Closing out the second month of meteorological summer we will enjoy a sunny comfortable day for being outside to enjoy any activities we wish. While I have been catching up on tasks outside since retirement my neighbor has been building a huge barn this summer. He is a private contractor who builds houses, barns and small commercial buildings – this has been a hot summer for building construction, or doing any manual labor outside.
When I was in my 20s I worked building large commercial buildings for Miller Davis in Kalamazoo. My first job was hauling wheel barrels of cement along narrow planks to footings the cement truck couldn’t reach. The wheel barrels were Georgia buggies,(left) not your usual small wheel barrel used around the home. One was required not to lose ones load before getting to the forms, and to keep moving back and forth along the planks until noon when it was time for lunch then back at it after a 30 minute break. It was a good thing I had worked on farms previously and was up to the task. The boss and older members of the crew would watch and wait for the newbie to lose a load of cement and I am happy to say I never did.
I still like to work on construction projects and have been making repairs to my decks and shed along with landscape projects. I never have liked to hire these things out when I can do these things myself. It is surprising how many youngsters today don’t even know how to use a hammer or other hand tools – we had building and mechanical trade classes in school back in the 60s and 70s, I am not sure if they do anymore.
So, hats off to all the hardy souls who work outside everyday in the heat…..
I will be installing a second high resolution webcam next week sometime to compliment the one I have facing north. I am thinking I will have it facing southwest.
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