Friday, February 22, 2008

I rode the big one

Yesterday as i was writing out some checks and patrice was doing laundry i felt the bench at the snack bar start to shake. I thought she had come over and and was wiggling the bench, or one of the gravel trucks was going down the road. I said "we have just had a earthquake." I looked at the clock and it was 7:16 a.m.
In 1971Feb. I was just out on my mission a month still with my trainer and about 6:00 a m it felt like elder jenne had come over and was shaking the bed, the closet doors were rattling and the whole room was swaying. Then i realized it was an earthquake. It killed some sixty people and dropped freeways , and put a crack in a dam. What amazed me was that the swimming pool had lost three forths of the water that was in it. For the earth to shake and tremble is weird but to move enough to slop the water out of the pool it had to really go sideways quite a way. You can go on scarry rides but you can always get back to solid ground but when the solid ground shakes it a helpless feeling.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I have been tagged but I'm the last one so there is no one else to tag.
ten years ago I had a house full of girls and enjoying them. We were probable
working on some stupid pig barn job, or outside freezing to death. who cares about 10 years ago,I don't remember what i did last week. I could have been pulling the kids around the mile on the big plastic lid on a snow day.
snacks i enjoy. You could call it an open container, if it is open i like it. I have been known to associate with cinnamon bears before. maybe something with sugar in it. Maybe sunflower seeds.
If I were a millionaire, I would pay someone to clean the shop till the money ran out.
A bad habit that i have. not telling people that mean a lot to me thanks when they do things for me. Trying to find out from strangers if they and I know someone in common. Not carrying out my days (things to dos)
jobs Ive had. breaking horses, hauling hay,Del Monte pea and (corn harvester)
Truck driver in potato harvest, Missionary, Weld rite, Jones construction, The Iron House, Parish's Iron House, WEPCO. Dad, Grandpa.
Things you don't know about me. I'm really shy and have to work on talking in public. I'm a neat freak, but i try to hide it. I really enjoy life , and i get a big thrill when others have fun.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

high desert milk

well i don't have any cute pictures and haven't been or done anything fun
to post about.
Last night at round table I received an award to hang in the den on the wall. I guess that the longer you stay in scouts the more perturbed you are the madder you get for the way things are run the more they recognize you. I think the silver beaver is for going and hiding in an underground den and staying out of every ones way.
I have to brag on myself (cause no one else will) about a little job i got to do at the high desert milk plant.
Art called me two summers ago and asked if i could put some embeds in the concrete for the great big stainless steel tanks. So I went and looked and figured out how to do them. I made some jigs and junk and had some help holding and leveling them while I welded them. I had to get them the right height. the right radius, in the right degree from the door way. Steve from Lundall came by as i was doing them and asked if they were solid, I jumped one to the next and said they seemed good and stable, then he said they could have done them but they were short of men.
Then Leroy called from RTC and said they wanted me to put the embeds in at high desert milk and they told him they wanted the same guy that did Gosners because they were dang near perfect, I said he was just kidding me but he said all they have talked about was getting the same guy that did them last. So it was kind of the same as last except i had to extend my jigs and different pattern And train new guys (which i flashed because of their language).
Well Leroy called and said he needed more pin caps and they were setting the tanks, so i went down and took some pictures.
As I talked to some guys welding the tanks down they said they were in pretty good shape. If i had screwed up and cost the crane a little time in setting them, well thsy said the tanks were 38000 lbs and 12 foot in dia. and 80 foot tall. I cost 10000 to bring the crane in and 10000 out and 500 dollars an hour. Pocket change for the Wepster that got them in the right place. I guess that it was important and cost effective to do it right the first time.
Here are some pictures from the project. The top of the building is 120 feet. And i have four pads with 5 rings on each one. I have too weld the last two pads after they get done moving all the equipment to the top oa the building.