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Power LinePart OneGoing Camping but things take an expected turn from being out of work togetting a good job and fitting in with the crew very wellJohn my mate came over to see me and since it was nice and warm withtemperature outside around 85oF. I grabbed two beers and we went outsideand sat under the trees where there was a nice breeze.John said he had just been laid off similar to me however we both do havereasonable funds so he is suggesting we head out into the desert take ourswags so we can sleep under the stars but at the same time we can alwayssleep in the back of the truck if needed.I get the map out and within 100 miles there are lots of tracks throughoutthe countryside; now my truck has lots of ground clearance and it is alsofour wheel drive, the truck box has a good canopy.We decided to get our grub on route and anything else we may need, ourcamping gear was also stowed including our portable 12 volt frig which runson a solar panel and battery for overnight. Although we will be travelingin sandals we also have our work boots, coveralls and hard hats all stowedbehind the bench seat.When we leave we are both dressed in camouflage gear as it good hardwearing does not show and dirt hence very practical.We are now in the general area where we want to start exploring, suddenlyJohn says hey Roger stop please I think we have just gone past a track onmy side. I back up and we see a power line running along the track. We lookat each other John says lets do it so I turn onto the track and we start toclimb fairly steeply and then the track levels out. About ten miles wesuddenly came across a bunch of power line workers sitting in acircle. They wave us down and once we stop and get out of the truck andthey are asking what the heck you are guys doing up here. We tell them thathad been laid off so we were asked what work we were doing, I said I was anindustrial electrician and said John he had worked for a tree topingoutfit.These guys said interesting and where do you plan to camp over night? Wellactually we wanted to find a small lake so we could have a swim and campthere.One of the power line workers said go up the track about ½ mile and thereis a turning to the left, the track a little rough but along a short wayyou will see our trailers so please go out there and make yourself athome. Because we are out here for six weeks straight we have Peter our bullcook who looks after us make contact with him and let him know you havebeen talking to the crew and say George told you to come out to camp and wewill see you both in about two hours till then enjoy your selves and don’tcamp to far away from us either. Thanks so much we both look forward tomeeting up when you get in.We soon find the site and Peter is sitting outside sunning himself fullystripped off and doesn’t hear us arrive. Suddenly he see us and covers up,we call out hi Peter; George told us to come up here to camp and afterabout 10 minutes chatting and then ask where do you suggest we setupcamp. Peter stands up and points to a level area over by the lake and saysthat’s a good location and the only guys you will see is the crew going into freshen up after scrubbing in the showers, thanks Peter we will go overthere and can see we are fairly close but far enough away to be private.We have a good sized ground sheet made out of thick rubber and is largeenough to fold right over us in the event of rain. We stripped off and goballs to the breeze into the lake and find it fairly deep but veryrefreshing, after about 15 minutes we get out and lie out in the sun to dryoff.John suddenly asks did you bring any shaving gear with you, sure did why? Ineed my privates cleaning up no problem and then you can do my head please.It doesn’t take me long to get setup, I’m working on John’s privates whensuddenly we hear George’s voice you doing a great job there and I’m suremost of my crew would welcome a similar job if you are willing — I startlaughing saying we will have to think about that as John is doing my headnext, fair enough.George then says I didn’t come down to spy on you but to talk to you andthe work you both did before getting laid off.After a lot of questions George suddenly says I can offer you both a job onmy crew, now we are out in the bush for six weeks at a time and then goback home for five days and then return. You guys please come and havesupper with us and meet the crew in a non working atmosphere.Buy the way everyone is gay and I’m pretty sure you two are also both thesame — we smile and said, we sure are and proud of it. George also saysdon’t be surprised if the guys are dressed the same as you are at presentas it is far more comfortable in this warm weather but it does cool downover night. Well I’ll leave you now supper will be at 7:30 this eveninglook forward to your company.Well we both complete our shaving and I also got my privates cleaned rightoff, then after putting the gear away. We looked at each other sayingalmost together I wonder what the work will be. Well we will find out afterhaving a talk with George before accepting, I look at this way anythingearned helps our bank balance.We head over for supper George sees us come and join us please and we getintroduced to all the crew and made most welcome. Peter the Bull Cook haddone BBQ ribs with corn on the cob and made several cakes for desert withice cream.After supper some of the guys go for a swim however George discusses withboth of us the work we were expected to do. It turns out they need John toget the rigging set up on the transmission poles and I was to help withgetting the new power lines put into place and secured. John said he didn’thave any spurs for pole climbing but did have suitable boots in ourtruck. No problem we do have several sets of spurs so you have choice.Then we ask how come you are short of crew? Well these young guys don’tlike getting bushed and if they would only give a try I believe they wouldenjoy the experience.This is the first time that we have had visitor show up out of the bluelike you guys and for me says George here are two guys that appear to enjoythe bush and when I realized you could replace the two guys that took offlast week saying they could not stand the isolation. So guys are youinterest in working for our company.We both said yes, great come with me please and we were issued Hi-Visoveralls hard hats and work gloves. John made his selection of a set ofspurs and also a safety belt, George said Roger you need a safety belt alsothat was soon sorted out.Our next question was what time do we start, breakfast is at 7:00 am anddon’t forget you eat on the company, now do you have any grub you want toput in the freezer if so just see Peter.Well the first day on the job went well other than my feet; mainly thearches were aching a lot, I guess my boots are not designed for this typeof work; however John was OK as he was used to this type of pole climbingand he had the right type of boots. After the first two days George askedhow you guys are getting on OK said John but Roger won’t tell you but hisboots lack arch support.No problem guys the chopper will be in on Saturday morning and is doingfour trips to town, I’ll arrange for you to fly in and get new boots –now go to JJWork-Gear on Main Street they will get you fixed up and youneed this card and you will get a good discount — Oh Thanks very much.John said to me get my a half dozen pairs of heavy work socks, that means adozen pairs of socks as I will need some too please no problem at all.Well Saturday morning early I went out on the first flight and we landed atthe companies yard about 9:30 am, a guy came over to me and said you mustbe Roger I said yes, great — that pickup over there is for use that it’sabout a mile into town so here are the keys — please lock it up afterparking — no problems.Well I head into town not only do I get the socks I see some wellventilated blaze orange Hi-Vis loose fitting shirts that more like a sportsshirts as they are very well ventilated so I get four shirts two for eachof us.I return back to the camp on the last but one chopper flight. This chopperfirstly brings out what grub Peter needs for the next two weeks plus mail,then following flights brings gas and diesel fuel for the generator,equipment needed for the project.On return I find John is doing hair cuts including all the private parts,after each guy is fixed up he simply goes into the lake and rinses off allthe hair clippings.So eventually everyone has a good hair cuts and an even better clean up inthe private areas.I look around for George to thank him for the arrangements that were madeon our behalf.Saturday evening was party time then George brought out the beer; we saidwe would like to contribute to this as we have two flats of beer in ourcooler.We had a great evening with the crew and were now felt part of the crewsince we both sucked everyone there. Needless to say we were also wellfucked by all the crew and we welcome this intrusion.That night was very warm and everyone slept on our thick rubber groundsheet. I roused around 5:00 am and needed a good pee finally I had drainedmyself and it sure felt better. Party started again before breakfast –what the hell we will have our own style of church service all totallyconnected.One of the crew hears this comment and calls out “bloody Right Mate” wewill all be connected now our crew is up to strength.Between John and me we have kept the crew well shaved and all looking verytidy but with the heat it’s a welcome relief to all our crew so we all getbetter ventilation.Although this work was different to what we had done before despitesimilarities in many areas for both of us, this coming weekend is the startof a few days off. We decided that we needed to go home and check on thingsplus deal with any bills outstanding.Well the first full day home that evening we went tour local for a coupleof beers, of course we had caught the sun and wind hence we were both welltanned.Several of our mates were there so they are asking where have we been, ouranswer was out in the bush and we are going back again in 5 days time. Thenthe comments from several of them was that’s not a holiday being isolatedlike that, can’t understand you two because you both like to party.Well we changed the tone of conversation and asked our mates how they weredoing; six of them had long faces saying we got laid off this week andreally don’t know what we will do, then the others said it looks as if mayalso join the un-employment folk.That’s not good, look guys as you know we were laid off some 8 weeks agohowever our trip into the bush has brought us a lot of luck. Whiletravelling along a track following a power line but also looking for asuitable lake for camping for a few days; when suddenly we came across apower line crew who were taking a coffee break they waved us down and wejoined the crew and they were asking where we going, well ultimately a guyintroduced himself as George told us where there was lake and also they hadtrailer bunkhouse there. He told us Peter our Bull Cook is there just tellhim that I told you it was OK to camp.Cut a long story short, George came over to talk with us when the crewreturned from there work. He wanted to know what sort of work do we do, ouranswer was we are laid off and decided to get away. Well I can understandthat said George; we were quizzed a lot about our working experiences thenGeorge said come on over and have supper with the crew and meet everyone.The end result we were offered work and we accepted, it’s a great job witha good crew and you look after each other so everyone is much safer on theworking site plus we are getting paid a reasonable wage.We work six weeks in the bush then a week out, we have no idea how long wewill be employed only time will tell, and basically we have to setupsomeone we can trust to look after our homes while we are away.Since we are both working we would like to buy you all a good stiff drinkso what will it be.The barman took all the orders and I whispered in his ear please make themtriples and it’s on me.After a great evening two of mates said could we meet up them in themorning for coffee John said fine by me, why don’t you come to my house andI’ll make the coffee lets say 9:30 am, great we will see you both, and sowe all went our own way.Next morning we all meet at Johns home and Keith & Gavin arrived spot ontime, John said the coffee is almost ready what do you it oh both of usblack please.Keith tell us exactly what you do with these power line guys, so we bothexplained what we do sounds interesting but they both said they would haveproblems working high above the ground we just laughed.I then asked this not the reason you wanted to see us both, Keith & Gavinlooked at each other, well are wondering if we would be suitable to do yourhouse sitting and as you know we both have furnished apartments and ourleases come up for renewal and we have the fear of an increase inrental. So we are thinking you both may have a guest room that we could useand at the same time we would pay the Utility Bills and you some rent.Well I don’t think we can give an answer right away as we need to discussthis very interesting proposal. However first we both would to come backwith you now and look at where you live Keith & Gavin looked a littlesurprised but said yes sure.John asks another coffee anyone so refills was done.While we are here you might as well look at my guest room, both Keith &Gavin said this is nearly as large as my apartment. By the way we do haveour own bedding so we would not use yours.Coffee was over and so over to Gavin’s place first had a good look aroundand then went Keith’s place and we found it to be similar. OK guys Rogerand me are going back and we will discuss your proposal which have to admitis very interesting.John came over to my place and the sun was getting nice and warm so I grabtwo beers and sat outside. So what do you think of the idea, put it thisway these guy have been laid off for how long is anyone guess; I’ve knownthem both for several years and have always been clean and like us havethere own fetishes but that’s ok as well.We need to check with our insurance company and also draw some sort oflegal document to cover both of us.I suggest the tenants pay for any increase of insurance; they pay theremonthly rent directly into the bank once a month.The other thought is our bedrooms should to be locked when we are not hereso our private stuff is well out of reach.So lets go to the insurance company then the bank, this trip really paid offor us and at the same time the bank advised us where to get leaseagreement forms so with everything tied up we went home and John said comeover to my place I’ll cook supper, and bring a bottle with you — surething and thanks.I decide to shower to freshen up took a shave both my head and my cock andballs once done It sure felt good.Being a warm evening I wore my camouflage shorts and singletWe phone both Keith & Gavin and suggested we met again but my place sametime tomorrow morning and said we will give you our proposal if you agreethen it’s a go!Everything went well and John and I headed back to the bush, this time weparked our truck at the company secure parking area, someone came out fromthe office asking if we John & Roger, yes we are — please come into theoffice for a few minutes. Would you show us some picture Id to prove whoyou are so we showed our driving licenses. Good thank you, as you knowGeorge took all your personal detail but you have not been issued with dogtags, this proof to the pilot you who you are and also give access tocompany parking area when the office is closed, also please wear your tagsat all times as it your id in the event of a mishap. Have a good trip andso we meet up with the rest of the crew and we flew out to the jobsite. Peter apparently had stayed in camp and once we arrived he had a mealready as usual. Prior to the meal I think every one went into the lake fora swim and wandered back to camp drying off in the warm breezes of courseeveryone was bare arsed.By the end of the next six weeks we realized this particular job was comingto the end, then during the last week George got everyone together aftersupper and advised everyone of the situation but then said the next jobwill be in the north and will be a lot cooler and possible frost so when gohome bring back your winter gear now Roger and John you don’t have any ofthis gear so two sets will be supplied to however make sure you have threesets of heavy weight grey stanfields tops and bottoms don’t get any otherbrand. You two guys look surprised, well you are part of this crew and youjoined in our lifestyle. The rest of the crew don’t forget it we all loveyou come hear you silly buggers we are not letting you leave our group.John said I don’t what to say but thank you for your confidence in us. Wellwe all need a good shave was the answer so when you are ready just let usknow.No problems guys and thank you again. By now we were sleeping in thebunkhouse all the rooms were single however you could take two panels outso in effect it was one room.We decided to open up the wall and then later we discovery that all therooms were common and since we were in the middle we opened up both sidesresulting in enjoying the rest of the crew company, yes were a family ofpower line workers.Roger said to me you know John when you look back how we got this job andwhat has happened since is absolutely amazing, I hope you realize we havebeen working now for over six months and both earning more than beforeespecially with the isolation allowance which is the one aspect I reallylike, I don’t think I would feel comfortable if I had to live