Friday, October 12, 2007

I'm a Hero!

I saved the life of everyone in my office building yesterday. Yuka says I'm exaggerating, but its true - I saved everyone. I'm a hero. Yesterday, I was walking by the front counter on the way to take a much needed break, when the new girl at the office stopped me. She said, "Craig, you're good at computers. What should I do with this?" and she motioned to the floor under her desk. Looking down, I could see smoke rolling out of the power strip. It is one of those super-duper strips in black that look more like a black shoebox with holes on it. Smoke was pouring out of the plug holes.

I said "Oh, No!!!" and flipped the power switch. Quickly, I unplugged all of the wires running to the power strip, but I couldn't unplug the strip from the wall. The wire actually ran into the removable wall and around the corner. I got Andrew, the computer specialist, and together we took the desk apart and unplugged it. The power strip ended up in the trash can..... And that's how I saved everyone, (and by extension, the University!).

Other than that, my day was pretty boring.


Monday, October 08, 2007

The Chicago Trip is Set

I would have posted much sooner than this, but work kept me busy. In the past two weeks alone, I have visited all of the area high schools (about 20 in all) to talk with the counselors about a change in state law. I ended up driving over 200 miles of in-city, stop and go traffic. The good news is that I should get re-imbursed.

And....finally, after 3 days of heavy searching, including an additional 2 hours yesterday, we have finally purchased plane tickets and a hotel room for Chicago. Yuka and I will be leaving next Wednesday morning and will be returning on Saturday. It should be a great time. So far we have not planned anything out other than the tickets and hotel, but after looking at random tourist info, I really want to visit the Museum of Science and Industry and the Japanese market. I would also like to walk through the various "ethinic" areas of town, like Chinatown or Little Italy (keeping away from mafioso's!!). I will probably also look up the Sears Tower.