Impressive Gas Leak

I fought long and hard with myself this morning over whether or not I should get out of bed and get my oil changed, and get the 15,000 mile service required to keep my warranty happy. At the last minute I decided it was either now, or I'd have to wait several weeks because of my work schedule. Grudgingly I got up, ate, showered, all that fun stuff, and then drove off.

The service itself was uneventful. It was finished, I gave them a million dollars, and then drove back towards work.

Getting nearer to the parking lot, I couldn't help but notice the police cars and fire engines ahead.. mostly because they were blocking the entire road off and would have been impossible to not notice. I parked my car, wondering how long it would be before I heard an explanation (one that I was sure would be ridiculous) as to what was going on.

I didn't need to wait. Before I even got out of my car I was overwhelmed by the smell of natural gas.

Thinking I should move my car – you know, to prevent it from exploding or something – I decided against turning the key and causing that initial ignition spark. So I got out and hoped for the best. Walking a bit, I saw a drilling machine with a drill bit maybe 10-16" in diameter next to a hole of equal size. The hole.. was SPEWING natural gas. I mean, it looked like steam shooting out of the ground, hissing the entire time.

This email was sent to everyone just after I got to work:

A crew working on Main Street caused a gas leak. The leak is located at the corner of Main and Whiton streets. There is do danger to campus and no need to evacuate any building. The odor is simply from the gas leak.

And this email showed up after I started writing this post:

Police services is asking that people avoid Lot 1 near the Center for the Arts. Police are keeping people from cars parked in Lot 1 at this time.
Also, the air conditioning and air exchange units in the CA are being shut down to limit the spread of the odor.

I think it's important to note that my car is in Lot 1.

Once again, thank you for being a fine example of competence Whitewater. (Wow, that much sarcasm actually hurt.)

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McCain Is Not A Conservative

I really don't want to imagine "President McCain"… please make this nightmare go away!

Anyway, the last few days have been quite interesting – here's a "quick" rundown.


  • "Helped" Kelly pack
  • Slept


  • More packing
  • Waited for the movers (were supposed to be there 10-11ish.. showed up at 2)
  • Rode along to Chicago in rush hour traffic
  • Got to hold an iPass up the the windshield
  • Got stranded at a Walgreens in Chicago when Kelly's car decided to stop cooperating
  • Geico was helpful and found a repair place to take the car to and called a tow truck
  • An hour later Kelly had to call back about the tow truck
  • 10 minutes later the truck showed up
  • Rode around Chicago in a tow truck
  • Heard stories about how great it is to be a tow truck driver
  • Got to the repair place and their was no overnight lot.
  • I had to parallel park a car in Chicago (I can't parallel park very well, but Kelly was watching, so I had to do it, and do it well)
  • The car was running fine by this point, so after eating and booking a hotel room I drove around in Chicago for the first time in.. ever. (I tried to pretend I was a taxi.. I need more practice at it, but I'm off to a good start)
  • Walked around, took pictures, saw the building where spudart work
  • Drank
  • Slept


  • Met the movers and got things moved in
  • Drove to Wisconsin Rapids
  • Slept


  • Ate breakfast with Kelly's family
  • Drove to Stoughton and introduced Kelly to my family people
  • Kelly pet a chicken.. and a pig.. and dogs.. and horses
  • Kelly watched me get choked by a cat, and cause the corgi to run around in circles while growling with a toy in his mouth
  • Drove back to Fort and ate
  • Drove to Whitewater and drank
  • Slept


  • Drove through more crappy weather to drop Kelly off at the train in Harvard
  • Had flashback of really old movies
  • Tried not to cry
  • Drove back to Whitewater and did absolutely nothing
  • Slept

So.. things have been busy. Stressful. It would have been nice if things had gone more smoothly, but I wouldn't trade it in for anything.

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