in town fulltime. Never thought of it that way but you know you’re right. I’m going toask some of the others how they feel about in effect being bushed.At super that evening I threw that question out to the rest of the crewafter explaining feeling, the response was very interesting as it turns outmost of the crew had been married but had gone foul for one reason oranother.Then George spoke up saying his wife had died when his son had just turned15 yrs of age, but luckily both grandparents offered to look after him soJason was given the choice to which grandparent he would prefer to livewith. Jason comment I would like to think about this if you don’t mind andI discuss it with you in the morning Dad if that is OK — sure Jason noproblem all we want is for you to be happy.Well Jason excused himself and went to his room, I went upstairs later andcould hear Jason sobbing his heart out; well I went to the bathroom andthen tapped on his door asking may come in Jason — please Dad.Come on Jason spilled the beans and I appreciated the fact that we haveboth lost Mum but there is nothing we can do about that. I just comfortedJason for some time while I hug and kissed him and said we all love you sono holds barred.Please tell me what the problem is — after several minutes Jason startedto talk by saying I like both my Grandparents but I don’t them fightingover me. I feel I need to live with basically a neutral person and I waswondering if Uncle Jake would be willing as he is single and has a largehouse and he is your brother in a lovely rural location.Well Jason I’m going downstairs and will be asking everyone to go home andI will let them know hopefully sometime tomorrow and by the way Jason Ilike your thoughts.Once the house was clear I called to Jason come on guy and I’m getting thefire lit, a few minutes later I hear Jason coming down he is looking lotbetter and the first thing he does is grab me and give me an amazing kissand since he was very close he had a ragging hard on which made mesmile. Then Jason says Dad you need a good drink what can I get you.This surprises me at his adult approach, I said there should be someWhiskey in the cupboard – do you wish ice with it yes please two chunks. Hebrings out two glasses his had iced water and he passes the other to hisdad — cheers dad.Well Jason explained why he would prefer to be with Uncle Jake and as Jasonput it he is very open and is willing to explain things whatever it may be– just like you Dad.Dad then asked Jason a difficult question, Jason don’t be embarrassed atthe question I’m going put to — Jason do you feel you are Gay? –There was total silence and finally he very quietly said yes. I simply grabhim and said I love you for being honest and for your information I’m gayalso and proud of the fact and I will tell you now all my power line creware the same way. You’re k**ding me dad, no I’m not and they are a greatbunch of guys and we work as a family and I promise you I’m going to haveyou out on the job once you are 16 yrs old so that will be something foryou look forward too.Now let’s phone my brother and see what he has says to the suggestion, Jakequickly answered and when I ask if he would look after Jason until hefinished school.Jake’s answer was I wondering why you hadn’t asked before, so I explainedthat both grandparents wanted the job but it was Jason who said he wouldprefer to be with you as would teach many things about life and he knew youwould keep his nose to the grind stone with regards his school work.Look George I’m so pleased you have asked and as well that Jason also askedso he will be relaxed out here and of course the answer is YES.Look George how many days do you have off before going back to work. OKthen I’m suggesting you get the following clothing before bring Jason outhere, get your self a paper and pencil please. Two pairs Carhartt overallswhich allow room to grow get the brown ones, a pair of gum boots unless healready has some, one pair of insulated work boots say 14 hole safetyboots, a good rough heavy weight winter jacket Carhartt’s do good one and awoolen toque. This gear is for when he is out with me and save wear andtears on his regular clothes.Now if you get this to-morrow, and get his other gear together and come outthe next day with Jason and by the way you spend the night here please thatway we can have a few drinks and you won’t do anything silly on the wayhome.Thanks so much Jake you’re bloody good brother we will see the day aftertomorrow and I hung up the phone.Jason is looking at me well Dad what did Uncle Jake say, his first commentwas I was wondering why I had not asked sooner and the answer is YES, Jasongets up and jumps on my lap he is hugging me and saying thanks dad it makesme so happy that good mate.Now lets get very serious, Jake has asked me to get certain clothingtomorrow for you so you don’t ruin you better clothes so we are going towork wear clothing store for overalls, 14 hole safety boots, a heavy weightwinter jacket plus a wool toque now don’t say you don’t need it because ifJake recommends it he is doing it for your good he knows how the winterscan be.So also I want you pack your items up to-morrow, do you still have yourcomputer packing cases, and yes they should be up in the rafters in thegarage.Jason we need supper so tonight I’m taking you out for being honest with meand coming out of the closet to me so never be worried about asking meanything and for your info Jake is also Gay.Well everything went well and Jason put his overalls on for the trip toJake’s and since was a little cool so wore his new Jacket, I looked at himand said All you need is your hard hat now. Hold it there Jason as Igrabbed my camera and also a hard hat I had in the truck. I took severalphotos and have to admit Jason looked really good dressed that way. Hereally looked the part; this made me feel very proud because when come outto our work site where ever it might be I’ll have Hi-Vis gear for him.Well our trip to Jakes took about 2 hours, Jake was out in his yard tryingto pull something out of the ground, Jake just took his jacket off and wentstraight over grabbed onto the item and between then the plant came outsuddenly and they both fell backwards and got muddy. Jake and I looked ateach other and burst out laughing. The next thing that happened was Jasongrabbed his uncle hugs him and commences to kiss him eventually coming upfor air Jakes comment was hell; where that did that come from, that surewas some welcome.Come on guys lets have beer before we unload anything we sat on theveranda, Jake gets three beers out and then turns to is brother is itallowed, why not Jake he has to learn better here than with mates hiding inthe bush — good for you George that’s the way that’s the way I think.Well Jason did knock off his bottle of beer rather quickly; Jake said thereis plenty more from that comes from Jason help yourself and might as wellbring two others for your dad and me.Jake said to me George come with me please, Jason saw us leaving we justsaid stay here please my brother and I need to talk.Now Jakes house is five bedroom rancher, Jake took me down a long corridorand then open one of the doors saying this is the room I have planned forJason you will see there is a good sized nook with lots of daylight Ithought that would be a good work area where he will have piece and quietwhile studying. In here is a full ensuite with shower stall and a separatebath tub. There is lots of closet space for his gear the room also has thephone.Jake that brings us to a point of compensation for looking after Jason. I’mgoing to suggest that a second phone line be installed one is his other isyours and I will pay for that I also need to make his line is ADSL thatprovides internet access for him.Then there is clothing which does not last for ever, what ever you buy keepthe receipts and I will reimburse you. Then there is extra grub, extraheating and so on so how do think is the best way to do this.Oh how are you off for bed linen and towels because I have lots and you aremore than welcome.George you have given me lots to think about, what else can you thinkoff. Oh there is something very special Jason came out of the closet theother day and made me very proud and was Jake that grabbed me, oh thank youfor telling me I sort of suspected that when Jason came out for a holidaylast year.During next years school summer holidays I’m going to take him out to ourjob site and I plan to have him in with the guys working as a gofer for thecrew. It’s to a sort on an introduction to a working life; I’m hoping helikes what he sees because when he leaves school I would like him to get anapprenticeship so that he has TQ ticket.I like your thoughts I think that is good as by that time many school k**sget jobs which are not very good, and it will make him think he can dobetter. Actually I want him to do a full six week tour and the company doesallow a couple of guys to work in the field with the crew and they paid aminimum wage for me it’s the experience he will get.Well Jake looked into my house at frequent intervals while I was away, onmy weeks off I hardly used the house as I spent more time at my brothers inorder to be close to Jason. This started to make me think perhaps I shouldsell the house and find a smaller place. I discussed this with Jake duringthe evening and I could see Jakes mind churning over eventually he sayslook George why don’t you sell up there plenty of room here and rightly soyou need to spend time with Jason. I have three vacant large bedrooms roomssimilar to Jason’s room there is also another sitting room but it not usedas it is unfurnished so you bring your own furniture here and have thatroom as your sitting room where the two of you can enjoy each other companywhen your home plus if Jason wants to bring friend home it’s a place wherethey can talk and whatever.You’re very convincing and must admit I like the idea, but first I discussthis with Jason to get his feelings — wise move brother.Well time is getting on I think I need to go to sleep, please sleep with meGeorge it’s years since we have done that — I never thought you wouldask.Jake and I had a really good night’s together making up for lost time; Igot roused hearing Jason moving about the time was 7:00am I quietly got outof the bed leaving Jake sleeping. As I left my brother’s room I saw Jasonand beckoned to him to follow me as I headed for the kitchen. I said let’sget the kettle on as I want to discuss something with you and would likeyour thoughts and before I start think about it and then let me know later.Well I explained to him that our home is going to sit empty and I expectthat I will spending my time off out here so can see each other. Now Jakehas suggested that I also move in here as there is so much room. Also thereis another sitting room here that is unfurnished and we could bring ourliving room gear hear and it would provide you a place for relaxation ifyou want to be on your own or have friends in. That way you would notdisturb your Uncle either. There are a lot of items that we would need todispose of however something’s we will keep in storage for a time when youmight want your own place in a few years time.We hear Jake coming down the hallway, please Jason have a good think aboutthis idea and don’t rush to give me an answer but I would like to hear yourthoughts before I head back to camp. I give Jason a hug; Jason whisper’s inmy ear I like that idea; Ok think about it please.Morning Jake, you guys were up early I said actually Jason was first andheard him and took the opportunity to discuss some items with him. We havea pot of tea on the go there Jake might need topping up.Later that day Jason said dad lets go for a walk, sure thing let me get myboots on and I will be with you. We headed off out the back of theproperly, there was a great big log laying down Jason said let’s sithere. Jason then said there were things that he would like us keep and yeshe thought it was a good idea and would save me money in the long run ofkeeping a house shut up and further more by selling it removed the problemswith anyone wanting to break in etc as it would be out of our hands.I said you’re happy at this idea, yes dad it’s good for both of us, and okthen I will let Jake know. Next weekend you go over to the house and make alist of the items we can dispose of and also the items we keep but rememberthere is only so much space.Oh by the way if you walk down to the road junction you can catch theschool bus but we have to find out what time so to-morrow I’ll take youinto school and we will go to the office and get that sorted out.Well everything worked out and Jason was well settled in at my brothers, Iwas able to sell my house quickly. I was back at my brother’s on a few daysoff and ask Jason how his school grades were doing, he went and got hisgrade sheet and it was interesting in the comments from the teachers sayingthat Jason had done poorly at the start of the year but now had come way upand was ahead in all subjects and they saw no reason why this not continuein the future. Have you shown this to Jake no not yet? Hey Jake are youabout? I’m in the kitchen come and have a look at this please — Jakereads the report and says families hug in order and we give Jason a goodhug congratulations.I promised you that I would take you up to camp so you see what I do andmaybe help the crew doing basically gofer work, what do you think — Iwould love that, how long can I stay — I want you there for the full sixweeks if you can handle it. Sure thing dad, what gear do I need?You will travel in your overalls, boots and tee shirt take your jacket itmight turn cool in the evening bring also two tee shirts, a pair of jeansnot your best ones, your runners, a couple of jocks and some underwear thatabout it I think, of course your toilet bag and don’t worry about gettinghair cut or anything else like that. Don’t forget your camera and make sureyou have the battery charger as well.Jake could you get Jason to the company office and get the paper work done,I suggest you do it the day before departure as Jason will be flown in withthe crew. The office will provided Jason with his dog tag which is also hisflight ticket and also a hard hat. They will advise what time to be out atthe company yard.No problem at all brother, I think this is going to be a wonderfulexperience for him.The day came Jason was really excited, according to Jake; Jason wanted hisphoto taken complete with his hard hat on and in fact he got me to doseveral with different backgrounds. We arrived at the company yard and thewatchman asked for Id, Jason showed his dog tag and said his Uncle here wasdriving him in, are yes your George’s son good luck and enjoy theexperience. Jake was given the direction of where to go, Jason said surelythere is no runway here then as we round the corner we see the helicopterand several guys standing around. We pull up alongside some other vehicleJason grabs his bag and shakes hands thanks for the ride Uncle and walksover to the group of men, they see him coming, someone calls out hey Jasonover here please and so he heads in that direction. The first person saysyou’re George’s son — yes that’s right well it nice to meet you and wehave heard lots about you. Welcome to our crew and I was introduced toeveryone.We soon board the helicopter and get buckled in everyone had flight helmetwith ear muffs then I realized they were also earphones as you could hearthe pilot talking to the ground staff. Next thing we hear is the pilotasking everyone if they are ready so the guys gave him the thumbs up sign.Jason first flight and he said it felt like going up in an elevator at highspeed and them getting pushed forward. A 2½hr flight and we arrived at thecamp and dropped down. Well all disembarked and I saw Dad was there to meetme, the crew called out hey George we have this young man here I think youknow him. Dad walks over to me and hugs and gave a big kiss in front of allhis crew. The crew was not going to let George get away being the only oneand they all in turn grabbed Jason and did the same saying welcome to ourfamily.The crew takes off to their rooms, dad shows me where I’m sleeping and hesays there are your overalls and work gloves, learn to work in gloves assometimes there what we call snags on some of the cables which can ripeyour hand and we don’t want any mishaps. Safety is number one on this siteand if you don’t understand ask again. One other thing don’t call me Dadunless we are in private call me George the rest of the time as the othersdo.Now here is the daily schedule breakfast is at 7:0am and then go to out onto the job site by truck. We all take our lunches that Peter has got readyfor us ahead of time. We return to camp generally about 6:pm and everyonestrips off and head for the shower and gets scrubbed up some then take adive into the lake and by the way you will find the crew are all naked oncethey strip off but some just wear jeans at supper others just have a jockon.So Jason indoctrination was very rapid into camp life, however he took itin his stride and I said to him ok I’m going to get a shower and then aswim fancy joining me, sounds good, oh leave your towel in your room youwon’t need it until after the swim but take your runners and don’t worry ifthey get wet.Jason heads for the showers a few moments later George is there and joinshis son, something you won’t be used to is your partner always scrub theother guys back and those difficult places so don’t ever be surprised ifyou get asked to scrub a back. I notice by this time Jason had a massivehard on, I said don’t be worried about that you will find that happens topretty well everyone here.Now I’m going to do