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

So, stoopid question,,,

Is the simple deed of taking care of your tools not taught anymore?

With the amount of shit that appears on my bench for repair through week, I believe I already know the answer. And we aren’t talking techy stuff. I’m talking Come-a-longs, Shovels, Post holers, etc. And some of the breaks show incredible ingenuity,,,, I mean, ya really GOTTA BE TRYING to break things in that manner.

That none of these boys own their own tools is obvious. If they were the ones having to purchase the tool, they’d take better care of it. If they were the one that had to repair/reface/sharpen/etc said tools, they would (maybe) be more inclined to limit the abuse.

And I know why bossman hates to buy ‘the good stuff’: I’ve seen with my own eyes how it grows legs and ends up in a pawnshop. I bring most of my personal stuff to bear for the jobs I go on, and have only had to replace one the years I have been here. It wasn’t abuse that killed it, but age. A sawzall that I’d been using for 15 years and the brushes finally pooped out and let the magic smoke out; stinky, ‘kaput, I is done’ smoke. Boss offered to replace it, and maybe I should have taken the offer, but that saw gave me 15 years of good service and I definitely got my money’s worth out of it: I declined because I didn’t feel right about taking something undeserved.

A few we have had here would steal mama’s dentures of they thought it would bring them a buck. We usually find those types quick, but have a had a few that managed to get away with it for awhile.

But the breaking shit,,, that, I just don’t get. Take care of tools and tools take care of you. Maybe the job isn’t easier, but the effort should be reduced, and that makes everyones life easier. Bossman has had guys dig holes with a shovel after they broke postholers (a brand new set even) instead of cutting the day short. A broke tool, became backbreaking work for them. Sadly, lesson not learned; the same crew broke another set just a week later. I told boss he needed to start making them pay for it and maybe the gouge in the paycheck would help send the lesson home.

Sometimes I think the man is too nice to the wrong people.

And one of the reasons I’m prepared to go it alone. Sick of having to pick up the slack and feeling abused for loyalty.

Anywhoos, more later, maybe kitteh post, or, I dunno. Prolly nuthin about THE Fraud or any of that: I figure just let the disease run its course and let the survivors do what needs done after fact.

6 responses

  1. Ohio Guy

    It’s not a localised problem. We’re experiencing the same here. Kids in the past 25 years or so didn’t learn the same lessons that us 50-60 year olds learned. We lived life outside, on real playgrounds. One of my playgrounds was a dirt track for motocross. Rode horses, managed cattle and piggies. We broke bones, lost teeth, lost blood, burnt our flesh. We were tough, still are, I just lack stamina. I’m gettin tired. Working with or training the young ones is a test in patience or futility. This country’s manufacturing base (what’s left of it) is falling off a cliff, now, in real time. I’m just waiting for corporate to crash and burn before/so I can bail with a parachute. Then do what you’re considering doing. At least that’s the plan for now. Sociopolitical geography is changing by the day. This affects business relationships. Everything seems unstable. Ultimately though, only you can feel what’s best for you. We are all capable though, of steering our own realities through daily affirmation prayers. Perhaps you’ve heard of them. If not, educate yourself from a real expat living in China @ metallicman.com. This guy is unique and well experienced. He shares much that is useful.

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    June 9, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    • I need to check that site. Affirmations I’ve heard of and use to some extent,,,

      Yup, the young’uns tend to be the worst about things and the ‘victim’ status runs huge. Pisses me off and I have little tolerance for ‘oh woe is me’ bullshit.
      Some of my posts may give the illusion of ‘oh woe is me’ but its a venting, not seeking sympathy: I know full well that I captain my journey, and if I scrape on the rocks, is because I did sumpin stoopid

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      June 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm

  2. $WORKPLACE is lucky if extension cords last a couple seasons. “Not mine, so who cares if it’s run over/stretched/whatever.” without regard for “I gotta use it and *ZZZZAAAAAPPP*!” (This at least was NOT the cleaner’s machine a few years ago that I re-wired ON THE SPOT. Cleaner [so water..] got ‘tickled’ only more than a tickle. Then machine quit. Look at plug. Ground, what ground? NOT connected. Not connection failed, but never even attempted. And hot & neutral swapped. Yeah, no earth ground and everything ‘neutral’ was live, 120 VAC.)

    A couple days ago, on one machine, someone managed to break *THE* key for it. It can only be used KEY ON, of course. It can only be charged KEY OFF… And that ‘cheap’ key is gonna cost thousands to get a tech to come out and change the whole mechanism for a new key RIGHT DANG NOW.

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    June 10, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    • Your last paragraph about *keyed* equipment. Yeah,,,,

      I’m the guy that gets to jerry rig the *keyed* stuff that someone else lost/broke/hummajiggered the *key* and boss say “make it work”. I’m the guy they call McGuyver and swear can walk on water and turn water into ‘ ‘Shine (and can do that last, but don’t expect it tomorrow mornin’)

      There are times where the status of McGuyver feels rather abused, and this year has been a hot one, so to speak.

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      June 10, 2021 at 1:29 pm

  3. Zekerinontaro

    I have been seeing the break it or steal it issue for a while. I worked for a welding shop and yes I was in the office I worked in the field for years. My job was to source and buy will everything. The young ones broke stole and caused all kinds of problems including call the MOL for work complaints I have finally had enough decided to buy a property with 2 houses rent one to pay the mortgage and use the big shop to start my own business. It is out in the middle of nowhere great hunting fishing and kayaking I hope you can do the same get outa the rat race. It took me 10 years to find what I was looking for but worth it.

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    June 10, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    • Good deal for ya. My sis has 14 acres near a tourist attraction and just purchased a house on 1acre. She is talking of using the 14 acres to make an RV park and one small section as inland boat marina/storage place. All passive income with low maintenance involved.
      I’m working on my version of something now. Gotta get outta the rat wheel, or die trying.

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      June 10, 2021 at 1:42 pm

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