must remain such. I don't expect any thanking message from GF come Monday. This is what bothers me big time.
Add this to having been deprived of my Friday croissant ^_^
Later, as I was waiting for things to unfold and directions to be given, I gave BC a postit™ with the words: Oublié croissants. Lundi svp*. He happened to still be present and a discussion ensued. I stuck to my guns and turned down all his lame excuses. MV will finally buy them on his behalf.
YOU DO NOT FORGET CROISSANTS!
*: forgot croissants. Monday please.