yours so you know where to go and then you do me pleaseafter a good shower they slipped on there runners and ran down to the lakeand dived straight in.On there way back several of the crew are also heading for the lake for aswim, George say go get your towel and meet me in my room. I grab my toweland then just before leaving I grab one of my jock’s and then head forGeorges room his doors open come in Jason and close the door. You are aquick learner and I’m glad to see you have no problems going naked thismeans to me you will be accepted much quicker by the crew.Well I guess supper is in about 15minutes so what are you wearing I grab myjock, George laughs his head off you young bugger you really do want to getinto our way of life, Dad I do this at Uncles Jake’s and he is often thesame so it comes naturally — well Jason it looks as if Jake has beengiving you that extra education not available in school.Ok Jason let’s go and eat, it was then that Jason found out we all eataround a big table like a family, I notice he eat well and appeared toenjoy the food. After supper we were sitting outside enjoying the lateevening sun with some of the crew, suddenly we hear a truck coming throughthe tracks; someone said it sounds like John & Roger who’s that Jason asksthe last two members of this crew a really great pair of guys and you willenjoy there company.Well the next day went well Jason was able to assist however by the end ofthe day he was pretty beat and hence went to bed around 8:30pm, however bythe third day he was getting into the swing of things and not as tired; hewas coming in with the crew laughing grubby as the rest of them and he gotthe nickname of Jay, that showed to me he could mix in and even moreexcepted.It had been a hot day and this was the time I’m going to get him fullyshaved but Jason is not aware of my plans. I had already talked to John andRoger about to the job.Everyone went and showered and Jason said phew it was hot today hey GeorgeI need a haircut please, John pipes up I’ll do it for you I’ve my all gearI’ll see you outside thanks John.Well there were two benches pushed together and as Jason comes out hey comeand sit here Jay. How do you want it, lineman’s cut you got it. Well Johndid a really good job and Jason was about to get up, hey where are yougoing you said linesman cut that’s what I’m going to give you, so Rogerthen rubs in the shaving cream al over his head and then gets his cutthroat razor and proceeds to remove all the stubble . Please lie down onthe bench on your back. The clipper started again oh yes he likes it justlook at that erection, keep it hard Jason as it makes it easier to rid ofall that hair and then you feel much cooler once the clippers have donethere job John slapped a good load of shaving cream over the whole area,now Jason keep still don’t want to nick you do we, so all the stubble wasremoved that part is now completed, now turn over and then we can completeRoger holds his buttock apart John get the area covered with shaving creamand works it in then the razor removing all the surplus hair.Next Jason gets a slap on the arse, Jason gets up and gives John and Rogera big hug thanks mate and then a kiss, then he calls out I’m going into theshower to rinse off and then a swim anyone going to join me. Well itfinished up with everyone in the shower and while Jason was rinsing he wasgetting sucked off by all the crew at the end I think Jason was feelingwell drain but being young he is very virile with rapid recovery. Duringmost of this time George has been photographing all the action especiallythe hair cutting of his son.Jason put his runners on and headed for the lake followed by the rest ofthe crew where lots of fun took place.Well I think everyone was in jocks that night, from my point of view a goodthing my son’s jock is tough because he was really hard. As usual a greatsupper and most went about various jobs they wanted to do, Jason said Iwant to talk to you George no problem where do you wish to meet, see me inmy room in about 15 minutes.Jason quickly tidies up and the takes his jock off and is lying on the bedwhen there is a knock at is door and calls out come in, George enters higuy what can I do for you, come here dad and lie with me but slip your jockoff please. Dad response to the request and once is lying there Jason grabshis Dad and say’s I wish I was older as I want an apprenticeship in thistrade and dad I feel so proud especially with my linesman hair cut it makesme feel like a real man. Dad I want you to take my cherry.There is total silence and then George rolls and hugs his son saying itwould be a privilege but are you really sure, yes I am as Jason reachesinto his bedside table and gets out two condoms and the ky gel.The next thing that happens is Jason has some how got his legs up and overmy shoulders and says Dad I love you please go ahead, Jason arm reachesover again to his table and produces a butt plug use this to loosen meup. How long have you had this oh about three years — I assume you haveused frequently, yes I have and I have slept with it in as I sleepgenerally on my back.Jason lubes his plug and works it in and out, then puts more lube right onthe tip and slides it in. Go ahead Dad get right there please, well slowlyGeorge says please don’t let me hurt you, STOP means stop. No worries Dad.Well I got the condom on and well lube and started to enter my son, I wasamazed how easy it was to slide right in right up to my balls. You doing OKJason yes dad are you there yet I said yes as I slowly pulled almost outand then plunged right back in and after a few times Jason said Dad you areto gently I’m a young man now so fuck me hard please. So I speed up, withcomments harder please suddenly my wild side took over and I really fuckedhim hard. The look on his face was that of enjoyment. Suddenly there is aknock at the door dad says don’t answer, Jason said just stay where you areplease. Come in John & Roger entered, are I’m sorry didn’t wish to walk inlike this, Jason just said we are have a litter father and son time, yes ifyou would like to join us I’m sure George would not object.Well thanks for the offer however we came to see you how you felt aboutyour hair cut Jason. My friends it’s absolutely fabulous and thank somuch. What day do you normally do the crew generally either Wednesday orThursday when everyone is taking off for there few days off. Please countme in — well Jason you are crew and we are very pleased to do you aservice — I think you enjoyed yourself earlier this evening I sure didand thanks so much.Well Jason’s six weeks went so fast he wanted to stay for another six weeksbut that would have cut into his school year by three weeks. In the meantime I had spoken to the office and found out the flight schedules forsupplies and I found out there was going to be a flight five days beforeJason was due at school.I ask what supplies he need for school and so a list was made up so he hadenough to start off with. I phone my brother and said to him Jason wants tostay as long as possible. Now I got out of him what he needed in startupsupplies and I’m asking you to get them next time you are in townplease. Now Jason doesn’t know anything these arrangements so mums the wordon any Email to him.Well George he tells me he is really enjoying himself and now sports alinesman hair cut, I laughed and for your information he has vowed tomaintain that style of hair cut, I’m wondering what the school is going tosay as they may think he has become rebellious. Don’t worry about that Ihave my connections and will advise them ahead of time.Well the six weeks was coming up and Jason was not so happy, the crew askedwhat’s the problem Jason, I’m have to leave you guys and you have been goodto me and excepted me so openly and I respect you all for that, I just wishI had completed my at school as I want to be apprenticed in your trade.Tell us what makes it so special, the work is interesting, constructive andvaried I love being bushed and doesn’t matter if it pouring with raineither. Mined you I have not experience cold weather working but I’m surewith the right gear you stay reasonably warm. Well Jason there are very fewyoung’s guys who would agree with you but you are right as most of usstarted here after working in other jobs.Just think of it I’m sure you will get a good recommendation from ourforeman so cheer up mate and with that they all got Jason in a big hug yourfamily mate and a bloody good mate.Well tomorrow is the end of the six weeks and George sees Jason is not ascheerful as normal. When the crew comes in George is out there with hiscamera getting photo’s of the crew and there arms are on Jason shoulderslaughing and such like.George is calling out Jason come and sit down here please and you guysmight just as well here what I have to say. For everyone benefit Jason isgoing to stay with us another three weeks and then he will fly out andreturn to school four days later so John & Roger I’m asking you to giveJason his final “linesman hair cut”, you know it will be our pleasure. NowJason do you want to go into town or stay here with me as I have some workto catch on but we can also go travelling in the bush.Stay here please Dad! You got it son, the whole crew is clapping.Ok guys you might all as well go and get cleaned up as I’m sure you allneed and I’m meet you all in the lake.I quickly phone Jake tell him what is happening, his comment is I’mdelighted the fact he is obviously enjoying the work. I also tell him thewhat date Jason will be coming in but have to give the time later, I willalso advise the office that you will be coming on site so the gatekeeperhas you on his list, talk to you later bye.Well Jason that evening was back to his normal self, I said to him sondon’t feel so despondent because your going home it does not mean you willnever come back, I know you seemed to have been very happy here plus youhave got on well with the crew and helped them wherever you can, you havealso had the opportunity to be up on the structures and I understand youhave been safety minded and that is a big plus.Just think about when you go back to school and the teachers ask you whatdid you do on your vacation you will have something to tell everyone and mebet a lot of your friends will be very jealousy of what you have beendoing? Now I have some photos of you working with the crew and also comingback to camp from the job with the rest of the crew. I will get themprinted out so you can collect them from the office when you get back.That’s for you prove of what you did during your vacation, now let me haveyour camera chip and I will give copies of all the photos taken with you inthem so you will be able show your mates if you wish.Later that evening I Email Jake and ask that when he is in contact with theschool find out if the teachers ask each of the class what they did duringthere summer vacations because most k**s do some sort of work to earn a fewdollars. What I’m after is to hear what happens when Jason is asked and howhe explains what he did and whether he uses any of the photos he will haveto prove where he was, you will also be very proud of him.However we both have to keep his nose to the grindstone as he must finishup next year with good marks. — Cheers brother — GeorgeWell Jason is back at school and getting ribbed about having head shaved,he basically just ignores the comments. One of the classes that was socialstudies and the teacher ask everyone what they did during there summervacations.Eventually it was Jason turn and he said he worked for Power Lines Inc andjoined a crew out in the bush miles away from anywhere; the weather wasgreat and sometimes hot and for that reason all the crew have shaved headsto help keep cool and I personally like it so much I’m maintainingthat. Jason was asked what he actually did and he said I have my album ofphotos here for any one to look at. The teacher then said may I have a lookplease, after a quick scan through he said class I’m going to get theprojector and then Jason can explain what he is doing as he some greatphotos hear.Well the photos where projected onto the screen and there some real goodshots of Jason working and also at the end of the day arriving back at campwith the crew and all equally grubby.Jason got asked many questions and tried to answer them all, the only hedid thing he did not give a direct answer was how did you get this summerjob? I was invited through a friend.A couple of days later the career councilor left word for Jason to seethem; they wanted to know about what I had done. The one thing I was askedwould go back there again I said YES very definitely. You know Jason thereare a lot of your mate’s very jealous of what you did this summer butcongratulations you will do ok.Well the school term went well and he maintains his marks and even improvedin several areas.On one of regular Emails from his Dad he told him that Colin had messed hisshoulder up and was in hospital and thought it would be nice to for him togo and see him. Dad also asked would like to join up with the crew againover the Easter Holidays as they were short handed — by the way it wasthe crew that asked for you.Jason visited Colin and they had a good talk and he said I hope I’m backfor the next six weeks, before leaving they hugged each other and Jasongave Colin a big kiss; why thank you Jason I will not forget that.Next day at school he gets told to report to the principles office, come inJason please take a seat, well first may I offer you my congratulationsJason and please don’t let this go to your head but you have been the talkof the staff room especially the career councilors’ who cannot believe whatyou were doing. The photographs you have would it be possible to get a copyfor the school’s records and the school will pay for them.Would you go back there if you had the chance? Well I will be there for thethree weeks Easter vacation as the crew is short handed because Colinwrenched his shoulder and is in hospital here in town and was asked if Iwould be willing to help out I said yes, but I just wished the Eastervacation was longer. You tell me they work in the bush for six weeks at atime so when do they leave for the next tour of duty.Next Sunday afternoon so that’s a week before the end of term, yes saidJason. So when do they return home? Do you have a calendar please, Jasonlooks at it and say’s this Friday a week and a half after school hascommenced.Well Jason I think it would be a good idea for you to be there the entiresix weeks if that’s what you want providing you can bring back morephotographs of you working; Jason comment was you mean I have time off togo to work, oh thank you so much I will let the company know ASAP; we willcall it work experience on your records.After school he phones Uncle Jake and says he is going to see Colin beforecoming home so could you pick me up at the hospital say around 6:0pm. Colinis in Room 420 so come along and meet him please and afterwards I’m takingyou out to supper.Jake asks what’s this all about, I’ll tell you when you get here. So a goodvisit with Colin and then Jake arrives and Jason spills the beans. Thefirst thing Colin says that’s great Jason you can easily do my job, dam itall you done most of the jobs out there. Come hear Jason and Colin givesJason a great big hug. Now you go out and celebrate with your Uncle. By theway Jake please stop bye any time your in town and let me know how isgetting on as company is always nice.Jason phones his Dad and says I’ll be there for the entire six weeks andwill Email later after, just seen Colin now I’m taking Jake out for Supper– Bye for now.Well during the weekend George hears one of the engineers is coming out forpart of tour and returning when Jason goes back, I ask who is it and thename I’m given is Bob Stollar. So what does he want to see was my nextquestion, well he would like to be out with the crew some of the time toget an understanding of what goes on and is prepare to climb etc. Can yougive me his phone number as I would like to talk to him prior to coming out– no problem got a pencil its 234.678.0066 please don’t tell him I’mgoing to phone him, no problem George. I’ll be interested on what you findout no worries I’ll let you know.Well I phone the number given and a guy answered and I asked if Bob wasthere yes he said but in the shower anything I can do? Not really when doyou think he will be out? Hang on a minute I hear him — Bob phone callfor you — I hear a comment I’ll take it in our bedroom — Hello Bobhear, sorry to trouble you my name is George with Power Lines and Iunderstand you are coming out to visit our site when the crew come out.I would like to provide you with a bit of information about or camp, we arein the bush no booze on site and about 60 miles via the tracks to thenearest community so all our supplies are flown in we all live in trailerbunk house with separate rooms our showers are very open afterward many ofthe guys once clean go for a swim in the lake so don’t be surprised if yousee them naked just with a pair of runners on there feet, we all eat aroundone large table and if it’s hot most wear little or nothing other than ajockstrap and often discuss the job and the problems we have had.Regards clothing I suggest older pair of jeans, several tee shirt someunderwear and may be a jock if you are so inclined or pr shorts, I assumeyou will come out with Hi-Vis Overalls, safety boots plus hard hat, oh Bobsays no one has said anything about safety gear. Good I’ve caught thatbefore you arrive, well I look forward to meeting up with you.Monday morning I got a phone call from Mike in the office advising me thatBob Stoller had suddenly quit, so I asked why; his comment was he was