Well, on Friday I leave for 4 weeks. This will be the longest period in almost 9 years that Tasha and I have been apart.
For work, we have been working on a design for a plant in Indonesia for the past 18 months and it is time for commissioning. Five us us from our company are going over there for 1-4 weeks to make sure the system starts up right and runs as designed. I am the only one who gets to go for 4 weeks. Most of the time will be spent working, probably even on the weekends, but it should be a fun trip.
Tasha isn’t looking forward to it. She has class 2 nights a week and has to come home and take care of the dogs. That means feeding them and playing with them ’til they drop and then heading off to bed. I know it will be hard for her. Luckily, my company has agreed to pay a pet sitter to come over 3 days each week to play with and feed the dogs. That way, on nights she has class, they get to have a bit of fun before momma gets home at 9pm. If you want, feel free to call her or email to keep her company…
If all goes well, I will be back by May 13th.
It will be very strange. From what I hear from coworkers over there, there is limited internet access and what I may have will be, at most, a dialup connection. After having broadband for the past 4 or 5 years, that may be pretty painful. I will purchase a SIM card for my phone when I get there, so I will have a different phone number while there if you need to get in contact with me. I will send out an email letting everyone know what the number will be. I am not positive I will be able to access email while there, but if you need to contact me, use my philpeepsATalumni.utexas.net email address. If I can access email, I will do my best to let you know how things are going.
I will try to post updates during my trip to let everyone know how things are going. If not, I’m sure I will give everyone a detailed update when I get back.
With the recent earthquakes and tsunami over there the past several months, I’m sure everyone is concerned that I may be in danger. The island that we will be at is well over 1,600 miles from Sumatera where most stuff has taken place.