Listening to: The Rider of Lost Creek – Louis L’Amour
Reading: The Life and Death of Great American Cities – Jane Jacobs (and also 30,000 on the Hoof – Zane Grey)
At the end of a 70 hour work week, last weekend seems like it happened two years ago, but this is how I remember it:
This week I’m working as the roving fiber splicer at the Auburn University football stadium in Auburn, Alabama. We are installing a DAS (distributed antenna system) at the stadium to increase the cell-signal capacity, and let me be the first to tell you — This is a BIG project. Here was my office for the first three days:
Alabama is beautiful – but oh, so humid. It has rained every. single. day. since I’ve been here. I mean, just look at all this greenery.
Some of the construction guys have been here for so long that the company rented apartments for them. I’m staying in an extended-stay hotel. And I’m here to work. I don’t know what this guy is here for, but it’s probably very exciting.
We’re working alongside a group of riggers — lean, lythe, brave men who go up on ropes and hang 120lb antennas while hanging in harnesses. This was one of their hardhats.
I’ve been in a few stadiums before, but have never lived in a stadium for weeks at a time. I’ve certainly never been in the announcer’s box!