Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I Like 'Seeing' Progress

I'm the kind of person that likes to see the results of my efforts - on a daily basis. Working in the crazy bidness of Construction gives me the chance to appreciate what was accomplished in the short as well as the long term. It's cool to step back & look at the final product.

Crazy deadlines, manpower & subcontractor headaches, quality control, client expectations, cost management, coordination of multiple trades - all parts of the ongoing challenge. Some days are more aggravating than others but solving problems is just part of the gig. I have to admit, it's problem solving that I thrive on. It's awesome when someone tells me they can't (or won't) do something. That gives me the chance to prove they can (& will) & then push 'em like crazy 'til it's done.

There are times when things get loud & sometimes downright nasty, but these situations are usually rare. Most of the time, there's a good deal of comaraderie & a good mix of hysterical practical jokes & good natured kidding. We all get to the finish line in great shape, like old buddies.

For me, having to do something totally redundant day in & day out would drive me bat s**t. That's not a knock against anyone else's profession - I just couldn't be an accountant or salesman or anything like that. It wouldn't matter what I was paid - just couldn't do it. I think ya really gotta like what ya do.

BTW - The first 2 pics in this post were taken during construction. The last 3 are shots of the final product - in the same areas about 6 weeks later. This is what I mean when I say .... I like 'seeing' progress.