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Writer's Block: Tearjerkers

Which movie always makes you cry?

For some odd reason, Mighty Joe Young gets me everytime. The scene at the ferris wheel just chokes me up no matter how many times I watch it.
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Writer's Block: Talent show

What is something you do well?
forget to update my blogs
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I have finished my first of four weeks of training for my new job as an underground utility locator. I am working for USIC www.usicinc.com which is, interestingly enough, based out of Carmel, Indiana. The company was created three years ago when the two largest locating companies merged, and has recently bought out another, which makes them considerably larger. We now service 29 states, and one canadian province, providing locating services for over 700 different utility providers and employing well over 4000 locators in the field. That does not include all the management and support personnel. I am going to mostly be covering the Marshall county area, in and around Madill, OK which is about thirty minutes from me. My first week of training was survived by the grace of God and the liberal application of mass quantities of coffee. (yuk!) I passed two written test, and a driving test, as well as the class going out to a housing addition that is still under construction and getting to do some very basic locating. We got most of our assigned gear this week, although we won't get our phones or trucks until the third or fourth week of training. I am assigned to the Tulsa office, but am training at the Oklahoma City office, so there is some delay on getting the last few pieces of our gear. We are learning a lot about the principles and theory of locating, and why as well as how it works. We are learning about why our job is so vital. We are also learning what happens when a locator fails at his job, and the damages it can cause. It is amazing how much damage one incorrect mark can make. A good example, before I started training, they had me do a ride-along with the local locator(Larry) and we went to Calera where they are putting in new water mains for the whole town. There was one house where they had been unable to locate the gas line because no one could find the meter at the house. Because the meter was not found, it was assumed that the house was all electric, and work continued. Sure enough, the excavator punctured the gas line for that house while Larry and I were just a few houses down doing another locate. We went down to see what happened and from the angle of the broken line they were able to follow the pipe and found the gas meter for that house in the middle of a five foot across bush, which is illegal. So the gas company came out to fix the busted line, and also tore out the homeowners shrubbery. So about fifty people were without gas for two hours, the one homeowner had her shrub ripped out, and the gas company lost several thousand dollars worth of natural gas all because of an inaccurate locate. Fortunately, Larry's manager and the gas company had also been unable to locate that gas meter, so the blame did not fall on him. They showed us pictures where a bad locate had caused an excavator to rupture a water main and had flooded half a town, causing damage in the millions. So, we are learning lots of interesting stuff, and some kinda creepy stuff to. They are giving us a lot of warnings about snakes, spiders, dogs, insects, and irate homeowners, as well as mad contractors. And rules, rules, rules, my goodness there are so many rules, lol.
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