Prison Pete

Wednesday, September 08, 2004
  The "I am so smart" part:
I told you that we recently purchased the kiln. Before we did, I asked the Stupidvisor of Rec if he was sure that we had 240 volts instead of 208 volts. He said he was sure we had 240.

Well, today I found out that we have 208 volts. Actually, I knew this a couple of weeks back when I borrowed a volt meter from the Vocational Trades building.

So, now we have to buy about $300 worth of new heating elements to replace the 240 volt elements. We also need to replace the wires in the old kiln, since the wrong ones were ordered for it also.

As I understand it, if you run a 240 volt heating appliance on 208 volts, it never reaches the full temperature. If it has a motor, it can lead to a premature failure.

So, that is the "I am so smart" part.

Meanwhile, one of the Rec cops gave me the billiard supply catalog and asked me to figure out how much it would cost to re-cover our seven pool tables. Then he can type it up and hand it to the boss. Well, I finished it up earlier today, and he decided to just use the page I originally typed. I retyped it based on updated prices from a web search Saturday evening.

Yeah, they know who to go to, to get the work done!

Just wondering what happens with your email? I did send you an email (from nerddette@hotmail.com) a couple of weeks ago and whilst I acknowledge your right not to reply I guess I just wondered if you got it?

[Editor] I sent *all* email and comments to Pete, that is, I print on paper, put paper in envelope, stamp and address, then drop in mail box for delivery by US Postal Service. It takes 3-5 days for him to receive letters I send, and a like amount of time for his letters to reach me. Allow for his time to read and write and realistically we are talking about a minimum of two weeks turnaround on comments. The time delay is frustrating for all concerned. I always think of it as a little taste of what communications were like in the 19th century! The other problem since this blog got so popular is that Pete has been innundated by comments and emails. I know he reads them all (there is not much else to do is prison), but I cannot guarantee that he will reply to them all. Sorry. But if he does reply, you will certainly see it here, and if he directs it specificallly to you via email (he has done this before), I will certainly send it to you. Thanks for reading!
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