Being named for all duties bar the 'Nominee' regarding MCS it is my job to keep our status and membership going. Obviously we all know that the last thing the sceme providers want to do is kick you off their books as it means they do not get paid. Always a nice feeling though when you fly through the assessment.
So today is the 14/8/2014. Tomorrow my wife goes to the hospital to see if she has breast cancer. The doctors say it's 'possible'. She is going for the full bag of mashings bless her. Physical examinations followed by mammogram, ultra sound and then dependent on what they find, possibly biopsy and / or needle drain; over 4 hours in total. She is shitting her pants and although I am feeling quite optimistic about it, there is always that small amount of doubt and 'what if'.
If the tests are positive, hopefully it is caught really early and very treatable.
The crap bit I couldn't get the day off work to go with her. Her parents are on holiday. my mum is the only person who has been able to get the day off work and therefore she will have to watch the kids with it being school holidays. Hopefully, her aunt will get a bit of last minute time off, will know first thing in the morning so then she won't have to go alone.
Well, good luck to the wife for tomorrow!!!
So, yesterday me, wife and kids went on our first geocaching expedition. There are a few local caches and while me and the wife want to start doing a bit of walking to get out in nature, the kids need a little more enticement so looking for treasure seemed the idea enticer. So I found the cache details for 'Centurions Surprise' and off went set on the 1.5km walk. We got there in no time really and kids were well excited.
Over 2 hours later.......... still looking. No idea what we we're looking for, no idea if co-ordinates are accurate, etc.
We eventually give in and call a family friend who is an occasional cacher. Turns out this on is quite new and she hadn't visited it yet. She ends up rustling kids into car and coming to meet us. 45 mins later, she too admits defeat as it was getting dusky.
I guess that's a failed first attempt as we didn't find the treasure, but we all enjoyed the walk and fresh air. All in all the afternoon was a success as it got us out the house and no-one got fed up....until next time.
So, 2013 is over and done and 2014 is now upon us.
Is it just me or doesn't it seem 2 minutes ago that everyone was flapping about the Millennium bug? 14 years ago that was. Were does time go?
What will 2014 bring, worry and angst as yet more foreign folk are let into the country, taking yet more of the jobs so more British citizens are out of work. Well that is my main worry, the latest wave of immigrants are said to be nasty. I sincerely hope that they prove the media wrong. I already worry for my childrens' future. What did we do, bringing them into this crap.
Well, let's not lower the tone too much. This year I hope to do my NVQ3 (although I'm going to struggle now with the job reports and photo evidence as we are no longer doing rewires and such, we are now installing PV Solar Systems which doesn't exactly give a great deal of variety to cover some of the required areas.
I hope to build more upon my web development and Android App development works; I think, with an ultimate goal of eventually making it my main stream. Although, unless I come into some big pot of money to get me started, I don't see it happening for a few years yet.
Ok, that's me for now. Remember guys, when your writing that date. IT'S 2014 not '13. I still end up writing 2010, lol. Must have been a good year...
All the Best
Barx x x x
So, the wife tells me that once she has managed to loose the bit of weight that she has been trying to shed for a bit now, that she is going to get one of her friends to take some 'tasteful' photo's of her for me..................................
That's the gym membership signed up for!
As per title, seems there is a naming convention going round at work that dubs me 'Golden Balls'.
Ok, I try to do the best I can on a job with what resources (materials, tools, labour and time) I have; but I certainly would go as far as Golden Balls. Apparently it has been going on a while too and not just between out employees. The site supervisor also knows who Golden Balls is.
Oh my days, I guess there are worse things to be called.
So, the boss decides to take on a new apprentice and it looks like i'm to be blessed by his presence for the foreseable future.
We toddle off to do a rewire in bradford (as we do every now and again). Now although this lad is a 2nd year, he hasn't really had any experience so I'm showing him everything from scratch. Shown him chopping out on a couple of easy jobs we had previous. Only us 2 on this job so I thought I'll wire, he can chop. Now on this site we have to use chasing machine (twin bladed grinder type), so to save him cutting his arm off I marked up and scored the walls with chaser. 'Right, there you go. You know the rest'.
Off I go up stairs to start taking boards up for wiring, gets all the required boards up and go back down downstairs for angle drill. I ask him how he is getting on. His reply, and honestly these are his exact words...... 'These walls are rock hard, it's like they made of house bricks....'. Well! I just fell over laughing. No Sh*t Sherlock. Of all the places you could find house bricks, who'd expect them to be in a wall IN A HOUSE?
So, the morning went on and he kept chopping. lol. come 1pm I had all wires in and boards down so decided to call dinner. I go downstairs and he is on last socket chase. What do I see on the hop up at side of him???? a 35mm backbox.
