Tag: life in the building trades

Dine One One

This story is from the Ohm Sweet Ohm Archives: I was near the end of my fourth year of apprenticeship in the Spring of 1972 and happened to be working on a re-model of the high school that I had graduated from just six years before.

Homeward Bound

I wrote the following story in response to a writing challenge to show that history is something that we are a part of and not some far-off event. Currently, it is a few minutes after 7 AM PST, the sun is low in the eastern sky. It has been 48 years to the day since this…

Daily Prompt: Apprentice

9 inch Klein pliers

Today’s Daily Prompt from WordPress is Apprentice and I have edited one of my old stories that fits the challenge. On July 25, 1968 I took a dispatch from the Apprenticeship Director of IBEW Local 728 (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and began my career in the Electrical Trade. I was 19 years old, married—with a child on the way—and…

A Guy Like You

“Tommy, how does a guy like you get to be a guy like you?” Norm took a long drink of beer and waited for the answer. Six of us were standing in the kitchen of an air-conditioned multimillion dollar South Florida condominium apartment. It was my first time at the legendary afternoon beer fest and…

A Valuable Lesson

From trying out an instrument to mastering a new language, share a story about a time you set out to learn something new. —Discover Challenge: Learning I am a bit short on time this week, so I am re-posting a story that fits this challenge to a T. The lesson that I learned has stayed…

Dark Clouds on the Horizon

…write a post inspired by a real-life conversation…reminisce about an important conversation that will always stick with you… —Writing 101, Day 12 Note: this has been edited from a previous post. I was in my last year of apprenticeship in the IBEW and I was working with a guy named Frank, a pleasant man in…

The Human Cost of Gasoline

“…Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Workers who report job hazards or job injuries are fired or disciplined. Employers contract out dangerous work to try to avoid responsibility. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed…

Lights On, Lights Off

In 1973 I had a year’s experience as a Journeyman Electrician after completing 4 years of apprenticeship. I was on a job in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a man named Ed, who was from St. Louis, Missouri. At lunchtime it was customary for the crew to tell stories of days-gone-by and one day Ed told…