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Posted June 17, 2013 - 07:16 PM

It just isn't right, me, stuck 100ft in the air, in my crane cab, my 3 meals beside me, (3 salads) and you start talking about wonderful, delicious, Gods gift to man, Good Food! Worse yet, you show me mouth watering pictures. I wounder if the Co. wouldn't mind me having a grill outside my cab on the landing?

 

Sue says you don't need good food........just work, that's all you get!  :rolling:



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Posted June 17, 2013 - 07:20 PM

Sue says you don't need good food........just work, that's all you get!  :rolling:

Boy Oh Boy...... Ain't that the truth. You've been talking to her haven't you.

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Posted June 17, 2013 - 07:46 PM

Mine was a millionth edition 73 model, orange with white stripe, and "Millionth Vega" on the door handles.  I only saw the shadow of this massive dog too, but I'd seen the dog many times in the daytime, and he was a "chaser", so I knew what I hit.  Was also my left blinker swinging!

I remember that car

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Posted June 17, 2013 - 10:20 PM

I have been in this same boat for a few years myself. I have a 10 year old I haven't seen in 7 years. Her mom has told her so much about me she will probably never want to see me. Until that day comes that she can make the choice for herself I am here with open arms.

 

I'm glad you got that piece of your life back. I have found out no matter how much I try to down play it.... There's still that little piece of me that wants her to be part of my life.

 

I am hoping that by summers end before they go back to AZ the girls will come to visit.

It just isn't right, me, stuck 100ft in the air, in my crane cab, my 3 meals beside me, (3 salads) and you start talking about wonderful, delicious, Gods gift to man, Good Food! Worse yet, you show me mouth watering pictures. I wounder if the Co. wouldn't mind me having a grill outside my cab on the landing?

Think people would be concerned to drive by and see smoke coming off the top of a crane?

 

 

There really are no words to describe today.

 

I woke up this morning and Steph had already left for class ( she has a 8-5 class every day this week). The sound I heard was pure music to my ears. My boys were playing in the living room.

 

I came down the hall grinning like a fool and made coffee – which Jared drank - and then we three spent the day together. We played games and watched movies and tinkered with tractors.

 

Then we made some lunch and talked for a while.

 

About 330 we headed up to Charlotte to the tractor junkyard and got my tractor seat – that I forgot to take pics of – and them came home to find that Steph had come home and made pancakes.

 

Around 7 I took Jared back to his Grandmothers house. We had a good talk on the way up.

 

He will be back in a few days.

 

On the way home my brother called and we talked all the way home.

 

It has been a wonderful day that I will cherish forever.


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Posted June 17, 2013 - 11:18 PM

Not much going on here today. Spent time catching up on paperwork and phone calls. No post of happenings but there is something that I have had on my mind for some while. Our country is training at least the second generation of people that have no idea how to work. Not that they are lazy or stupid, they just have not been given the basic tools of logic and reasoning or even situational awareness to get them by. They have relied too heavily on technology and the first time something come up that doesn't plug into a wall socket they cannot manage the problem.  Take for example my recent purchase of a 10x8 dog pen. The pen was a one piece deal. No joints so it could not be disassembled. To pick up the pen I took a 10x5 trailer. When I arrived at the house the pen contained 2 bicycles and 2 push mowers. The gate is barely more than 16 inches wide so the items could not be carried through it. I told the woman it would be no problem to lift the pen over the items and load it on the trailer. She immediately went into panic mode and started calling the neighbors for help. The day I cannot move a dog pen by myself I will accept a room at the nursing home. There was also a pickup truck parked beside the pen. I asked her if she could move it and again she went into panic mode and was telling me to pull around the trailer and she would pull up and I could pack in behind her then she would drive around the trailer park to get it back in the spot. I got in the truck and waited for her to back out. Then before she could pull forward and block me I backed in. She nearly hit the trailer. I attempted to back in beside the dog pen. However, the 2 neighbor boys who arrived to assist had decided to lift everything in the pen over the top of the pen and were soaked in gas from turning the mowers upside down over their heads. Since they were putting everything in the way I got out of the truck and told them to move the mowers and I would back up next to the pen.
 
Immediately one of the boys grabbed the tailgate handle on the trailer. I told him, “NO, I will back up next to the pen.” So they grabbed the pen and sat it behind the trailer.

I told them to move it so I could back up next to it. They had no idea how to do that. After a brief instructional moment they moved it so I could back up.
 
