Earlier this winter, Jason asked me if I would be interested in bidding on a project no one else was interested in.
When we got to the job-site, I saw why.
There was between 40 and 50 foot of sidewalk needing to be jack hammered out, then carried 75 to 100 ft by hand.
8 ton of concrete = 16,000 pounds.
There was not enough room to get a skid loader in. Heck, we could barely get a wheelbarrow in between the bushes and the property line fence. Everything would have to be done old school….ie. Manuel Labor.
These kind of projects stir something inside of me.
The challenge maybe? 🙂
Well, I got the job…..
Tuesday was our first day. The demo went better than I’d expected…so by early afternoon, all 16,000 pounds of concrete was in a pile next to the curb. It was raining Wednesday, but because there would be a check waiting for me once the concrete was gone,
I, we pushed and got it loaded. My son John has been helping me…one of the things I really appreciate about all of the guys who have worked for me the past few years (That includes you Chris if you happen to read this) 😉 is these young men have had great attitudes in spite of working conditions…not a hint of grumbling.
Growing up, dad would say...”Don’t ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.”
Well today was “pour the new sidewalk day.”
I woke up this morning @ 4 AM. Adrenalin, already coursing through my veins. We couldn’t bring in the new concrete the way we removed the old…all of it had to be wheel-barrowed down a series of ramps and inclines.
Couple of hundred feet.
On top of all of the logistical challenges we had placing the new concrete, would you believe we got a cement truck driver with an attitude problem…..
I sensed it right away….didn’t say anything to the rest of the crew, but 20 minutes into the pour, Jason came up to me and said “The guy is a “blank-ity- blank.” and he had half a mind to tell him to his face.
I suggested waiting until we were finished…
Minute later Jason commented on the aroma of the lilac bush we were working around.
“Focus on the smell of the Lilac instead of the blankity blank truck driver, grasshopper.” I said with a smirk… 😉
“You are just like Splinter,” he said to me…
“Yes, and you are like Raphael the Ninja turtle.” I replied.
We laughed, got all 16,000 pounds of new concrete placed without a hitch.
Splinter Image by Google
I left that project around lunch time, stopped by our local Menards to get some landscaping block samples. Would you believe, the guy at the contractors desk who waited on me, also had a bad attitude. Since I was still basking in the afterglow of getting that concrete poured, there was no way, I was going to let that get under my skin…and it didn’t.
I did get home early (and exhausted.)
Told my wife at supper time, today felt like I’d run through an obstacle course.
I can already tell you, I will sleep like a baby tonight.