28 thoughts on “It’s Going To Be A Looooong Day

  1. Man I feel for you! What an ass kicker trying to get in the swing on working again. You should get hazard duty pay for that! O/T, Phil you should post that picture of the 5th wheel you sent me to show someone is fucking crazier then me! I forwarded to my brother, I sent him the same pic of my trailers and he thinks I am a certified crazy mo fo!

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        • I noticed that too.
          Maybe he found a case of that crap beer they sell in oil cans over there, had a few and fell in love with a koala bear.

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          • Deathray, just how much should a koala bear? I’ve never bloody seen one, living in the wet tropics, and hunting out west or up north when I was mobile. Your Yank beers are actually sold here, but only in gay bars or kindergartens.

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        • Cederq, there isn’t any animal protein that crocs won’ eat including each other, but I am immune. If you never leave your home, you’re a pretty hard target for those bastards. I left my mobile in another room, it hurt too much to rise and find it. I wish that you and Deathray would start a demand for croc skin gunbelts and holsters, create a fashion statement among Phil’s readers, that will reduce croc numbers a bit.

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          • Well Damn! Aussie croc is back! we was wondering about ya’ll, thought perhaps ya got ate. I guess you too are allowed a reprieve from us reprobates. Glad ya feeling half way good. Can you export croc hide and can we import it? What with all of the environs-weines who knows. I am sure it would offend someone. But holster made out of a male saltie especially around his penis would make a hell of a statement.

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            • Apart from the extra overall size of the male croc, and egg-laying and nest guarding habit of female crocs, you have to put your hand into it’s vent to really check it’s gender! So I’ll leave that to you, but I reckon that DR would be keen to help. Crocodylus porosus and Crocodylus johnstoni were granted protected status in Qld in ’74, a bit later in the NT and WA. So now areas traditionally safe to swim and fish, are now where you’re in real danger, as many foreign tourist find out the hard way. Only porosus, the estuarine croc or ‘saltie’ attacks humans, and is regularly found 150km inland from the coast. If it were only an ambush predator, in water or near it, they’d be deadly enough, but there have been attacks at campsites by crocs actively hunting at night. Being awoken by having your ribcage crushed and being carried off, or your leg torn off, would ruin your holiday! The NT is going to allow trophy hunts, but until then croc farms provide leather and meat for export or local sale. Croc burgers are popular with tourists.

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            • I don’t have breaks, as I can’t work anymore. I spend my time supine and reading a book, or seeing on my crap phone, what Phil and his readers are up to now.

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    • Well, you may be crazy, Cederq, but you *did* make it to where you were going without too much drama or accidents. That’s something, at least!

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  2. I don’t envy you Phil..
    I’m glad those days are behind me but, I remember way too many of them.
    Be careful buddy and keep yourself hydrated.

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  3. I’m retired now but I used to work year round outdoors in Phoenix Arizona and surrounding towns. There were plenty of 115 degree days in late July and August. One summer day it hit 122. Yesterday it hit 118. Back in 1999 I recall being out with my crew on an August mid afternoon next to the bus stop. The bus pulled up and a few travelers got down to stretch out. One young fella walked up to me and asked with a pained look on his face if Phoenix was always this hot. I responded with a yes. In summertime being a desert town it gets hot. He told me that he was from Pennsylvania and was shocked by how triple digit desert weather felt like. He cussed a bit then told me within earshot of my crew that the hell with it..he was heading back to his home turf….

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  4. Fond memories (not!) of my days in construction. Roofing in this kind of weather–if you set a hammer or saw down, you damn well better have a glove on to pick it up again. We’d start at the crack of dawn, with a gallon jug apiece of ice water and they were gone by noon. I do have to say that cold beer at quittin’ time was like nothing else on earth.
    At the other end of the spectrum was concrete work with a cold November rain drizzling down your neck.

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    • I HATE concrete work. Didn’t do it for a living, but I’ve done enough! Nowadays I’ll (maybe!) do some float/finish work, or just broom it, but that’s all my poor aching back can stand. Old age sucks, eh?

      Roofing? I gave that up as a bad idea ages ago. Back about the time the first pneumatic nailers entered the trade. They were *expensive*! Now you can get a POC Chinesium one at Harbor freight for a Benjamin or so.

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