|Forum topic by Moron||posted 02-23-2012 04:02 AM||1521 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
02-23-2012 04:02 AM
He made me laugh today. He’s a sort of chubby fella, of Iranian decent who practices the same trade I do, for a living, has enough of an accent in his lingo to be a dead give away……..immigrant. he made me laugh because his face said he was worried.
He made me laugh today, a short thin man with a bad cough, another dead give away, chinese accent to the 10 out of 10, definite immigrant, right from Hong Kong.
The fat guy from Iran is funny and his English is well spoken, the short thin man from Hong Kong is funny, both, like me, struggling to make a living at the craft. The chinese guy’s name is “Tom” and Iranian’s name is “Mike”…….ya sure, but both know, their real name would take weeks to learn how to say it right so they opt for North American “normal” names and I must say that makes my life better : )) 4 sure, especially if they know their craft.
Tom, is an exceptionally brilliant man, and certainly a master at his craft and surprisingly or not, the man doesn’t even have to know how to speak the language as at 60 yers young with a nasty cough, he not only mastered how to fillet a cooked fish with tongue, he can make just about anything, with virtually nothing. He is one very smart old man and today he made me laugh for the first time, as they both invited me up for a smoke in a special spot, only Tom knew.
To keep things in perspective, the place I am working at, isn’t concerned about money, thats for sure. The budget is flippen huge. In fact,……there is no budget, there is no concern for money, its like they own the vault. I’ve seen or at least I thought I saw………”high end” but this just too much fun, …………which is nothing more then “flipping a coin”, it’s constant pressure and from watching the never ending exudus of wanna be tradesmen is unreal, not only in volume, but the caliber of guys that get cut………….I thought they were pretty good, and apparently the GC didnt, so woodworkers get fired at like your at at a turkey shoot and your the turkey and thats why I like the persian guy, and “Tom” the machine.
Heritage home sold for so many millions and millions of dollars, then they took the big ass old shitty home, and because it was designated “Heritage” the rich bastard had to deal with “you are not ripping this down, you are fixing it”…………..and “Holy Smoke”……..the budget was thrown right out the window. ……..and a lot of people get fired, lots and lots of people get fired. I find that both intimidating and challenging and as I have discovered, so do Tom and Mike.
Tom has been working on this home for 3 years now, and he is one very skilled man. I cannot imagine the amount of men, he has seen come and go. Its still a big ass project 4 sure. It’s &%$#ing unreal. I would take pics but it’s not “my” jobsite so I cant, wont, refuse to take pics. ………..sorry ; (
The magnitude of the responsibility, the experience needed to pull it off, the combinations and permutations of what can go wrong and do, the “finite” point of memory you retain in time, to pull this together, make me bow to my boss. ………….and that why the fat guy made me laugh, and Tom has a secret hiding spot, where he used to nap on lunch and what a cool spot, and incredible multimillion dollar view and for the first time, ……..today, he let me know, we are the same.
The “paper test” is this, or you WILL be fired.
you take a wall, framed back in 1890, you add wind, rain, and age, ……..it will NOT be straight or square to that which surrounds it. All scribes, no matter what the distance, the length they are, will not be allowed to have a piece of paper, slipped through the gap, between the wall, floor, and the scribe, the kick, the floor trim, there is ZERO room for error. I have a feeling about it. The nervous look on Mike’s face, the serious and determined look on Toms face, the 4 floor elevator and its millwork program, the library, the vault and the wine room, the fat guy that loves to laugh and sweats like a pig…………
i love my job
the “paper test”
the fat guy actually failed the test, was sweating like a mad banji, but I think Tom recognized his ability and spoke to the boss, and the fat guy doesn’t sweat as much so I hoping that Tom is starting to open up, the Persian is awesome and my job couldn’t get better. 2 fkg dudes from different continents get to decide my fate is so the news of the day and what really is weird, is that people think this is new ?
its the same shit
I’m guessing ?
4 floors in the elevator
anyone who is chinese knows this is impossible ?
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