Today is one of those days when most people would just flip a table and walk out of their job never to come back.
So since it is tell us a little about yourself week for Blaugust, today is as good as any. I graduated High School in 1981, yes I really am that old. I went off to college to be an engineer, things did not work out all that well, I went from being one of the brightest kids in High School, to 10 in my class, to being just another number at a top ranked college. It was radically different in how they taught, it was all theory and formulas, and I struggled. Don’t even get me going on that new computer programming stuff like Basic, Fortran, Cobal. So things did not work out. I came home to parents divorcing, tried going to a local college for Computer Drafting, with driving my sister to college 15 miles, and then 30 to mine, back to pick her up, and working part time at the mall, I burned out. I ended up enrolling at a Tech School, finished their drafting program 2 months early, got my first job, and I have been here ever since. That was 32 years ago. I draw buildings. Big ones, small ones, Stadiums, Apartment buildings, college buildings, Elementary schools, High schools, I have probably draw close to 500 or more in the last 30 years. So I think I know my job pretty well. About 18 years ago computers and drafting reached a point where you either did work on the computer, or you were not working. I took a semester of night classes, and taught myself the rest. I know enough about computers to be dangerous. When I look back on 30+ years, at how things have changed, and I think that computers have not really made things better or easier. It has raised the level of accuracy certainly, and for a time they did make things go faster, but now I find myself spending more time doing accounting work than actually drawing things. And it is frustrating to me to need to spend 2 hours making adjustments to spread sheets to keep the numbers balanced. When I started things were much simpler. The first buildings I ever drew are still standing today. They would never get approved in today’s world. Some of the first stadiums I worked on have been torn down and replaced, but they had a devil of a time demolishing them with far less than we need today. Computers have helped make a lot of things better, but there is also a great deal that they have hindered. Where years ago we would make a phone call to raise a flag, and it was taken care of verbally in minutes, now involves filling out change orders, and back up documentation taking an hour just in paperwork. A simple phone call has been replaced with a chain of emails to 17 different people, who email all parties back creating an overlapping series of CC’s that makes my head spin. I had 16 emails this morning for something so simple it took me 30 seconds to address. But this is my world. I deal with it every day. I have a goal to do this for another 18 years so I can say, yeah, I worked a job for 50 years.
So enjoy your weekend, I probably won’t have anything to write about, see you all Monday.