The Heat Pump From H-E-Double Hockey Sticks (WARNING: RANT)


So, there's apparently a heat transfer pump inside the utility access crawl space underneath my office. All was well until about three years ago, when the pump started to fail. The bad news is that it never actually failed. It's been grinding bearings and limping along for several seasons now. It goes off for about 10 seconds at a time then shutting off. Sometimes there's 10 seconds between buzzing noises. Sometimes it's about 20 seconds. Regardless, it is impossible to get any work done in my office while this menace is still functioning. I have addressed this with the head custodian for two years now with no attempt at fixing or replacing this menace pump. I have brought it to the attention of my boss for the last two year as well, and nothing has been done. I did get someone on the custodial staff to admit that it is indeed in need of replacing, but that's all the further I have gotten as far as progress. It has apparently been brought to the attention of Mr. Humble, but he is out of town for two more days, so I'm stuck here with the grinding monster of a motor.

Honestly, it's driving me to insanity. The only way I can get any work done in my office is to put my headphones on and crank up the music, which is quite a nuisance, especially when I have to work on things at my desk or converse with students and Mr. Jerew frequently. Some folks say that it's no big deal and I'll get used to it. Here's my counter claim however. Open this mp3 sound file:

HEAR THE BUZZING FOR YOURSELF

Then turn it up to maximum volume on your computer (which is about how loud it is in my office) and play it OVER and OVER and OVER for about 7 and a half hours while you're trying to update your web page, prepare a score for rehearsal, type a blog entry, put grades in the computer, teach a lesson, or have a discussion with a friend or co-worker. After this experience, I dare you to try and tell me that it's nothing and that I'll get used to it. I mean, really. I can't take it any more.

DISCLAIMER: I usually do not use this public blog forum to whine or cause trouble, but in this case, I have been compelled to do this by non-action of those in charge of this hideous noise that is on the verge of putting me in a padded room in a straight jacket.

Thanks for hearing me out. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I appreciate you lending me an ear. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

Also, just for the record, the buzz is a concert F#.

Comments

Stauffer said…
Always the musician, complaining about the job, then noting which note the nuisance actually is. Mr. Keller wants noise-reduction headphones for Christmas!
Angie Vertucci said…
Sounds to me like you "ship" is coming in! LOL
Angie Vertucci said…
Sounds like your "ship" is coming in!! LOL!!
victor said…
Oh I feel your pain. In fact, I'm listening to the grinding gears of death right now.
mary ellen said…
Hey, think about the deaf people. Be glad you can hear anything!
Emily A. (JHCB) said…
Wow That Sucks,
See if you can get some of your students to ask about it. I'm willing to ask anyone about it...
I listened to it like 10 times and I might need to borrow your straight jacket after your done with it..lol
You should just get some of your students of the middle or high school and ask about it, I've done a few favors myself, I'll help to stop the crazy noise..And I'm sure anyone else will help you too!
-Emily A.
Jacob said…
Im picturing Mr. Keller as a kind of Gene Wilder crazy... the hair, the bug eyes the nonsensical ramblings that actually follow sensible conversation... The noise... THE NOISE!!!!
Jordan Schrader said…
Head Custodian.... heh heh heh.....
Rachel C said…
stauffer i will bee sure 2 get those headphones 4 mr k.....LOL

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