Today I went out into the field to do test pits. It was, for the most part, fun. I got really really dirty. And for TP-3 (I did four total) it was raining, which was a bitch and a half, because my notes got all soggy and dirt got on EVERYTHING and stuck. But it was never doing anything worse than drizzling, so eh, what the hell.
The only parts that weren't fun were those when I wasn't sure. For the most part I felt pretty good about what I was doing. (I'll write more about it in its_what_i_do when I get a chance). But sometimes, there would be an obvious color change, say, seven or ten feet down. But I can't get in the hole to check it out, so I have to do it from the side of the pit, which is difficult and makes me unsure. However, I took lots of samples, and we're sending them out to get analyzed, so we'll at least know for sure whether the soil is loamy sand or sandy loam. But it's still up to me to determine where the change happens, and to be honest, I felt like I was guessing a couple times. Oh well, it should be fine, it was all sandy stuff down there, which is just what we want.
Last night I played poker for the first time. No bowling, no dates, I was free for poker. I came out down $3.25, which I think isn't too bad for my first night (we each put in $20 at the beginning). That's a good price for two hours of entertainment with my buddies. I hope that I can make it back next week, too.
Wow, this is a useless entry that goes nowhere, but I never write anymore so I feel like I should do something, but I'm at work and can't devote a whole lot of time to it. Oh, work, I'll talk about work!
I really like my new job so far! A lot of this sentiment, I am aware, is due to the novelty of it all. But still, I really like it! I really like Bruce, and I'm not scared to ask him questions. See, with Wojo, I would finish things, or have a question, and put off going to his office for as long as possible. Which is a lose-lose-lose situation: projects don't get done, I look bad, and I'm not learning anything. But here, Bruce is just at the other side of the room. If I have a question, I just ask it very loudly, and if he can bark back an answer he does; but usually he comes over to explain everything. It's freaking great. I did a concept plan the other day: I went to the zoning board to buy a copy of the ordinance; then I looked up all the relevant requirements (e.g. 50 foot minimum side yard); then I tried to fit a hotel footprint and enough required parking on a funnily-shaped lot. It took me all afternoon, and I loved it. It's a lot of working in AutoCAD, which I enjoy doing. And if this project goes ahead, we'll design the site and the grading and the drainage and the utilities and everything -- a whole actual project, start to finish! Instead of stupid bits and pieces of projects that began three years ago. I am loving it.
Tonight Ott's, then crunking up. Tomorrow a BBQ for Chris's birthday. Sunday a Phillies game.
Life is good.