Sky of blue and land of green


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Right to Brag.”

Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.

What has this got to do with a Yellow Submarine..? The honest answer is not a lot…when I thought of this subject under this challenge, my mind latched on this line from Yellow Submarine…it is actually “Sky of blue and sea of green” which makes sense from a  nautical point of view but not from the perspective of this story…

I am blessed with a very talented staff in the place where I work. In that place we occasionally pick up some rather challenging jobs. One of New Zealand’s Great walks is close to here. For the upcoming season, the managers want to export their booking system so that walkers on the trail can update and change their bookings once they are on the trail. This often happens if bad weather causes walkers to abandon the walk or where walkers are making good time and opt to skip a hut or camping location.

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The tool of choice provided to us for this task is a rather chunkalunky ruggedised 7″ Android tablet…so chunkalunky that we used plate holders as stands for them…

This is a short story really. One of my talented staff took on this project and in a couple of weeks, and despite some serious illness along the way developed a full system that allow the booking system to be accessed in the Park; these chunkalunkies offered quite a few technical challenges as they hated the local mobile networks necessitating a number of back end work-arounds, lots of cussun’, bad words and torn hair…

The package included development of all the manuals and delivery of training to the ranger staff who will be using them over the summer season…boring story I know but a great achievement for a young staffer on her first independent project…and coming back to the topic of the challenge, I am quite rightly very proud of her achievement…

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