A Day at Work

So today I’m going to just write about a topic that people usually see as BORING. Work. May get more entertaining at the very end? This is fair warning!

Today I got to tour a bus garage and asked tons of questions about how the washes and reclaim system work there.

(For anyone who’s interested: They use cyclone separators for water from the “dirty water pit” whenever they need more reclaimed water for washing. Then, before they’re going to use it they put all the stored reclaimed water in the “recycled water pit” through a filtration system that has sand and may or may not have carbon and other elements – they didn’t have diagrams. It’s the only system right now that has a filtration system – someone just got a sample of water from one of the other garages and it was MURKY… hmmmmm… *grins and rubs hands like an evil wizard about to change things*)

I would have posted pictures, but they wouldn’t let me take them for some strange reason. If I make sketches maybe I’ll post them later?

That bus garage is going to be totally replaced by a more water-efficient wash system, so I’m touring one that’s only going to be renovated and not replaced (and that we can actually work on this summer), tomorrow at 8 AM. Maybe I’ll beg to take pictures there?

ANYWAY one of the things I have to do for this first project is decide on the flow meter I want to use to monitor the systems.

So by now I’m looking at two types of flowmeters [if you’re interested, magnetic (in-line) flowmeters and ultrasound (clamp-on, non-invasive) flowmeters (the latter of which is being used now in just the company’s train washes)]. I give Siemens a call to ask them to list all the advantages and disadvantages of each type of flowmeter.

“Hey,” says the salesperson, “I’m not a technical person, and we have separate divisions for magnetic flowmeters and ultrasonic ones. Why don’t I ask someone from each division to contact you?”

So I was like “Sure, sounds good.” In a few minutes I get a call from a guy from the magnetic division. However, he knows everything about both meter types. After I tell him the flowmeters are for pipes with reclaimed vehicle wash water he spends half an hour talking about specifications.

And then he’s like “Are you going to eat the water?”

And I’m like “What?” Doesn’t take long for me to start laughing. (Never does.)

And then he’s like “Are you going to eat it? Will it get really hot?”

And I’m like, “OH you said HEAT I thought you said EAT!”

And he’s like “Oh, sorry, that’s my accent. I wondered why you were laughing. Laughing’s always good though.”

So then he’s like, “Will it get hot” again.

“What? No, it’ll be inside, it’ll be spun around a bit but shouldn’t get too hot…”

“Sounds like it shouldn’t go above 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which is good for the meters. But maybe YOU get that hot…”


“…Sorry, that was inappropriate. Forget I said that. I’ve had a long day.”

I finish the conversation with him and whatever and put down the phone.

There were some calls that I had had to ignore before so I checked my voicemail – and lo and behold, not one other Siemens guy but TWO were calling.

I was like “I’ve had enough with salesmen” and went home. (It was already around 5 too.)

And that was my day at work.

I’ll end with this song that’s totally relevant to work:

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