After an somewhat lengthy hiatus, A&RP is back in full swing! Welcome, one and all.
Today, I woke up and got ready for the first day of spring classes. I walked to campus, and made a quick stop at the bookstore. The line was longer than I was expected at the bookstore, so I was in a bit of a rush to get to my first class.
When I got to the classroom, it was completely empty. No students, no professor, no note on the whiteboard. I double and triple checked the room number (and building) and couldn’t for the life of me figure out where everyone was. I anxiously paced the halls wondering what to do.
And then (with a little help from Alan) I realized . . . classes don’t start until tomorrow. Since when do classes start on a Tuesday?
Happy extra day off to me!
Today I got to tour a 2 million gallon concrete water tank. Actually, it wasn’t much of a tour since inside its basically one huge room with concrete walls, a concrete floor, a concrete ceiling, and a lot of large concrete pillars. Still it was fun to climb down a shaky ladder into a huge concrete cavern.
The water tank is located off of Camp Williams Road in Bluffdale and will eventually be filled with recycled water from the nearby Utah Data Center. The NSA data center will be about 1.5 million square feet and will be cooled partially using water. Much of it will evaporate, but about 25% of it will flow to this tank before being used to water the city park in Bluffdale, saving about $25,000 a month in water costs for the city. Eventually others may be (maybe) able to use this water as a secondary irrigation water source.
Here’s some pictures:
So that’s what a big water tank looks like on the inside. Soon water from the data center will start trickling in and it will never again be as dry (or as dusty!) as it was today. Once construction is finished, the tank will be graded over and you may not even know its there.
I’m a commuter now. Every weekday (oh yeah, I work 5 days a week now too) I drive 28 miles each way to and from work. That’s 56 miles each day, 280 a week, about 1,200 a month, almost 15,000 a year! When deciding on this new gig I thought long and hard about the miles and minutes I would be spending on the road (not to mention the cost of gas and maintenance) and it seemed like an extremely long commute. I wasn’t sure if I could handle that much time in the car or if I could even just feel good about the amount of emissions I’d be causing. Well, I took the job and four weeks later I’m still alive.
Sadly, 28 miles is just barely above average. Though I’m driving further than the average commuter, I imagine I’m actually spending a little less time in the car than most. My commute takes about 35 minutes each way (as long as I can get out of the office on time). The majority of the drive is on the freeway, but probably a third of that time is spent traveling a few miles to and from the freeway. Still, 70 minutes is a long time to be sitting down doing anything! It’s really not that bad though. It’s been a pretty stress-free commute and the weather has been good so far (and hopefully will be for the next several months). The one upside is that I get to listen to a lot more NPR.
Do you ever take the long way? I had the day off today to prepare for finals and on my walk home from the library, I decided to take the scenic route.
I’ve been commuting 30 minutes each way to my new job for a couple of weeks now. My previous commute was maybe five minutes either by car or by bike. Walking would take longer but I did that only once or twice. Commuting hasn’t been nearly as bad as I expected. I actually get to sleep a little longer and get home a little earlier (most nights). I do have to work five days a week though. Poor me.