Now into week two of 2006 working life and it’s already a blur. Of course, it doesn’t help that my big holiday project – a home restoration job – conformed to all the expected norms for a project of this type. Over budget, over time, over stressed. We’re living at the in-laws while I slave over painting picture rails, feature walls and ceilings during my “spare” time. Ayeee.
What’s that got to do with IT? Absolutely nothing. Interestingly there are few parallels between tradespeople and geeks. A few quotes & observations of various tradesmen I’ve worked with over the summer:
- You must ALWAYS talk on the job about your private life. In detail.
- Commercial radio must be played LOUD. "Blogs? Podcasts? Huh?"
- Start time varies between 6am and 7am. Lunch is at 10:30am. 3pm - gone.
- “Now, I don’t want to boast, but geez I’m a good painter/plasterer/plumber/carpenter…”
- “If you pay cash, I’ll cut my hourly rate by $10.”
- “One day? I never said it would take one day.”
- “It’s almost finished except for…”
- “See you tomorrow. If you like, I can also bring along a friend of mine. He’s a good painter.”