Saturday, September 25, 2004

Saturday after work

It was a short 8 hour day today and there will be more of it tomorrow. Unfortunately, the work that was supposed to last until December will die next weekend, it seems. The hierarchy at Toyota Motor Manufacturing has decided not to complete this project this year. At least, that is what they are saying. Rumor is that we are making it look so easy that they now believe their maintenance crews can do the job. They may or may not be able to do it, but the reason we make it look so easy is that we have discovered, through a process of trial and error, the quickest and easiest way to do the job. This is not information we will impart freely. Which ever, the good work will die next weekend. The company has other work in the near future and has expressed that they would like me to stick around. I have told them I would be happy to take off a couple weeks if it meant more work in the near future.
Tomorrow is a doubletime day. I vacillated between the idea of working and the idea of not working. Both sides had merit. However, when the rumors about next weekend were confirmed to me in a conversation with the superintendent, I decided to make hay while the sun was shining. Tomorrow is check out. Today we took it out and put it back. Tomorrow, we run the system and make sure it is working before it goes back into production.
None of it is hard work. It IS dirty work. It IS is hot work. I personally think that the maintenance guys do not want the job. That is why we are doing it in the first place.

Some of the guys are upset about it. I can dig that, but this trade is a turkey shoot in the dark. You can take a job that is to last 2 years and it can end in 2 weeks. Then, conversely, you can take a job that is to last 2 weeks and be there 2 years. You just never know in the construction industry. We work when it is hot. We work when it is cold. We work when it is dirty. We work when it is nasty. We work on weekends. We work on holidays. We work when it is early. We work when it is late. We work long days. We work short days. That, as we say, is why they pay us the BIG bucks.

Time to eat a bite and rest. Y'all have a good evening.

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