Parents Visiting Day 2007
It was homecoming week at Cranbrook Schools. They have many activities during homecoming week, one of which is Parents Visiting Day. I visited last year and Meg wanted me to come up again. So this is my tale………
There used to be a direct
So I booked my flight through
I took two vacation days and
went up Wednesday late evening. My plan
was to visit Ford and talk aerodynamic noise with Bob Powell and then go to lunch
with the guys. It has been five years
since I retired from Ford. I thought it
might be safe for me to go back and visit.
Unfortunately Bob got called away for a family emergency. But we did have a lunch scheduled at
One of the things I miss
The seafood noodle soup was
OK at Hunan-Hunan. It was a lunch special,
so it was inexpensive. There were more
noodles and less seafood than I prefer, but it was still good. The work environment at Ford seemed
oppressive to me. The number of workers
has been reduced, but the number of car programs remained the same. They are working really hard just to keep
their jobs. They say they can’t afford
to move because it is not possible to sell their house in the
Andrew had a couple of items he wanted worked on at his apartment. When he moved in we bought him a new mattress set. The box spring had sagged and caused the mattress to sag as well. They were under warranty and the mattress failed upon inspection by the company but the box spring didn’t quite fail. So Andrew got a new mattress and the guy who delivered it said Andrew should reinforce the box spring or the mattress would fail again. So one task was to fix the box spring. Another task was to install a wireless network in his apartment so when his sister visited, she could have high speed internet as well. I though I would have time to get these started on Thursday. It didn’t work out. We did grocery shopping and got a key for me made Thursday morning. Meg has his spare key. Then I was busy Thursday afternoon with Meg. So Andrew’s work waited for Saturday.
Meg has her own key to
Andrew’s apartment. What changed? Meg is an RA this year. When she got an RA job, the discussion about
cars changed from ‘Can I have a car?’ to ‘How do we pay for a car for
Meg?’ It was an interesting process
getting the car for her. I should take a
few minutes and complain, but I won’t.
We debated passing Andrew’s car to her and helping him get a new
one. There were two main obstacles to
this approach. Meg is a
It was one or two days in a school parking lot before it sustained it’s first battle damage. Here is a picture of it for your viewing enjoyment.
Meg wanted me to be at
So I met Meg and we had
breakfast in the
After math class, we headed
The busses were struggling with the increased volume. We were generally late for class because of the long lines for the buses. We met quite a few of our friends in the hall and on the bus rides. Meg is very social and has an extensive network of friends.
Ellora and her mom
Meg has a free period after
English. We retired to her room for a
break during her free period. Here is
the door she decorated to welcome her students to the dorm. It has a distinctly
Meg insists that there is a difference between dirty and cluttered. Cluttered and dirty are not mutually exclusive but are distinctly different in Meg’s viewpoint. Here is a peak into an RA’s dorm room.
After break, it was back to
Bio AP was focused on cells and diffusion. There were detailed discussions on transport mechanisms. Oxygen and Nitrogen were discussed as well as potassium and sodium.
After Bio AP, it was back to
Then we got lunch. Lunch was good. After lunch we had another free period. We stopped at the dorm office for this free period. Because Meg is taking two Sciences, she needs to have two lab periods available. So this is why she has two free periods during the day. Here we are in the dorm office.
Meg’s last period of the day
is Physics. They are studying
After classes were over, there was a Powder Puff football game. We didn’t stay for the game. The Seniors won by the way. They tied last year, so they are undefeated. The Juniors are better athlete’s, so I don’t know what happened.
Meg met us at Andrew’s apartment. We rented the movie ‘Hot Fuzz’ and settled down to watch it. We got a power surge that fried Andrew’s DVD player and television cable box. We couldn’t get the DVD player or the TV to work. So we trundled off to Best Buy and bought a new DVD player. We also stopped at Panera for supper.
