Thursday, April 27, 2006

Going Postal

As many of you have heard by now, I have accepted a position with the US Postal Service. I was offered a Professional Specialist Trainee, Industrial Engineer position in Anchorage, Alaska. This program is a two year program where I will be exposed to the Postal Service operations, and at the end of the two years, I will be an Industrial Engineer at Anchorage facility.
What does this mean? Here are a couple of things:
  • While I will be a Postal Service employee, I will not wear the Postal Service uniform that normal carriers wear. Also not all postal carriers have the same level of trivia knowledge that Cliff Clavin has
  • I don't think that becoming a Postal Service employee will encourage me to listen to the band Postal Service or the band Death Cab for Cutie (whose lead singer is also the lead singer for Postal Service)
  • While my brother James so far has been the only one to even suggest it, I am not going to go to Alaska and use my Russian skills to spy on the Russians. I am actually going to work for the Postal Service
  • Although the job is in Alaska, people say that Anchorage isn't as cold as you think that it is. Because of this I find it doubtful that we will need to dress like we live on the Planet Hoth during the winter
We are excited about this job oppourtunity. I know that for me personally it removes a lot of the worry from my last 7-ish weeks of college. Also the concern of finding a job has been just about the only worry that I have had during our entire marriage.

On Monday, Adria and I sent some time walking around the Oregon Capital. We had a pleasant time walking around the Capital and seeing some of the statues and monuments that they have nearby, some of which I hadn't seen before.
Here is a carving of Lewis and Clark on a horse. Lewis isn't too visable in this picture, but trust me, he is there.

Here is a picture of one of the first missionaries to come to Oregon. His name was John McLoughlin.

The picture on the left is of a guy riding his horse reading a small book. The inscription that is in the picture on the right (sorry that it is crooked, I was taking the pictures with my cell phone and this is the only way for it to fit) reads:
Commemorating the labors and achievements of the ministers of the gospel who as circuit riders became the friends counselors and evangels to the pioneers on every American frontier

We hope that this finds you well

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:22 PM

    John McLoughlin was the first governor of Oregon, the first missionary was someone else. Also the guy on the horse was also a notable evangelist, but not the first.