It’s an exciting Monday here at the Boeing Company. I got in at 6:30 AM this morning so I could get all of the papers on my desk organized and I have been running around all over the place since then. Things slowed down about a half-hour ago and I have some time to write about my weekend.
Maybe I should give a short explanation about my week since I wrote the last entry on Tuesday – I worked. Looking at my online timecard for last week I am supposed to get paid for working 61.5 hours between last Monday and Saturday. Yes, I had to work on Saturday and I put in a full eight hours too. My supervisor went out of town yesterday but before he left there was a lot of paperwork that needed attention. Although I had little life outside of work last week I think I gained some important experience in the process. The main goal of this summer internship was to see how engineers spend their time at work and I definitely got a taste of that last week. I would like to learn some useful engineering skills from this work experience also but I guess I won’t know if I have been successful in this venture until sometime in the future. Maybe reading all of these load reports and cargo manifests won’t have gone in vain. At least my paycheck for last week will be a success as long as all of my overtime hours get approved.
So I guess part of my weekend has already been explained. I was at work between 9:30 AM and 5 PM on Saturday so that left little time for much else. The weekly grocery shopping did get taken care of, however. I know you were worried about that! On Sunday I went to Universal Studios Hollywood with Nikki, Liz, and Jacob. A lot of the other interns went to camping on Catalina Island for the weekend but I was not one of those so I had to find some other way to amuse myself. We left Oakwood at 12:30 PM and arrived at the park quite a while later due to heavy traffic. Somehow we were able to take advantage of a price deal and only pay the kid’s price of admission ($31). Cool. Here is a list of rides/attractions that we rode/saw: Back to the Future, Backdraft, Nutty Professor Soundstage, ET, and Terminator 2: 3D. I was a bit disappointed because some of these (T2: 3D, Back to the Future) were exact duplicates of the ones I had already seen at the Universal Studios in Orlando. Somehow I think that discourages people from going to both parks. Anyway, I really loved the ET ride. It was pretty cheesy but very cute. I realized that I have never actually seen that entire movie owing to the fact that my dad and I left the theater halfway through when I was a little kid. I didn’t make it through Return of the Jedi either. I guess I was a wimp. We also went on a studio tour that takes you around the soundstages where movies and TV shows are filmed. That was kind of interesting but I have a feeling not too much filming was going on if a dozen trams full of tourists were driving around outside.
The Universal Studios visit was a lot of fun but I would have to say that the Orlando experience (especially Islands of Adventure) is a lot more exciting. We got home around 11 PM and I wasn’t ready to go to sleep until a little after midnight. I know Sarah wasn’t too happy about that but neither was I. When the alarm went off at 5:30 AM this morning it was the last thing I wanted to hear. My manager came back from his two-week vacation today and told me that I shouldn’t work any more overtime. Say goodbye to early mornings for me! That also means that I can leave today at 3 PM with eight hours under my belt. I am thrilled to be able to go back to my aerobics classes this week and kickboxing today will be a great start.