The week of Thanksgiving is historically “minor” in the construction industry. I usually take it off because it is one of those times when, no matter what my areas of responsibility lie, the phone just does not ring.
It is still November 5 and the first wave of fresh volunteers arrived at the airport in Port-au-Prince. It may seem strange telling a story of a weeklong trip and in the second installment still in the airport, but this adventure began early for me and went non-stop.
More than 20 years as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer did not fully prepare me for this experience. Nearly thirty years of experience as a freelance writer is no help as I attempt to describe the indescribable.
It struck me as somehow odd that the nation’s homebuilders would back an initiative by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require full fall protection for workers when they do so little by way of their construction design to accommodate worker safety — at least regarding the protection of workers who must work at heights.
I wrote a blog posting some months back that was so spicy it was never tossed into the world-wide vapor by way of Roofing Contractor. To be candid, I do not blame our editorial process; I had offended nearly every sensibility out there. So I approach this topic a bit more gently, but genuinely.
There have been times over the years that I have made
reference to books and other periodicals. Do not ever recall writing a review
of a book. It is appropriate that I am trying something new by reviewing Poke the Box by Seth Godin.
Publishing a periodical always brings with it the exhilaration and agony of deadlines so being pushed for time is nothing new. Working on two jobs in addition to my life with the wonderful Kay and the rest of the family always keeps me busy. But this was a particularly interesting and somewhat rewarding week for me.
Hearing the news of Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. debt was unsettling but not a bit surprising. It had been threatened for weeks and, to tell the truth, after the recent machinations between the legislative and executive branches of the government I would say we are lucky the other ratings agencies have not followed suit (yet).
Recently former U.S. President Bill Clinton penned a list of “Fourteen Ways to Put America Back to Work” for Newsweek. Check it out here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/06/19/it-s-still-the-economy-stupid.print.html. No. 8 on
I was blessed this past week to travel around the Southeast. In spite of the fact that my business requires that I hit the road regularly and that a lot of the travel is routine and pedestrian, this week’s trips are worthy of note.