Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Gift

I started my day today by meeting my boss at the Park & Ride lot off Grand Ave. We were on our way to Escondido to visit an orthodontist to evaluate our newest product. I have just recently taken on this position of administering customer evaluations after 20 years in the Research & Development Lab. The product is one of the biggest things we're working on. It is a pretty big responsibility for me to be running this evaluation.

The evaluation went splendidly. The orthodontists, the assistants, even the patients were very happy with the product. The product performed just as we had hoped that it would. We spend countless hours designing and testing these things but you never know for sure until the first orthodontists puts it to use on the first patient. Maybe most importantly for me was that my boss was very happy with the outcome and my handling of the evaluation. What a relief. We finished up in Escondido about 2:00 and headed home. My boss dropped me at my car around 3:30 and told me I could just head home for the day. My office was only about 15 minutes away and I could probably have gone in for at least an hour but I opted to call it a day and enjoy the successful evaluation. I'll have plenty more long days as I travel the country visiting docs from coast to coast.

I got home, changed and was over in Bonelli before 4:00 to put in a 6 mile run on the trail out and back along the west side of the park. I was back at the car just after 5:00, well before the sun disappeared into the Pacific. The perfect ending to a positive evaluation experience. Thanks, Boss! I really appreciate the gift.

9 comments:

Ryan said...

Getting out on the trails during the week is a nice bonus! BTW great run at La Jolla sounds like a well put together event and was a fun experience!

Wes said...

Those unexpected early runs are sweet, especially for me, cause I get to see daylight. Nice job all around!

Joe said...

That IS a gift. Glad the day went well.

I have some funny stories about Escondido, from when we spent a year living in San Bernadino...better in person, I'll tell you when you are out here.

And, medical product evaluation...also another common topic for us to explore in December!!

Shoot, with all the traveling, I can see your "50 states" tally starting to get very solid!!!

All cool, all cool.

Anne said...

Sounds like a gift you deserved. Congratulations on a job well done.

Robb said...

Hey Darrell, be proud of your work and take credit looking after the details. Hey, even though a boss recognizes a solid effort - nothing beats hearing the words 'good job'.

Awesome buddy. Have a great weekend.

backofpack said...

Darrell - you obviously worked hard, put in the time and effort and it paid off. You deserve the praise and the early run! Way to go and congrats on a successful product!

PLANET3RRY said...

I think the words " I love it when a plan comes together" would fit in this situation

JLC said...

Hey Darrell, thanks for the encouragement about Vegas. Those maps always look scary to me. Best of luck at Tecumseh!

Juls said...

Some are so lucky. But it sounds like you earned it with some hard work. Congrats!