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I’ve spent the last 10 days up here in Buffalo New York. I’m putting a Lustre cluster together for a cancer research institute.

The trip started out on a sad note. Gandalf was not happy with me when he saw me packing my bag. He wouldn’t even look at me. The hardest part about getting ready to leave is disappointing my pup. Go figure.

I miss the guy. He loves hanging out with me in the mornings. Sitting on the porch. I’m drinking my coffee, he has his head out between the railings watching the world go by.

 

Here is a statue I’m seeing a lot lately. I remember when I flew out the first time to interview with Sandia Labs and seeing this statue. I thought it was pretty neat. Now I walk by and half the time I don’t even look up. I think that’s pretty sad. We should always try and notice the world around us.

Buffalo is an interesting place. It reminds me of a cold Seattle. Overcast, grey, etc. You can tell there is a history of manufacturing here. Row houses, old shut down plants, abandoned factories, etc. Just the feel of some of the neighborhoods.

Downtown was pretty neat. It’s a fairly modern city in that regards. Definitely shuts down at night though. Almost nothing was open.

I also found a place with a Marilyn Monroe statue. A local underground bar. Any place with a Marilyn statue is a happy place. 🙂

On Saturday I took a Lyft up to Niagara Falls. It was raining and chilly, but definitely worth the visit. Not sure when I’ll get another chance.

 

This is me being soaked and waiting for the bus back into Buffalo. Yep, I took the bus for grins. I love to adventure when I’m in a new town. See the sites, experience the place.  By the time I got back to the hotel I was literally soaked. 

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With the good comes the not so good. Last night at about 11pm I hear the kids holler “a pipe broke!”. Oh crap! Well, it turns out it wasn’t a pipe but rather the septic system backing up into the downstairs bathroom and over flowing the toilet.

I run outside and pop the top off one of the clean outs and drain the sewer water into the gravel instead of the house.

Next morning I call the septic guy.

We then have to dig up the access cover to the septic tank effluent filter. Yes, it was buried.

We finally get the tank pumped out.

The effluent filter cleaned

And life is good again. I have learned more about septic systems in the last 24 hours than I thought I would ever learn. Turns out it wasn’t as bad as I was afraid of.

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