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On the job silliness

I love to be happy at work. I strongly believe we should all do what we love, what we are passionate about as a career. I live that dream every day, since I last worked for someone else more than thirty-three years ago. Before that I had a series of bosses who believed we should only work at work -  not have fun in any way.

I determined way back then that should I ever become a boss my shop would be run differently. I work hard, and expect the same from my employees without a doubt. But I also believe that work should be enjoyable, even fun, with lots of laughter and friendship. I wish my employees to WANT to come to work each day, to look forward to the time they spend working on our projects. The work I ask them to do can be tedious at times, and often is very physically demanding. But working as a team we can indeed do anything as evidenced by the crazy things that go out the door. If we can't have fun doing these kinds of projects it may just be time to go looking for another job.

Today, being the last day before the Christmas holidays everyone semed to be just a little sillier than usual. The sugared donuts I brought to work may have fueled the silly mood. I certainly didn't apply the brakes to the festive spirit of the day. If fact I joined right in.

One of today's jobs was to deliver the dump truck to our customer, some miles distant. Hailey and Sarah volunteered to 'drive' the truck to our customer. The thing is it was already strapped securely to the flatbed trailer. Riding many miles in the truck, on the trailer, on the open road to our customer's place of business was out of the question but we could certainly work out a compromise. The ladies would ride down the driveway and a block or two down the road - just for fun. As I got into the truck they practiced their best waves for their imaginary fans.

I suspect (make that KNOW) the silliness continued after I dropped the ladies off on the side of the road to make their way back to the shop. I drove into town and delivered the truck to our happy customer with a big smile on my face.

-grampa dan

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Playing electrician

Today it was time to play electrician, not my favorite task. I simply don't know that much about it, but with a little trial and error I manage to figure it out.

It took a while to stuff all the batteries into the tight space along with the hydraulic pump and horn. Somehow it all fit in the tight space under the dump box. I sourced a wiring diagram on the internet and then cut the many wires, added the ends and bolted them into place.

The ah-ooh-gah horn was the first accessory to be hooked up and with a little time it worked perfectly. It's the red plastic piece beside the hydraulic pump. The lights proved to be a little more problematic. The two headlights and tailights eventually got wired properly and worked like they should. Even the switch in the dashboard lit up when the lights were clicked on.

I ran out of time before I managed to hook up the electricity to the hydraulic pump but tomorrow the little truck will be ready for a test drive for sure! I'll try and grab some video of the first cruise around our parking lot.

 -grampa dan

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Truck done - almost

Today the batteries arrived a little too late in the day to make the effort to put them in before I leave for Atlantic City tomorrow. There were simply too many other things that were more pressing. Next week we'll finish off the electronics and test drive the little rig before deliveringit to Bill. Our client was OK with waiting just a little longer. THANKS!

So with the delayed test drive I decided we would not wait for the unveil of the finished truck. On the outside only the mudflaps are missing.

Bill, the client and our entire crew are more than happy with the result.

-grampa dan

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