As a teenager, when the pressure started to weigh of having to support myself one day, I would consume myself with what I thought were bigger questions. I wanted answers to these questions before I could start to make any plans for independent living, or any other methods of survival or community contribution. What was … Continue reading My Infatuation With Homelessness.
On Becoming Journeyed; Four lessons I have learned the hard way as a trade woman.
I have recently officially received my papers showing I have completed my apprenticeship. I have endured 6000 workplace hours, taken four levels of electrical schooling, and am now called a journeyman/journeywoman/journeyperson. I have been working towards this accomplishment vehemently for about five years, and oh, what a journey it has been. I am now … Continue reading On Becoming Journeyed; Four lessons I have learned the hard way as a trade woman.
NEARING THE END OF MY APPRENTICESHIP, WHAT I HAVE LEARNED.
I have been taking my sweet time in finishing my apprenticeship. I still don’t feel ready to be called a journey person, but I feel close. I have learnt how to make a good mechanical tie between two conductors, and grown to understand the meaning behind the neat and tidy electrical work, assuming it … Continue reading NEARING THE END OF MY APPRENTICESHIP, WHAT I HAVE LEARNED.
Dichotomys; Brain vrs. Heart
The other day a fellow electrician posted an image to his facebook page. It said: 'my politics are simple, I'm basically against anything that kills people or the planet we live on'. I had a chuckle at this. Does he know? Has he considered the job he spends his waking passionate hours doing is something … Continue reading Dichotomys; Brain vrs. Heart
First Aid Attendant Comic
Mental Health and Addiction Within The Trades
I recently asked some other electricians, that I consider my peers, what advice they would give to other electrical apprentices. I got some great advice, such as from Oleg: ‘Take as little time off as possible. Only turn down over time if you have a really good reason. Don't talk about the weird shit you're … Continue reading Mental Health and Addiction Within The Trades
BULLIED, SELF ESTEEM, ENDURANCE AND WIT.
Right before I head to my second year of schooling, where I will finally learn all about single phase AC (Alternating Current) electricity (because in your first year you only touch on DC, Direct Current), I am stuck on a substation site as an electrical apprentice and first aid attendant with one other worker, Tim … Continue reading BULLIED, SELF ESTEEM, ENDURANCE AND WIT.
Getting Comfortable With Myself Makes Other People Comfortable With Me Too
In the back seat of a 4X4 black pick-up truck, country music blasting on the radio, I chuckle at the jokes I’ve heard a million times before coming from the two short stalky country boys in the front seat. We are carpooling home from work. Our driver, Ross, whom is also our foreman, says: 'This … Continue reading Getting Comfortable With Myself Makes Other People Comfortable With Me Too
When I plan my day, I have the distant future imbeded in my peripheral vision. When I walk the dog, I look ahead of me down the side walk, and I march her along next to me, like a slave driver. She is good to me, my dog. She reminds me there are other directions. … Continue reading Tunnel Vision
Sexy things, and repulsive things
I love my job. Driving to work I have a great time looking forward to working as an electrician. There are a lot of sexy terms in the electrical trade. Such as, if I ever worked with someone attractive I could try to use electrical puns to get into their pants. Pun my way into … Continue reading Sexy things, and repulsive things