austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

They don't know talent in this here town

At the inspection station when I finally got up front they separated me from the car right away. I seem to remember before they'd let the driver do the first couple proofs of car concept, but I suppose the challenge of trying to get several million people each year to follow complicated directions like ``turn on the left-turn signal. No, the left turn signal. The one to go left. The other left. The signal for turning left. No, left'' wears down the staff. I realized after stepping out that I hadn't taken a book with me, and there were two cars in the inspection lane within the building ahead of me, but going back to ask if I could take it out, even though the guy would certainly say yes, would mean starting an unsolicited conversation with a stranger, so I toughed it out in the little waiting shack.

The waiting room is one of those little aluminum-and-glass sheds that look like they can be prefabricated easily, and that in winter always feel colder than their objective temperature reading suggests, and out the windows was the endless reflection of the overhead fluorescent lights which were always flickering on but somehow never seem to actually just be on. A sign inside the shack warns owners of BMW 7-Series cars that the onboard computer access panel is difficult to open and their cars might fail emissions as non-communicative if the panel can't be open, so please, see their dealers before inspection and they'll open the panel safely. This would probably comfort 7-Series owners if it were knowable before they had turned their car over to the inspection staff. I assume the sign is there to taunt 7-Series owners.

According to the panels inside the shack, it's built to hold 70 degrees Fahrenheit inside even if it's minus ten degrees outside, and it complies with the National Electrical code, the BOCA National Building code, the BOCA National Plumbing Code, the BOCA National Mechanical Code, and the CABO One and Two-Family Dwelling codes. This is one of those explanations that raises more questions, such as: what plumbing? Maybe they were resume-padding. It's also designed to withstand a wind speed of 90 miles per hour, which is pretty good -- a modest little hurricane -- until again I get wondering what kind of wind the building the shack's inside will take? And is that 90 miles per hour what it survives after the larger building's crumbled? Wouldn't the shack be crushed by the collapsing inspection station first?

Trivia: The deactivation of the Apollo 17 Command Module was completed at 22:00 Greenwich time on 30 December 1972. Source: Apollo By The Numbers: A Statistical Reference, Richard W Orloff. NASA SP-2000-4029.

Currently Reading: Croyd, Ian Wallace.


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