The Story of My Life so Far - Part 89 - 1988: I become an engineer at CR2A

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This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France



The story starts here
Previous episode: Part 88


After I left active duty in the French Navy, I started to work as an engineer in a software house named CR2A, that has disappeared a long time ago. CR2A was located avenue Dubonnet in Courbevoie:

The name Courbevoie comes from Latin Curva Via and means "curved highway", allegedly in reference to a Roman road from Paris to Normandy which made a sharp turn to climb the hill over which Courbevoie was built.
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Courbevoie is situated some 30 km from Fresnes, and when I drove to work, it took me between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the traffic. So, most of the time I took public transportation: I walked to the Croix de Berny station, where I took the RER B, changed to RER A in the middle of Paris then took the train in La Défense Station to the Bécon-les-Bruyères station, then walked to avenue Dubonnet. The full trip was taking a little more than an hour, but it was cheaper and more reliable than driving, when there were no technical problems.

At some point, I decided to get up at 5:22, so that I could be at work around 7:00 and be back at home around 17:30. Why exactly 5:22? I have no idea why I had chosen this time, but it seemed a funny idea to tell people my exact waking time; they would ask "Why?" and I would answer "Why not?".


I had been hired by CR2A because they have won a contract from the DCAN (now Naval Group) to assist them to select the subcontractors for the networking computer system of a new tracking ship: the Monge



source: Wikipedia

Monge (A601), named after the 18th century mathematician Gaspard Monge, is a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship of the French Navy dedicated to tracking and measuring rocket trajectories.
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CR2A wanted to have somebody from the Navy that would understand the culture and that was also comfortable in software development: I was this guy.

I will describe in a future article my job and the people I was working with.

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Come to think of it: why would 05:22 be stranger than 05:30? Hm.

Did you have any doings with Thomson-CSF/Thales when you worked for CR2A? I used to work for them in The Netherlands, probably later, because I don't see any phased-array radars on that ship.

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Come to think of it: why would 05:22 be stranger than 05:30? Hm.

Indeed!

Did you have any doings with Thomson-CSF/Thales when you worked for CR2A?

Yes, I did, and I have an interesting story about that, that I will tell later.

Good job.

@vcelier First of all you salute me, because you were in the navy, you have served for many days, have lived a lot of life today, standing in this place, an extraordinary experience, to read this post, I was curious about it It was great to read this post of a navy man, I learned a lot,,, many many thanks for the great information your post,,,