Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Where branches jab and headwaters run

Here are 2 of the most important things in my life at this point - Gabe (who is now close enough to be photographed) and one of my field study sites to which I've memorized most of the en route landmarks in the last few weeks. The next few weeks continue to appear insanely busy as I scramble to finish up my fieldwork before it gets too cold and wet. I guess the last few days have been full of the winds of change as Alex headed off to school leaving fightening tidyness in his wake and Gabe returned from out east. Yet, my own schedule hasn't changed much. I had a good week in the field last week, but the weather for this one is worrying me. I was introduced to a new game (Arkham Horror) by S. and R. and even saw not one but 3 movies in the theatre (No Reservations, I now pronouce you Chuck and Larry and The Bourne Ultimatum.) and I caved into the evil that are iPod's (in a bargain second hang way). I've been holding out against buying one for years because I'm probably the only anti-apple person that I know. I not exactly anti-Apple in an active way. You want to spend the premium for a computer that crashes when you try and use ArcView - go right ahead. Likewise, there is no way I would shell out $500 for an iPod when a much cheaper MP3 player would do. But the deal came around and I've been buying most of my music on iTunes for 3 years now, so it sort of made sense in the end.... sigh... but I feel like a conformer and a sell out. So, enjoy my last bit of laughing at myself...

You know you are a Water Resource Engineering Student if....

1. You keep 1 pair of chest waders and 3 pairs of rubber boots in your trunk just in case....
2. You discover 3 cups of sand and gravel under the floor mat of your car and wonder if you should classify it as sandy gravel or gravelly sand.
3. You try to estimate where a rainstorm would fit in on an IDF (intensity, duration, frequency) curve.
4. You think hydraulic jumps are cool.
5. You have a collection of photographs of sewer grates, storm water management ponds and culverts.
6. You point out the weaknesses and finer points inherant in a particular storm water pond design to random passers-by while taking the avobe photographs.
7. You check the real-time hydrograph after a long, intense rainstorm to see if it peaked.
8. You want to run out and take pictures of flooded streams after it rains.
9. You think a dry-hand-wading rod is a brilliant invention and have a favourite pygmy meter
10. You are surprised to discover that most people don't think its normal to have to pick twigs and pine needles out of your hair after a hard days work and that it most people don't have bruises and scrapes from encounters with conifers (I still have scars on the back of my hands from measuring the DBH on over 10000 white spruce trees in 2003).

And back to reading manuals for ArcView for the rest of the afternoon....


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Blogger Wonder Woman! said...

nice shirt that Gabe is wearing.
glad to hear things are moving along.
Miss you tonnes...

5:25 PM  

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