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This is the title left by my unattended computer, and cat asleep on the keyboard.  Abe wanted to contribute, so I let him.

It’s more coherent than the news, most political discourse today.

Yesterday, I spent the morning at Albuquerque High School, tutoring.  Then, I met many of the seniors at Mario’s for Senior Lunch.

In the afternoon, I did some tutoring at the Flying Star.  I also spent about four hours working on an Upwork contract.

I was depressed in the evening, and perhaps I still am.  I am in a funk and a lonliness that I cannot describe.

Either way, thank you for reading my post.


3/14/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was quite busy.   I started out the day by tutoring in Magdalena.  The important part of that, however, was having a meeting concerning this year’s Magdalena storm chase.  It is a go!  The students have to fund raise $1000 and we have a few other small details to iron out, but we will be chasing.

In the afternoon, I met with the inventory folks at NMT, and then we ran around campus, tagging all of our equipment.  I thought it would take an hour, and it took nearly two.

After that, I rescheduled a meeting with the dynamo programmer, because the inventory meeting took too long.  After I finished with inventory, I had my first tutoring session with a new student.  I will help her write and edit a final report and presentation for a materials engineering class.  I think the meeting went well.

I commuted back to Rio Rancho, working on the dynamo flow charts along the way.

I also met with one of my students for an in-person tutoring session.  I have another one scheduled with him tonight as well.

Thank you for reading my post.

3/13/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the entire day tutoring at Magdalena.  I started the morning by driving up with one of the teachers whose truck was in the shop.  She treated me to a Sofia’s burrito.

After that, I spent the day tutoring classes all day.  I attended a lunchtime meeting as well.

In the evening, I drove a different teacher to Socorro, and then rode the bus and train with him, as he went to pick up his car from Albuquerque.  It was a social commute, both ways.

Once I arrived in Albuquerque, I met with JoAnna at HR Block to fix my taxes.  We filed them early, and now mortgage insurance is deductible again.  We updated it, and I have a small refund coming.

Thank you for reading my post.

3/12/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day poorly.  I walked from my house to Unser and Southern to board the bus.  It left five minutes early (I watched it pull out of the parking lot before I arrived).  I ended up calling JoAnna to get a ride to the Sandia Pueblo train station.

Once I finished my commute to Socorro, I went to Magdalena, and tutored for most of the day.

After tutoring, I returned to NMT and did some work around the chemical engineering labs.

In the evening, I tutored for Varsity Tutors.  Unfortunately, their system does not understand daylight saving time, and so it got really confused when I tried to meet up with a student from Arizona.  Anyway, we made contact and had the lesson, eventually.

Thank you for reading my post.

Daylight Saving Time

I remember daylight saving time in the spring of 2003. It meant spring had arrived, and spring meant that I would be going on my first Great Plains storm chase.

At the time, I was going to school full time as a materials science and engineering student at Virginia Tech. I had switched out of electrical engineering, and this was my first semester in my new major.

I was also working full-time at night at Kroger (grocery store), stocking shelves. I was trying to raise the money for storm chasing. My 1988 Nova needed a few major repairs before it could be trusted for cross-country travel.

I had very few friends and was generally bitter towards the whole world. I did meet Dave Carroll, who was leading a storm chase out of Virginia Tech and Pulaski County High School. This meant I would not have to drive my car, but would have to come up with tuition money for his class instead.

I had no idea if it would all work. I had very few friends at this point. My grades in materials were better than in electrical engineering, but not enough for an internship. I didn’t know if I’d be able to find a job once (if) I graduated. I almost quit school and continued to work at Kroger.

I went for a walk along the Huckleberry Trail, not having to report to work until 9:30 PM. As I walked, I saw the 00 Z balloon sounding from the Blacksburg, VA, office float overhead. As it scouted out the world from a higher point of view, it was like a sign of better things ahead.

The storm chase was something on the horizon to look forward to. No matter what happened after the storm chase, at least I will have done that.

15 years later, I’m teaching engineering. I have a degree in meteorology as well as two in engineering. I have yet to miss a single season in the Great Plains, and have caught somewhere around 30 tornadoes. I have probably launched two dozen of those same balloons.

I still have the same feeling around daylight savings time. I’m sure my blood starts circulating cyclonically. The doldrums of winter weather slowly lose their grip on my mood, as the trough and ridge pattern amplifies over the mid-latitudes.

I don’t know if I have a favorite time of the year, but this is pretty close.


3/10/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Deming.  I started out the day by attending the Deming Seventh Day Adventist church.  The sermon was on the state of the dead, as told by one of the fundamental beliefs of the church.  After church, they had potluck.

In the afternoon, I went and helped with the rock show.  The winds were so strong, part of the tent broke.  We called it a day, and disassembled the booth.  With the broken tent and the lack of customers, we decided to leave a day early.

In the evening, I did a little work for the dynamo before going to bed.

Thank you for reading my post.