'Is that what you have been using for depth guide?'
'Oh my days'. So in the kit box there are 20 x 25mm double backboxes and 1 x 35mm (for cooker) and which does he pick.
I honestly do not know how these young 'ens plan to get on in life.
On a side note, he is a sound kid and shows the willing.................just has A LOT to learn!
The bags are packed. Just having some tea then hopefully off to bed for about 9:00pm.
Up at 3:00am and set off at 3:30am.
Hopefully this week will be a little better than last. Hoping to be done for Thursday night, then home.
See you all soon x
Well, I was informed at 4:30pm on Monday afternoon that I had to be in Cardiff for 9am latest the very next day. First time working away in over 10 years and to be honest I did not know what to expect. I didn't for one minute think it would be an easy week, but even I underestimated it a little.
Tuesday 3:45am, get up, load van, make a brew and set off. Pick workmate up at 4:30 and head for Cardiff. We arrived literally at 2 minutes to 9. Not a brilliant drive, washer frozen within half hour of leaving Doncaster so viewing was difficult and traffic was heavy in places.
We get a load of bits rammed in the van and pushed out the door to get to the jobs. First street (which we worked for 2 days) was in Llantrisant was too bad a drive from the offices and there were some nice enough tenants on there. Even got a sausage buttie on the second day. Back to the first day; we ended up doing 2 and a bit installs (Solar) and finished at about 5:30pm. Then we had to go find the local Maplin to get a new telescopic ladder. We only had one ladder and with the installs requiring conduiting up to loft outside it was impossible to work the jobs, 2 of us needed the ladder at the same time. Outside and Loft. Make a call and find out our hotel, travel there and get booked in. By this time it was 6:45pm so thought I best call the wife and say goodnight to the kids before I go back out to find my first bit to eat in over 24 hours. Ended up at Dominoes. Back to room, eat, another call to wife and try to get some sleep.
Day 2 was basically up at 6:15am, first job for 7:45, Finished the open job and did 1 more in Llantrisant then had to drive 45mins to Maesteg to do another. It was a nightmare. Telescopic ladder had collapsed on me on first job so too it back at end of day to replace and then got to hotel for 6:45pm again. Quick call to kids and off to find some food again. Make sure paperwork is in order and get to about 10:30pm.
2 more days in Maesteg (hour drive from hotel), pretty much same, start early, finish late(ish). The last being Friday, drive home day. Finished last job at 4pm, drive is 235 miles. Got home at for 9pm.
So, all in all, not a good experience, not slept well the whole time and been rather stressful.
I get the weekend at home, then back down. Was supposed to be up till weds but the jobs are taking longer than they anticipated so will probably be right up till late on Friday.
Just a couple of notes though, Wales is a lovely place, some really nice views and some nice people. If only I could stop working long enough to appreciate it.
One surprising thing I found....... No one can speak welsh. They tell me the Welsh speakers are more north. So, we dubbed the W'English. lol
Hopefully next week will be better...
Well it seems that as of next week, right till xmas I will have to work away in Liverpool (100 miles from home).
Last time I had to work away was probably 8/9 years ago. Really not looking forward to it. I'm the kind of guy who likes to be at home with the wife and kids, not one of these that can't wait to get out the house.
I have no idea what to expect, chances are gaffer will be booking us in the cheapest digs possible. I can see it now, flies buzzing round the mattress on the floor, etc...
As per title.
You'll have new ones by the end of the day love!
I have just uploaded the Android based WebApp that I knocked up for viewing the TEF forums. I will update with a link once it is live. I find a little better experience than viewing the site in the browser, hopefully you will too...
It's now live and can be downloaded from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=barxdroid.tef&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImJhcnhkcm9pZC50ZWYiXQ..
Having created an Android App that is essentially a user and install manual for the Veritas range of security panels produced by Texecom, I decided to submit it to the manufacturer for evaluation and for them to give me permission to release it (seems though it copies their manuals). They came back and said they like it but thought it would be good to add a couple of features. These requests are now nearly completed and so will soon be re-submitting for evaluation. Hopefully this App will be on the market soon helping installer and user alike remember all them codes.
Yet again, late on a Sunday night and I have no idea what address I'm supposed to be turning up at at 8am in the morning. Will no doubt get text at gone 10:30pm as usual. At least I know which village it is so I know what time to set off.
Well tomorrow is the last day of the 5-a-day Solar installs. Then back to the wonderful (read shi**y) world of lived in social rewires. These Solars' have been bloody hard work, but enjoyed it to be honest and alot better work. Less mess / noise / hastle etc. More should be coming up soon, hopefully very soon.