Archive for September, 2010

What is the best welding process…

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

It depends…After my apprenticeship had its oddball start, I went to work in heavy equipment repair. I was formally trained as a pipe welder and when I went to work in heavy equipment repair, I learned to make BIG welds. With the pipe it was mainly SMAW and GTAW with smallish electrodes. When it came to heavy equipment, the journeyman I worked for had very simple guidelines: Use FCAW if you can and use the largest wire you can; if you resort to SMAW then use the largest electrode you can.

This guideline and a time spent in a production shop where one’s worth is measured in quantity more than quality, really influenced the way I weld. I take a certain pride myself in using 3/16″ electrodes in all positions when many professional welders in the area have never even tried it, but sometimes there’s more to defining one’s worth as a welder beyond how many pounds of steel one deposits on a weldment in a day….

I’m doing some work for a client where even a littler spatter is intolerable so I’m using my GTAW (TIG or heliarc to you lot) machine to do it. The client wants a minimum of odours an fumes at their location, so the best process isn’t necessarily the fastest process; I’ll do what’s best but it still rubs me the wrong way on a couple levels.

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I want to be a … when I grow up.

September 26, 2010 1 comment

I was thinking about what to do about work for my son who recently graduated secondary school, and how most of what I do doesn’t suit him or allow him to reach his potential, and I thought of different lines of work. What did you want to be when you grow up? When I was 10, I wanted to be a paper boy and that dream came true when I became a magazine delivery driver for Jim Pattison.

I was thinking about how to advise/steer my son with the beginning of his work life and thought about how there are some careers that folks don’t necessarily think about at the start, but only reveal themselves after you’ve started your education. This thought about this when some dear friends hosted a rijsttafel; an Indonesian-Dutch banquet.

They’re both educated: She studied agronomie, a mainstream profession, but he’s a fish behaviorist. Tell me this: Does ANYBODY at the secondary school level dream of becoming a fish behaviorist? Some careers, like this one, don’t reveal themselves until you’ve studied or worked a little bit first. It’s honest work and it has provided him a rewarding career and his family a good living….but have you ever heard a 12 year old say they wanted to be a fish behaviorist when they grew up?

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Yeah, but she didn’t bring her shoes.

September 18, 2010 Leave a comment

On Friday I was at a dinner party at an interesting home: It’s on a wooded hilltop acreage in the middle of a city and most people don’t know it’s even there.

You get this:

Can't you tell what it is?

In the middle of this:

Sitll don't get it, eh?

The land has been owned by a few characters over the years and is now in the hands of normal folks, but apparently it’s where Imelda Marcos hid when she disappeared for a time….you know, back during those troubles she had.

I’m not one for going gaga over public figures of any sort, but I have to say that I felt a certain something in knowing that I sat in the same sofa that she once did. People can visit The Viper Room and think about River Phoenix but, in this part of the world, my version is more exclusive and therefore more cool…..are you reading this, Duncan?

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A thought while out shopping.

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

I passed a hot dog stand while I was out shopping last week and thought that when writing the menu, it would be hard to resist the temptation to insert a double entendre.

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September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

When I was a boy, I was told that I was allotted three score and ten years of life….As of the 10th, I’ve made it half way!

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Modernize everything!

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I was thinking about The Grim Reaper. I’m willing to bet that when he was first depicted carrying a scythe, it represented the cutting edge of harvesting technology…

..So why does the idea of an updated depiction of him driving a John Deere combine seem so silly? Bikers wouldn’t paint that on their fuel tanks….

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