Tuesday, January 4, 2011


It takes a long time to get acclimatized to unpleasant things, but as it turns out it takes no time at all for the opposite to occur. For example, I've been working nine or more hours per day over on the other side of town for more than fifteen years. In that time I've gotten used to the thirty-five minute (nominal - far longer in bad weather, rush hour, or when a truck flips over on the highway, an event that happens with uncanny frequency) commute each way and the long work day. After seventeen days off, though, today felt like it lasted a week. The drive seemed to take forever and even though I was insanely busy all day trying to crawl back down into the day-to-day rut, the clock seemed to crawl.

I had also gotten used to working in the hangar with temperatures down in the low- to mid-20's, but the last few days have reached unbelievably warm temperatures in the 40's and 50's. Today was no exception, although it had dipped down into the high 30's by the time I got out to the hangar.

I was freezing out there! I have to start over from scratch on getting used to the colder weather.

Fortunately I was only out there for a little less than an hour and a half. My goal is to rivet on one wing skin a day until the wings are completely covered. It's actually fairly boring work, so I'm not sure there will be much to write about until it's done. I was pretty cold for the last third of the rivets and couldn't wait to get back to the warm house.

Plus I wanted to get home and get ready to watch THE Ohio $tate University try yet again to defeat an SEC team in their annual BcS bowl.

Go Buck$!!

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