Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Farewell Los Alamos

From the 2/1/2005 LANL NewsBulletin:

Jan. 28, 2005

Farewell Los Alamos

I have enjoyed working with many good people at [the Laboratory] but have resigned as a staff member after 2.5 years. I had planned to stay five years and get vested but I am not going to make it.

I have seen enough of management that:

I fear [the Laboratory] is in a death spiral from which it may not recover for years, if ever. I'd rather not be there at the bottom. As I told my group leader, I'd rather work at Wendy's.

And so as the sun sets over the Jemez ...

I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
But my legs ain't bowed and my cheeks ain't tanned.
I'm a cowboy who never saw a cow,
Never roped a steer 'cause I don't know how;
And I sho' ain't fixin' to start in now.
Yippy-I-O-Ki-Ay,
Yippy-I-O-Ki-Ay,

(thank you, Johnny Mercer )

--David F. Simmons



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