Wall of Comedy and Shame

Just a collection of work related funnies that got stapled to my wall over the last few years to create a fun collage. My favorites are where I screwed up. So saved a visually version of it so I wouldn't make the same mistake again.

Included in a shop drawing for Concrete Mix Design. FYI. This doesn't need my approval. Whatever it is

Marketing Postcard for Civil Engineering Services

Sperm parking! Thankfully this one didn't get built

More importantly...Why are we freezing the dead animals?

From boss to me. I was told I could use it as a one-time coupon when he was expecting too much :)

Not accurate. Just funnin'

Noooooo. I didn't. Inside joke - AutoCAD is hard

Way too long of a manual to learn specifications software. But the clipart is fun!

That one time we got complimented by a federal government reviewer. Thanks yousayse!

Redundant data is redundant

Note to self: Units Matter. A Lot.

That's...that's not where the building goes


Heck Yes! I'm Koalified!

Going through old emails and found this gem and laughed and laughed and laughed. Saving here for safekeeping. 😃


Day 11

This afternoon I have a couple meetings nearish to where I live so I stopped at home between the two and hopped on my bike to head to the second. It was only 1/3 of a mile away and I probably could've walked their faster by the time I got all the appropriate gear situated. Ah well. It was fun to make a statement with my arrival.

I mentally noted how I've been judgey of other people's mode of transportation with a "Really? You an architect/engineer! You're gonna show up to a meeting with developers/owners/clients in THAT?!?!" and then I showed up on bike. Hehe. I suppose I should work on that.

This is my kind of redevelopment. Close to home. Equipment Company to Brewery. Reuse an existing building and add some flair! The other people on site needed to check out the building but I needed to check out the condition of the parking lot and figure out where the stormwater goes.

Note my bike parked on the fence
The Old. Dinzler Equipment Company
The New. Rockwell Beer Company Rendering from NextSTL
I also hopped on my bike a second time today for homemade dinner with friends hosted by Andrea.

#protip water bottle holders are the perfect size for most wine bottles

4.53 miles


Day 10

I had a plan, darnit! Thwarted by rain again so I didn't make it to the Engineers Without Borders SLU Fundraiser at Chipotle tonight. Post work chill time was loverly though...

Instead, I sped-walked to the train and headed to a concert on the UMSL campus. "Percussion Ensemble and Vocal Point in Concert" My friend Matt is the head of percussion studies there.

I ended up getting there super early and giggled thinking of my car-free days--rarely late because you hafta plan ahead.

16 min walk if you follow blue dots. Or 2 min walk as the crow flies. All paved even!

I spent my free time podcasting (Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me with Hickenlooper), "moving around colorful dots on the screen" (aka candy crush), and attempting to take artful pictures. And watched the sunset too!!

Lots of the concert reminded me of my African Dance class I had at CU Boulder and I sooo wanted to get up and dance. I politely bopped my head along quietly though.

Matt's the leftmost of the drummers

I finally got home around 10 and realized I still need to do a quickie on the saddle.

From one end of The Grove to the other. 
I made a seesaw! Or something. 

2.41 Miles


30 Days of Biking Thoughts

Soooo, I saw this thing on facebook through a couple friends: 30 Days of Biking. I hastily signed up a couple weeks ago and then decided it might actually be super awesome and exactly what I need.  The goal? Get on your bike everyday during the month of April. That's it.

I would like to have some sort of reporting in on social media aspect, but also know that piece can tend to hold me back from posting anything at all so I'm trying to be charitable with my head. A daily picture would be fun. Do I post to twitter or instagram or facebook or all 3? Do I post to one and then link the other 2? Do I post natively to all three? What about the 10-bazillion other ways I could track and post? What if I forget to take a cool picture one day but have 4 great pictures for the other days? ACCCKK!!!

I'm using my usual go-to fitness tracker Runkeeper to track. Only because I've been using it for the longest. But 30 Days of biking is also partnering with a new app, Ride Report, It's still unreleased but fun to try out for a month. The goal is that you don't hafta do anything and it tracks automatically which really appeals to me. I'll report back on the app later. Also, they have the prettiest logo you ever did see:

So far I'm 3/3 in April, but here are some challenges coming up:

  • Travel: I'll be in Colorado over tax day and a functioning bike may be hard to find. 
  • Bad Weather: Yep. Already came up on Day 3. The plan? Just get wet and live to tell the tail.
  • Long Work Days. With full evenings after work: The personal minimum in my head is a 2 miles ride. Which is only 7-10 minutes on my bike. I can make room for a 10 minute ride even on a busy day. My body will thank me.

A few rides in made me rethink the initial pledge I wrote. It's quite a bit simpler than that:
Learn to love myself again and smile at myself more often when I look in the mirror.


Join me?

I'll prolly use this initial post as a spot to index rides and thoughts and edit it periodically.