RN Parking Goes Up in Flames

160418_RN_2488One of the “joys” of having an office in downtown Tacoma is parking. Street parking is at a premium around our Tacoma office, but luckily our landlord provides parking for us in the Tacoma Steel building, or, should I say, provided. Early yesterday morning, the Tacoma Steel building was the scene of a spectacular fire, and Robinson Noble lost our parking garage. Luckily, according to news articles, no one was seriously hurt in the fire, though three firefighters received minor injuries. The photo above was the entrance to our parking garage. Other photos, below,  show more of the damage

The fire caused a power outage to the local area, including Robinson Noble’s office. However, power was restored by the start of business this morning. While our landlord works out the parking situation, we send out a cheer for the Holiday Inn Express (across the street from our office) for kindly allowing us to temporarily park in a gravel lot they own next to the hotel.

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And the Madness Ends

nothing left by a broken Frisbee by namestartswithj89 via FlickrAnd the basketball comes to its final rest for this round of March Madness (next to a broken Frisbee no less).

So sorry for the slow posting of the final results. We were so shocked by the final 30 seconds of play in the championship game that it took all day to recover. And how appropriate, a buzzer-beating shot to win the tournament! Exciting to the very end.

Congratulations to Villinova and to the winners of the Robinson Noble March Madness pool. The final rankings can be found here.

The top five in our pool (including Robinson Noble staff) were:

1 – Wow, Mylee moves up from 5th place yesterday to win the whole shebang. Got to love Mylee’s moves!

2 – and seemly out of nowhere, Kulchin Drilling finishs in 2nd. Ole Kulchin was in 7th place yesterday.

3 – and no one in their wildest dreams would have picked BGC to finish in 3rd overall place (from personal knowledge, I know BGC thinks basketball is played on a field with an oval shaped ball). BGC moved all the way up from 14th place.

4 – My Dog Picked This, after a commanding lead much of the tournament,  fell from 1st to 4th after his champion couldn’t quite finish it off (bet his dog didn’t see that coming!),

5 – and finally, in 5th place is bearbasket. Who’s that you say? Had this basket of bears been ever mentioned on the leader board before? No. Bearbasket moved all the way up from 24th place to finish in the top five. Amazing!

The prize winners for Robinson Noble clients, colleagues and friends are:

1st Place ($100) – Kulchin Drilling

2nd Place ($75) – Baller Bill

3rd Place ($65) – Amy Matsumoto

4th Place ($60) – Jason VG

5th Place ($50) – PB Libby

Highest Score after Round of 64 (that didn’t otherwise place) ($50) – Go dawgs

2nd Highest Score after Round of 64 (that didn’t otherwise place) ($25) – Ewali

Highest Score after Round of 32 (that didn’t otherwise place) ($50) – Tad Deshler

2nd Highest Score after Round of 32 (that didn’t otherwise place) ($25) – peter tiersma

Most Accumulated Upset Points (that didn’t otherwise place) ($50) – ikuno

2nd Most Accumulated Upset Points (that didn’t otherwise place) ($25) – Sazano

Highest Seed Total of all the Correctly Selected Teams in the Sweet Sixteen (that didn’t otherwise place) ($25) – Ed Anderson

For the Robinson Noble staff and family prizes, the winners are:

1st Place ($60) – Mylee

2nd Place ($40) – BGC

3rd Place ($30) – My Dog Picked This

Thanks for Trying (lowest score) ($20) – Barb G

And finally, we would like to once again thank this years sponsors.

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And only Two are Left Dancing

model basketball court by Chris Isherwood via Flickr

Well, the March Dance is almost over and only two teams are left standing. Here are the latest results of the Robinson Noble pool.

Here is our current leader board:

1 – My Dog Picked This  – All I can say is that if I had a dog picking for me like this, I’d be a rich man. With a commanding lead of 135 points over 2nd place with 121 points, My Dog Picked This is no dog.

2 – Baller Bill climbed from 5th place to a tie for 2nd, but without a team in the finals, Bill’s chances of staying in the money are slim indeed

2 – and it seems the our bracket master, Kevin Biersner, is joined at the hip with Baller Bill, as he also climbed from 5th to a tie for 2nd. Unfortunately, Kevin’s champion is also out of the running.

4 – new to the leader board, in 4th place, is Amy Matsumoto! Welcome Amy. Enjoy your stay, because your champion is also gone. Good run though!

5 – and finally, in 5th place (and with a real shot of winning the whole thing) is Mylee, who moved up from 8th place.

And how the mighty have fallen. Remember our friend Ted Deshler? Good ole Ted fell from 2nd place and is tied for 16th. And how about Skux Deluxe? The Skuxier was in 2nd place with Ted, and had been on the leader board a long time. Now, also tied for 16th place. Same story for Ewali, from a tie at 2nd to a tie at 16th.

The Robinson Noble leader board should look familiar because they are all over the overall leader board:

1 – My Dog Picked This 

2 –Kevin Biersner, and

3 –Mylee

And with one game left…. stay tuned!!!

