When I was renovating houses I never knew how involved you could get in the job on a large scale where you are building a city. If I put in a sidewalk at your house, it was a simple process that did not need any more complex of a calculation than to estimate how many yards of concrete the job would take. Now in my capacity as a city engineer, I use civil engineering software to figure out things such as the shear strength of concrete retaining walls used on highways, or to check to see if the footer design of a new building meets our codes for construction of skyscrapers in the city.
Years ago my dad worked in an office where he used a slide rule to make calculations for the same sort of information. Now I have complex software that lets me simulate different construction scenarios to come up with a design plan that is economically feasible and safe. It is a delicate balance of safety, longevity, construction costs, maintenance and aesthetics for anything that gets built in the city. Continue reading “Using Software As a City Engineer”
I needed to look into scanning software after I finally made the leap from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I put it off as long as I could after reading a lot of stuff about how Windows 10 is loaded with deep state tracking software. Friends suggested I hang on to Windows 7 as long as possible, but in the last six months I knew I would be making the transition. The biggest issue is that, as far as I can tell, Microsoft pretty much quit supporting Windows 7. That meant my computer became more vulnerable to hackers, viruses, and malware.
Since I’ve got scads of files on my old computer, mostly pictures I don’t want to lose associated with my photography hobby, that meant the transition would likely take days as I migrated all the stuff over to the new hard drive. It also meant finding a new scanning software program because the old one I understood well and used didn’t have a version that worked with Windows 10. Continue reading “Upgrading My Computer and Software”
I am having the time of my life this year. My parents told me that they would be fine with me taking some time off before I start college to simply have some fun without any constaints. I love going to dance clubs and raves, so that is what I have been doing on many weekends. I wear a lot quirky things like pink platform shoes and metallic silver skirts. There are a lot of websites that sell club clothing. It comes in bright colors like pink, purple, neon, rainbow and lots more. There are even clothes that are glittery and some that light up thanks to LED lighting. I have some of the cutest outfits for my club year.
I was a straight A student all throughout school. Continue reading “I Love the Time I Am Taking Before College to Have Some Fun”
Of course this is a pretty simple job most days, but today the guy who usually handles the scales was out on vacation and there is not any way to get in touch with him. He is out hiking with the girl he is dating, and there is not any phone service out in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. At any rate we have big vehicle scales for weighing vehicles when they come into the dump and when they leave it, so we know what to charge. I had to find load cell suppliers it turned out, or at least that is what they told me I needed. The guy who could fix it was there, but he did not have any spare parts of the sort that he needed. Continue reading “Had to Get Something Fixed”
We got a grant and donations from the community to redo our auditorium at the school. We wanted a modern stage with all of the latest lighting, projection and sound equipment for our student productions. We were getting to be well known in our area for the quality of our plays, and that was mostly due to the talent of our student actors. Contractors renovated our auditorium, and we had a custom audio visual system design installed. I never saw so many cables before in one place in my life. The cable runs looked like a work of art as they snaked around and through the ceiling from the front to the back of the auditorium.
Every light and speaker could be controlled from the production booth. Continue reading “Our New School Auditorium and Its Custom Audio Visual System Design”
Crime is often one of those things that too many people think cannot touch them. I found out that was not true when my neighbor’s home was broken into when they were on vacation. I was just thankful that no one was home, because it appeared to be a very violent group of people who did this, according to what the police witnessed inside the house. I was also glad they did not choose my house because I was home with my two young children when it happened. I did a search for buy CCTV security the very same day I found out all the details, because I wanted us to be protected as much as possible.
I had never considered getting any type of security system before because it just did not seem like something that would ever be of much use. Continue reading “A Security System Makes Me Feel Safer”
We weigh things and give people money. That is the basics of our business. It is also why I have precision stainless steel test weights to make sure the scales are 100 percent accurate. People bring in gold, silver and platinum jewelry, coins, junk and other stuff. We pay them for the items based on what they are and their weight. With gold being so pricey, we could lose a lot of money if the scales are weighing heavy. We could lose our customers and our license to operate if they are weighing light. The county comes in an certifies our scales once a year. We keep a log of them being tested every day. If anything appears suspicious about a weight, we test the scale and confirm the weight using another scale.
For really pricey items we always confirm their weight on two scales. We use very precision scientific scales, so the weights are exact, even when using two scales. The scales we use are also quite durable. Continue reading “Buying Precious Metals, Coins and Other Things Requires Precise Scales and Record Keeping”
When we were looking at apartments we had criteria that just had to be met. Otherwise, we were just not going to move out of the place we were in. We had looked at a lot of places, and we were just about to sign another year’s lease for our old place when a friend told me to check out the http://www.springpointeapartments.com website. It did not take us long to schedule an appointment to see an apartment. We signed a lease before we left. Yes, you can say we really liked the place.
I could hardly wait to move. We had a couple of weeks to get out of our old place before the lease was up. All of our rent was paid up, and we were going to take our time moving. The plan was to do a little each day and be out. We did not have a ton of stuff to take with us. We decided to get it all done in one day. We hired a moving company that came in, boxed it all up, moved it to the new apartment and unboxed it for us. I never knew that moving could be so easy. If we move again, we are never going back to the old way of doing it.
We were very happy to be in the new place so fast. We settled in like we had been there for years in the first couple of days. We were making use of all the nice things they had for the residents, and our apartment was really comfortable. I like it that everything is so new. There is nothing run down about this place. It is like a spa to me. I like the pool, the gym and all of the nice stuff they have for residents who live there.
It seems that when my husband goes away on business trips, something always happens. The last time he was gone for a week, and that is when the toilet decided to act up. I knew nothing about it, and my two brothers were not available to help me either. There was no way I was going to wait until my husband got home to fix it, because we only have the one bathroom in the house. I knew that I needed to look at some good plumbers in Bristol and select the one that would be able to help me in this uncomfortable situation. Continue reading “The Toilet Broke when My Husband Was Gone”
We are staying in the hotel right now, because the house is not going to be ready for a couple of days. Jan and I just got to Springfield this morning and we are going to get the place ready. In the meanwhile the kids are going to stay with their Grandma for a couple of weeks. Of course they want to finish the school year and there is not any reason to pull them out of school just yet. We are going to do some work on the house and I have this http://www.direct-satellite-tv.com/directv/illinois/ package of cheap satellite TV getting installed. Of course that is not that big of a deal, but I wanted to have the stuff all set up when the kids got there. Of course the Internet matters a whole lot more than the TV for them. They have to have their wi fi and all of the stuff like that. Of course they are on their phones 90 percent of the time.
It is a pretty big step up in theory. Continue reading “Just Got to Springfield This Morning”