A New Year
Posted by: Adam Fuson @ 2009.09.29.2222
Over a year has passed since the last posted article and many things have changed. Prior to the last written article Thomas Karzoumi, a doctoral student in the UC Medical Physics program, had passed. I met Thomas Karzoumi in the fall of 2005, and during the next few years I visited Karzoumi several times in Columbus. Ahmad Amoush and Katie Bartholomew accompanied me to Karzoumi's house. There was always food and tea at Karzoumi's house, and he introduced me to new foods such as dates and fattoush salad. I tried some pasta salad and went canoeing in the fast flowing river behind Karzoumi's house. I was inspired by Karzoumi's energy and confidence, and he encouraged me in my studies and work.
From the spring to the fall Katie and I probably moved a dozen van loads of yard debris from decavirate. Mom planted flowers all around the house, while I trimmed branches, cut down bushes and killed bees. Brad mowed the lawn as usual, and Katie and I unloaded the brush. During the spring and summer Katie and I unloaded the brush at the farm, but in the fall Anderson Township setup a debris collection station behind the firehouse, where I dumped half a dozen loads of brush. Anderson Township had setup a yard waste collection station in response to the massive amount of yard debris created by the September 2008 windstorm. The windstorm left the city without power for days.
As the summer progressed the role I had taken in UC cycling club was minimized. UC cycling attended Superweek with its largest group ever, of which I was a part, but I did not go to St Louis for the Gateway Cup. I had promised Reser that I would run the communication wires for the new bike shop and that role became critical near Labor Day weekend. So Katie and I pulled wire for most of the weekend. To both our disappointments we were also not present for the fireworks in Cincinnati. As the year progressed I spent less time cycling and more time sailing. Allen Morris most commonly sailed with me at East Fork Lake or the Ohio River, but The Bull, Winnie and Katie came, as well. Despite having not arranged a sailing outage in 2009, perhaps we will make a late year breakthrough after the Gateway Cup.
Katie graduated from Xavier University in May 2008 and returned home to Cleveland shortly afterward. After her graduation from XU and her sister's graduation from high school, she and her family vacationed in Hawai'i. Returning from Hawai'i Katie began intensely looking for a job and found at least 3 in the Cincinnati area. For several weeks she would visit the city and interview with a different employer, but in late July she was offered a position with a lab at UC which researches HCV and HIV/HCV coinfection.. After accepting the position at UC she began looking for housing and I helped in moving her to Cincinnati with the Astrovan. Eventually she moved into an apartment in the Oakley area. Katie's Corolla spends most of its time in her apartment's garage, while she takes the bus to work and walks to Kroger.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Bremer called me to let me know that he would not be coming to the evening ride, as he was in the hospital with his wife, Mandy. She was giving birth to their first child and daughter, Lorelai Bremer. The preceding December Mrs Buskey, Paul Wright's wife, had given birth to their first child and daughter, as well. But even before that Kim Fuson had given birth to their first child and daughter, Kiera Cassidy McVay Fuson.
Last October an Exelon HR representative contacted me and after a phone conversation I was scheduled for interview with the reactor engineering manager at Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station. Within a week I had accepted an offer to work in the reactor engineering group and began looking for a place to live near the station. November 17, 2008 I began work. Since my start I have enjoyed many days of training, and I am looking forward to being able to contribute to the work at the station.
I moved to Braidwood, Illinois about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving, but despite the move Will Yokel and I had planned a trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado to move some furniture for one of his friends. The van had been loaded before Thanksgiving in preparation for the drive and late on Thanksgiving Day Will and I began our drive to Colorado by heading to Braidwood. Will drove his Protege and I drove the Astrovan until we arrived at my apartment, where he parked his car and joined me in the Astrovan. We then continued across Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. In west Nebraska we departed the interstate to investigate some interesting roads and a nearby hydro-electric dam. Approaching Colorado we heard a slight screeching noise above all the other wind noise of the van and shortly afterwards the van began overheating, losing voltage and losing power steering. I made some quick phone calls, while Will drove and we found our way to the nearest Autozone in Ft Collins, Colorado. An idler pulley's bearing had died in the Astrovan, but with the amazing help of some locals a shorter serpentine belt was fitted to the van and we were on our way again.
Later that night we delivered the furniture after driving through a bit of snow en route to Colorado Springs. The following day, Saturday, we ascended Pike's Peak by cog-train as far as weather would permit and then departed Colorado Springs for Braidwood. We stopped by a local auto parts store for an extra belt and pulley, "just in case," but it has not since been necessary. Will and I shared the driving across Colorado, Kansas and Missouri, and though it was cold and snowy we drove straight through except for a short stop at a rest area east of Saint Louis. Afterwards we drove the remaining few hours back to Braidwood, where Will then departed in his own vehicle for Cincinnati.
This spring I bought a used car, a 1997 BMW 328. Though I only spent a few thousand dollars, I was nervous about the vehicle after I purchased it. I have felt so comfortable with the Acura, that anything else was unsettling. After registering the car, I immediately posted it for sale. In the meantime, a few items needed repair. While repairs were being made, nearly a dozen people emailed me about the car. I concluded I had actually found a good deal, and I continue to drive the vehicle. I am feeling more comfortable with the BMW and have already driven over 12000 miles in it.
Also, I did finally graduate.
