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So tonight I had my first fire (in the fireplace) of my house. LOL. I got home a little past 7pm and walked in the house and thought it was a tad cold. So I look at the t-stat and notice that its 70 degrees in the house and it is only going to get colder as the night goes on. Heck, when I woke up this morning the house was at 65 degrees.

So with that, I decided that I was going to build a fire cus I am not ready to light the pilot light on my heater (yes, I am cheap). I've got a nice fire going, and its 75 degrees. Anyway, with that, time for the real update that I have been meaning to write for a while now.

Work has been work. Last week started good and just went down hill from there. For those of you who know me IRL (in real life), might know that I have been battling our gate at work. Last Wednesday our dispatcher called me and asked me if I was doing anything with the gate. I said no and asked her why. She told me that the gate just opened on its own and now would not close. GREAT!

So, after some end-run, I finally figured out who we use to work on our gate and gave them a call. They got someone down there and did some work on the gate and all seamed to be good. Then came Thursday and the gate was back to its old tricks. Called the guys back again, they came out tested everything and could not figure out what was wrong. But they told me that if it acted up again, they would come back and replace the whole control board.

Move on to Friday and I get into the office around noon and the gate is standing wide open again. So once again I call the gate comapny and they send one of the techs out to replace the control board. He says that he is also going to be the tech on call this weekend and that if I have any other issues, to call him. I had to run out to DHL which is out by the airport since I wanted to make sure a return part got to Dell. Upon my return to the office, I found the gate standing wide open.

I called him back again, and only got his voice mail. So I tried the rest button on the control board and no luck. No matter what I tried, I could not get the gate to shut. Finally I figured out a way to shut the gate. The tech called me back not long after and said that he would talk with his company about getting a quote to replace the loop sensors.

I got the quote today, and sign off on it. 600 dollars to replace both loop sensors was not bad and what we all thought would be the fix (heck, it was the only thing left that we had not replaced yet. Also today the tech came back and put our old control board back in since we figured that was not the issue.

So they all left and I had to go do some work on our network to get some UPS's and surge protectors installed. I am just finishing up when Sean (does a lot of our fleet work) comes up to my office to tell me that the gate is standing wide open again. So I thanked him, and after he had walked off screamed a cus word really loud.

I called the tech back again and told him what was going on and he just had no clue what it could be. At this point we have replaced everything in the gate that would have any affect on this. So he is going to talk with the guys at his office and rack there brain to see if they can figure this one out.

Other then that, life is good. Not too much going on, which is the way I like.


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Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Most people I know don't start a fire until the weather gets down into the forties or lower. That New Mexico weather must be something! :)
Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
Last night it was in the 40's and tonight it is not going to be much better. Right now it is 54 degs and we only peaked at like 71 degs. Normaly by this time of year we are cooler, but this has been a warmer year for us.

That and it was my first fire in my new house! LOL. I have missed having a fire place since I moved out of parents place back in 2002.

We are suppose to warm back up this week (which is why I am not fireing up the furance), and then another cool front should move thru around Friday.
Oct. 2nd, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
I think your gate at work is haunted.
It reminds me of the problem we keep having with the shingles on our roof, Dad got them replaced about a year ago, and the wind and rain keep knocking them down, they are worse then if he had just left the originals, the company has been out to fix it three times only, because they don't come half the time when Dad calls and they never fix it right.
They should have just told you you needed the loop sensors replaced in the first place. It must have been aggravating and comical at the same time.
Florida still isn't cold enough for our fireplace I wish it was. One holiday season it was real hot out like in the 80's still, and everyone wanted the fireplace to open presents by so we put it on then opened all the windows then put on our bathing suits and all went swimming before 'Santa' got there so we would be cooler, you should see what the holiday pictures looked like that year, swimsuits, Santa, and a fire.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Everyone else around the building has told me that the gate is haunted, which would not be to far of a stretch. LOL. Before we took over this building many moons ago, they used to build coffins here. Granted, no dead people were even in them, but still!

And I LOL'ed about wanting a fire at Christmas in Florida. If we have the same type of winter we had last year, I will trade you Florida weather for ours any day. LOL.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
I would so trade it's 82 degrees outside and the suns already setting.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Well with the winter we had last year, you might want to think twice. :) It got down to 2 degs a few times last year. Heck, when I was in Colorado Springs this past January, the high for all 3 days I was there was around 6 or 7 degs and it was snowing the whole freaking time.

Normally it is not that bad. We normally only get snow once or twice a year, but last winter in December and Januray; we kept getting it about once every week or two. I was in Cleveland for Christmas visiting my sister with my parents, and we all got delayed getting back into town by a huge snow storm that did not stop for about 36 hours straight.

When I get a few seconds, I will go back and find my posts from the New Year as I tried to get home (Key word, try). Also, I am not sure if I have any pictures, but I know my parents got some from the neighbors, I will try and get those for you to look at. The best part about the whole thing was that there was not a drop of snow anywhere in Cleveland, and it was warmer for the most part then in Albuquerque. LOL.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
O.k thats funny warmer in Cleavland then in Albuquerque.
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
So here is the kinda blow by blow of what happend in late Dec 06 and early 07. Some are pictures, some are my writing from my journal: (All links open in a new window)

It all starts, if I had only known...
Pictures of the aftermath of the first storm.
Pictures of the second storm (for which I was out of town).
And this was about 5 days after.
The next week, we got another snow storm. 3rd storm in 3 weeks.
5th storm in 5 weeks.
6th storm in 5 weeks.
Even more snow about a month after the 6th storm.
Picture after the storm the last storm.