notgoing to look like some low grade workman — I started to laugh what’sfunny — oh he is pompous arse.I’ll play you my tape of my conversation with him just standby, are youready I ran the tape through and the laughing now was on the other end ofmy phone. George keep that tape please just in case — will do. Oh byethe way have you any spare tapes no I’ll bring some with me Ok well I’mcoming out to enjoy some of Peter’s great food great we see you till thenanything you would like me to bring yes three dozen beer and yes I knowit’s against company policy but my son is here and I know the crew wants togive him a good send off when he returns.No problem at all I’ll get it packed up marked fragile in a large box, youknow I had forgotten that Jason is out there with you how’s he been makingout? That is something I would like you to access while you are here noproblem I will be delighted to do that for you George especially as youhave one of the best crews and I’m going to be interested how you succeedJason Email his Dad and said the school principle has given him time aswork experience so there no time lost at school. This came about aftertelling him the fact that a member of the crew was in hospital with ashoulder injury and have been asked to help out during the east vacationperiod. So Dad I will on the flight next weekend and will see you when Iarrive.Almost immediately Jason gets a reply from George saying, so long as youare not skipping school just to get back here I will certainly be pleaseand even more so he crew.Jason answers Dad Email the school principle please and he provides theEmail address. Dad I visited Colin earlier this evening an introduced himto Jake they hit it off well. Colin was very happy that I was coming up tohelp out and he is looking forward to returning to our family as soon aspossible.OK Jason I’ll let the office know and the flight time but I assume it willbe as normal with departure at 1:0pm; Oh Dad is there any way of gettingsome video shots featuring me working with the crew that is something theschool has asked for?Jason you had better bring my video camera up it’s in my bedroom and enoughvideo tape then we can do the editing as I will come home when you return.For the rest of the week Jason said nothing about that he was going to beaway prior to Easter but during the Social Studies the teacher asked whatevery one was going to do during Easter Vacations? When it came to Jason hesimply said the same as during the summer, and so he got away without lotsof questions.Once he got back home, he decided to get all his gear together the onlychange he made was additional work socks.Jason is sort of getting excited and it was Jake who said on Saturday it’smy turn to take you out for dinner and tonight we will go to a good classrestaurant so please dress for the occasion.Well Jason had his bag packed and got Dad’s video camera, extra tape andbattery’s plus charger.Saturday afternoon Jason ask his uncle to give his head a good shave, Jakessays do you want to go the full hog oh yes please.Uncle Jakes heads out with Jason and arrived at the Victorian Restaurantconsidered to be an above average eatery. As they enter Jason spots Colinsitting at one of the tables, hey Jake Colin is over there; Jakes smilesyes and we are joining him.Once they are seated, Jason asks have you been discharge from hospital –no not yet but I was driven here as I thought you would enjoy dinner beforeyou join the crew tomorrow, it’s a sort of send off party even if it’s onlysix weeks because I know you will do a dammed good job out there so pleasebring some photos back for me to see on your return.Colin says Jake and Jason I hope you will have a drink on me please that isassuming Jason is allowed alcoholic refreshment. Jake says no problem but Iwill only have one since I’m driving.Well this dinner went very well and eventually we took Colin back to thehospital and everyone enjoyed themselves. We saw Colin back to his room andfinish up with hugs all round and with Jason going one step further givingColin a great kiss with there tongue rolling around each other mouths.Sunday morning Jason is up all ready in his Carhartt’s and is gettingbreakfast under way he also has his laundry under way in the washingmachine when Jake shows up.Well between them they get a good breakfast, his washing is out on theclothes line.The time has come for the off so as before Jake drives Jason out to thecompany yard, shows his dog tag and on they go. Jake parks as beforeallowing Jason to get his kit bag out and his dad’s video camera everythingis stowed he is greeted with euphuism by the crew who are asking did anyonesee Colin, I said yes and my Uncle is dropping on in him.He is doing well and we had him out for Dinner last evening and had a greattime. Thanks Jason you really are family mate. We all thought you werecoming up later but we are sure glad to see you; no guys you have to put upwith me for the entire six weeks.As we are about to board, another guy shows up and introduces himself asMike, I’m from the engineering office and I coming out for three weeks tosee how you guys achieve some awkward jobs. So who’s who please over thereI think you must be Jason as you’re the youngest here, that’s right Mikeand Jason puts his hand to shake Mikes hand saying welcome to our family,everyone identified them selves and followed Jason procedure of shakinghands. They get the call to board once on board every one buckles and getsthere helmets on and bulked up, Jason gets the Video Camera out and getsshots of the company yard, the pilot saw what he was doing and said standbyguys I’m going to circle the plant for better shots once they are flying tocamp Jason is filming some of countryside to show the wide open spaces. Thepilot says though the intercom if everyone pulls their visors down please,Jason you can slide open the window for some good shots as we come into thelanding.Everyone is watching Jason and so the flight seemed shorter. Once they landJason asks for everyone to stay there few minutes and calls out Georgewould you come over please and he hands the video over I want a shots of uscoming off the helicopter. George suggests every one goes back on board,when I call out do your normal talking and laughing and keep walkingtowards me as I walk backwards.A successful shot is done and everyone is happy especially Jason. The lastshot was the Pilot taking off heading home.George sees Mike welcome to our family and they shake hands come on over tothe office please as there are things that I want to fill you in on whatgoes on out of work hours.George quickly gives a run down to the fact the crew after work head forthe showers then with just runners on they will go down to the lake for aswim the difference being they will be naked from the time they strip offthere overalls and other gear which all gets washed daily then hung up todry off, the laundry is duty is shared by all the crew including me.The crew doesn’t bother to dress as they dry off in the evening sunshine,when it comes super time basically you will bahis firmaları find them just wearing a jock,you just look at this way we are all guys here and know one cares.I hope you except this because I know it’s a little different to what youmay have expected. I think I can speak for the whole crew they all love thepeacefulness of the bush hence we always want these projects which mostcrews hate the idea.My attitude is I will not ask anyone to do a job I will not do, during thesix week tour I’m frequently up on the wood poles or the steel towers tocheck on things.Enough of my yak let me show your room and where everything is and I’msuggesting we have a shower and then a swim that sounds good to me George.George stops by Mike’s room lets go to the showers you leave your towelhere you don’t need it and on the way and he mentioned that everyone scrubseach other backs and those awkward places.When we arrived one of the crew was getting his head shaved, I just saidlooks good Roger nice job. Mike asks why do all the crew have shavedheads. George laughs some long time ago shall we say about at least sixyears ago we were working in a very hot location they were complain aboutsweating on there heads then someone suggested lets cut it all off. Todaythe entire crew is that way and when my son was here previously it wasabout the third day and it was hot.After stripping off with the rest of the crew he said I need a “LinesmanHair Cut”, well Roger stepped forward and offered his services and theyasked him three times your sure you want to loose it all his answer was YESand the full treatment you got it.So since that time he has maintained his shaved head and even the schoolaccepts his choice and in fact the school has him booked off on “workexperience” so does not show as missing school. Mike says that’s the firsttime I’ve every heard anything like that.Well Mike and I scrubbed each other backs had a good shower and the Mikefollowed me into the lake and we had a good swim. Then walk back and sat inthe sun drying off.George I have an idea as the company sometimes gives a bursary to a school,but what I would like to do is bring some of that’s schools senior staff uphere in the morning getting here about 8:30 am and leave say about 3:0pmthat way here is no problem. I’ll be honest I want Jason working up withthe crew doing what ever.Would it be possible to provide lunch for say no more than six people oneof those will me and I can act as the guide, there should be no problemGeorge. Tell me what does the crew do for lunch. Peter our Bull Cook drivesout with the lunches he has everything in coolers. I think it would be goodif we all eat together that way the school staff can ask question.Does Peter have enough coolers? Well we will ask him shortly when he hashad supper. Mike then says I will meet those coming on the trip a couple ofdays ahead and go over safety requirement, for them will just use safetyvests but must have safety boots or safety shoes OK with you? George yesbut if they have work boots more the better. Hard Hats I’ll borrow from theoffice. George says I really want to meet the principle and say thank youto him what he did for Jason plus he has helped out the company so we canstay on time.Mike’s time on site and he did dress correctly in Hi-Vis overalls, workboots etc; for me Mike fell right into our way of life and halfway throughhe was showering with the crew and called out anyone available to give ahaircut please, several offered there services, Mike picked John who askedhow much did he require taking off — Mike’s comment was full “LinesmenCut” with all the extras you’ve got it Mike.Well Mike got the full goods; he gave John a great big hug thanksmate. Mike went under the shower to rinse off and then headed for thelake. Mike was soon joined by many of the crew and a lot of playing aroundin the water.Supper that night was rowdy with lots of laugher, everyone stroking Mike’shead and as George put it he was very pleased at the way Mike fitted in– he was totally accepted by the crew.Then Mike surprised me by saying I would like to come with you guys up onhe structures tomorrow to get some video do you have any objection? Nonewhat so ever I don’t see any problem but do you have any experience ofheights, well I do rock climbing often hanging on my rope. Sounds goodhowever you will have to wear a safety harness and be roped up then you useyour lanyard anchored to the tower. Question – do you have goggles orsafety glass with you — sorry no. That’s OK I’ll lend you some becauseup there you need to wear them all the time as there is affair breezecarrying lots of dust.Mike spent the whole day up in the structures video taping and at timeshelping the crew out, when the crew came down for lunch a fresh tape wasput into the camera but this time he was first up so he could get all thecrew climbing. At the end of the day Mike was as grubby as everyoneelse. This time George was getting the shots of the crew coming in andheading for the showers.As normal everyone was stripping off there overalls into the laundry boxand heading for the showers, Mike was scrubbing his face when he was askedwant your back scrubbed Mike? Please do – sure thing Mike. That feels sogood mate thanks; I’ll do you now so turn around so Mike does what isnormal for this crew.On the way out of the showers Mike looked at rotation list for doing thework laundry and saw it was Colin’s so he simply stepped and got thingsgoing, in the mean time George was looking for Mike then he spots him andcomes over. How come you doing that well it’s Colin’s turn and we both knowhe is in hospital and someone has to fill in for him so why not me.Well that’s great Mike anyway here is why I was looking for you, there havebeen several Emails that have come in regarding bring up visitors to thesite come and read them but basically it’s a go. Just have to contact theSchool Principle to get things into motion.I wonder what his name is. That’s easy to find out I can ask Jason, noleave that to me as I will ask which school is he at and who is theprinciple there and then I will ask what the teachers are like etc.Well Mike got all the info he required and then looked up the phone numberon the internet. The following morning he phones the school and finds outthat the Principle is at home, eventually he gets his private number andmake contact with George Summers the principle.Mike explains who he is and what he is proposing and asking that he comesup to the site where Jason is working and you should bring your careercouncilors and perhaps one other.Now the location is about 2½ hrs flying time from the company yard, wewould like you to get there rather early at our company yard by 7:00am sowe can depart not later than 7:30 am that means you will be on site byaround 10:00 am.Please no good clothes jeans and a tee shirt, but footwear either safetywork boots or safety shoes. We will loan you hard hats, Hi-Vis vests andsafety glasses. You’re more than welcome to bring your cameras.We will provide lunch picnic style with the crew and ultimately fly youback home leaving around 3:00 pm. So how do you feel about this proposal? Idon’t really know what to say it is very generous indeed. Please why havewe been invited?Well you Sir help save this company a lot of money by allowing young Jasonto come up here under your “Work Experience Program” and it’s our way ofsaying thank you but also important to let you see that Jason is notwasting his time working as a gofer. I think you will be amazed at thisyoung mans abilities and his acceptance by all the crew. Well thank you forthat explanation.By the way I will be your guide during the trip, now you have to contactyour staff and I would like there names please ahead of time so that theywill be allowed on site. Please email me your comments and the date so wecan setup things, I would like it to take place sometime before the end ofthis six week tour but not on the last two days. My Email ismikehill@powerlinesinc.comI look forward to hearing from you very soon — thanks and bye Georgehear from you soon — Mike Hill.The next day I was in the office with George the site foreman and we werediscussing the way things were going, one thing that was said by Mike washe was amazed at the way everyone works together and he said you know Inever heard any cussing to any crew member and that to me is exceptional.You know George I wish some of the other foreman would work the same wayhow ever I could see problems if they were to come to your work sitebecause I cannot see that everyone is either gay or just except the fact ondo the same thing.Now George sometime in the future I’m going to ask you to think aboutgiving a talk to our entire power line foreman and explain how you run thejob, now I’m not singling you out because I will have all the foreman to dothe same thing.For you’re your information you spend more time working with the crew thanmost and in fact on one crew the foreman hardly comes out of his office.Between you and me I’m going to video tape how the various sites workincluding going up on the structures with the crew and I know that willupset at least two foremanYou know one thing that is different here, everyone puts on clean overallsevery day and each member of the crew assists with the work gear laundry onthis job I think that helps creating pride in their job. The other thing iseveryone eats together at a around table so everyone can see all of theremates making much more of a family plus there is free and open discussionof problems that they see on the job also you except suggestions freely andI really like that.By the way when does your son graduate from school, well his marks havebeen coming higher than he has ever achieved mind you they were pretty goodanyway. My brother his Uncle Jake makes sure he keeps his nose to thegrindstone however at the weekend Jake frequently has him out working withhim on various jobs around the farm so he gets lots of physical exercise.Oh that answers why he was travelling in Carhartt’s, well that was like meoriginally however I have to admit it’s a good few years since I woreoveralls but have to admit they are more comfortable than jeans with a beltaround your waist.Well George you asked me to give you an assessment of your son on the job,I really don’t know how to answer that question, he is very mature andreacts very well with other crew members, he is a quick leaner with a greatpersonality.If he was able to apply for an apprenticeship right now I would recommendhim for that slot. Now if he really wants to work in this field and comesout to join the crew during his vacations, I could see the companyshortening his apprenticeship by one year.Remember he also needs a good holiday