“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More fringe benefits

One of the fun parts of my job is that I get issued thousands of dollars worth of tools & toys to work with - everything from weapons to explosives to protective gear to whatever it may be. Due to some grants last year I have had the chance to expand this list greatly for me & my team, trying to move our capabilities forward even more. So - periodically I will get a call from our supply folks saying some new thing is in for me to pick up, I will load it in the truck & then find time at work & home to make sure all parts are included, everything works well & it gets put in the appropriate spot. If it's something safe & fun I will take the time to show it to my children as well, since it's a chance for them to not only see part of daddy's work but something of the applications of science & technology, and they always have fun & ask great questions.

Tonight was some new night vision equipment - I was quite impressed with how far the technology has come in the decade since I last used things, and Jacob and Kyleigh both found it rather intriguing to poke around in a dark room with a magic eye light.

Someday they will have their own interests, friends, and obligations - they won't want to spend time seeing my toys, or laugh at my simple jokes. But until then it's nice to be able to bring work & the family together now & then.


Angela said...

I'll let you in on a secret, little girls always have time to laugh at their daddies jokes and play with cool stuff he brings home. Even when they complain about it... they'll secretly love it...

Trust me!


Daddy Hawk said...

Dude, can I come over to your house and play?

Captain Tightpants said...

Yes K, quite a few friends have expressed an interest in playing with my work stuff during social get-togethers...