I should add that normaly when we get snow here in Albuquerque, its once a winter (maybe twice if we are lucky) and its only about an inch or two. Not 7 storms and not 6" to 24" at a time.

My travel's home from Cleveland:
First half
Second half
Wrap up of everything

Short story if you do not want to read the post's. Flew from Cleveland (CLE) to DFW (Dallas / Ft. Worth). Got to know the people who were sitting in my row on the CLE to DFW flight, and found out there were from Albuquerque and on the same flight to ABQ as I was. Got to DFW and found out our flight to Albuquerque (ABQ) and every other flight that night to ABQ was cancled due to weather. Ended up spending the night at the Westin cus the airline got us a cheap rate. Found out that the next flight to ABQ the airline could get us on was like 5 days away. The next day we were able to get a flight to El Paso, TX (about 3 / 4 hours south of ABQ) and rented a car and made the drive home.

My parents were suppose to arrive back home the day before I was scheduled to arive home. There flight got cancled too, and they ended up spending two extra days in CLE with my sister, then doing what is known as milk run to get home (flew half way around the country to get home). My grandma who was up visiting her son (my mom's brother) in Wichita, KS was suppose to arrive a few days before all of us, but due to her getting sick, and then her flights getting cancled due to weather, we all arrived back in ABQ with in 1 hour of each other, with my parents and grandma flying in, and me driving in with complete strangers that I did not know 24 hours before.

So that is the short story.
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
It must have been weird to look at the biggest interchange in the state with no traffic on it. Wow, those mesa style buildings look so funny with all that snow on them, the car looks so funny! I have never seen that kind of snow before except for on television the snow looks three to six inches deep on some of those branches! Isn't that area supposed to be dessert? That mountain looks like the Himalaya's! Are those ice cycles? They look half a story long! Could anybody even move those cars in the parking lot or were they like frozen to the ground? I think that 'The mother freaking snow' was a good way to put it. Though I can't figure out how you put in a full time class schedule work thirty hours and still find time to sleep seven to eight hours- that's as amazing as the snow storms. Six snow storms in five weeks that seems like too much I'd be screaming by then. If we keep getting snow storms like this, I will need to find a fitting icon. too funny, but I can see your point. The Duck pond looks beautiful! Almost worth the snow? I hate getting stuck in airports, at least you had people to be miserable with *grin* The room was fairly inexpensive at least. Your boss dose seem real nice and understanding. what a crappy way to be stuck on the New Year though. You are right ts amazing how you were all scheduled to come home on different days and all made it in to the airport a few hours apart, talk about strange fate. The high temperature between seven to nine degrees, with lows somewhere in the negative tens!!! LOL o.k. No way! I'll stay in Florida!
Oct. 5th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
It was very wierd. Granted, I know why the closed the interchange, cus with them fly-over ramps, they are really bad in snow and ice (seen big UPS trucks & cars siding backwards in snow and ice on the fly overs before).

Next time we snow like that, I will overnight you some (dont tempt me, if I could I would). LOL. The ice crystals happend as it would just get warm enough to start melting, but then it would freeze again at night, and it did that day after day. I for once am very suprised no one got killed by them. The cars were not frozen to the ground, beacuse thank god, it was not a ice storm (it rains and then freezes on contact).

As for fitting in full time class schedule and working 30 hours plus everything else, really its easy. Once you get to a point of being busy, adding more on top does not really get that much harder. You learn how to deal with stuff and all that. Heck right now, this semester, I am only taking 6 credit hours (half time), and working bascily full time. It does also help when you have a chill boss who does not care if you do your homework in the office so long as you are there for when things go wrong. Heck my boss told me at my last review that he "knows there is not always enough work to fill 40 hours a week, and that it is ok if I just surf the net to fill up the time as long as I get my work done and can be there when things happen".

Heck my mom has been trying to get me to go work for someone else beacuse I could make more money (which I might be able too), but I love where I work beacuse I can get away with murder and I love the people I work with. I do not really have a set work schedule, I come in when I want, and leave when I want (as long as I get my stuff done). Take a lunch when I want (and if I want). I am allowed to ware what I want, which normaly is jeans and a t-shirt (unless I have a known meetting, then I dress up). I am allowed to goof around a lot, and not get fired for pulling some pratical jokes on a coworker.

And you are right that we are a dessert (sp?), but we are what is known as high dessert, which means we are at one mile above sea level (5,280ft)(just like Denver, CO is). Then the Sandia Mountains, which Albuquerque backs right up to are another mile high, so the peak is like 10,678 above sea level.
Oct. 6th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
The Sandia mountains really do look like desert after all at times. I was beginning to wonder it there was this strange forest I had never heard of before.

You are lucky at work, how many bosses would let their employees just surf the net?

There is an "Easy Button" in the school office.

hahahaha! That story is so funny!! A wave file... I am so going to do that to someone. I can't stop laughing seriously, I am going to wake my Dad and Michael both up... I gotta run before I get yelled at... hahahaha!!!!
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