Posted by: Adam Fuson @ 2008.04.09.1517
A few months ago Katie thought of ordering decavirate polo shirts for my birthday. In secret she contacted most of decavirate, and asked them if they wanted to be part of the group order. At least 8 people agreed to be part of the order. As the Bull's birthday is so near mine, she decided that he should be surprised as well, so she contacted Winnie, instead of directly contacting the Bull. Everyone agreed to keep the secret from the Bull and me. There were a few special requests. For instance, John Adams wanted jumpsuits, but the closest thing Katie could find was lab-coats. Originally, Katie had wanted to get a decavirate flag for sailing, but that was too expensive and I'm glad she didn't because the shirts are much more enjoyable and useful. Bremer said a lab-coat would be nice, since he wears one everyday and it would be nice to change it up at work. Finally, Charlie said he didn't want one, but knew how I enjoyed things in bulk, so offered to buy an extra for me.
Nevertheless, after keeping the secret through a backorder, the box of shirts finally arrived at Xavier University Commons before a massive Cincinnati snow storm. Katie and I were at UC picking up Shaun Thobe, so we stopped by Xavier on the way to decavirate. I had no idea about the shirts, but found out about them for the first time when Katie pulled one from the box! We took them from Xavier to decavirate, where I had a quick nap, while Shaun and Katie watched television. Then we returned Shaun to UC and drove to Bull Chester. Of course, the Bull was as completely surprised as I had been! Due to the impending snow storm, Katie, Winnie, the Bull and I were trapped for almost a day at Bull Chester watching Hawaiian beach shows, cooking Indian foods and shoveling snow. Polo shirts were later distributed to Jim Slattery, who ordered the only white polo with black lettering. Reser received his concurrently, but Will, Fazulak and Johnny still have not gotten their uniforms. Bravo to all for keeping the secret, and thanks for the extra shirt, Charles.
Memories Through 2007
Posted by: Adam Fuson @ 2008.01.25.1535
As I only managed to write about a dozen articles in the 2007 year, I will not be composing a Top Ten for 2007. This is not to say that nothing notable happened in 2007, but that I very poorly documented it. I enjoyed several interesting trips to power plants with a UC class, Katherine moved to California, Aaron raced Superweek for the first time, and we had the largest group ever attend the Gateway Cup in St Louis, Missouri. I re-met Katie Bartholomew, we played violins for her cousin's wedding in Cleveland, and went sailing more than a dozen times last summer with Aaron, the Bull and Winnie. Bull and Winnie are now living in their new home and continue to do home repairs making it look better and better. John Adams has moved to San Francisco with Aimee Taylor and has started a bike company with a few other guys. Reser has also bought a house and is now looking forward to other acquisitions. I am about to finish my master's degree in nuclear engineering (most probably this quarter). Will Yokel will finish his architectural degree this year, and Brian Nieport will finish his undergraduate degree.
With all this action I have been remiss in my documentation, but I am working on new projects, some of which will be documented in the new decavirate wiki. Additionally, I would like each reader to post a decavirate event or memory. We have all looked through the history of decavirate to help us remember the order of past events, and an informal addition to the history will be enjoyed by us all. Decavirate has been here for degrees, graduations, crashes, surgeries and many other moments, what do you remember?
Top Ten 2006
Posted by: Adam Fuson @ 2007.01.28.2154
Not since February 2002 has an entire month passed without a single article. November 2006 came and went without a single article being contributed to decavirate. This very article is a good measure as to how far behind Decavirate has been on content production. However, some monumental firsts did occur this year. Charles & Melissa and Nathan & Amanda both wed on July 1st this year. Bremer bought his first house and is now second behind Jimmy in home owners. Similarly, Bull moved out of his mother's house into a nearby apartment.
Katherine arranged one of the largest birthday events ever for me last year. We survived a busy year at UC together. During which time I accompanied Charlie and Melissa to Denver and the first Chipotle at Evans, and relocated a shed with the aid of the Bull. During the summer months we saw O'brien race his last Ault Park race. I was absent from Superweek for the first time in years, but John Adams and Brian Nieport found their way to the Gateway Cup for the first time.
The Bull's CNC milling machine was technically completed, though it still continues to be improved. Before Will entered his first year of graduate school and I my second year, Bremer and I drove to Boston to find Frank. Finally, UC Cycling embarked on another monumental cross-country training trip riding in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Posted by: Adam Fuson @ 2006.08.19.1859
Returning from Callahan Wednesday was one of the hottest days in recent memory. Allen Morris was at RBO and had called to make sure I was coming to the weekly ride. Since there was very little time between work at Callahan and the ride at Reser's, I knew I had to get ready quickly. Of course, once I was at decavirate I didn't want to drive to the shop just for the ride, so I decided to take a computer to the shop, which I had been working on for several days. Simultaneously I was distracted by the unusually high temperatures outside and inside the house despite the air conditioning. I decided that before I delivered the computer and attended the ride, I would install an exhaust fan in the attic to ease the cooling load of the air conditioner.
Running downstairs I found a few angle brackets in the basement and a spare furnace fan in the garage. I carried this to the attic and descended again for some wood screws, wire nuts, electrical tape and zip-ties. Once in the attic I was instantly drenched with sweat in the 100-degree+ air. Hastily, I mounted 2 angle brackets, where the top of the furnace fan would sit. Then I ran the zip ties through the fan casing and the angle brackets. Pulling the ties tight held the fan in place against the attic vent. Next I used some electrical tape and wire nuts to secure a cord to the fan and plugged it in.
I could barely hear the fan running evening in the attic, but it was pushing a considerable amount of hot air out of the attic. Though temperatures climbed during the next 2 days outside, the temperature in the house actually decreased a few degrees. Obviously, this is a common addition to any house, and is usually accompanied by a thermostatic switch. I highly recommend this improvement, as I didn't expect it to produce such a dramatic result and for so little cost.