Ramp WTF



  • I've just started at a new job and they've given me my own space in the parking lots of the company. I have to take my car up 4 floors to park it.

    At every floor, when a car is coming through a ramp (either up or downwards), an alarm sounds. I've gone out for lunch and been back, so I got them to ring 3 times just today.

    I commented about it with someone who also works around here and he told me why that happens. It's made this way so that people who are about to get the car on a ramp know whether it's already being used at the moment (you wouldn't be able to see, since the path is an helicoid). Each alarm also sounds different from the others, so you can even tell on which floor the ramp is busy.

    Someone came with this solution because the architect designed the building with ramps that only allow one car at a time, and there's only one ramp between each pair of floors.

    I'm thinking about a new kind of trollish prank now. Since the parking lot is so windy, if I tie something light enough on the alarm sensors they'll fire at random all day long.



  • What do they do if someone doesn't hear the alarm and both wind up on the ramp?  They are screwed if they hire anyone that's deaf.  What was that architech thinking...



  • [quote user="Renan "C#" Sousa"] I've gone out for lunch and been back, so I got them to ring 3 times just
    today.[/quote] You use your car to get your lunch? Canteen? Pack-lunch? Store down the road from work?



  • @pauly said:

    What do they do if someone doesn't hear the alarm and both wind up on the ramp?  They are screwed if they hire anyone that's deaf.  What was that architech thinking...

    Maybe it was designed to be valet parking, then they cheaped out on the valets.



  • @PJH said:

    [quote user="Renan "C#" Sousa"] I've gone out for lunch and been back, so I got them to ring 3 times just today.
    You use your car to get your lunch? Canteen? Pack-lunch? Store down the road from work?[/quote]

     

    I use MY car (or my Harley when I'm not car-pooling) for lunch. The area I work at is on top of a hill, surrounded by other commercial building full of worker droids. There is no food around here. Nearest store is ~1.5 miles away. And, I spend 8 hours a day here. The last thing I want to do with my lunch hour is sit around here eating "pack-lunch", either alone in my cubicle or in the break room with the social misfits I work with. I found a nice little pub about 4 miles away that nobody from work ever goes to where I can have some decent pub grub and slam down a couple of attitude adjusters before coming back to slog away for another 4 hours.



  • Is this building in Porto Alegre?

    there are some crazy parking buildings there that you can only go in with an Peel P50.



  • @pauly said:

    What do they do if someone doesn't hear the alarm and both wind up on the ramp?  They are screwed if they hire anyone that's deaf.  What was that architech thinking...
     

    Probably the same thing nearly every technical architect I've ever known apparently thinks: "I wonder what I can do to prove my ability to think way outside the box, creativity-wise. I don't work here, so I'll never have to suffer through use whatever abomination design I foist on deliver to these idiots these idiots."



  • @rudraigh said:

    The last thing I want to do with my lunch hour is sit around here eating "pack-lunch", either alone in my cubicle or in the break room with the social misfits I work with. I found a nice little pub about 4 miles away that nobody from work ever goes to where I can have some decent pub grub and slam down a couple of attitude adjusters before coming back to slog away for another 4 hours.
    Wow, you must be excellent at team work ;-) The last thing I want to do is sit on my own in a pub. I'd must rather be with work colleagues having a good chat (which means I always take a pack lunch, as the break room has the typical Microwave, Fridge and Kettle, thats it)



  • @Mole said:

    Wow, you must be excellent at team work ;-) The last thing I want to do is sit on my own in a pub. I'd must rather be with work colleagues having a good chat (which means I always take a pack lunch, as the break room has the typical Microwave, Fridge and Kettle, thats it)

    It's nothing to do with teamwork, Mole: it's just that some of us can do teamwork just fine, but don't like team play or 'team nights out.'

    I used to work for about 15 years doing various kinds of IT for a brewery, and though I got on well with—and WORKED well with—most of my colleagues, there were only a handful that I would want to spend any downtime with. I just had zero in common with the rest of 'em. Getting stupid drunk is NOT my idea (unlike most of theirs) of a 'great night out.' Playing ten-pin bowling or curling together is different (and yes, 'our lot' did both at various times!); but general socialising with 'em wasn't for me.

    My most miserable time of year was the annual 'Xmas Lunch/Evening/Party/Piss-up.' Attendance was just about mandatory short of having a limb hanging off, and being a VERY moderate drinker, my only amusement was monitoring the inevitable decline of these people into drink-induced torpor or (in a few case) belligerent and unpleasant drunkenness.

    >shrug<



  • @Cad Delworth said:

    It's nothing to do with teamwork, Mole: it's just that some of us can do teamwork just fine, but don't like team play or 'team nights out.'

    I used to work for about 15 years doing various kinds of IT for a brewery, and though I got on well with—and WORKED well with—most of my colleagues, there were only a handful that I would want to spend any downtime with. I just had zero in common with the rest of 'em. Getting stupid drunk is NOT my idea (unlike most of theirs) of a 'great night out.' Playing ten-pin bowling or curling together is different (and yes, 'our lot' did both at various times!); but general socialising with 'em wasn't for me.

