Triple M Housing

I went to Triple M Housing today to remind them that I am very much interested in architectural design, drafting, engineering, and all things related.  I was there on May 31st of this year, but today my resume was no where to be found.  Long story short, it might’ve ended up on a production manager’s desk.

Nonetheless, I gave Sheryl, Engineering Manager, my “new and improved” resume.  We talked about the EDDT course, any drafting positions available at Triple M, and such.  Sheryl was an engineering student at LC 18 years ago.  Cool.  And now she’s the engineering boss.  I like that.

They use a software package called Vertex, a building design & drafting CAD product from Finland.  Vertex offers a free trial version, so I’ll get into that soon.  Our class went on a tour of the factory, a massive building on the north side of Lethbridge.  I asked a few questions.  …  Actually, I can’t imagine a student taking a tour and not asking questions!  But, if you’re a student right out of high school with little or no real-life experience, how would you know what to ask?  I don’t know how much I don’t know, but I do know it must be a substantial amount.  “Ask and ye shall receive.”  What’s more, if you don’t ask, you won’t receive.  But it was too dang interesting to not ask questions.

They do a lot of different types of homes there. They’re all built on steel frames, from what I gather.  They do modular that can be used on regular city lots, too, not just mobile homes.  Cousin Patti bought one of the modular homes in three pieces and had it trucked in and set up on her land … not a “trailer park”.

Gawd, I hate the word “trailer”.  It’s a dang house, and it can’t be pulled behind my Kia.  I live in a Triple E home – a manufactured home made in a factory.

But, as it turns out, they already hired someone.  They haven’t actually started yet, but if this person doesn’t work out for whatever reason, I’m going to show my ugly face there until they put my resume at the top of the pile.

Sorry for typing so slowly.  I’m eating ice cream.  Can you tell?

finger nail brush

The dumbest of things.  I bought a finger nail brush today from Princess Auto.  It was 99¢, so I know it’s not of the highest quality that money can buy.  But have a look at the label.

“This product contains chemicals, including lead, known … to cause birth defects…  Wash hands after handling.”

So I have to wash my hands after washing my hands with this brush.  Plus, I have to buy another nail brush to get the damn sticky stuff off where the label was.  Or Goo-Gone.

I actually saw a packet of peanuts on an airplane once that stated, “Caution – May Contain Nuts”.  As well, on the bottom of a frozen TV dinner, it said, “Do Not Turn Up-Side-Down”.

Speaking of blowing a gasket <ahem>, the rubber seal on my coffee pot finally broke today.  Life has come to a grinding (no pun intended) halt.

2018-06-26 update:

You’ll be happy to know that the ant killer I just bought does not contain nuts!  For all those ants with peanut allergies.  …  I know, right?

Philips L3G03T radio

As payment for helping G&A with their computer, I was given a radio, the Philips L3G03T (“T303“), the latest item in my collection of old technology.

It was purchased in England in the 1960s before G&A travelled to Canada with their three kids.  It was kind of a major purchase back then for someone counting pennies (pence, actually) to immigrate to Canada.  The radio takes two type 276 9-volt batteries.  I can get them online for only … get this … $22 each! (plus $120 shipping), and All-Tra Batteries here in Lethbridge doesn’t carry them.  Too bad.  It also has a power input port, but I have no idea what voltage it would take.  The batteries are connected in series, making this an 18-VDC radio, but there is some circuitry between the batteries, so I don’t want to take any chances and blow the thing up.  So I’m guessing I won’t get to hear it play just yet.

Mom’s biopsy is today

Mom’s biopsy is today.  I was thinking of going, but Mom says there wouldn’t really be anything to do – just go and wait for her to finish.

I’ll stay here and do some maintenance on the house instead. I am digging around the rear of the house to stop the house itself from sitting on the ground and to replace the rotten wood that had most likely been there since the house was placed here. Lots of work.

tiny houses getting big

The idea of the tiny house is catching on.  The homes as well as the trend itself are getting to be not-so-tiny.  There are a few shows on TV about people building their ideal tiny home.  Floyd saw something in the paper today about a website devoted to organizing and marketing tiny house plans called Tiny House Plans.  I found another called Tiny House Basics.  Pretty interesting if you ask me.

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half of “the room”

Have you ever sat through a movie that was just awful?  I watched something on Netflix called The Disaster Artist, a movie about the making of another movie called The Room.  So when The Disaster Artist was done, I tried watching this B-movie about directed, produced, and acted by Tommy Wiseau.  Oh my frakking god!  It’s now 56:00 into the movie, and I just can’t watch it!  Give it a try, see what you think.

the exciting world of new old printers

I found a new printer – at a yard sale – for twenty bucks.  Yes, I know, it’s not new.  It has the same printing mechanism as my old HP Photosmart C5150 except that it has no scanner and it has different letters – D7260.  Not sure if it’s the D or the higher value numbers that make it print in all colours, but this one does.  As Aaron would say, “How dope is that!?”  It print didn’t when I tried it at the yard sale [error – error – does not compute], but I was confident I could repair it, and I did.

What about the old one?  (A freebie from work a hundred years ago!)  Try as I might, I could not get the C5150 to print blue.  The weird thing is that there are two blues in it (actually, cyan) – a regular blue and a light blue – but neither of them printed.  If it were just one type of blue, I’d say the ink suction tube was faulty or the print head was damaged, but the two blues use different ink streams – cartridges, tubes, portions of the print head.  So what gives?  Short of replacing the print head (which I did for the HP Offiejet 7610, a wide-format printer), I can find no way of getting the blue to print.

Doesn’t matter now.  The D7260 prints nicely.   Happy happy joy joy.

Holy heck.  In writing this Ongoing Letter entry, I nodded off like three times.  If I find it lacking adequate excitement so as to fall asleep this many times, I can imagine how you might feel reading it.  I think it also has something to do with the heat.  It’s hotter than Arizona asphalt out there, and it’s making me dopey.