Yesterday, I spent a frustrating day in Socorro. I started out the day by knocking out things from my to-do list at an accelerated pace. Everything was going well. Then, before I drove to Magdalena, I topped off the coolant in the Malibu and drove west.
I only made it as far as Box Canyon, and the car had overheated. I pulled over and found that I had forgot to put the radiator cap back in place. All of the coolant had boiled out, hence the overheating. Once the smoke and steam cleared, I struggled, but was able to restart the car. I drifted down Sedillo hill a few hundred yards before it overheated again, so I pulled over, let it cool off and then repeated this process the entire way back to NMT. Along the way, I met a friendly state trooper who wondered what I was doing.
Once I arrived at NMT, I parked it for a bit, then added some coolant. I restarted the car and watched for smoke or water from the tailpipe, or “chocolate milk” in the oil, none of which showed up. However, the car overheated again. I don’t think I added enough coolant, and so by heating the car up, I really just removed the big bubble of air that was in the radiator.
Either way, I have to figure something else out. I missed a day at Magdalena, and that hurts my pay, as well as my reputation for showing up.
After all of that, I entered my six hours of teaching labs that ran from 2 PM to 8 PM. I assisted with the Freshman Chemical Engineering lab. We ran a small steam engine and demonstrated that process. I think everyone enjoyed that demo. After that, I taught two sections of instrumentation lab, my first of the semester. I didn’t go super smoothly, but I think it went alright. We soldered, and everyone seemed to have a good time.
After that, I walked to my brother’s house and put an end to this disaster of a day.
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