Archive for December, 2012

A thought while making supper.

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Have you ever stopped to think that if you were cooking a spider(because eating one raw would be gross), it would be difficult to properly cook the body without overdoing the legs?

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Just how long do you expect to live?

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

The idea that there are more days behind you than there are remaining for you to enjoy can be unsettling…..and some people can go crazy with that thought.

I don’t have any problem with a 50 year old buying the car they wanted when they were young or having a sexual relationship with somebody young enough to be their child (as long as they’re an adult) but when they refer to that 50 year old as having a “mid-life” crisis, I have an issue with that.

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Bad luck with drifts.

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

An acquaintance of mine lost a finger the other day while doing some undercarriage work on an excavator.  I don’t know any details other than the finger was re-attached but I have a suspicion that it was something similar to a close call of my own:

Once, during my welding apprenticeship, I broke two fingers while servicing an excavator.  I was driving a track pin and missed the drift.  What brought my 16 pound hammer to a stop was my hand coming between the handle and the edge of a track pad.  

The journeyman I worked under had nearly lost a finger doing the same thing many years ago.

There might be something to be said about making a pin press.

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Accountability and delegation.

December 4, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve posted about accountability before and seeing a piece on the television today about the trial of Major Watts made me think about it some more:  When you run a job you can delegate responsibility(work) but not accountability.

In my own work life I’ve made my fair share of screw-ups but cannot think of any time where I’ve tried to blame it on a helper or sub contractor.  If a job of mine had problems because my helper did poor work then it was because I didn’t stay on top of things.


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