December 5th, 2003

Kirin 01 - portrait

Fun at work

Today I was on site at work for the first time in a long while.

I was involved in a "walk through" where we as architects go through the building answering questions and hopefully solving problems for the contractor. My counterpart from the engineer's office had the brunt of the questions but I answered a couple.

We went to the roof. This might not seem like much, but I get very nervous on ladders and scaffolds etc. ("unprotected" heights) So where do we go first? up three stories (45 feet or so) of ship's ladder type scaffold to a ledge beside the roof trusses *urp!* The ledge was fine, there was a wire railing. Then out onto the lower roof to look at a couple of flashing details. Nice view, about 60ft above ground looking out at the planes (This is the American Airlines Terminal at JFK) Next, there's some more details on the main roof. OK ... Up there ... right ... The access was by another ladder - 30 ft tall and made of 2x4. I made it.
The upper roof is about 80 feet up at the peak, but the view was again worth the trip.
It was beginning to snow at that point, so we went back inside fairly fast. We finished up and went back to the site offices about 1PM. At this point the snow was about an inch and still coming down fast so I left for home at about 1:45.

(OK, so I don't know how to post photos yet so I took it out)
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    cheerful cheerful
Kirin 01 - portrait

The trip home was frustrating!

It took three hours six minutes to get 18 miles. Average speed 6 mph! Got in at about 4:45PM

The last hour was going just about two of those miles on a major local road.

People are selfish when driving in bad weather. Passing in the center meadian and even in the oncoming traffic lane, pushing into intersections instead of stopping to let traffic through, nuzzling into a packed line of cars with no turn signals and generally being a$$holes. No one seems to know how to drive in snow. I saw lots of cars spinning their wheels over accelerating on packed snow or fishtailing. SUV drivers are the worst as they think they are invincible and, as they are bigger, can bully their way through normal car traffic. And I gotta go up to the office tomorrow so we can take Boxing Day off. (I don't mind going to work, just the trip up to S Norwalk in the snow (and I don't mind driving in snow myself, but the other drivers (OK so how deeply can I nestle parentetical phrases?(*grin*))))
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    annoyed annoyed
Kirin 01 - portrait

Posting Pictures

OK, I have the URL for the roof picture

but I cannot get it to link to here

If I use img src="http:// ... " it shows up as an ftp address in the properties and a broken link.


(By the way, that thing that looks like the top of a swimming pool ladder is the top of the 2x4 ladder from the lower roof. That curved roof parapet is about 4ft 6in tall)
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    confused confused