when drinking coffee, time … flies

During my days looking for employment daily and practising engineering & architectural stuff, I sometimes head to a coffee shop.  There’s one close by called Good Earth.  Nice surroundings, nice enough people.  The coffee’s not fantastic – a bit on the weak side – but good enough.  Free refill.  Good scones.  I commented to a server that the music playing was good.  Then, 10 minutes later, a person in the back turned it to something else – “You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good, baby you’re no good,” repeated the lyrics over and over and over and …  <sigh>  I left.  I used to go to Starbucks (MMDS), but there are so many flies there that it makes it impossible to concentrate on anything I’m doing.  The coffee is always good.  Yesterday I went to the Starbucks downtown.  Also good coffee.  I once waited about 20 minutes for a coffee at The Penny Coffee House.  Good coffee, nice enough surroundings, but so busy that it took forever.  I couldn’t complain because the staff are all working full-tilt.  But sometimes it’s just nicer to sit at home and continue working.  Cheaper, too, for someone not employed.  Unfortunately, staying in the house all day makes the day drag on.

Morandi’s technology

It finally happened.  Morandi’s bridge in Genoa, Italy, finally collapsed.  Yahoo! Engegniri USA Today  Mr. Bohnert, our instructor, was correct.  Poor design, materials, & construction: people die.  This bridge was build in the 1960s and was plagued from the start with its proven unreliable technology.  Is its use of pre-stressed steel and reinforced concrete to blame?  When a storm came, with heavy rain and lightning, the thing collapsed.

dismantlement of Alpine Sprite

I began this afternoon the dismantlement of the Alpine Sprite 400 caravan (camper trailer).  I didn’t use it last year and haven’t this year either.  Its contents; two 6-volt deep-cycle batteries (12-volt in series), 140-Watt solar panel, 2500-Watt inverter, 3-stage charger, fresh- & gray-water tanks, water pumps (pressure & draw), 16,000 BTU propane forced-air furnace, on-demand propane water heater, 1000-Watt microwave oven, stereo & speakers, two propane tanks with auto-switch-over regulator, sink, faucet, shower, LED lighting, and a few other things; will all be used somewhere else.  The shell of the trailer will be up for grabs.

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ISL

I went to ISL Engineering today and saw a manager.  They do roadways (urban & rural), bridges (eight different bridge sites in Lethbridge alone), city water infrastructures (fresh, waste, storm), landscape architecture, and any structure that connects people and place in which we live.

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update

Wow.  We were just talking about this the other day.  The Water Tower (formerly Ric’s Grille) is reopening.  news  I wonder if they’ll be more successful than the Ric’s Grille restaurant franchise.

Yesterday was a bit of a bust.

M&F got a flat tire yesterday.  The only time Floyd leaves without his phone, and he gets a flat tire!  They called me, but for some reason my phone didn’t vibrate.  Floyd began to jack the van up and had 4 of 5 lug nuts off, but the last one was a locking nut, and the lug nut key was nowhere to be found.  A Hutterite man stopped to help and looked for the missing key, but it simply wasn’t there.  Someone else came by and called AMA.  It all got sorted out in the end.  Today Floyd went to Murray to ask them where the hell the lug nut key was.  It’s on order.

I witnessed an accident yesterday.  A Jetta came flying around the corner, and a Silverado couldn’t stop in time.  Scrape!  Nobody was hurt.  I stopped, offered witness, took pictures, and gave my phone number.  I even wrote up a report, like a good citizen.  accident near Safeway 2018-07-03  I like details.  The unfortunate thing is that a couple of days before I took the chips out of my dash cams, so I have no video.  The only day my dash cams aren’t working, and there’s an accident!

I put on an office shirt and nice trousers and went out to a couple of places to hand in my resume.  I didn’t actually get to any place.  I had a list yesterday longer than my nose of things to do.  The day got away from me.

And, Floyd’s computer crashed, seemingly while doing a Windows Update.  I tried and tried to get it working again, but disk errors abounded.  (Yes, that’s a word.)  In the end, it turns out the disk isn’t the problem.  The computer itself has a faulty piece of hardware.  So, he’s getting the little red Gateway laptop our neighbour gave me.  It’s not the fastest machine in the world (another AMD), but it’s not 9 years old, either.

Yesterday has come and gone – thank goodness.  Today’s a brand new day.