In Case You've Wondered

My blog is where my wandering thoughts are interspersed with stuff I made up. So, if while reading you find yourself confused about the context, don't feel alone. I get confused, too.

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One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.

I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


I was thinking about the things I can do, so I'm going to list them, so I don't feel like a small cog in a big wheel.

Operate Heavy Equipment - Rubber Tire Backhoe, Tracked Excavator up to 2 yard capacity, Bulldozer, Hydraulic Cranes up to 65 tons, Motor Grader, Skid Steer.

Drive Trucks - Not currently licensed, but driven up to tractor trailer combination.

Build and Place Concrete Forms - Bridge piling footings, caps, deck, walls up to 20 feet, paving, textured and foundations.

Finish Concrete - Paving, sidewalks, curbs.

Grouting -  Repair, Equipment leveling, Epoxy, Pumping.

Piping: Weld, Screw, Plastic, Composites

Ducting: Spiral Wound, S and Drive

Framing: Wood, Hollow metal.

Underground Utilities: Water, Gas, Sewer, Electrical

Earthwork: Site prep, Grading, Compacting

Road Construction: Limestone Base, Concrete, Asphalt

Structural Steel: Bolted, Welded, Lightweight Rigid Frame

Pile Driving -  H-Beam, Pre-stressed Concrete, Wood, Sheet

Painting - Home, Industrial

Surveying: Project Layout, Site Capture

CAD - Autosketch, some AutoCad and Foresight

Computer - Excell, Word, TDS Survey Works, Autosketch, AutoCad

Business - Basic Accounting, Job Costing, Construction Estimating, Correspondence, Project Management, Contract Review, Project Buyout, Engineering Review

Project Plan Reading - Civil, Concrete, Framing, Piping, Finishes, Flooring, Ceiling

I know I've forgotten something and it's hard to believe I've either done those things, or was responsible to see they were completed.

There; I feel better. Forty years of doing a lot of things leaves me wondering what the hell I've done with my life. At least I learned something.


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    1. Maybe so. In the end, they'll toss my ass in the clay, say a prayer and cover me up.

  2. I've got to say that I am seriously impressed. You seem to have packed a whole lot of learning and experience into those 40 years. I think I would be afraid to do the same sort of accounting of the years, for it would be sorely lacking in accomplishments.

    1. I could complain about it all really adds up to nothing, but not tonight. Maybe in the future.

  3. Awww, quit being so negative about it - you've got quite a versatile inventory of skills. I certainly cannot match that - I can run a lot of heavy equipment, but it's geared more towards the ag industry. I was pretty hot stuff on some of the now obsolete sorting machinery at the USPS - so there ya go. For a while I was also a network administrator, but that is a skill that requires continual updating and I didn't do that, either.

    I still enjoy running a combine or one of the larger 4wd tractors as well, considering what I grew up running was miniscule compared to the monsters.

    1. You're right. My skills will allow a return to civilization after the Zombie Apocalypse. :)

  4. Here's a list of the things I can do well...
    Give me a second, I'll think of something.

    1. I'm betting your memory will reveal a few dozen.