with you at some time during the yearit should not be all work and play.Mike returns after three weeks back to the office, and he left wearing aclean set of standard Hi-Vis overalls saying going to shock them in theoffice. George went to wish him a good flight and said your more thanwelcome to visit this site at any time and thank you so much for acceptingthe way we work and live, Mike grabbed George gave him a big hug and akiss, George opened his mouth and Mike tongue was soon in there both rolledthere tongue around each others mouths.George I’ll be in contact ASAP re the school visit. With that thehelicopter took off heading back to company yard.At supper that night there was a general comment on Mike by saying he surefitted in well. That’s nice to hear and bye the way we will be seeing Mikeagain before the end of this work tour as he is going to bring somevisitors onto the site when I know when I will let you all know. Basicallythey will arrive about 10:00 am and depart about 3:00 pm, Mike will bethere guide from town and back to town we are going to provide then lunchand we will all eat together in our normal way. So don’t be surprised tosee cameras clicking etc.Two days later George hears from Mike to say everything is set up and hewill bring the party of four and will consist of the George Summersprinciple, two career counselors and our shop teacher. Now please checkwith Peter about any extra grub supplies he needs because of thesevisitors, Ok Mike I’ll have a talk with him and I can bring it up in coolerbox so get an extra container. See you when you arrive on Wednesday nextweek — ByeI have a long talk with Peter about extra supplies; the one thing he saysis any one a vegetarian if so how many. OK Peter think about anything elseI’ll get hold of again right nowGetting on the phone, Hi Mike something that Peter has asked is anyonevegetarian if so how many please let me know ASAP — Email me answer –ByePeter I’ll get an answer via email on that, Peter says he has checkout thejuice stock and have plenty of orange and apple juice, you know we are notusing that much they are mostly drinking water. What about plastic glasseslots of them, bread I’ll do an extra bake the day before. The only thing Ican think off is some water two cases they should fit nicely into one ofthe large coolers.Peter do you have plenty of paper towels — lots, thanks Peter I will letMike know.Well the crew was advised the night before that our visitors would on sitearound 10:00am tomorrow and everyone would have lunch together so they canask question about the work. Please don’t play to any camera just ignorethe fact that photos are being taken, I will ask for copies of everythingshot.Later that evening Jason said to me he had been asked for a copy of thephoto that had been printed for him by the office, the school had asked fora copy and would pay for them sorry I forget to ask before, no problem I’llget the office to make up another set.Visitors day — I didn’t go up on the job as I felt I should welcomeeveryone arriving however I was dressed as normal for me in my overalls,boots etc.Suddenly I hear the helicopter coming in so I make my way out to thelanding pad, being very dry lots of dust is stirred up.I had arranged for Peter to have coffee for the visitors in the lunch roomafter which I’ll show all the party where the guys slept, including theshower block and laundry area.I wait for the dust to decline and then head for helicopter by this timethe rotors had stopped turning also, eventually the pilot opens the doorand the first one out is Mike, I said we are going for coffee first in thelunch room and as we shake hands and I get that extra squeeze.Once everyone is out I notice all have there hard hats on and Hi-Vis Safetyvests on, folk’s first welcome to our work site if you would like to followme and we have coffee for everyone Mike of course is wearing his Hi-Visoveralls.Please help yourself everyone and let’s sit down. Again I would like towelcome you to this remote work site and I’m sure you will have seen we arewell away from communities, however all my crew likes this fact well thatis what they tell me and further more I also enjoy this life style.Once you have your coffee and I’m not rushing you I will show the type ofaccommodation we provided and other important area’s crew comfort.Now you may have many questions and I’m going to suggest we sit down beforeyou return and between Mike and me we will try and give you direct answers.Well I see everyone has finished there coffee we will first go to theshower block and there are toilets there if anyone needs them.I hear a comment the shower look like school showers, I pipe up I guessthey are but with dust and dirt blowing around you need your back scrubbedso the guys help there mates by scrubbing there back and reciprocate withwho ever it may be.The next comment I hear well that makes a lot of sense, you know it’s niceto hear these guys look after there personal hygiene you got that rightwith some of the k**s they frankly stink.Well folks I’m going to hand you over to Mike here who will now look afteryou for the rest of day.Mike starts off by saying George here is the man in charge, he is the sitesuperintendent however he is a working superintendent and will shortly joinhis crew up on the structures.George takes off and gets his harness on and is soon climbing the tower,once with the crew George is being asking what are these people like hisanswer just like you and I.Ok guys how are you making out good, we just have to get the switch arm upand secured and then we ready to pull wire — sounds good. I suggest oncethe switch arm is in place and secured we will go down for lunch and jointhe visitors I rather expect we will be down for about an hour.Guys as I said before I expect you will all get asked many questions pleasegive simple answers unless that person wants more.The switch arm is pulled up and secured in place including the braces,lunch time guys and I see the visitors are over by the other pole. We allstart our way down and I hear Peter coming with the lunch truck. Jason isin the middle of those coming down and I see we are getting video taped byour visitors.Once we are all on the ground Mike brings the visitors over and introducesthe crew to the guests. Once he gets to Jason it’s only then does Jasonrealize it teachers from his school. One of the teachers says is thatactually you Jason as I didn’t recognize you. By now Peter has got thecooler boxes open with the lunches luckily there no vegetarianfixings. Mike had found several planks and set them up for the guests andthe crew to sit on. It was Roger that started things going by asking howmany students take up the opportunity of “Work Experience” with differentoperations?After a pause it was George Summers the principle who answered by sayingsadly not enough, to many think they have to get a university degree to getwork, but I suspect tradesmen earn more overall and without a student loanrepayment hanging over there heads for a long time.Well that got good discussions going and after about 45 minutes George theforemen said ok guys we have to get back up on the tower and start gettingrope pulled through so please excuse us and I will see you before youleave.Well the visitors moved back to a safe area but stayed there watching whatwas going on. Mike answered many questions from the guests, well the timewas close to 2:00pm so Mike sorry we will have to move back to the trailersand if any of you need the washroom this will be a good time as about2:45pm we will get you boarded on the helicopter and I will coming backwith you. I asked the School Principle if they are going to edit the videotape that has been shot, his comment was yes that is the intention I guessyou would like a copy please and also a copy of the raw footage as we maysee some shots that we can include our foreman has been collecting.The answer was we will be delighted especially with the generosity yourcompany shown us today.Something I would like to know is how is Jason general school work; it wasanswered to start with the shop teacher Jason is very meticulous with hiswork and uses his hands well with tools, his comments were followed by theprinciple’s comment Jason went down hill to start with after his Mothersdeath but about 3 months later he got back into action and has outdonehimself since then and to be honest that is why I agreed to further workexperience for him. I personally am amazed how he gets stuck in and it’snice to see how the rest of the crew treat him this operation is like onelarge family. You know one thing that intrigues me is the fact I understandthis crew prefers to work in remote location they are well away from normalcivilization.Mike grabs fire cartoons of orange juice from Peter and says thanks foryour help to-day doing the extra lunch — no problem Mike anytime.The Pilot is on the pad with George the foreman asking if it’s ok to circlethe crew and gets the ok, George says thank you for coming and have a goodflight home.So while the guest are boarding George lets the crew know what is going tohappen saying make sure everyone is prepared — thanks guys.Ok we better head to the landing pad and get on board, everyone is aboardand I hand out the juice cartoons. Ok are you all buckle in and you gotyour flying helmet straps done up good. I give the pilot the thumbs up, sowith that the engine starts up and after lift off the pilot does a circleof the crew, camera’s were clicking then the pilot headed for home. Duringthe flight I showed every one how to talk to each other through theintercom. It was very interesting to listen in and one thing that came outof what I heard was the principle saying to the councilors I want you twoto do more pushing to getting our students out in the real world andencourage them to look for TQ’s rather than university. Then the shopteacher said in today’s work force many girls have taken up trades and aredoing well so it’s not a sexist thing.I thought a good positive discussion had taken place between theseteachers, well our pilot broke in and said we will be landing in a fewminutes, please make sure you have everything and I would appreciate thatyou take your juice cartoons with you there as a garbage container close towhere we will be landing, I hope you all had a good flight and its been apleasure to have guests aboard.Once we landed I took everyone into the office so they could use thewashrooms before departing, Joy our receptionist called out Hi Mike I havesomething for your guests here, just coming and with that I was handed aphoto album to give to the principle.Once everyone had cleared the washrooms we were in the front reception areawhen Dan Smith our boss showed up and spoke to everyone saying how pleasethey were to show you folks a little of what goes on in our company and hehands out brochures showing the many aspects that the company works on fordifferent clients. Then asks I believe the Principle is with us, yes I’mover here says George well George we have a little surprise for you. PowerLines Inc would like to set up a Bursary for students taking a trade so itwill assist them in getting the required text books etc. I hope sincerelythat you will except this offer and I will give you time to think about itso please give me a phone call or better still email me — here is mycard.I don’t know what to say, I’m sort of speechless but I certainly will be intouch with you in a day or so thank you so much.George before you go you asked young Jason if you could get a copy of thephoto’s the album he had, well here is your copy for the school and it’sour pleasure.Everyone shook hands and were about to depart when George Summers theprinciple turned around and said look we all would like to take you andyour wife out for dinner to-night as out way of saying thank you to for allyour work to-day. Well that is very nice where do you wish to meet and whattime? Let’s say 7:00pm at the Travelers Pub sound good to me. I will seeyou then, oh by the way I’m single so if you are booking there is only oneof me.Once they had gone Dan said how did it go Mike? Very well and the funnything was they didn’t recognize Jason at first and to me that was great. Ohhow is he doing, really well I would wiling support taking him on as anapprentice and in fact if he work for us again before he graduates I wouldsuggest knocking a year off his apprenticeship.Hum that good, he is a natural to the job and is doing a man’s job the crewreally like him and he is one of the family. Well that is somerecommendation I must say but I will bear that in mind for the future andyou remind me when the time comes.That evening after clean up and a shave and dressed casually I headed forthe pub to find everyone there must admit the teachers looked a littledifferent in Casual clothes. We had a great meal and several drinks lots ofdiscussion and I was asked have you any idea how Jason got the joboriginally, not off hand except all I’ve heard he was invited.Incidentally we hope to have our video edited within two weeks, there maybe some areas where might assistance to explain what is actually going andwe are asking you if are wiling to help out — no problem at all I willbe delighted.About a week before the end of the six week work tour the crew hears thatColin will be back to work and he has been discharged from hospital after alot of physiotherapy he has been told to be careful for the next threemonths and if he screws up he will be out off work for at least six months.Well this is the last evening for Jason and John and Roger are going togive Jason a real tight head shave and also a more than normal shave of theprivate parts and by the time all shaving was completed he had no hairshowing and in fact it made him look much more virile. As usual Jason dresswas just a jock strap this time a bright red one.Peter our cook puts on a big steak supper with many more extra trimming,then our George said tonight is special and goes and gets beers foreveryone. I may be sentimental but as a family I wish to thank my son Jasonor helping out during Colin’s problems — Here Here says the crew he is adammed good shit we love him.Peter said come and get it guys, sit there Jason you will be severedtonight, a great meal was had by all ice cream was severed for desert plusanother round of beer.George calls out come on over here Peter and joins us please; a beer isserved by George — thanksI was about to make a comment when my oldest member of he crew is Richardsaid I would like to make a comment if I may – please go ahead says George.On behalf or the rest of the crew I would like to wish Jason the best ofeverything for the future and we all hope he will consider joining us apermentant member of our crew, he has done over the last six weeks the jobof a fully trained man with years of experience. We congratulate Jason onhis abilities and yet he is still at school and in our opinion he is a verymature young man way ahead of his time.Gentlemen please stand and raise your glasses — JASONEveryone sits down and there is total silence, eventually Jason stands upand says this is a wonderful family and I hope in the future to become afull member of this family but only time will tell however it is myintention whenever I have school vacation with a minimum of six weeks Ihope to be back with you guys you are wonderful thank you so much for yourconfidence in me — Gentlemen please raise your glasses — The Crew &family.There is a lot of applause from everyone a third round of beer was suppliedto all and everyone just started come and slap Jason back hug him and givehim a good kiss.Slowly everyone headed for there rooms, Jason decided he needed anothershower, shortly after getting in the shower the rest of the crew is thereoffering to scrub him down, it was Richard who asked Jason may I fuck you;Yes Richard but I need someone to give me a blow job at the same time. Noproblem Jason and Richard signals a member of the crew to comeforward. Well before Jason went to bed he had been fucked by all and he hadalso most of the crew but eventually he became exhausted. The crew driedhim off and put him to bed, the next morning Jason is woken up by a memberof the crew giving him a blow job.On his last day Jason was a little sluggish but the crew covered for himand as usual work stopped after lunch to allow site clean up and makeeverything secure, for a change Peter is coming town but John & Roger willbe staying and doing some touring of the tracks.Our pilot brings the helicopter in early for a 2:00pm departure.Landing at the company landing pad, Mike meets Jason and myself and fillsus in on the events relating to the school visit, George suggests we gettogether for BS and supper out at Jake’s place — sounds good –tomorrow night ok — yes see you then, oh here is the schools video and acopy of the raw footage we can use anything that can find useful.Look Mike come on over just after lunch say about 1:0pm, sounds good I willsee you then.Jason and I headed home to Jakes place, on arrival Jake had already gotsupper underway it sure smells good after the usual greeting Jason and mewent to get showered and as normal we scrubbed each others backs and thenjust slipped into a jocks, our dirty gear went into the clothes washer.We both headed for the kitchen and grabbed a cold beer, what about me youguys sorry says Jason as he gets Jake a beer also. Jake then says tell mehow things went on this last tour.George said so much happened the whole period was very interesting, firstMike from the engineering office spent 3 weeks with us and through himJason got a surprise visit from his school’s principle, the careercouncilors and the shop teacher.Oh Jake that reminds me Mike is coming over