Got a call this morning from a guy named Dave. Dave sells post and beam construction houses and is looking for a local crew to sub out part of a project. Before coming to Iowa, he was in the military jumping out of air planes. After that he worked for a spell building million dollar log homes in Colorado. Spent some time living off the grid out west. Finally settled down and started a family. Now he’s in Iowa. His body is shot. Got my name from the guy I’d gotten honey bees from last year.
I was telling my crew about the conversation at break.
Jason made the comment he’d love to start general contracting larger projects.
I told him my aspiration, is to learn the art of consistently growing large onions. (I still haven’t figured it out.)
Learn how to consistently grow large onions and get a few laying hens. (again) 😉
Ones that lay large brown eggs.
Nothing like stepping outside in the morning before heading to work, heading over to the chicken house for breakfast. Eggs that are still warm. Chop up a large onion, saute in butter. Maybe cook up a little bacon or ham, Couple of eggs over easy....and coffee….dark roast.
Now that is a thing of beauty. 🙂
Fell into my life calling quite by accident. Been doing it for 40 plus years. Intended to go to college after a working for a year for my dad. At the end of that first year, I realized I loved construction. I loved what I was doing, and if I stayed with it long enough, it held out the possibility of making a decent income. I love working with my hands. Love using applied math to calculate roof pitches, stairs stringers, estimates, etc. I stick framed a high-end house roof back in the 1990’s that had 27 hips and valley’s. Two story, 12/ 12 pitch. Yep. Been there done that. General contracted enough houses (5) to get that out of my system too. I can give you several reasons why I would never/ ever general contract a house again. Sub out parts of it, absolutely. General the whole thing. Nada.
I’m all about stress management.
Love it when the phone doesn’t ring.
Came across the following 30 years ago and it continues to inform my choices:
“It is vain that you rise up early and go late to bed, eating the bread of anxious toil…for the Lord gives to his beloved sleep (or gives to his beloved in his sleep”)
(A Jewish scripture. Psalm 127:2)
If you were having coffee with me today, how would you answer that question on goals and aspirations (currently)?
I’m genuinely interested. DM