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My second day at work

Today I woke up and didn't take a shower and got in to work about ten minutes late, but it doesn't matter.

Bruce and Chuck are at a seminar at my old university, and the rest of the guys are out surveying, so it is just me! At ten I got into my car and drove to the Soil Conservation District to pick up a soil map that I need. Then I drove to the site where one of the crews is, so that I can see where they are staking out the locations for the test pits which I will have to oversee sometime next week. It is beautiful out. It is warm, just right below the threshold of being "too hot". Yesterday at the mall a lady gave me a card spritzed with men's cologne ("Chrome"), and I left it in my car, so I am greeted by a gentle whiff of unfamiliar cologne each time I get in. At the site I walked down a long driveway, and then into the woods. The rain of the past few months has left everything green green green. There was a wide swath in the woods, wide enough for a car to travel in. I walked down it and saw a bunny and there is honeysuckle everywhere.

I couldn't find the stakes so I asked Alex, one of the survey guys (nee' "teddy bear boy" for you long-time readers) where they were and he showed me. They hadn't staked out the locations of the last two test pits, so I waited while they did so. Alex said that Gloucester County College is having a Intro to Surveying course starting in September, and I think I'm going to do that; Rutgers doesn't have a surveying course (which is stupid) so I never took one. Work will pay for it if I pass, which I will.

Then I drove back to the office, and passed Washington Lake Park, which means I finally know where it is. I'm going to go check it out next time I remember.

Did I mention the sun is shining?

So I am here in the office all by my lonesome. I am once again allowed to have internet radio, and right now a new Beck song is playing.

Did I mention I have a window? My old job was inside a former warehouse, so there were very very few windows, and each of them were 12" wide.

I have my own window here.

The weather report for Bonnaroo is still low 80's everyday, but scattered T-storms every single day! That's okay, it's better than a steady rain. Things will be wet and muddy, but hopefully the storms will be sporadic and we can chill in between them. Too back I won't be able to wear my paper hat. I will be wearing a poncho, though!

Life is good.


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Jun. 10th, 2003 09:53 am (UTC)
Haven't we discussed the motto-stealing recently? Hey, I think Chaos even puts a (tm) after it.

How do you go about getting things like soil maps (whatever the hell those are), lot surveys, and stuff like that? Are they all public record, or do you need special engineer connections to get them?
Jun. 10th, 2003 10:17 am (UTC)
For the soil map, I just walked in and said "hi I need soil map #14" and she said "okay" and gave it to me. I didn't even have to pay! I think you have to pay to get the survey for the whole county, though.

As for everything else . . . I honestly have no idea. I can get tax maps online, because the companies I've worked for have accounts there, but I don't know if they have to be engineers to get the accounts or what. I would imagine that they're public record, though. I think you have to go to the county court house to get deeds and whatnot . . . you asking for a reason, or just curious?
Jun. 10th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
I was just curious. When I begin excavation on the underground lair/palace/bomb shelter for the ruler of Jefftopia, I don't want to hit the gas line.
Jun. 10th, 2003 10:30 am (UTC)
Oh, well for THAT you call One Call. The ol "Call Before You Dig" guys? You just call them, and the call all your utilities (gas, electric, cable, phone, water/sewer, etc) to come out and mark all underground lines.
Jun. 10th, 2003 11:29 am (UTC)
Man, that's all great news. You go.
Jun. 10th, 2003 02:09 pm (UTC)
Man, stories about people having fun outside, while on the clock, make me miss framing houses. There is something to be said about working outside.
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