F899. Doesn’t apply to everything

Today, post is short but just a smidge under hill airy ess (those that know me, that’s hilarious).

Balancing goods received to invoices is the bane of my exisitance (a favorite phrase of a dear colleague that has moved onward and upward). Recall the blogs post regarding material specifications? Um yeah. This is related to that.

F899 is typically a material specification for medical stuff. You know, knee replacements, hip replacements, joint pins- ya get me- stuff that makes our toes curl.

Steel like stainless and titanium and chrome molly stuff has to be certified to ASTM F899 or it’s a big no can do. And usually small diameter stuff- less than 3.00 inches diameter stuff.

Look at your cell phone and think smaller than that width, but a round. Yeah. Medical. Surgery. The human body.

Yeah. So I have an invoice from a vendor that had to evaluate an MTR. The material the invoice referenced is 17-4 large diameter (like over eight inches diameter) round bar.

Welp, I would argue and say there’s not a surgeon willing to use an over eight inch diameter anything for either a surgical instrument or a replacement for anything.

I could be wrong, and I would stand to be corrected, but in this particular instance I don’t need this bar to be to F899.

I’m not going to pay it until I get further clarification from those who know way more than I.

Buyers in any industry are not sales folks. I have a healthy respect for inside sales and outside sales in any industry, and especially steel. The objections that those cool cats have to overcome in a day totally get an “atta way to go” and many times over a high five from me. I could not do it.

But it has been my career to know as much as I can about my industry to know what mill to go to provide the best material and in this case, know a smidge of a material specification to keep the costs reasonable.

When I don’t know, I take advantage of my resources to find out.


Dumbledore told Harry that “help will always be given at Hogwarts for those who ask for it” (JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7).

Surround yourself, regardless of your career path with those more than willing to help you while you are on your journey. I have been more than fortunate to have have several mentors in my career-those people that have forgotten more than I will ever know.

Project (as in tackle something) or Project (as in outward of something else)

In my professional and personal self, regardless of which meaning chosen, I pretty much suck at both. I have endless lists about with all sorts of projects from New Year Resolve to Be’s (a project always under construction) to Readying for the Holidays.

In case you didnt realize, that pretty much captures anything and everything in the year.

And I have lists to better organize my day(s) personally and professionally. I have to admit, as much as I attempt, I have one internal list that trumps them all, and I do as I’ve always done – the relaxing 30 minutes or followed by the mad dash to get out the door to the officiana. On the drive in, I am a spur of the moment kinda gal-stop for coffee or don’t, take this route or that one, stop for snacks at the office for later, well, okay, that one is determined by a real need as in “will I snack on what I already have or not?”.

BTW- I can project things- tho I am a girl, I don’t throw like a girl.

I have the best boss a gal could have. He shares his knowledge of the biz, he’s supportive but firm, and he knows I work best under hard deadlines. And he knows I really am fearful of projects as in PowerPoint sort of projects. He probably knows that right now, I am freaking out on this project that I have to have completed tomorrow (I have sorta started on it – I got the ideas at least), and I will get it finished. It will be fine.

But until it all comes together, I am going to fret for another oh, seven or eight hours. And try to catch some sleep during small fret breaks.

Which brings me to this- do not underestimate the value of a relationship.

I am successful at what I do because I work internally with some really great people. I work with externally really great people. While I am working at my position, I have relationships with folks that work in their positions. We work together like a finely oiled machine. Together, we achieve success because we know the capabilities of each other, and we know when to reach out, ask a favor and get the favor returned.

It’s that “You do me a solid, I do you a solid”.

My project is all about a solid being done for me and me returning that solid. Well, that’s simplified. I have to show the financial value of the solid, the ease of making the solid work if something changes, and the return of investment, and more stuff that really should have a few charts, graphs and a flow chart or two would be nice.

See, I have it in my head.

How do you put all that in a nice PowerPoint with a cool ass big bow?

I leave you with this-

“I speak to everyone the same, whether the garbage man or the president of the university.” Paraphrased Albert Einstein