Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Intermission?

Thats about the feeling I have right now, middle of the movie, time for the attendees to grab a bathroom spot and get another batch of popcorn and drinks for the second half to start.

Big Country puts a spin on things with recent developments. Dont give a damn if his language offends either, we are so frickin past the age of civility that one of my teen anthems is pointless these days.

I still carry the “character before color” teaching that MLK hoped would carry the days forward. We went to that but the momentum carried us through to the other side where,,,

Wanna know what priviledges I have for being a white male?

JACK

and

SHIT.

I bust my ass to get by, learned everything I have in my head by using copious amounts of skull sweat and enough bloodied knuckles that the new skin would cover my burned ass if needed. When I didn’t know, I asked, read a book or paid for instruction. When questions arise, I don’t ‘assume’ I have the answer, I look for them. When shit goes sideways, I look for solutions and not swing my arms around pointing at those around me assigning blame.

That, if its white priviledge, is what I have. Whats in my head, and the willingness to back it up with muscle as needed.

Example: sent to a job to repair a rolling gate. Me in one truck with welding rig, three others in separate truck to assist gerting gate down onto ground. They leave after to attend to a different job leaving little ol me to ‘git-r-dun’ (bossmans words verbatim).

Cut out one bent section (worst one) and splice in new. Weld what I can reach. Attempt to use hydraulics and chains to straighten second bend out. No go, splice in new. But being on ground, I can’t finish the weld around lower side. Solution: lift gate off ground of course. Problem: Im one little hooman and that gate is 35′ long and 8′ tall, all heavy HS220 steel pipe (schedule 60 for the plumber types) and 9gauge wire. Solution: come along and ratchet straps and Irish-engineering and hoist that bad boy back on its rollers. Use truck as scaffold to attend setting top rollers in place then use same truck to access top rail for finish weld. No bitching, no whining, no calling for assist (well,once to back up to gate, needed extra eyeballs and that was by flagging down a walker, not calling shop.)

I was wrapping up, putting welding cable and tools up, when second team returns, does a slow driveby with wide eyes, and continues on home.

This is why I am the highest paid person there. They send me out and KNOW the job will be handled. I NEVER get visits from the bosses unless I call specifically for that.

Is that white priviledge?

If so, I fucking EARNED it. No one ‘gave ‘ me that.

Gonna be an interesting second half me thinks,,,,

2 responses

  1. Pingback: Intermission? | NC Renegades

  2. Tammy

    Right on!!!! Stop living off others hard work and broken backs – Clean up your life, your families and work for it!!

    Liked by 1 person

    April 22, 2021 at 12:55 pm

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