tomorrow about 1:00pm and Ihave invited him to supper also as we have lots of video to edit. Jake saysdoes that mean I will have to wear some clothes? No we shall be dressed aswe are now, and I bet Mike will finish up that way as well.Mike showed up as a arranged however Jason had start reviewing all thetapes, it turns out there are some really good shots especially thoseleaving the company yard and even better coming into land at our job sitepad by the time Mike arrived Jason had made notes on the shots to be used,then between them they looked at the school video and there were some realgood shots of the crew high up on the structures, we then looked at the rawfootage and made notes of the shoots that we could use.Jason then laid out a script of the shots required so by the end of thatday his video was completed, he convinced Mike to write the narration.So after supper that night the grand opening of Jason work experiences.After supper we all had a few drinks and Dad said to Mike I think youshould say over night so you don’t get pick up for having too much! Now youshare a bed with me or Jason otherwise I guess it’s the floor with somefoam pads.If I may I would love to share with Jason if that is ok with you Jason,Mike I think we know each other well enough as we were in camp together andI would be honored for you to share my bed.Jake said this is a wonderful day and I think we should all celebrate withsome liquor’s once the liquors were poured Jake said — The Video may ithit all the schoolsThe others said here, here; George said I hope this video will encourageother students to get there TQ tickets in a trade of there choice.A great evening was had by all, Mike returned with a copy of Jason’s videothe rest of the weekend was father and son time.Jason returned to school and gave the principle a copy of his video; afterleaving the school office his friends were asking where have you been? Awayon work experience the last two weeks gee you are lucky bugger was thegeneral comment.About two weeks later the two highest grades in the school were allassembled in the small hall. The principle said we have decided to show youtwo video’s and point of this excessive is to encourage all of you boy orgirl to seriously consider a trade Qualification certificate often referredto as a TQ ticket.Today both boy’s and girls have TQ many of the ladies are working aselectricians, carpenters and similar trades. Don’t be concerned you mightbe getting your hands dirty a lot of tradesmen wear leather gloves thatprotect the hands.Now your two school councilors, shop teacher and myself were invited tospend a work site where power transmission lines were being built — thecompany that generously did this was Power Lines Inc.I will run first the video shot by one of our student who was working thereand then the video taken by our group.After this we will take questions and try to answer everything you throw atus.Everyone one was very quiet and from what could be seen all were watchingclosely, ever now and again someone would quietly say to who was sittingnext to them it’s that oh what’s his name!After both video’s were shown the principle, ok folk your question — yesJean there a guy in the video who looks familiar any idea who that is yes Iknow who are referring to but will not identify until to-ward the end.Sir I would like to see a list of employers that will provide on the jobwork experience, your councilors are at present in contact with a number ofemployers, perhaps one of the councilors would like to answer thisplease. They said the were in negation with several companies includingelectrical, carpentry, machine shop and a welding shop we hope to have moreinformation within the next two weeks.You ask earlier who that guy was — would that guy please come up andjoin me and tell everyone of your experience on the job.Jason was a little over whelmed but he did good as he explained how he wasinvited to get work experience as a gofer, the gofer aspect did not lastlong and I have to admit the first time I went up on one of the towers itscared the hell out of me, but once there and provided with lots on moralsupport from the crew. I found that the crew was encouraging me to dodifferent jobs as time went on and according to them I became a full memberof the crew.Then member of the crew Colin had a mishap by wrenching his shoulder andfinished up in our local hospital. I learnt of this and visited Colin tosee how he was making out. Colin told me he hoped to return for the nextsix week tour of work.In the mean time I had been contact and asked if I was willing to work myEaster Vacation filling in for Colin, then I got called to Mr. Summersoffice and after some discussion he learnt that I was going back to thework site for the three week Easter and made comment I wish the Eastervacation was six weeks and that is how Mr. Summers learnt of Colin’s mishap– well he generously gave more work experience time and so I was therefor the full six week tour.Now many of us wear some sort of necklace this one of mine Power Lines DogTag that give me access to the company site out of hours its also my ticketfor flights to the job site but possible more important is has info aboutme in the case of a mishap so it’s worn 24 hours a day.Now in my case I enjoy the bush and remoteness, the skies at night arereally worth seeing as there no lights in site other that the campbuilding.After work we all strip off and head for the showers, there has been a lotof dust so you help your partner by scrubbing each other back after whichmost of us went into the small lake for a swim and a bit of fun andgenerally everyone got dunked. On the crew I was with Richard was theoldest member and he was 55 yrs old but always in the water the same asanyone else, our foreman who was a working foreman was no different to anyother member of the crew.My comment to everyone, I’m very glad I got invited to get this experienceand for me it is work that I really enjoy, you guys I must not forget theladies out there please think seriously about getting a TQ and youbasically will never be out of work. If you have any questions I will tryand answer.Thank you Jason, so does any one have questions for Jason, you said youlived in camp do you have your own room? Yes everyone has there ownroom. Do you have TV yes they used satellite service and that also bringsin the internet which is setup with a wireless router so any member of thecrew who has a laptop gets access. You mentioned you all help out eachother scrubbing each others back are the showers doubles? No they aresimilar to school showers one large area with many shower heads. How highup have you worked? 250 feet, doesn’t that scare you yes it did at firstbut now I’m don’t have that problem.Mr. Summer’s cut in by saying I think we should all give Jason a round ofapplause, the noise was deafening from the clapping; eventually Mr. Summerssaid we will now adjourn and I ask you all to look at the brochures thatare on the tables over there so folks please mingle ask questions anddiscuss.The principles secretary comes in and gives him a letter, after reading ithe does something different he shows the letter to Jason and then hisstaff. May I have your attention folk this has just been delivery to me andI read it out to all of you.Power Lines Inc is going to give us a Bursary value is $500.00 to assistanyone from this school who is going to get a TQ ticket. The money is toassist with the purchase of the required text books.So folk that is a good start, also in the letter we have been asked toprovide a special name for this Bursary. So folk I would like yoursuggestions, all the folk got into a huddle then one of then said we have asuggestion we all feel on this occasion it should be name the “JasonBursary” because if it wasn’t for him we would not be this far ahead.Thank you folk I think that name is very expectable in this instant. Wecontinued to mingle please ask questions to ever you wish after this willbe the end of the day for school to-day and it’s Friday so I hope everyonehas a good weekend.As principle I watched to see what went on, Jason was well intoconversation with most there; next came our shop teacher who was gettinghis share of questioning, I notice the career councilors were not gettingthe attention I would have like, I guess I will have try and find out howthey operate.The day ended and Jason headed home, as he got into the house Jake said howwas your day tiring but good however I think I need a good shower so I willsee you shortly.Jason by now had learnt how to shave his own head so he gave himself a goodgoing over including his cock & balls, then rinsed off in cold water whichmade him think he was in the lake.After drying he slipped into a jock and went to see Jake, Hi Jason so tellme about your day please, let’s go and sit outside uncle sure thing I’mgoing to have a beer would you like one that’s the best offer I have hadto-day.Once out on the porch Jason relates all the activities and especially thisafternoon, Jake first question was, did they spring this on you? Theprinciple had discussed this with me about three days ago asking if I waswilling but I didn’t know when might occur.So how did you make out, I think my effort went over well as the principlewant students to consider TQ’s rather than university. Both video wereshown first then question time. Then everyone was asked to mingle they evenhad refreshments and cookies there.During this time the school secretary came in and handed the principle aletter he then showed it to me and then his staff. Then the principle readout this letter to everyone stating that Power Lines Inc would give aBursary to the value of $500.00 to anyone taking an apprenticeship for a TQand it was to assist with the purchase of text books required. Power LinesInc requested that a name be given to the bursary and everyone was asked tocome forward with what they felt would a suitable name well everyone gotinto a huddle various ideas came forward and eventually they asked theprinciple if the name Jason Bursary was suitable because I had started thiswhole affair off.After the videos were shown I got the feeling a lot of those there suddenlywere giving me a lot more respect, then the using of my name for theBursary, anyway we will see what happens. I guess it’s going to be longletter to Dad this evening.One thing I did notice was the shop teacher and I got the most questioningwhen we mingled, the career councilors sort of looked lost.Sounds like you had busy day, so how did you feel giving your speech toeveryone, nervous at first but soon relaxed so I guess it went over OK.Jake and I did a fair bit of fencing repairs over the weekend got good andgrubby and I didn’t even feel tired in fact Saturday I cooked the supperfor Jake and myselfWell Monday came so back to school, everything had settled down into thenormal routine. During this school year Jason though he was going to workagain over Easter but Dad said no, he was coming home on vacation and wewere going to make a camping trip up north, then he asked do you think Jakewould enjoy joining us, I don’t know but I can ask him — do that pleaseand if he says no you two need time together just say we are all family soit’s family trip.Over Easter Jake, George and Jason went on a trip to the Yukon neither Jakenor Jason had ever been there and both found the area beautiful plus thewild life was fabulous.Ultimately they returned home George went back to work, during his absenceMike from the office took over his crew and according to all Mike didwell. The benefit here was the fact he knew all the crew other than Colinwho when he was there before Colin was in hospital.Well this year was graduation time and as expected Jason did graduate withhonors. In his speech he pushed those present please do consider getting aTQ and as a matter if interest how many of you are going that route, wellabout 60% of those present said they were, Jason turned to the Principleand said I would those getting a TQ have this button — George Summerssimply smiled said go for it.All those that just indicated there were going for a TQ would they pleasecome up to the stage, as they came up Jason pined on them a simple buttonwhich said I’m getting a TQ. What trade, well it ran through most tradesseveral hugged Jason and said you gave me the incentive to go this waythank you so much — keep in touch please — will do.The first week off from school he used it to tidy up everything, duringthis time he phoned Mike in the Engineering Office of Power LinesInc. Jason said I’m not sure how to make an application for anapprenticeship. Mike said I’m sure glad to hear from you.Are you available for interview next week no problem Mike, I’ll get itsetup do you have Email yes, I’ll get your address of your Dad and will bein contact. Please be relaxed and don’t dress to kill however good pr pantsand a nice shirt and no tie.Just be yourself and by the way our CEO really enjoyed the video you puttogether as it show really what happens up there on the towers. Tell mehave you worn spurs yet, no but I want to learn, that’s great because I canassure you if successful you will become very competent in that area.Thank you Mike I will look forward to hearing from you, and thank for yourtime, no problem Jason we will see you next week.Mike phoned Dan Smith the CEO and advised him of the phone call; Dan’scomment was great he is going to be a very useful member of ourcompany. Mike reminded about the idea of shortening up hisapprenticeship. I’m in full agreement on that one because of the experiencethat he has already gained, you know when you watch that video you wouldthink he was a fully train linesman, I would like you to watch it again andI would like to here your feeling in his area because we either pay himabove the regular rate and full rate in the last year or we really shortenup the training period. Please think about that one and let me know, Isuggest we get together for lunch next Monday and bring young Jason in onTuesday say 9:30 am perhaps you could let him know please.Mike took the Video home, and watched it several times and he could seewhat Dan was driving at, it’s a difficult thing on how to deal with thisone. I have to admit Jason is well advanced in his training and that wasevident when he was on site while Colin was in hospital, he was actuallydoing a full time job and really should have been paid the going rate.Mike has Emailed Jason and told him to come in on Tuesday for 9:30am andsee our lady in the front office and ask for me. Mike received confirmationhe would be there.Monday Mike caught up with outstanding items on his desk, then about11:00am Dan phone come on over Mike and we can talk.Dan’s office is only a few steps away his secretary said go on in Mike; Danis expecting you. Dan gets up from his desk and said lets be a bit morecomfortable and they move over to the arm chairs. So Dan did you watch thevideo? Yes I did in fact many times and one thing that I saw was we shouldhave paid him the full rate when Colin was in hospital and covered andallowed us to catch up on our schedule for me he was doing a full job andwe neglected to compensate him accordingly however that is difficult asshould it get out it could cause problems with other work experience guysin the future.Tell me Mike how many weeks has he worked for us? I’m not sure but we canask the pay office they have the records. Use my phone and give them a call– thanks you sure of that? Well that is more than I realized 18 weeks itis!Dan could not believe it however Jason has received a lot of experience,Mike let Dan know when the teachers were out on the site when the guestsvisited, no one knew that they were from Jason school and I know dammedwell that George never said anything to anyone other our guest. The crewcame down off the tower of course Jason was one of them and George is thereintroducing everyone and when it came to Jason one of the teacher we haveJason and they looked closer and my god it’s you Jason, yes he said it’sme. Like all the others he shook hands with all the guests.At no time there was never any indication that the foreman was his Dad andit went to the point he addressed his dad same as the crew did by George.Dan said so how do we deal with application, do we shorten the period, ordo we increase the pay rate for himWell I would cut off one year and also adjustment to the pay rate.Dan said go for it, lets look at the pay rates and come up with figures, Isaid they are listed in percentage of the full rate. Dan looks at the timeand says lunch time.Let’s go as we got up and headed out of the office, quickly slipped intothe payroll office and got the rates and joined Dan outside, come on wewill use my car.Over lunch the rates were discussed and they both agreed on three yearsfirst year 45%, Second year 65% last year 90% I feel that will helpcompensate where we have been amiss.Mike said it will be interesting to see if anyone else seeks “WorkExperience”with us I sure hope it’s one of the sons of our employees.Dan said Mike you have been out to most of the work sites use you judgmentand revisit sites of your choice and talk to guys after work at the sametime put out a notice that we are interested in accommodating young folk togain work experience.You know we will provide Hi-Vis overalls, hard hat, work gloves and safetyglasses, however the successful guy must provide his own safety boots makesure they are either 16 or 14 holes boots. Re suggested clothing talk toGeorge about that he I’m sure will give you that answer.Talking of George and the way we are re expanding I think we may needwithin 5 years Superintendant Foreman and in my opinion George is the manbut that is between you and me.Jason