Then imagine their surprise when I picked up the pen and lifted it onto the trailer.
 
One of them said, “Why did we have to move all the stuff out of the pen then?” as he stood there soaked in fuel.
 
I just laughed and left.
 
By the way- then I got home I unloaded the trailer, by myself, in about 8 seconds.
 
This is not the first time I have encountered people who have no idea how to do a simple job. They cannot think, formulate a plan, and carry it out. They have been taught to allow technology and others to do the thinking for them.
 
I saw a guy at the library a few years back who was complaining about being broke. His hands were soft as butter. Not a scar, scrape, cut, or callous on them. They looked like baby hands. I told him there was lots of work if he would just get his hands dirty. He looked at me like I fell from Mars. Then told me he didn't do that kind of work.
 
What this generation is missing is the joy of accomplishing something. Of working and sweating to achieve a goal and then looking back at the end of the day and seeing what they have done.
 
No one enjoys digging a ditch. However, finishing the ditch and looking back at it is a thing to behold. It is not much fun to replace an engine. But turning that key and hearing it roar to life is the reward for the labor.
 
They will not plant a garden because there is not instant gratification. It takes time and toil to receive the reward.
 
And the educational system, and most importantly their parents, are allowing them to continue to have no skills to provide for themselves. Nor any sense of pride to achieve anything. They simply float through life pushing buttons and watching screens.
 
What is the solution? How about sending them off to a camp for the summer, with no electricity, no cell coverage, and no computers, and let them work. It will build more self confidence than any basketball camp ever could.
 
I have played sports, and I am not in contact with any of the people I played with. However, I have worked, and my best friends are those that have labored beside me. We sought a common goal. We shared a common reward – the pleasure of a job well done.
 
 
 
Just some ramblings from a small mind I am sure. But think back 40 years when people had to work. Wasn't the world a better place?

AMEN!

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Posted June 18, 2013 - 12:24 AM

17 min. after midnight, reading Willie's blog for 6hrs straight. Something has gone wrong in the Caster which cast liquid steel into slabs. Been up in my cab over 6hrs and have yet to turn power on to my crane. Time to take a break from reading and put my salad together, and have some lunch.

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Posted June 18, 2013 - 01:12 AM

Glad you had that wonderful day, Willie, everyone should have one like that and realise it when it's happening. Good for you. So many of us seem to be working towards the future so hard that we miss the really great stuff that just sometimes seems to happen right now.
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Posted June 18, 2013 - 05:33 AM

Glad you guys had a great time together, Willie!



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Posted June 18, 2013 - 06:53 AM

good to hear your having a great time how heath like having a big brother?



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Posted June 18, 2013 - 07:40 AM

Sounds like a truly wonderful Fathers day and beyond.  I'm really happy for ya Willie! :thumbs:



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Posted June 18, 2013 - 08:28 AM

Good things abound to those who wait, and your time has finally arrived Willie!  Great hearing what a wonderful day you had!


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Posted June 18, 2013 - 08:26 PM

7 stitches covers a good bit of a thumb!  That's gonna be sore!  Better a thumb than a chunk of wheel in the eye!  They have been known to go right through safety glasses!

That's if one, even wears safty glasses!!

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Posted June 18, 2013 - 08:33 PM

7 stitches covers a good bit of a thumb!  That's gonna be sore!  Better a thumb than a chunk of wheel in the eye!  They have been known to go right through safety glasses!

That's if one, even wears safty glasses!!

Home now.Found this today taking apart an engineIMG_20130414_182046_434_zps73ad37cb.jpgYes that is a nail. Time for gory pics I will just put up a link to the photobucket pics for the non squeamish.http://s244.photobuc...c04d9e.jpg.htmlhttp://s244.photobuc...13d5ee.jpg.htmlhttop://s244.photobucket.com/user/mybigwarwagon/media/IMG_20130414_204314_775_zps181ae134.jpg.html While Steph and I were at the ER Heath went across the street to the neighbor house. Maw Maw Wanda wore him out.IMG_20130414_213118_506_zpsbcdfe076.jpg

its amazing you didn't have tendon damage.

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Posted June 19, 2013 - 04:58 AM

A bit off topic but it would officially take someone 3 days to catch up on this posting. 884 replies to this topic and a 1/3 of them is a small novel.

takes more then 3 days, especially when working and reading between lifts.

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Posted June 19, 2013 - 05:18 AM

Page 60 almost there, long night last night, ready for bed.




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