Thursday, September 03, 2009

Say What You Will

I hope you all will excuse me for abandoning my blog of late. I believe I mentioned that I have been called back to work. It will probably last for a couple of weeks and that is fine with me for now. Work has not been particularly hard; I guess I've just had trouble finding much time once I get home from work. Last night had to be an early one because we started pouring concrete at 5:30 a.m. Well, we were supposed to start then but the pump truck was late so I think it was more like 6:15. We are building dental facilities inside of an already finished and operational health clinic, so running a pump hose down the hall and through people's offices was interesting. And then it got stopped up immediately. And then the damn thing will jump when the first mud starts flowing out the end and you have to hold it down to keep it from banging into finished walls and such. It's a lot of fun.
Another fun thing is that the clinic is smack in the middle of a very bad part of Birmingham, so we have to be careful not to get shot. If you think I'm joking just read Birmingham's crime statistics. We try not to stay outside much unless there is more than one of us and you can't leave anything outside. They stole our wire mesh for the concrete. We laughed about that. We were not sure what they thought they might do with it, but they got it anyway. But the thing is, we are building this clinic for the indigent and it is a very nice facility with very good care.
Over the years I have been sneered at by a variety of people for being a construction worker in general. They're low-lifes, you know. I've mentioned this before. One day I'll have to tell ya'll some of the actual incidents. I've been sneered at for doing this work and wasting my college education by not fully pursuing the more astute and lofty ideals of a full-time artist. That's really contributing something to society, you know. I myself have, on many a freezing or broiling day, questioned my own sanity. But when I see the elderly and the children of various races come into our buildings to receive good care, that they could otherwise not afford, I think well, maybe I'm just where I need to be. But don't get the idea that I think I'm all that. I'm just one of a crew and we work together to build these things. I am proud however, that my company chooses to build these type of facilities and not things such as strip malls and other disposable buildings. We build many types of buildings for health care, education and industry. Things that help people. God forbid they ever bid on a Wal-Mart. I'll quit if we get it!
Anyway, I hope to get much work done over the long weekend and so will have something to post about. So much to work on it's hard to decide what to do first!

*Eric Clapton


countrypeapie said...

Wow, I've been away from the blogs for way too long -- I can't believe how much you've done to and around your house lately! I also love the new profile pic and the way you're calling comments thoughtful insights. :)

Anonymous said...

I never understood those who applied a "class" to a job one does. Personally I don't care if one cleans toilets for a living, as long as the role is enjoyed and there is pride taken in how they do it!

Woody said...

I think we've talked on this one before. Contempt prior to investigation...don't judge the book by its cover...there are so many ways to say it.

Annie you rock!

Ed said...

Even the person who swamps out toilet is a useful person to society. Imagine a world without clean toilets?

In your case, imagine a world without construction workers? Not a very pretty world.

Floridacracker said...

Every occupation gets judged that way by someone else. It's like water off a duck's back ...


Be careful on that job in that neighborhood. Sounds like they do good works at that clinic.

Beau said...

Quite an interesting project- Yikes. But what a great thing you do. Are there any greater lofty ideals than helping people? Have a great weekend :)

edifice rex said...

Hey Pea! thanks a bunch!!

Hey Molly! you would really be surprised at how many people say awful things to us simply because we wear a hard hat. And even if they don't say stuff, I've actually seen them walk away from an elevator they were waiting on because they didn't want to stand next to us etc etc.
I don't understand it either.

Hey Woody! yeah, it's an old subject; it still gets me though!
thanks man! you always make me feel better!

Hey Ed! No, it wouldn't be pretty but many people don't see it that way.

Hey FC! you're exactly right; even 'respectable' occupations like doctors and such get talked bad about sometimes!
We're careful and shouldn't be there much longer!

Hey Beau! Right! I feel very fortunate to get to be a part.