One Of The Best Things You Can Give To Anyone.

People can talk shit about me all day but there is one thing they can’t deny.

I show up on time and I work.

I’m the guy who crawls in the ditch, lays under the greasy piece of equipment, goes down in the hole or climbs up the ladder.

24 thoughts on “One Of The Best Things You Can Give To Anyone.

  1. “We the unwilling, led by the unqualified, have done so much for so long with so little, that we are now able to do absolutely everything with absolutely nothing.”

    And so it goes…

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    • You must be old like me, or at least know someone old as me, that’s an old Marine saying. Haven’t used or heard it in a looooong time….. Youdathunk I’d a grad-e-ated over the years, but noooooo, I’m still working on equipment and changing oil on stuff rolling around in the rocks & dirt….. Shit, I can’t even manage a concrete slab….. yup, still doing everything with nothing……

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  2. and all those managers and leaders do nowadays is bitch about the quality of the help.

    Lost my job over 5 years ago. Tons of resumes but all online. Two call backs I am sure it was an age thing. I said f&*k it let them hire the above mentioned people and suck on it. Phil I am a heathen who prays for you and many others. Keep your eye on the skyline and may you journey well in the future.

    I am like you Phil. In my younger years I rode the crane ball down a steel pipe lined 40′ pier hole to clean the loose dirt before the concrete poor, I am sure it was a test but I passed and yes osha would have fleeced them had I reported it.

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  3. People like Rowe and John Ratzenberger started out in the trades so they never
    lost touch with the common man. I admire Donald Trump Senior for making his
    son work with contractor crews. Orange Man ate roach coach breakfast
    burritos with working-class heroes. The dumb fucks of Antifa and BLM will
    never earn as much as Phil and I did in the mechanical trades. They are still
    living in their parent’s homes at age 25 thinking that they would get rich by
    taking worthless liberal arts courses and they are too proud to do actual
    physical labor. Rowe, Ratzenberger, and President Trump never lost touch
    with the working class.

    Here are the final lines from Rudyard Kipling’s poem If:

    “If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”

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  4. I work at a union company. I am the only one that is actually there to work. Not sit on my ass in the social club for hours every day. I was brought up believing in the saying “an honest days work for an honest days pay”. I have a sticker on my hard hat that says Surrounded by Thieves. If the company has to stick to the contract, employees should too, but lower management is all former union and nobody gives a fuck

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    • Bravo 9Booger! I went to work for a union paper mill after I left
      a private union Millwright service. We were expected to perform
      or face layoffs. There was an alleyway that forklift drivers used
      to deliver paper bales to the number one machine. The task of
      cleaning up the paper debris took two men eight hours to complete.
      One day, they were a man short, and I did the job by myself in
      four hours. Fuck middle management, even the people in the
      front office took note (including the mill manager).

      If you put in a day’s work for a day’s pay, you will be noticed!

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  5. I got my A&P License when I was 19 years old and spent a few years twisting wrenches on some high end business aircraft before I went back to Engineering School. Now I’m over 35 years into an Engineering/Leadership career with a major Defense Industry Company and that experience has served me well. There have been many times when there was an aircraft out in the boondocks with a problem and they sent me to figure out what the problem was. Also, some of the best times of my life were when I was out at some base with the enlisted mechs because they would always let me work on the planes. They got a kick out of Mr. Engineer getting his hands dirty. I do computer systems work for the same company nowadays but believe me there is a well stocked rollaway out in the garage.

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      • Was not that hard to guess was it? Started in Marietta as an Engineer on the C-5B, Spent some time doing spooky shit out in the Mojave. Wound up as a Senior Manager in Fort Worth, Then moved sideways into SAP implementation. Currently managing a big SAP Project for the F-35. Almost done. Been one hell of a ride and I’ve seen sunup at 4 am in the Arabian desert a perfect double rainbow over the Sea of Japan. But I’ll say it again. The best times were out in the field with the enlisted troops fixing airplanes.

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        • C-130J Marietta on and off since 97.
          Just watched my 17 yr old son change the radiator in his car. I had to resist the urge to help too much and he did it himself. Sure enough the bleeder valve ended up stuck in a narrow crevice, but at least he could see it to retrieve it with the claw. Grease oil dirt and a little spilled blood: fun times and he’s proud of the work. And I of him.


          • Right now (after I type this) my 40-yr-old (single) daughter and I are going to drop the gas tank and replace the fuel pump in the ’98 Saturn SC-1 that she just HAD to have. Hey, it’s her money.
            I mostly have her bend the wrenches, but when we replaced the starter two weeks ago *I* had to start the top bolt that took ME almost an hour to get put back in! Good times….. ;P

            And she can cook, too. Her electrical skills suck, but I’ll settle for what I can get. She went to College to get her architectural degree (unused), and sometimes I will test her structure and stress analysis of something, but without the statics/dynamics courses I had to take I don’t, again, expect much.


  6. I get out of the office every chance I get. Love to get dirty and work with my guys. Any time they call me boss I reply “I’m just a laborer with a credit card”. They laugh but make damn sure I don’t do more than them. End of the day they insist I use that credit card for a 30pack. I obliged cause they earned it and made me smile.

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  7. Work ethic is a lost mindset for well over 70 % of people in this “modern society”, skin color be dammed, and it has been that way for over 20 years.

    I offer a salute to all of you.


  8. The other half and I raised two boys, and both worked in my shop after school and half a day Saturdays.
    When they graduated, both of them knew exactly how to work.
    Now, both are successful in their own way.
    They may not have liked it at the time, but both will admit that that knowledge has served them well.


  9. About a dozen years ago Mike Rowe gave a TED talk on the nature of work. It is well worth the 20-odd minutes. The man speaks from a place of WISDOM


  10. When I first came down here to SC it was only supposed to be for 3 months to help some family members out with something. Well that was 30 years ago and when I realized I would be here for quite a while I had to find a job. Went to work for a company and my GM and direct supervisor told me this, “All you have to do to be a hero at work in SC is show up and show up on time.”

    We were using “temps” from some shit-ass agency and I’ll tell you, they hardly showed up on time if they showed up at all. Most had to be retrained after lunch and every morning was like trying to herd cats between the “I forgot my PPE” or baby-mama drama or “I had to go to court yesterday that’s why I wasn’t here.”

    Aside from all the BS it was probably the most interesting job and best boss I ever had. We thermally deburred or abrasive flowed parts to de-burr them for some big name companies in big industries. It’s an amazing process to work with. Working on the machines themselves was something else considering a thermal de-burring unit can kill you. lol


  11. You think any of the above is tough? Try explaining tool chatter to a young engineer as the reason his .005 tolerance can’t be done economically.

    Stupid is as stupid does.


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