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And it’s Down to Four

bball shadows by Jeff Turner via FlickrAnother amazing weekend of basketball, and now it is down to four teams. Here are the latest results from the Robinson Noble tournament, as well as the results after Friday’s games and Saturday’s games.

Here is our current leader board:

1 – My Dog Picked This has a commanding lead with 119 points, a full 13 points above second place. It appears this hot dog is the real deal. Things are looking very good for this dog, My Dog Picked This is the only person on the leader board with a champion still in the game.

2 – Tad Deshler has fallen into a tie for 2nd place.  But with his champion out of the running, how long can Tad hold on?

2 – and hanging in there, still tied for 2nd is our old friend Skux Deluxe. But like Tad, Skux’s champion fell over the weekend.

2 – and also tied for 2nd place is the Ewali, climbing up from 9th place on Friday morning. Ewali had a great weekend, climbing steadily upward from 9th to 7th to 6th to 2nd. With Ewali’s champion also out, can Ewali make the final leap?

5 – and speaking of interesting weekend’s, Baller Bill went from 7th to 11th to 3rd and ended the weekend tied for 5th – maybe he should be called the Bouncing Baller Bill!

5 – and finally, tied for 5th is our very own bracket master Kevin Biersner

The Robinson Noble leader board should look familiar because they are all over the overall leader board:

1 – My Dog Picked This 

2 –Skux Deluxe, and

3 – Kevin Biersner

 

Stay tuned, for the Final Four!

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Flipping over Day One of the Tournament

 

basketball or waterpolo by Hamed Saber via FlickrI don’t know about you, but I’m flipping over this tournament, and all I can say after day one of the tournament is  – GO YALE!  (Not that I picked them for my bracket.)

Results after day one are attached here. The leader board has:

1 – Go Dawgs in first place with a commanding 35 points

2 – Tad Deshler in a close second place with 34 points

3 – a tie at 3rd place between Hanna Brighella and PB Libby at 33 points (but you have to feel sad for old PB since their champion is already out – OUCH!), and

5 – in 5th place, with 31 point, Blair Goodrow

In the Robinson Noble bracket, the leaders are:

1 – My Dog Picked This, with 31 points (that is one hot dog!)

2 – BGC in second with 29 points (knowing how he picks his bracket, all I’ve got to say is “are you kidding?”), and

3 – Hope Wills in third with 27 points (take that Max with your measly 25 points!)

Stay tuned, more results on Monday!

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Climate Change and Geologists’ Favorite Beverage

Ibeer_photo_Flickr by Los Paseost’s a well known fact that geologists love beer. I know from personal experience at Robinson Noble that this is true. Most (all?) geologists would also say that climate change is a fact as well. So exactly how do climate change and geologists’ favorite beverage intersect? To find out read this NOAA blog post about climate and beer: https://www.climate.gov/news-features/climate-and/climate-beer

When reading the post, be sure to admire the photo NOAA used of the Yakima Canyon shot by friend and fellow hydrogeologist, Tom Ring.

Beer photo courtesy of Flickr member Los Paseos via a creative commons license

Thanks to Holt Services!

150927_alaska_5078This post is a bit late, but Robinson Noble would like to thank Holt Services for an excellent fishing trip!

Last month, Holt Services hosted a fishing trip to Ketchikan, Alaska for a number of clients, including Kari Thomas  (shown above with a salmon she landed) and Joe Becker from Robinson Noble. In total, the group of 18 on the trip caught 145 salmon – mostly silvers (coho). And each attendee brought home a freezer shelf full (45 pounds) of salmon fillets.

Thank you Randy Holt, and all the gang at Holt Services. We had a great time. Robinson Noble looks forward to another great year of working together on solving our joint client’s environmental, water-resources, and geotechincal problems in 2016.

 

Krautkramer Featured in National Driller Magazine

Mike KrautkramerRobinson Noble’s own, Mike Krautkramer, is featured in the July 2015 edition of National Driller magazine. In an article titled Designing a Dialogue, Water Well Construction Starts with Customer Communication, author Valerie King interviewed Mike about how to properly design and construct a water well for a client. MIke describes how to produce the best well for a client. To do so, he states that the driller (and presumably the consultant as well) needs to have a good idea of why the well is required – such as what is the intended use of the water, how much water is actually needed, what are the other uses of the property, etc. Based on the answers, a driller can do a better job planning and constructing the right well for their client. Read the full article on the National Driller website.

She Picked Wisconsin!

girl by Susana Fernandex from Flicker with CC licenseSee that  smile, she picked Wisconsin! Here’s the latest results following the weekend: 2015 Master Results April 4 10pm

And with that win by Wisconsin, Brian K vaults to 1st place in the standings, and the former leader Greg Guillen drops to 3rd. But out of nowhere (well, actually 25th place), Mike Krautkram finds himself in 2nd! Larry Byrd dropped from 3rd to 4th.

Mike K is also in the lead for the Robinson Noble contest. In fact, he cannot lose, having predicted Wisconsin and Duke in the finals!. Mr 3 is in 2nd (tied for 6th overall) and John H falls to 3rd (11th overall).

Photo by Susana Fernandez, provided under Creative Commons license.

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