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Today I had the pleasure of going out to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Southeastern Washington State for work. I had to do some work at the new Waste Treatment Plant, the facility that will take in "high level waste" and contain it within lead glass slag, so that it can be buried without too much fear of leaking.

The awesomeness of being at Hanford and seeing where the whole nuclear game began was pretty immense. So was getting the whole scoop on the history of the place, where it is going in the future, etc.

But one of those "Whoa, how the hell did I end up here" moments was when I was walking through the area where they will bring in the material that is so "hot" the conveyor has to keep moving at a set rate, or it will cook the room. I just stopped dead in my tracks, and just looked around for a minute. In a few years, humans will not be able to step foot in that room for a long time. Gleaming stainless steel and concrete was the theme. It had a very surreal feel about it.

Anyone else ever had one of those moments? What was it?
 

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Today I had the pleasure of going out to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Southeastern Washington State for work. I had to do some work at the new Waste Treatment Plant, the facility that will take in "high level waste" and contain it within lead glass slag, so that it can be buried without too much fear of leaking.

The awesomeness of being at Hanford and seeing where the whole nuclear game began was pretty immense. So was getting the whole scoop on the history of the place, where it is going in the future, etc.

But one of those "Whoa, how the hell did I end up here" moments was when I was walking through the area where they will bring in the material that is so "hot" the conveyor has to keep moving at a set rate, or it will cook the room. I just stopped dead in my tracks, and just looked around for a minute. In a few years, humans will not be able to step foot in that room for a long time. Gleaming stainless steel and concrete was the theme. It had a very surreal feel about it.

Anyone else ever had one of those moments? What was it?
Watching a white blip go red as it crossed the coast of Alaska on the big "underground" screen with the blue ones too far away to intercept in 1968 . . .
 

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I got attacked by an elephant in Thailand. Bastard knocked me down, tried to step on me then stuck his tusk in my leg :eek:

It's no nuclear waste, but it was definatly kinda surreal! Its funny... while it was happening all I could think about was "Damn, I hope someone gets a picture of this!"
 

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I think I sweated about 10 pounds in 5 minutes watching that little drama unfold. I do recall a bit of a drinking binge with the rest of the crew the following evening :rotfl: .
Man, no kidding.


My most surreal wasn't very dangerous. My first business trip was not long after graduating (as in days) and I'd just received a sign on bonus check worth more money than I'd made in the previous 3 years right before I left.

I left the States alone and met up with our local field guy about 30 mins before the meeting. By now I'm really wondering what the hell I'm supposed to do.

I walked in to a large cell phone maker in Scandanavia and realized, screwing this up (I was there solving a problem) would cost millions, and result in several people "higher up" than me possibly getting fired. It would also make it into the press, though not with my name attached.

I don't think anything you do in college prepares you for that.

I only have a couple of minor incidents dealing with DoD type stuff, so nothing as dramatic as many others here will have.
 

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I have one experience with hiking in the mountains while a local NG unit was doing a training exercise.
Nothing has ever scared me like that did.
 

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:rotfl: Spill it.

(I have a couple of good ones backpacking involving aircraft)
 

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Watching a white blip go red as it crossed the coast of Alaska on the big "underground" screen with the blue ones too far away to intercept in 1968 . . .
Huh? Please elaborate for someone who had AWEFUL high school history teachers.

Bay of Pigs stuff?
 

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Don't think I really have anything like that. Closest I can think of:

When I was a kid (maybe 11) I watched a younger kid ride his bike right out into a cross street (25 mph zone) and right in front of a Chevy Chevette. Poor guy driving didn't have a chance to stop swerve or anything. Nailed the kid, and I watched the whole thing in slo-mo.

Kid was mostly okay save for a broken leg. Dude was really shaken up. As an 11 y/o I felt bad for him.

Another time I watched a friend of mine get his head bashed into then vents of a locker. He proceeded to dump blood all over me as I shoved him into the office to get him help. Again, slo-mo.

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:rotfl: Spill it.

(I have a couple of good ones backpacking involving aircraft)
Just a few of us pals during the summer when we were ~13. Hiked up the front of Squaw Peak mountain (I'm pretty sure you know which one that is) and over the top to a spot that was well frequented by many in the area.
Problem is, that's not the main trail so there was no warnings like there were down on the road up the backside to the trail stating it was closed off for exercises.
We get up over the top, start down this trail to the main area when all of the sudden three guys pop up out of nowhere fully armed, wearing makeup.
The one guys whispers pretty loudly at us to either get down or turn around and go back.
We were literally frozen in our tracks for a minute or so, scared to death.
It was shortly after Red Dawn had come out, so that was running through our minds.
We just sat down and hid. They came over and told us what was going on, and after they had disappeared back into the trees we high tailed it back over the front of the mountain.
Seriously, that scared me like nothing else ever has.

As for aircraft stories, I remember more than once being up in the mountains camping or on the hunt or something and having the sounds of a fighter jet of some sort go by with no warnings or no lights as well.
 

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My biggest so far is probably having to say goodbye to all my family and friends not knowing if I'd ever see them again, board a plane and fly halfway around the world with my immediate family and 8 suitcases. There's a few other ones too, but not really worth mentioning.
 

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Hehe...yeah, that'd be quite scary. :thumb:
 

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Huh? Please elaborate for someone who had AWEFUL high school history teachers.

Bay of Pigs stuff?
Bay of Pigs was 1961.

I can't say much for your (awful) spelling teachers, either!!!
 

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Not surreal to the point where i thought i might die. Surreal to the point where i thought my life was going to change severly though. I was 15 and playing in a hockey game against a big rival. Anyways long story short i went to hit a kid, he turtled, i flipped over him landing on my head and dislocated some vertabrae (sp?) and it pinched off my spinal cord and i couldn't feel anything from the waist down. Carried off the ice in a stretcher and all that jazz and temporarily paralysed for like 4 hours. Scariest feeling ever is thinking you'll never walk again (as far as i know anyway)
 
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