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Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Greetings from Dianne on day two of training from Sumter County South Carolina.

Today the air conditioning wasn't working in the lobby. The ever popular continental breakfast is served in the lobby. It was so hot the room we could just use regular water to make hot coffee. It was so hot in the room we could just set a bagel on a table and it would toast itself. It was so hot in the room, well, you get the picture. It turns out the night clerk got a bit chilly. So, instead of putting on a sweater, or just turning the air conditioner up a bit, this Einstein turn on the heat and turn off the air conditioner. This caused the air conditioner to freeze up and not work at all. Now, it apparently is a September of unusually hot weather here in South Carolina. So, at 8 a.m. it was already 80 degrees. (You would think I was in Florida) Therefore, the heat outside, plus the fact that the heater was on in the building made it extremely warm. I suggested they tell the night clerk to bring a sweater to work from now on.

I bolt for the door as soon as possible and head to the client. I was early and had to wait for the class to arrive. The training takes place in the Computer / drug enforcement building. Now, isn't that an unusual combination? Floor one contains the computer equipment - the mainframe, network hubs, routers, and all the neat stuff and the door is kept locked. I didn't know it at the time, but the next floor has a storage and evidence room that contains all kinds of drugs and assorted paraphernalia.

I entered the building and sat on the stairs going up to the drug floor and waited. A couple of disreputable, derelict looking fellows entered the building, walked around me and made their way up the stairs. Then a sheriff entered and did the same. No one asked me what I was doing sitting on the stairs, and I certainly wasn't going to volunteer the information to the street people. I was contemplating telling my story to the sheriff, but decided not to. I was sort of wondering if the sheriff was chasing the street people. Then I though maybe I was just in a made for TV movie because it was so strange. But then again it is not very strange for me.

The people for my class arrived and we went into the training room. I learned the street people were undercover cops. I thought that was actually pretty cool.

Class went well. The group took me to a cute restaurant in town. They drove me around a little bit so I could see more of it. It really could be revitalized nicely. I saw where the original man-hole covers for water systems in the US. I also saw the building where some of the first telephones were made. The type you see on old movies with a hand held ear piece and a crank on the side of a wooden box.

This evening consisted of an exciting tour of Wal-Mart. So, I decided I had enough excitement and settled down to write my evening contribution to this journal. Goofy pictures tonight. Wait, they are goofy every night!
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