September 21st, 2004

Fiona and me in the snow

wedding preparations almost over; professors all sorted; life generally good :)

An update should be required of me, and now that the excitement of football, and an Arkansas win is behind us, I suppose I'll update, and I'm happy to report that this should be a short, happy, and informative update. How good is that?

Friday really was a good day. Though Jerry showed up 15 minutes late (I was so worried he wouldn't show), he did show up, and it was as if nothing happened. He continues to do his best to get me there on time and it was all good. Note: I just realized I forgot to finish this entry (I started writing it on Sunday and today is Tuesday so ...

Since Friday, things have proceeded on schedule. Jerry has continued to show up on time and get the job done with a smile. Its as if nothing has happened when he works with me which I guess is ok since he's getting the job done, getting me from point A to point B. Today's my easy day, so I thought I would make sure and let people know I'm alive adn reasonably well.

This weekend is Kelsea's wedding so I spent most of yesterday and today trying to figure out if I could miss my Friday classes so I can go home on Thursday. I have no classes on Thursday, so going home on that day will only affect my Friday classes. The class that I was mostly worried about is physical chemistry, and I talked with my professor yesterday. Dr. Chminator tells me that I must go to my sister's wedding on Thursday because "When your sister gets married, you must go as soon as possible". So given that advice, I felt much better about continuing preparations for the Thursday trip. I'll be riding down with Kelsea's maid of honor, who still goes to college up here, and as of yet, I haven't talked to her, but I assume we'll leave in the afternoon some time, and get there to greet all of the family that's supposed to come in that evening from Phoenix. There will be lots of family to see, so that will be good, and since all the planning is come close to being done, and since my sister is getting married, it will be a good and happy time and it will help me escape academia for at least a bit.

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That's about all I have to write about. Sorry I'm not as creative or precise as I said I'd be. I guess the need to do some Advanced Applied Math before leaving on Thursday is helping to kill my writing muses.

On a final note, I turned on the tv to find Ken Jennings gone from Jeopardy. I was not elated but sad that I may have missed his defeat. Looking on the web though, I found out that he is on a two week hiatus until his return on October 4. Until then, it'll be nice to watch some real competition for a change. He's supposed to lose soon, according to some rumors, at his 75 game mark, but I'll believe it when/if it happens. I'm just glad I'm not the only one who thinks it is a bit unfair to keep him on. Saturday's New York Times had an editorial almost exactly mirroring my views. Very neat.

More soon.

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Fiona and me in the snow

Coldwater University revisited

I don't usually describe my showers because I generally don't write about my showers. When I went to dinner though, I fond out why exactly the last 10 minutes of my 30 minute shower (yes I like my hot showers) were ice cold and why they got so ice cold so quickly. Just as a precursor to the below email, the whole campus is based on steam, heated by it, cooled by it even. Well let me clear that up, the steam lines don't directly cool us, the plant produces cool water which cools us but anyway. So basically, you get endless supplies of hot water because you don't have to rely on a little hot water heater to do the job but can rely on the huge boilers in the plant. YOu enjoy this only until the plant has to be shut down and the steam that has heated your water for six years ceases to exist. Sadly, I live on the opposite end of campus to the heating plant so I guess I'm S.O.L. kind of like I was for almost two weeks in Gregson this summer. Remember that guys?

Facilities Management Utilities Operation and Maintenance steam plant has been shutdown because of a sudden failure of a critical component. Repairs are
expected to be completed within several hours, on the order of 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM this evening.

Following repairs, restoring full steam service to all facilities will take an additional 2 to 4 hours. Those facilities closer to the plant will experience
some steam service quickly, while facilities farthest from the plant will take longer. (I'm about as far away from the plant as is humanly possible on this campus. Well, not *that* far away but pretty damn close.

Being an engineer, I wonder what "crucial piece of equipment" broke. I wonder if the guy who was on when the crucial piece of equipment broke will be able to provide me with a job opening which has been recently vacated by him :P? Who knows, equipment breaks, things fail, but why not do things in parallel? Why shut the whole plant down? Its because its the university that's why :). I wonder if we'll actually get hot water tomorrow. Funny that both times the hot water dies, I'm in the middle of a shower, maybe I have ESP for knowing when hot water will cease to exist. Let's hope that the most difficult part of engineering actually goes as planned. 90% of problems created in plants happen at start up or shut down, so let's hope that the thing doesn't further die when firing it back up. More later.
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