Author Jamie Tinker

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The Day Job – It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It

     As I went through my regular walk through the engineering spaces, I was again reminded that there’s a lot I didn’t know. Specifically, I didn’t know much about the equipment I was looking...

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The Day Job – Surprise!

     Today is my favorite day onboard; it’s Taco Tuesday. Now, you may be thinking of all sorts of other great days in the week, and they’re all good, but for me, this is...

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The Day Job – The Not Alcohol Speech

     Everyone in my position has an alcohol speech, and we’ve all heard it. We might not have heard one exact speech or another, but they’re all the same, dramatic and tragic, full of...

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The Day Job – Cursed and Caged

     So there I was, at the end of two years on a ship with orders to my dream job. Finally, it was time to go teach. The ship was going to leave in...

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The Day Job – My thing

     I think everyone in my position has a “thing.” For some, it’s hands in the pockets or well-shined shoes. For me, it’s haircuts. Our standards are pretty specific, and as I walk around...

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The Day Job – The Call

     I’ve received some pretty darn interesting phone calls over the years, usually at odd hours. Here are some examples:      “Chief, I’m fleeing the scene right now. The police are looking for me....

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The Day Job – It’s not the Jamie Tinker show

     I know, it might seem like the Jamie Tinker show as I write these articles, but even here, it’s not about me showing the world how smart and funny and handsome I am....

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The Day Job – My Technically Correct Answer

     While I’m sitting in my office, someone comes barging in.      “Jamie, we need to make a decision about our junior people right this minute!”     Now, since I’m smart, competent, and was once...

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The Day Job – Make it suck less

     I found myself back where it all started, where I was once a student in 1991, later an instructor in 2007, and now speaking with a class of new lab techs. Somehow, we...