got his apprenticeship and soon was well into it once every sixmonths he had to spend time at school for three weeks at a time; howeverthis school was so different to regular school. The three years went veryquickly and now he was put with George’s crew simply because Richard wasretiring as of the end of this six week tour but being a great guy hewaited until his replacement was on site. Little did he know it would beJason, when Jason showed part way through a six week tour for the crew,George pick his son up at the landing pad so know one knew who came onsite?Well Supper that night everyone was starting to eat when Jason slipped intothe lunch room and went up behind Richard and said welcome to yourretirement mate it’s so great to see you.Come here Richard and standup please and Jason gave Richard a great kissand hug saying thank you so much for putting up with when I was a schoolk**. Richard had tears in his eyes say my friend you were never a schoolk** in my eyes you were a smart young man and understood our ways which somany cannot handle.Jason I love you so much please come and see me when in town this time itwas Jason who got a real big tight hug and one of the best kisses he hadevery received.Richard I must go and get my supper if you don’t mind otherwise Peter willbe after me!Returning to the table he had hardly sat down when the rest of crew raisedthere glasses and said welcome home mate or should we say “Linesman”, guysit is great to be back so where have you been and what did you do duringyour training? Jason was over whelmed with questions and he said give achance to eat and after supper lets all go outside for a good BS while itis still warm.Things settled down Richard actually left the following week after a goodsend off and since he was one of the longest serving members of the companythey were arranging a dinner for him in town during this crew’s weekendoff.Over the next five or six years Jason moved up within the crew to a slotthat Richard had held quietly to that of assistant foremen.Mike has been in consultation with George and now he asked him to come intotown on the next flight out, bring your work gear with you as we are goingto several other sites, I expect you will away for about a week andsometime staying in camp but at least one hotel.George arrived at the office still in his work gear, why change it’s somore comfortable dress this way. Mike meets him and took him to his officeand as soon as the door was shut he gave George a real welcome. Please sitdown and I will explain what we are planning on doing.We are looking at promoting you to Site Superintendant being responsiblefor all the foreman, the main thing is to get them all working the same wayand not sitting in the office all day. So I plan to show you some of thesites and introduce you to the respective foreman they are all good butsome are exceptional. However I will leave that for to you to find out. Nowyou will need somewhere to work out of there is a connecting office next tomine and that can be yours. Incidentally we don’t dress up for anyone onehere either as you will see when Dan comes in shortly to see you and thereis nothing wrong in wearing your overalls in the office either.Mikes phone goes, hello Mike speaking oh hi Dan yes he is here — ok seeyou then.Dan is on his way, the door opens Dan walks in wearing just denim workshirt and jeans. Hi George it’s great to see you, I assume Mikes filled youin on what we are proposing yes he has thanks — good now I see it is11:30 am lets go to the Pub have a beer and some lunch.While at lunch Dan asks George what do you think of the idea. Well I don’tknow why you have picked me as there are more senior foreman thanmyself. We picked you because you are constantly or ahead of planned timesfor construction plus you never appear to have any labor problems which dooccur at times with some crews.Well thank you for your confidence in me I will endeavor to do my best thatall we can ask says Dan and he passes a piece of paper to him. George looksat it and then says am I reading this right, yes you are and I should addplus truck allowance for the time being but we are going to get you asuitable truck what ever you feel is required talk to Mike about that as hehas seen lots of the terrain you have to travel over. So George I assumeit’s a yes — George puts his hand out and shakes on it with Dan & Mike.As you know we generally use Ford Trucks but we are not worried orconcerned if you go a different route, the thing is make it suitable foryour requirements so I suggest to-morrow you go around all the truckdealership and see what there is out there don’t rush, go home and thinkabout and we will see you the day after tomorrow.I guess lunch is over I’m heading back to the office guys let me know whatyou come up with. Oh by the way I will not put a notice out to all theforemen until you are ready and for your information the job start as oftoday.Mike says lets go back to the office and talk about the truck, once back atthe office Mike provides me with another dog tag, this one opens all thedoors I need access to within the building and some out buildings.OK George the truck, these are my thoughts, high ground clearance, 4 x 4,possible winch, tow hitch good for ¾ ton, I think it should be club cab soyou have somewhere safe for your gear plus a good secure box installed inthe rear truck bed, now this box we can get that made up easily and wouldbe cheaper than ordering via a dealership. So George what else can youthink of a powerful spot light on cab roof, it should have a company radiowith all our channels, the radio needs scanning ability. I would preferuncarpeted cab and have all rubber flooring so it can be washed out becauselets face it some places are real muddy and the carpet would be buggered upvery quickly.Well George lets go into your office and for some reason we went out downthe hallway instead of through the connecting door; so lets see what youneed you already have a desk and chair plus filing cabinets, looking aroundGeorge says a table on which to layout a drawings also I think I shouldhave a casual area say a coffee table and some suitable chairs as that canhelp putting any foreman I’m talking too more at ease smart move saysMike. Then Mike says I must show you this and he opens the connecting doorwhich in effect is another room with tea and coffee making gear, a smallbar type frig. Then opening another door is a shower and toilet. Finallythe door into Mike’s office who then said going back to your office thesliding closet in your office is designed as a wardrobe so if needed youcan change clothes. I keep a pr of good jeans and a denim shirt plusregular shoes in my closet in the wither time I also have a jacket there.Well George go home now please don’t say anything other than you are doinga tour of other job sites with me. George phoned his brother and said areyou cooking tonight or would you like to go out for supper and no changingeither, he answered where the hell are you, I’m at the office so I willhome soon. You got some beer in the frig actually I need to get some more,don’t worry I pick some up on my way home any thing else you need no thatshould do it.I expect you will be back on with your crew mid next week and I plan toalso be with you as I need to talk to Jason as my plan is for him to takeover and by the end of the crews six week tour you will depart to your newoffice, I know it’s going to be a wrench to leave those guys but I feel youneed promotion and Jason is totally accepted by everyone. I plan to get thenotice out the last week of your tour is that ok by you — yes saysGeorge.Well George found a suitable truck and it is now getting the companies nameetc plus other items he suggested installed.Over the next few days he and Mike travelled to a number of sites alwaysunannounced so you saw things as they were. On one day we did three sitesas the helicopter was free and that sure sped things up and Jimmy our pilotis a great guy and did not take long for him to clue in on what was goingon. Mike said Jimmy what you hear discussed between George and me you havenever heard and mums the word in this case. Jimmy put his thumb upindicating he fully understood.As Mike said they both returned to George’s crew and they were off thestructure having a tea break, the crew saw Mike nice to see you how’s thingMike, pretty good thanks other than I need a good “Linesman Haircut” isanyone willing the answer was yes providing you shower with us thisevening. Well I might be shy you know and that brought on lots of laughterwe will see you all later.We headed first to see Peter and let him know he had two extras for supperand for a few days. Then we went to George office and discussed the eventsof the last two days.Yes I can see that down the road we will need to get all the foremantogether in one room and basically we need a lot more video of what goes onand show it to all not to embarrass but as a tool to get our point over.I personally feel that all foreman should be working foreman and right inthere with there crew not to do there job but to guide when required andyou know Mike I might be a good idea for the foreman to video tape thereown crew working and between us suggest were we want the shots taken from,like several taken from the ground looking up and some right up on thestructure or from an adjacent structure. We will have to give the foremansuitable training on how to use the camera and one of us should be there tohelp ensure the camera does not get damaged. This is also going to get theforeman out of the office and sort of back on the job.Mike sure liked this idea he said George you are devious in your methods Ilike that.Well we heard the crew coming in so we got stripped off and got scrubbed upin the showers with them, then someone’s voice called out hey Mike youwanted the full treatment sure do please OK come over hear and it was Johnsit your butt down please, hey George it looks as if you have got reallyscruffy mate come over here says Roger and let me clean you up thanksmate. Once everyone got the full treatment all the crew headed for the lakeand a quick swim, returning to our sort of patio area e all sat there I wasasked so where have you been George?Mike asked me to go on a tour of other work sites, so did you see anythinginteresting that would help us here that is difficult to answer as we wereonly at the site for about 6 hours before moving and in fact one day we didthree sites with the aid of Jimmy flying us in and out arriving at thefirst place bout 8:30 am so we had an very early start that day and finallygot home about 7:00pm.So the rest of that evening was just general chit chat with everyone. Aftergood nights sleep and at breakfast Mike said Jason I would like you to staybehind please as I want to talk to you privately. Don’t worry Jason I willfill in for you as I need to do some climbing and it’s important you don’tworry about the crew they are good and you know that.Well George headed out with the crew and like everyone got his safetyharness on complete with the lanyard.Jason was wondering what this meeting was all about when Mike showed upthey both got a refill of there coffee mugs, lets go into George’s officeand shut the door please. Jason you look worried don’t be as I’m themessenger of good news for you as I’m offering you position of foreman forthis crew.Jason looks at me and would you repeat that please as I not sure if I heardyou correctly I’m offering you position of foreman for this crew and willyou except, well thank you very much why me? There are two reasons firstlyyou are gay like all of us here and you know what happens after work iscompleted. Secondly you have good communication with the crew and I knowthe crew wanted you to take to take the assistant foreman job when Richardretired and you have done that job well. So now it’s your turn to take overthe foreman’s job your rate of pay will then start off at as Mike handsJason a slip of paper. So Jason I hope it is a YES.Now this brings me to a new member for the crew your thoughts please, Jasonasks anyone completed there apprenticeship especially from my old schoolwould be great. There are two that I know off both have finish up with goodreports and are keen to learn at present they are both filling for holidayrelief on two other sites.I would like to meet them both on the work site and see them at work, wellthat is no problem I’ll check and find out Jimmy schedule. Well Mike findsthat tomorrow Jimmy is available so first thing tomorrow morning Mike andJason take off to see Shaun at site #3.This time Mike does advise the foreman ahead of time but not the reason forthe visit, we arrive and it’s a great day the foreman meets us at thelanding pad. We call to jimmy go and get yourself a coffee if you wish –thanksWe start straight away by saying we are hear to find out how your reliefguy is working out and also please point him out. Ok let’s walk over towhere foremen John points out Shaun. We stand and watch without staring andI ask if you have a vacancy on your crew would like to keep as a crewmember. No question about that he has shown several of my guys some shortcuts that he learnt during his training.Would it be ok to go over and steal him away from the crew for about 15minutes, sure no problem. Jason heads that way while I continue to talkwith John; hi guys my name is Jason I would like to steal Shaun from youfor about 15 minute please.Don’t be worried Shaun I’m here checking on all the guys like yourself whohave gone through our apprenticeship program so how are you making out andplease don’t beat around the bush talk straight if in your opinionsomething is the shits be honest and say so.Well I have to be honest this crew is not that well informed because when Ihave suggested what I think is a better way that I had learnt they arereally good in accepting my suggestions. Then when they try it they realizehey this is much easier.So what school did you go to Badlands High, oh that’s interesting tipobet güvenilir mi I wasthere as well, you were? Yes great is that your name on the Jason Bursaryyes it is, Shaun puts his hand out and shakes mine with a dammed good grip.Tell me Shaun do you have a girl friend or a partner, Shaun is suddenlyvery quiet I said what you say here is between you and me it will go nofurther.Shaun is still very quiet so I ask him directly are you Gay? I am and proudof it. Shaun then looks me in the eye and says yes I’m gay I’ve beenfrighten that I would get fired if anyone found out. You don’t need toworry about that in this company there quiet a few who are. Thank you forbeing honest it takes a lot of courage to come out. Do you live at home ordo you have your own place, no I’m still at home.So how do you feel about being away for six weeks at a time with a goodcrew but in an isolated area? I have not experience that but I do like thecountry side it’s peaceful and generally quiet.Thank you Shaun hope to see you again soon, so Shaun went back to work.Mike thanked John for his time and interrupting work. His comment was ifit’s to the benefit of Shaun I’m more than happy to help out.We meet up with Jimmy and fly to the next site and meet up with foreman Bobwe were made very welcome and asked the same questions. We were watchingthe work going on overhead which is Jordon, Bob said he is the third onefrom the left we watched and notice he does not seem to getting into it,Bob if you had a vacancy on your crew would you take him on, Bob was silentand then said the problem is the crew doesn’t really except him I don’tknow why. Have you talked to the crew and Jordon privately? I suggest youshould do that because you have a recently complete apprentice who needshelp and for this to occur really is not good says Mike. Put yourself inJordon place how would you like it — oh you really do hit low, I’mserious Bob this is something you should have handled sooner.When does the crew come down for a coffee break, well frankly they rarelydo was the answer. Well please bring them down and you will talk to themright now and my partner here will sit down with Jordon privately.Bob got his crew down and Bob introduces Mike thank you Bob; Mike startedoff by saying I understand you guys do not except young Jordon so what isthe problem I need to know now. There was dead silence but two guys lookedvery sheepish so I tackle those first, I think you two know the reason solet’s get it out in the open because one way or another I will find thetrue. Bob please keep the crew here for a few minutes I’m going to talk toJordon and see what he has to say. I was then I could see some agitationamongst the crew. Bob said quietly I have some hot heads here and I can seeI have slipped up badly; we will talk about that later in private.Just hang on I’m give Jason a phone call and see what he has learnt — Iwas soon filled in, thanks I think we should remove him from this crew andgive him a fresh start — yes I agree. OK get Jordon to get all his geartogether and we will take him with us.I get back to Bob I’ve got the answer good what’s the problem they arecalling him a faq! Oh god what the hell are those idiots thinking ofbecause I will not have intolerance because a man may be gay, I know thereare some dammed good linesmen in this company who are gay and they do adammed good job.I’m going to lay the law down because when find who started this he isgoing to get fired, once I heard what the problem is I’m going to relocateJordon and we will take him with us when we leave. I think that is a wisemove and it will be safer for Jordon as well. He has been asked to get allhis gear together — thank you Mike.Bob now look I have found out that you guys have been calling young Jordona faq, that