Today I interviewed Andy Ranoni, the district supervisor of engineering at Performance Technologies. He’s worked in the gas and oil industry for 4 years starting in North Dakota and now in Ohio for the past 2 years. Performance Technologies is a service company that specializes in Hydraulic Fracturing. They are one of many service companies that are hired by natural gas and oil companies to work on varies well sites.
Andy said he knew he wanted to be an engineer since he was kid building things and watching his dad work on the car, he said it was the only thing that made sense to him growing up. Once he graduated from college, he said by chance he ended up in the Gas and Oil Industry starting out as a field engineer.
This is a piece of the story that has been missing. Since I started this project i’ve wanted to sit down with an engineer in the field and literally just have a conversation with them about it. Like there is only so much you can read from online articles and books and to be able to ask questions – that you get frustrated with google (for example) for not answering – It’s like finally! Questions answered. From an actual person.
The only challenge today was that I was unable to document this meeting or anything. I snapped a photo of the sign driving in, but that was the extent of what I was able to do visually. I was able to do audio so that was good. I mean I tried, just for a portrait of some sort but there was no budging. If this had been an interview planned several weeks in advanced I would have contacted the marketing department for permission, but this all literally happened in 48 hours. I got a lot of good valuable insight so we’ll see if I can’t get that permission and go back. Maybe it’s that easy? Things I’ll learn as I go.
Next up, I followed up with two of my sources – just waiting to hear back from them. I also have in mind to contact two other people on my list of sources. It’s Tuesday? Almost Wednesday I guess. So tomorrow i’m getting my 4×5 film developed that I shot at the Hildebrand Farm, so I’m super excited to see the outcome.
I have to finish my paper this week. I’m so thankful that I was able to take the week off from work, and that I had this interview today, now I feel like I have a sufficient amount of information to at least get a good first draft. Oh and the fact that if I don’t get this paper in this week I fail. Well… that is a pretty damn good reason too to get this paper done i’d say! After this week there are 5 weeks until the show. Oy.
To do List:
1. Finish Thesis Paper
2. Get Solo Show
3. Figure out framing
4. What kind of paper?
7. (not kidding about 6.)
Ah. Aside from being off of work this week, I was finally able to go home for a while. I haven’t really “lived” or resided in Ohio for almost 4 years now, but every time I come back I realize how much I truly miss it. Even when i’m in Pittsburgh I miss it. Before I couldn’t wait to be in the city. I not only liked the idea of living in the hustle and bustle of a city, but I liked the idea of being invisible. Not to go all loner town, but there was something cool to me about getting lost in a city where nobody knew your name. You could stay and go without a trace. I loved that. Now that i’m back in my small hometown, you almost always see someone you know, even during times you’d really prefer not to see anybody you knew. Which it’s a bad thing, it’s just kinda inevitable. But those times you go to the gas station in the middle of the night wearing sweatpants that aren’t too flattering but then you don’t really care because even when you do quote on quote care you dress not too far off from that, except replace the sweatpants with jeans and the shirt usually one that could fit two people. Those moments are well, special. But including this, I miss that small town feel. I’m getting in some much needed family time too which i’m incredibly thankful for. Although this town has lost a lot of its familiarity because i’m no longer a constant around here, some still exists and i’ll take it. It’s like when i’m home I can finally gain some clarity. With clarity comes focus, which is what I need desperately. It’s gonna take a strong push to get me back to the burgh at the end of the week.
Becca v. Thesis Paper