Matt Carberry (kingpin248) wrote,
Matt Carberry

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not "porous"...

...but "PORSE." It stands for Post Overhaul Reactor Safeguards Examination, where a team of four officers evaluates our crew's ability to successfully bring our nuclear power plant back to an operating condition after many months shutdown. It tests our knowledge, it tests our operational skill, and it tests the all-important ability to maintain mountains of paperwork (and I mean that literally). Perhaps more than anything else, it's a test of endurance. The structure of the exam seems like it was inspired by Jerry Seinfeld's joke about maximum strength pharmaceuticals - "figure out what will kill them, and then back it off a little bit." The majority of the ship's nuclear trained personnel have spent the majority of the past two days doing one thing - waiting, be it for the next event, for the board members to be ready, or for something completely unexpected (and one such thing happened to me today). It'll all be over tomorrow, and we can get on with the rest of the availability.

Eliot Spitzer is out, effective Monday. I applaud him for minimizing the pain to all that's involved with this transition. He could have waited for charges to be brought, but as Spitzer himself admitted, he could not "allow [his] private failings to disrupt the people’s work." David Paterson, from what I've read so far, seems like just the person who can get the wheels of New York's government moving - in fact, he may be just the person that can bring about the change on which Spitzer campaigned. As an aside, the Times outed "Kristen," the lady of the night whose visit with Spitzer brought this on. Not bad, but I don't believe the (soon to be ex-)Governor got his money's worth.
Tags: eliot spitzer, memphis

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