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Boo! How did you celebrate Halloween?

I had to finish reading a good book between handing out some candy. Not to terribly exciting.
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Well I recently got a message from my ex. 2 months no message. No message while we date. No interest in my days at work, my trip while I'm gone, or anything that I would consider interesting about the world. No we weren't a very good match, but it still hurts. Now she demonstrates her lack of empathy and human emotion by sending me a message that is using the pretense of giving a rats ass about whether or not I found work in Ireland to tell me she is going to Cairo. Thats it. It was about a two sentence message from a girl I dated for 3 years. Yeah it is upsetting. She obviously just wants to tell someone. I guess I am just as good as a random stranger. She would enjoy telling any and everyone, she loves to talk to random people. But she must have told all the random people she wanted to already to feel like maybe she wanted to now tell me. I bet people respond positively to someone stating "I'm going to Cairo!". To expect me to react in kind makes me mad. Well I just needed to vent. I hate being put in a bad mood over something like this. But it was a crappy thing. Ok later.
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The weather has been pleasant enough and I don't think I could find anything to complain about. The food is cheap, transportation is by bike and it was 5 euro to rent for a week. My friends are healthy and active people and like to get exercise and I love it. We can swim, or run, or walk, or hike, or dance, or do just about anything and its all close by. There is a university that has a pool and we went there today. Before we went in though we went to the library and it was impressive to behold. The KPC library or the community libraries were nothing in comparison. We went to the third floor of the library to get a foreign language book or something. That alone was bigger then the kenai, soldotna, and kenai community college libraries combined. They had all sorts of great literature in the english section too. It was nice to see that kind of thing.

I have only one more day and they want to sauna tomorrow morning so goodnight. Talk to you later.

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ok so tomorrow I will be in Germany. My friend Nina will meet me at the airport. I have been hoping to see her and Pauli since they left Nikiski. This will be so very exciting. Germany has lots to do and some of the best beer in the world you know. I have to try and get the whole experience. I'll be there for a week but I get the feeling that I will want to stay there longer. I get that feeling about a lot of places though. Wish me luck and a safe journey. See ya later.
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This is very sweet. I love this place. I love the smeel. I love the weather. I have so much to see and do and everything out there is just so freakin awesome. I am staying with Uncle Tom and Aunt Rosie right now and soon I hope to get a job and work myself into my own place. Of course at this rate I'm not going back to alaska soon, but when I have settled I will go and pack up my things back home and ship them over. Of course I'll have to wait for the holidays and do it then, but that will work out fine anyway. My family is very pleasant to be around, I've been trying to stay out of the way and unobtrusive. They are settling into a new place you see and had only just moved when I came over. Deirdre and Gavin are great and interesting people and they have two boys who are full of energy and spunk. I like being so close to the city centre and the people are helpful and seem very interested in alaska when we start talking. The pubs are fun and I had the chance to go into a club too, or as they call them here the disco. It was european techno and it was a fantastic time. I went out with uncle Tom on the 11th and we saw Trim castle, Newgrange, and Tara Hill. I've never seen so much in such a short time. Well I'll update when some other exciting stuff happens. Ciao for now.
-Pete
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Dublin, Ireland
Current Mood:
good good
Current Music:
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well I haven't actually bought the ticket, but I have lined up an interview and plan to come to Ireland soon. The day for my interview isn't set, but in the talks with the company they've said they'd like to meet me after I'm done with my internship sometime early September. I'm pretty excited because from what I've seen there is a lot of jobs over there for people with my training. I really want to finish up with the citizenship paperwork and move already.. gah.
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ok so here's the first day to write about directly. I got to work and we had the regular morning meeting until about seven thirty. As usual I was paired with a more experienced instrument tech. We stayed in the shop for a bit while he calibrated a gas chromatagraph via computer link. I think it was through the 9:30 break before we (he) finished. All I did was read the new trend numbers. He took his time while he verified the data and printed of the current information that was freshest. After break we drove to the control room for the plants crude unit and asked them if we might work on the cooling fan room fin wall actuator. They said we might as well come back after lunch because they plan to shut the fan off while they switch it into another service. We hung out and discussed memorial day weekend, the sulfur fire that apparently is now under control, and some of the personal troubles of senator ted stevens before heading out of the control room. Before we got back to the Instrument shop we drove over the massive sulfur piles (yes over. we went up to, then sort of onto, then down from, by means of a small path that divides the larger piles and is left for vehicle access... I assume for dumping). They were on fire because sulfur will generate friction with itself as its being plowed into piles and the friction will cause it to ignite. Apparently in the presence of oxygen and heat it will react quite readily. So the fire department had to quelch the flames, but the fire hydrants they needed were not easy for them to find. Obviously all this fuss is stuff that piques an instrument technicians interest and the fellow I was with is part of the volunteer safety team so he reasoned it was plausible for us to check it out. After the drive by th sulfur heap, we checked out the metal bin where a 5 ft section of galvanized elbow was reclaimed before being disposed. then we went back to the shop. I studied a chemical dictionary in search of a use for elemental sulfur. Then it was lunch. After lunch we tried to get a signature for checking off work that was done and to verify things were working properly. Then we went back to the shop, got some tools. I studied the book some more... then we went out to work on the fan room fins. We pulled the actuator and took it back to the shop and rebuilt it over the last four hours of the day or so. Sounds harder than it was... some few bolts... a little grease, a brass fitting... and presto chango. Oh yeah and I studied the chemical deictionary some more. Summer intern jobs rule.
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I think that this summer job is a really good opportunity for me to learn more about this field. But I'm also pretty sure that I will forget everything if I don't write something down. So my decision is to log a bit of what happens daily starting now. Of course Today is a day off and then its the weekend and monday is memorial day... so I guess tuesday should be the first of my work related entries. I believe a short recap may be in order, so here it is.