Saturday morning we got to work on Andrew’s apartment. Andrew and I went to Home Depot to get the tools and wood to fix the bed. Andrew said he learned a life lesson from me when we got the material to fix the bed. We needed a tape measure, a saw, some wood screws, a power drill and a drill bit set as well as some two by fours. The grand total for the repair kit was eighty-one dollars.
The box spring was made by a wood frame with a metal support running lengthwise. The metal support was bowed. Because the metal support extended below the frame of the bed, we could not support it laterally without also purchasing a router. I could use an excuse to get a router, but decided instead to support the bed lengthwise.
The life lesson Andrew learned is this episode was that ‘You get what you pay for!’ Because I didn’t expect any heavy duty use of the equipment, I bought the least expensive item that seemed like it might be suitable. We cut the two by fours to just fit. Then we drilled clearance holes for the screws and screwed it to each slat of the box spring. It was pretty simple, what could possibly go wrong? The cheap drill did not have a chuck key. So it was tightened by hand only. Neither of us was strong enough to fully secure the drill bit so it didn’t slip. The end result is that the cheap drill bits didn’t tolerate that very well, stick slipping. One of the drill bits shattered. It was a good thing I was doing the drilling because I wear glasses. Andrew thinks this was a valuable life’s lesson.
After we got the bed repaired, we turned our attention to the wireless network. About that time Meg arrived with her computer. She searched for available networks and found two suitable unsecured networks available from Andrew’s Living Room. We set up a secure network for Andrew. Here we are at the computer.
We set up the network and secured it with 64 bit encryption. Both Meg’s and Andrew’s laptops are now wirelessly connected to the internet in Andrew’s apartment.
After we got the work done, we finally watched ‘Hot Fuzz.’ It is a movie brought to you by the people who gave us the zombie classic ‘Shaun of the Dead.’ It was a little slow to start, but by the end there was not a police movie cliché they had left untouched. It was enjoyable. After the movie, Meg and I headed to The New Mandarin Garden for dinner. Andrew begged off claiming he didn’t feel well.
This turned into a bigger
adventure than we expected. The plan was
to drop Meg’s car off at
We stopped by Detroit Archers
to see if there was anyone there. It was
closed so we proceeded to the restaurant.
I got my Korean Noodle Soup and we brought food back for Andrew. I dropped Meg off at
Sunday morning I got up and packed. I washed the sheets while I was packing. I worked on the TV and got it to work after fiddling with it for awhile. When we called Comcast earlier, they had a large call volume and could not respond. So maybe it was a large area outage and they managed to restore it over night. But Andrew was in good spirits when I left.
I stopped by
I had a rental car and needed to gas it up before returning it. The gas station I planned to use didn’t have any gas. The second one had too long a line. When I did get to the pump, my credit card wouldn’t work. So I finally got gas at a third gas station. By this time, I really needed to use a restroom. The area around the airport is a tough neighborhood and none of the gas stations had public rest rooms. I dropped the rental car off and immediately got on the shuttle bus. At the airport, the only restrooms outside the secured area are down in the luggage claim area. So I went down two flights of escalators and used the restroom. Then I got into the ticket line. I got in the wrong line first. Both were for E-tickets, but the one I ended up in was for those that had already printed their boarding passes. Excuse me, but both lines had the same kiosks for checking luggage so I failed to understand the difference. The attendant was emphatic in insisting there was a difference. They were both E-tickets lines. I didn’t realize all E-tickets are equal and some are more equal than others.
I got through security. They made me take my belt off as well as my
shoes. I got through in good order with enough time to walk to the plane. It started boarding shortly after I got to
the gate. I had a three hour layover in
There was a spot of weather
The plane I was on was a
puddle jumper, a CRJ. It was a bumpy
ride when we got close to
So we sat on the ground at
The plan was to fly South to
All in all, it was quite a weekend.
Update on Andrew’s web
comic: http://minionsforhire.com. Andrew got a web tool from Google. It allows him to track his hits. He is getting hits from
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