    My most miserable time of year was the annual 'Xmas Lunch/Evening/Party/Piss-up.' Attendance was just about mandatory short of having a limb hanging off, and being a VERY moderate drinker, my only amusement was monitoring the inevitable decline of these people into drink-induced torpor or (in a few case) belligerent and unpleasant drunkenness.

    >shrug<

    :O

     

    You are the Devil.

     

    Meanwhile, I also avoid socializing with my coworkers, but for the opposite reason: most of them are old, have children and think having one beer while discussing work and children is "a good time".  But if I was to consume a few pitchers of beer by myself, smoke a pack of cigarettes, hit on random women, lose my pants somewhere and finish the night off by ravenously devouring junk food outside the 7-11 while negotiating a fair price for counterfeit vicodin with some homeless guy scalping basketball tickets, I'm some kind of bad guy.

     

    Some people are hopeless.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    hit on random women
     

    And they're like, Get thee away, you pudgy hobbit.

    @morbiuswilters said:

    ravenously devouring junk food

    You'll just stay pudgy that way.

     



  • @dhromed said:

    @morbiuswilters said:

    hit on random women
     

    And they're like, Get thee away, you pudgy hobbit.

    They were, like, all over my dick.  I'm not even lying.

     

    @dhromed said:

    @morbiuswilters said:

    ravenously devouring junk food

    You'll just stay pudgy that way.

    Must be my shitty Dutch genes.  I'm 25% Dutch, you know.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    Must be my shitty Dutch genes.  I'm 25% Dutch, you know.
     

    Yeah, I understand. Good thing my 50% Bri'ish genes counter the other half.



  • @Cad Delworth said:

    but don't like team play or 'team nights out.'
    Oh, god I hate those. I already have to spend 8 hours around these people. They're not all bad mind you, but I need my 'me time'.@Cad Delworth said:
    Getting stupid drunk is NOT my idea (unlike most of theirs) of a 'great night out.'
    Amusingly enough I thought 'Brits' even before looking at your location. I never understood  that obsession with booze. On the other hand of course, despite all the nice things in the UK, if I had to spend my life in that overcast, icy, horizontal-drizzle weather, there's a good chance I'd be drinking myself stupid too...

     



  • @DOA said:

    Amusingly enough I thought 'Brits' even before looking at your location. I never understood  that obsession with booze. On the other hand of course, despite all the nice things in the UK, if I had to spend my life in that overcast, icy, horizontal-drizzle weather, there's a good chance I'd be drinking myself stupid too...

    To add a data point, boozing is pretty popular in the overcast, icy, horizontal-drizzle here in the Pacific Northwest as well. Especially in the winter, when it's pitch black at 4:30 PM and there's not much else to do.



  • @rudraigh said:

    @PJH said:

    [quote user="Renan "C#" Sousa"] I've gone out for lunch and been back, so I got them to ring 3 times just today.
    You use your car to get your lunch? Canteen? Pack-lunch? Store down the road from work?

     

    I use MY car (or my Harley when I'm not car-pooling) for lunch. The area I work at is on top of a hill, surrounded by other commercial building full of worker droids. There is no food around here. Nearest store is ~1.5 miles away. And, I spend 8 hours a day here. The last thing I want to do with my lunch hour is sit around here eating "pack-lunch", either alone in my cubicle or in the break room with the social misfits I work with. I found a nice little pub about 4 miles away that nobody from work ever goes to where I can have some decent pub grub and slam down a couple of attitude adjusters before coming back to slog away for another 4 hours.

    [/quote]

    I was going to say something along those lines. Same here, except I go home instead of a pub.

    @Tatiano said:

    Is this building in Porto Alegre?

    there are some crazy parking buildings there that you can only go in with an Peel P50.

    Fortaleza. Not much different, though, and I think I'll need to learn those tricks from Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift if I am to keep parking here.

    @morbiuswilters said:

    Meanwhile, I also avoid socializing with my coworkers, but for the opposite reason: most of them are old, have children and think having one beer while discussing work and children is "a good time".  But if I was to consume a few pitchers of beer by myself, smoke a pack of cigarettes, hit on random women, lose my pants somewhere and finish the night off by ravenously devouring junk food outside the 7-11 while negotiating a fair price for counterfeit vicodin with some homeless guy scalping basketball tickets, I'm some kind of bad guy.

    I feel your pain.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @DOA said:
    Amusingly enough I thought 'Brits' even before looking at your location. I never understood  that obsession with booze. On the other hand of course, despite all the nice things in the UK, if I had to spend my life in that overcast, icy, horizontal-drizzle weather, there's a good chance I'd be drinking myself stupid too...

    To add a data point, boozing is pretty popular in the overcast, icy, horizontal-drizzle here in the Pacific Northwest as well. Especially in the winter, when it's pitch black at 4:30 PM and there's not much else to do.

    Also, Canada.  And the rest of the US.  And Australia.

     

    Hmm.. I wonder if it has something to do with being former British colonies.


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