So far I have worked on Rosemount 1151 DP and 3051 Dp. The 3051 is a smart device because it can comminicate through the H.A.R.T. device protocol. It is a two-wire transmitter and is able to display on a screen on itself various information related to the job your have given it. The 1151 was an older model in service and was only sensing and transmitting and thats about it. There is no display on it and it won't talk using hart or as its put it doesn't have a hart beat... those industry people are so witty. :)
What else now... analyzer with a zirconium oxide sensing element. Usually used in a furnace stack for sensing oxygen and other stuff. There are a couple other analyzers I've seen that are testing products like diesal and whatever else. I observed a partial rebuild on a 1.5cc volume sampling device that was in the flow of crude that was being offloaded from ships. I've gotten to turn around a regulator that controls air supply pressure to an actuator. I got to work on numerous actuators too, but they were all pretty plain and I worked on the exact same models in the college lab. Changed out the little timed switch that controls the drain of condensate from a shop air compressor. Tore apart the old one too, but I didn't figure out why it was junk. Got to work on a control valve for a vacuum. It was pretty neat. I've worked on a varek level/temperature transmitter. The model in service is like 30 years old and parts are hard to get. I think i've been there for four weeks or so and it's something I like to do. As an intern I go with someone always. I don't work alone because they don't think it's really necessary for me to have safety certification and stuff. In a typical day it's suprising that so little gets done. The paperwork is a nightmare and I'm glad that the supervisors are doing it. Often departments are at ends with eachother on whats happening when. But no one ever rushes you to get anything done. And there are frequent opportunities to fritter away time... i'm suprised that it flies as well as it does. Then again it seems that most of those opportunities are because of the Instrument technician department being forced to wait because other people who may be operating that day don't know whats going on. I have a hard time believing that they pay people to do this. It's so easy and relaxed. Not only do they pay technicians, but up here the techs get paid better than the engineers, it's incredibly mind blowing. I was expecting a hectic and frenzied work environment where techs were bogged doen with fix it now orders and get as much done in one day as possible. But work orders don't work like that and schedules rule the world, the task might take 2 hours but the work order says it takes 5 so thats what you write down and that keeps everybody happy and you get time to yak with fellow technicians. in any one given day I would say if you worked a solid 5 hours you did a lot that day. And if you had to lift anything heavier than maybe 15 pounds you filled the weekly quota on excercise. They pay people for this... and pay them well too! The down side is you have to work thirty years of this before you start to consider retiring. Not a hard life, and your not going to be bored because its the same stuff everyday (its not), but it is the same amount of stuff everyday.

Thats life as an instrument tech I suppose.
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College has come to an end.
Thursday I graduate with my first associates degree.
The final three weeks were hectic. I'm so relieved its done. It's summer and I can relax a bit.
I have a summer internship and i'm already working, but every weekend is a three day weekend, so there will ba ample time to do any manner of things. relief feels good.
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Well today was the last day that the Nikiski High School will be doing any dance performances under the direction of Phil Morin. It was an excellent show, powerful, expressive, moving, everything you want from an event like this.

As for me I have to get back to work. Only three more weeks until I graduate and I can't graduate if I don't pass.

-Peace
Peter

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