Today I had the honor to participate in a local memorial event to recognize 9/11/2001. This was the fifth year for the event in which participants climb 2,071 stairs within Nippert Statium at The University of Cincinnati. This number symbolizes the stairs of the 110 floors each of the World Trade Center towers had. The amount of time to complete the event is 56 minutes. This was my first time attending the event and I must say, I was awestruck.
The number of people that attended the event was amazing. The event started at 6:34 this morning, I arrived around 5:30 and met with a local group that were going to ruck the stairs rather than simply running / walking. We each carried a pack, ruck sack, with us with a 30 lb weight plate. The goal was to complete the 4 laps that the event required.
As I was going through the repetitions up and down the stairs, they were making announcements of the events that transpired on that day in history, and the names of those that lost their lives scrolled across an electronic screen I began to recount where I was on that day. I was actually on that exact campus just a few hundred yards away. I walked right through that stadium on 9/11 to go to class.
The stairs began to wear on me quickly and I was only halfway through my first lap. Then I saw a group of young ROTC students with Xavier University’s Air Force ROTC program. That picked my hopes up for a bit and I went on. The harder it got for me the more details I remembered about that day. The more flights I did the more I thought about those that lost their lives, seeing the names I began to take a step for each one just to push on to the next. At the end of the time I did not complete the 4 laps needed to commemorate the total number of stairs. I did complete two full laps of stairs knowing that after that event was done I still get to go home and hug my family.
This day is always going to be a day of remembrance in my family. Today, I was lucky enough to commemorate it among some amazing veterans, active duty, and future military and first responders.
Over the past few weeks I have started to really look at the seemingly endless “Honey-Do” list for around my house. As Russ Bowman mentioned a few blogs back it is still fairly cold here in Ohio so I immediately removed anything that has to do with being outside or the garage. I decided to finally tackle the smallest room, the bathroom.
You see, our house was built in 1951 by skilled workers and has only had one other family live in it than mine. The original family had a woodworker in it because I find lots of detailed cuts and trims that you don’t see in other homes so I know the house was well cared for. In the 8 or 9 years we have been there we have had the normal joys of home ownership but nothing that I couldn’t handle. That is of course until we decided to spruce up the bathroom.
The bathroom was the one room we hadn’t done anything to and you could tell. I decided it was at least time to repair the cracks in the walls and slap on some fresh paint, maybe a new medicine cabinet, and some other updates. Well, what was once merely a crack in paint quickly evolved to the entire bathroom now needs a skim coat of joint compound.
This all happened in the course of about 5 minutes. I just started to scrape the crack to get the loose paint off and sure enough it turned into what is shown above. The bad news is the crack runs the full length of the wall and this is only a third of the wall. Needless to say, I am now in over my head but am willing to give the repair a shot on my own but have already called in backup just in case.
Compressed air systems may have a lot of characteristics in common with my honey-do list. The small issues may go for years without being checked or fixed, the list of items needing looked at may be growing daily. Even worse, what you think might be just a small leak that doesn’t amount to much could actually be just the tip of the iceberg. Instead of putting off the maintenance and the list of items to look at on your compressed air system, start checking those items off today. If you don’t have a list, take a look at our 6 steps to compressed air optimization. A little work now can save a lot of money later on.