This Site’s Not All That’s Under Construction

Well, I’ve just come back in from the cold. Lit­er­al­ly. I’ve been out most all night and into the morn­ing at a con­struc­tion site in the Hamp­ton Roads area of Vir­ginia on a con­struc­tion mon­i­tor­ing job. Yes, I watch peo­ple work on con­struc­tion. It’s not a bad gig, if you’ve got long ther­mal under­wear and a good book to read by dome-light in your car. Oh yeah, you’ll also want a decent pair of work boots because the stuff that this oper­a­tion digs up is like walk­ing through the waste site of a mod­el­ing clay fac­to­ry.

Setting up to take level shots at the construciton site

Essen­tial­ly, a Jack & Bore pipe instal­la­tion is a method of push­ing a pipe through the ground from one open­ing to the next, all the while, using a auger inside the pipe to bore out the soil it is dis­plac­ing. It’s a good way to get a pipe under some­thing you can’t dis­turb, like say a rail­road. Wikipedia does­n’t have any­thing on Jack­ing and Bor­ing pipe, and I did­n’t see any­thing with much googlar­i­ty to even both­er with post­ing on here. Suf­fice it to say, if you real­ly need to know about this sort of pro­ce­dure, then you prob­a­bly already do.

How­ev­er, this does­n’t real­ly explain why I’m post­ing about it at the mid­dle of the morn­ing on the week­end. Back to the whole mon­i­tor­ing thing, I’m out with a co-work­ing tak­ing sur­vey­ing data and writ­ing field reports cov­er­ing the con­struc­tion under­way. It’s bor­ing enough, but on top of that, the cur­rent tem­per­a­ture out­side is around 35° F. I’m not real­ly lov­ing my job right now.

That’s too bad, because my co-work­er just called my room and it’s off to the job site to take anoth­er round of lev­el shots.

What Is Geeky?

So, which makes me a big­ger geek? That I’m sell­ing a bunch of old home net­work equip­ment on ebay, or the very fact that I have all this stuff in the first place? Okay, I’ve had a home net­work for sev­er­al years now, and I’ve been try­ing to upgrade along the way. First wired with Cat5e strung every­where, then Wireless‑B, and now Wireless‑G (well, mixed mode if you con­sid­er my TiVo con­nec­tion). Say that reminds me, does any­body in the world have any idea when TiVo ToGo is going to be avail­able? Seri­ous­ly, if not soon, TiVo real­ly will die.

I’m sort of par­o­dy­ing those Vic­to­ri­a’s Secret com­mer­cials; “Vic­to­ri­a’s Secret Asks: What Is Sexy?” I’m includ­ing the link just so the by-line makes any sense. I’m very con­scious about that sort of thing.