Charisma R

  City of Birth:
National City, CA

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"My first outage" 


Date Range: 01/01/1991 To 01/01/1992   Comments: 4   Views: 35,976
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This is the first picture taken of me inside the airlock going into containment at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in MN.  They were a little more lenient with taking pictures back then. 

I was pretending to control the airlock doors.  At some point in time we need to enter containment with one door open at one time to maintain containment integrity and air pressure.  Then at another point in time during the outage when the reactor is completely shut down we are able to open both doors for easier access.

I was so concerned about my hair back then.  I was wearing a skull cap but you can barely see it.  We are supposed to tuck all our hair under the cap so we protect it from contamination.  I don't care what I look like anymore when I'm at work.  I think it's ridiculous to get all dolled up when I start dripping sweat and I'm wearing a hardhat and safety glasses. 

19 and oh so young!

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Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant
In a full set of PC's (protective clothing). Purp



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Member Since
Apr 2008
Chuck Stallong said:
posted on Sep 19, 2008
you're a tiny little thing

doing a tough job i'd buy you a beer

Member Since
Aug 2007
Brian Childers said:
posted on Sep 20, 2008
"tiny little thing"

you have a way with words Chuck! Charissa - things going better now at work?

Member Since
Jun 2008
/ ' said:
posted on Sep 20, 2008
That is really you!!?!?

Yeah, that Barney suit is so....????

Member Since
May 2008
Charisma R said:
posted on Sep 23, 2008

T- Yes, that's me. Crazy, huh? B- No, my work is not better. But thanks for your concern. That means a lot. C- I weigh less now then I did back then. Not good. Especially since I just had a baby 10 1/2 months ago. Thanks for the laughs! I'm going to sign off now as TLT (lol) tlt p.s. I'll take a Corona with a lime. Thanks!