April 19, 2006


are highly underrated.

There was a water line break at the corner of Park and 19th this morning, which meant we lost part of our water supply that feeds the building's air conditioning chillers. Meaning we don't have working A/C right now. Meaning it's getting a bit warmish already.

But, in a nice bit of forward thinking, our old building constructed in 1950 still has nice tall operable windows. Now, some of the ones in the various public lobbies and places people congregate have been fixed shut so there won't be any incidences of defenestration (unintentional or with malice aforethought), but most of the ones in the office still work, more or less.

Of course, mine are hampered by the tons of books and drawings I had on the window sills, and for some reason the upper sashes only lower by about 4 inches, but there's still enough opening through the bottom sash that I have a nice enough breeze moving through, and I get to hear the sounds of spring in the city--birds, the Street and San guy with a leaf blower, fire trucks and their bouncing jangling tire chains, airplanes headed in to the airport--and it's even nicer because The Screaming Guy hasn't made his way to the park yet.

Anyway, it's a nice change.

Now, to work.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 19, 2006 08:02 AM

“The Screaming Guy hasn't made his way to the park yet.”
Do you think we ought to go check on him?

Posted by: jim at April 19, 2006 08:07 AM

Oh, probably not. He usually doesn't make his presence known until the early afternoon. I think he has a screaming gig over at Magnolia Park in the mornings, them moves to Kelly Ingram, then on to Linn. Either that, or he has a couple of guys working for him. I mean, that would be an awful lot of screaming for just one guy, even if he is a highly disturbed and angry guy.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 19, 2006 08:14 AM

So you are suggesting he might have outsourced some of his lunacy?

Posted by: jim at April 19, 2006 08:19 AM

Well, let's face it, it's a very competitive marketplace.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 19, 2006 08:24 AM

Wait a minute- tire chains? What the heck tire chains are you talking about? You said its springtime there, so the chains and studded snow tires should have been relegated to the garage by now.

Posted by: Nate at April 19, 2006 08:33 AM

I assume besides getting the right “voice” it is all about location—location—location.
Maybe like the real estate people up here he could become the “Screaming Guy” TEAM.

Posted by: jim at April 19, 2006 08:34 AM

I knew I'd get a rise out of someone about those chains!

I couldn't understand what they were for at first either--the trucks have these two sets of dangling chains near the rear axles. I never could figure out what they were for, until I stumbled across something that explained it. They are automatically deploying chains--they can swing down in the event of ice or snow and the rotation of the tires causes a hub with lengths of chain attached to rotate and make the lengths of chain fall underneath the tires. When not needed, the hub retracts and the chains just dangle.

And Jim, sounds like you have an idea for the Dream Scream Team.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 19, 2006 09:02 AM