type of intolerance will not be tolerated in this company andwhen I find out those responsible for this they may get fired even if thatmeans all of you. Now clean up your act and get you butts back on thejob. We are pulling Jordon off the crew and now you will have to workharder in order to get the job done.Well Jason meet up with Jordon and after introducing himself, Jordon letsgo for a walk so how are you making out here, lousy was the answer how comethey call me a fag — oh do they.So Jordon what school were you at? Badlands High oh that is interestingthat’s my old school. Look Jordon I’m going to ask you a very personnelquestion are you gay because I am.Jordon looked at me and said you are k**ding me, no I’m not, oh what arelief to find a friend so tell me do you live at home or do you have yourown place. I live on my own I got kicked out when I came out to myfolks. That’s too bad so how did your folks take it when you came out. Wellwithout going to into much Mother died and I was brought up my uncle andthen one day at home dad asked me if I was gay and said YES he simplyhugged me great son I love you so much, so I never had a problem.Mike got hold of Jason so of these two guys what are your thoughts asksMike; well was thinking we should move Jordon to John’s crew as we bothknow 50% of his crew is gay and I would like Shaun on my crew howeverperhaps it would be better for me to take on Jordon as I broken the icewith him and I know the crew will help him out. Good decision Jason I fullyagree, let’s go and talk with Bob.Hi Bob sorry but you’re having a bad day, so can you mange this crew andget them cleaned up. I hope so Mike good however we will have to find areplacement for Jordon I agree in time yes, now how are you going inrelation to the schedule; not as well as I would like we are about threedays behind. Hum that not good so where is the hold up? I get all thesupplies on time but the crew productivity is well down.Question for you Bob do you up go up on the structures and work with thecrew and give them some leadership. It a long time since I climbed must befour or five years since I was there. Well Bob I want you up there with thecrew see first hand what is going on and try and get the crew motivated.Now if you feel there is someone holding the others back — get him inprivate ream him out and give a written warning, this paper trail isimportant, on the third warning give him the choice of quitting or beingfired.Well we leave the site with Jordon and all his gear on board and head backto my crew once we land I said to Jordon come with me please and the firstthing I do is take him over to meet Peter our cook and grab some coffee,and at the same time let Peter know he has another one for supper noproblem Jason oh any idea where George is, most likely up with the crew youknow him, I laugh and said he loves getting right in there.Once Jordon finish his coffee, Jason said ok Jordon lets go and find yourroom so you can get sorted out but don’t get cleaned up yet. Jordonreturned and said he would sort things out later ok then lets go and findthe crew and since there was a truck there I took him out to where the crewwere and as we arrived they had just come down George sees me and we meetup. I would like you to meet Jordon as he is going to fill the gap in ourcrew, Mike slips away and has a quick word with the crew telling them whathas happened — thanks Mike. OK lets get him introduced to the crew soJason that Jordon over and does the intro, so what does the crew do when heis introduced they welcome him in there general way with a big hug from allsaying welcome Jordon we hope you will be happy working here.So we are all going back to get cleaned up and a swim. Oh by the way we alldon’t bother to get dressed this time of the year so don’t be shocked whenyou see our crew going around in the buff since it is very warm here wejust wear a jockstrap as our formal where. Jordon said that is something Idon’t own, no problem there are plenty here between us we will loan you acouple so you don’t feel out of place.So come on Jordon you might as well ride back with us and we will showwhere things are. Mike, Jason and George are talking and see Jordon takeoff with the crew. Hey guys did you see that, what says George the crew hastaken Jordon under there wing by all accounts. So lets get back and jointhe crew in the showers, as we arrived in the showers we saw Jordonlaughing as something that was going on, the next thing was he was gettinghis back scrubbed and he soon turn around and did the same for whoever’sback it was.Everyone headed for the lake and Jordon seemed much more relaxed so aseventually as we were all heading back Mike was talking to Jordon and askedhim so what do you think of this location it’s roughly 60 miles in alldirections from the nearest habitation. I’m going to tell you it is verydifferent from living in town and this crew all prefer jobs in this type ofarea, and at night you can sit outside and not a light to be seen the starsseem much more brilliant.Jordon turns to Mike I must thank Jason for getting me out of Bob’soperation it was very depressing. I’m glad to here that and I’m sure youwill fit in here really well.At supper that evening Mike had decided to make an announcement to the crewso once everyone had finished eating and it had got down to chit chat. Mikestood up and hey guys I have some news for you as of to-day Jason is nowyour foreman hence the fact that Jordon has now joined your crew.George who has worked with you all is now the site superintendent and willbe responsible for the entire power line foreman. So I can assure you I cansee George dropping in on you guys every now and then especially when heneeds a “Linesman Cut with full treatment”Thanks guys I felt you all should know first since George has been with youguys for a long time.Suddenly Jordon ask if he could make a comment, sure by all means was theanswer he got from Jason — go for it mate.I would like say thank you to you all in making me so welcomed into thiscrew, it feels like a family and I hope I will not let you down. The crewgot up and one by one grabbed Jordon again but this time they all gave hima big kiss then Kim crew member said Jordon everyone in this room is gay soyou are very safe.Well the rest of the evening went as normal, George, Mike & Jason actuallyrelaxed.Next morning after breakfast the crew took off Jason told then I see youall later, Jason, George and Mike sat down and discussed what had happedwhen we visited Bob’s crew and as George put it that is going to have to bewatched closely turning to Mike what’s our construction load like. Theanswer was I think we may have to lay off at least one crew.Fair enough looks as if I’m going to do a lot of travel spending a week ateach location. That means eight weeks well actually seven weeks as this isalready done because I need to do an assessment of how the various crew andforemen are all working. After that I will have enough info to have theforeman all in town and work on getting them out on the job plus dealingwith bad practices like the Jordon affair. We will do a bit on safety andperhaps a refreshment of their First Aid tickets.Well I assume all foremen do have First Aid tickets? Mike says he is notsure you have got me there. Actually I would like the Cook, assistantforeman & the foremen all should have tickets. This site will have twoJason and Peter — you forgot Jordon it’s part of the apprenticeshipprogram.Jason something I have found out is the two guys that we saw Shaun & Jordonboth were at my old high school so it sounds as if they are getting somestudents in trades and that is great. Mike says you should do a visit thereonce you have an assistant foreman selected and come to town say on theWednesday of your weekend off go home and Thursday go to the high school,do you know if the same principle is there? Well to the best of myknowledge he is however I can ask young Jordon.So Jason do you have anyone in mind for our assistant, must admit I haven’tthought to much about that but I will talk to George and see what hisopinion is of the guys since he has been with hem much longer thanmyself. That’s fair comment but you worked while a student with this crewso you must have formed some ideas.Well Roger has sort of become a leader and he seems to be respected andthey only joined the crew a few weeks before I first came out here.That evening I ask Roger if he had a First Aid ticket no but John doeswhat’s wrong nothing but I would like you get yours ASAP. The reason is Iplanned to make you assistant foreman to cover for me when I’m away. Sowill still three guys with FA tickets as Peter, John and hopefully yourselfin the near future. I can get the books up here for you to study and thenyou will have to go to town to write the exam and then do the practical. Sobetween us here we should be able to get you up to speed so what do yousay.Well if you think I’m up to it the answer is yes and thank you and yesthere is a plus payment on your basic wage of $1.50/hr, so over the nextfew weeks Peter & John worked with Roger and when he went to town he passedat 95% which was above average.As the end of the first six week tour for Jordon with us was coming up Ispoke to Jordon and said you don’t have to go to town as Peter, John &Roger will be staying.I’m suggesting you might save money by getting rid of your apartment andtake a motel room when ever you go to town. Well I had not thought of that,so do you have many real friends in town? No not really I sort of got coldshouldered when I came out, that’s too bad I was lucky as my dad supportedme and when he told me he was also gay we sure hugged each other and I wasvery lucky.Jason I have a question for you why do all your crew have shaved heads, Ibelieve its called the “Linesman Cut”, well I laughed and said it goes backa long way, when I was here on Work Experience from school and after thethird day it was very hot and I was sweating heavily and I indicated I needa hair cut. Someone said no problem Jason do you want the full linesmanworks yes please. So I finished up with the same cut that I have now. MyUncle who had contacts with the school and advised them not to get up tightwhen I return with what was called in those days “Skinhead” hair cut.I spent the last two years at school that way and I have maintained thatevery since had have no regrets. If you wish to go that way talk to eitherJohn or Roger that do a great job, however most guys can dohaircutting. Thanks for your time I will go to town this break and look atwhat I wish to keep and put it in storage and get rid of my apartment, Ithink also I will switch to a cell phone later but I’m going to get myselfa laptop.If there are only a few items bring them back with you as when we move campthese trailers go with us so your room is your room but something like alaptop carry it with you when we move.So Mike put out an information circular announcing the changes being madeand that George has been promoted to Site Superintendant and he would bevisiting all work sites over the next seven weeks and will be on site for anumber of days.The notice was signed by Mike HillWell George started his tour by road and the first one went well and didnot require spending the full week on some sites this allowed George to goback to the office and start his report, and yes George is hardly out ofhis overalls he says they are the most comfortable item of clothing to beworn.In the end George completed his tour by helicopter and he said to Jimmy thepilot how about you staying here with us tonight and have some relaxationand I will scrub your back, Jimmy is laughing that’s an offer I cannot turndown and you know I think it’s time I got a true “Linesman Hair Cut”, nowyou will be asked if you want the full treatment which means your cock &balls get cleaned up.Glad you can stay I will also be getting the full treatment, it alsoallowed George to see Jason and catch up with his report which he is doingon his laptop now George can access his own files on the office server.During the next week back at the office George completed his report and hisopinion the site where Foreman Bob has a crew was the worst, they werebehind with the schedule and also Bob never went up on the structure eventhough I went up. I got an interesting comment from the crew when I askedhas Bob been up here to see this, you’re k**ding Bob won’t come up thesedays we don’t know why.So what is the problem please show me, well the crew did and I made somesuggestion on how to overcome. The comment was never thought of that so tryit out and see if that helps, after this I stayed with the crew and workedwith them. They worked but really didn’t have much a clue of what was goingon either.I showered with them each night but no one help there mate get reallyscrubbed further more they didn’t do laundry duty for getting thereoveralls cleaned up on a daily basis, in fact I don’t think some of evenshowered as you could notice the odor when you were working close.Another item for the foreman meeting! Well I’m sure collecting many items.So once back at the office I actually dressed in jeans and tee shirt andsandals These are the items for the meeting.Prior to the meeting circulate the first aid manual and advise writingthere FA exam and do the practical on Thursday and FridayThese are my thoughts for the meeting of all foremen what do you thinkMike?Monday welcome and intro explain why they are here, start on the safetyaspect of the job. Might be a good idea for you and Dan to be there.Tuesday — Camp operations clean overalls every day and Laundry duty getpride instilled into the crew. Keep all trucks washed providing there isadequate water available.When the crew comes in after a day in from the bush, get them to help eachover scrubbing each other’s backs. If you are in a private area forgettowels just go out and sit in the sunshine to dry off wear only shorts orbetter still a jockstrap. Let’s face it we are all guys on the site.When eating your meals put the tables together so it’s a sort of roundtable discuss problems that have occurred and how to overcome them. Pass onany general news about possible new contracts. Work as a family look aftereach other.Wednesday — Foreman should be up on the structure at least three times aday don’t sit in your office unless you are truly doing office work, getout there be with the crew you are part of the family.Wednesday evening a happy hour to allow lots of discussionThursday write your FA exam (morning) start the practical’s on one to onebasis. That evening; have a banquet thank everyone etc etc and ask forfeed backOn Friday continue practicals until completed. Get results from examinerand hand out certificates and wallet cards.Wrap up the week make sure Dan is present with Mike complete this around3:00pm so they all have a chance to head home.Mike says after discussion I like your thoughts, I would like to show thisto Dan if that is OK — sure no problem; actually better still lets seeif is free — Dan was there very quickly Mike explained what I had doneand said he like my proposal so your thoughts Dan.After a few minutes Dan says you have done a good job here George I likethe way you going. When do plan to hold this meeting George? Not until I’msure that all the crews assistant foreman are ready to take over for aweek, plus once the present contract to build this major truck feeder iswinding down I think we will have surplus of crew. I may be wrong but wehave one crew that always lagging behind and the foreman is not reallyhelping. Therefore I’m of the opinion this crew be let go!Dan asks me have I been talking with the crew, I said yes — this is thecrew were I pulled the newly graduated apprentice off that job as he wasgetting called a faq and totally cold shouldered by the crew and theforeman did nothing to correct the situation. I also returned later andwent up on the structure and asked the crew how many time does Bob come andsee how things are going, they laughed he has never been up here.Dan says is this the same crew you were telling me about Mike? Yes it is;well as soon as we can let that crew go and mark the records DNR (do notre-employ)A month later that crew had already been let go and plans were being madefor the Foreman Meeting in two weeks time. For the function we arranged forsoup & sandwich lunches, there was only one foreman that neededaccommodation so he booked into the same hotel and the meeting room waslocated.The meetings went well, some were very surprised at the idea of cleanoveralls every day but after discussion they could see the point especiallywith the crew including the foreman all doing laundry duty.During the week especially during the happy hour the feed back was verypositive. Then at the banquet one of the foreman stood up saying he hadbeen asked to pass this on to the management how much we all have enjoyedthis week, plus the idea’s that George has put forward and the emphasis onwe are a family.You know some of us rarely go up on the structures and I’m one however assoon as I back on the job I will be up there with the crew and hopeeveryone here will do what I’m going to do and if it’s good enough for Mikeand George to climb the structures it’s only right we do our part makingall the “Linesman” a total family — thank you.The applause was very loud and went on for a few minutes, Dan stood up,gentleman we are very pleased that you found this week constructive and wealso thank you Keith speaking on behalf of all the foremen.Now I’m going to ask you a simple question, would you all like to gettogether again say in six months time possibly only three days as you allnow have your FA Tickets however I know several of you still have to doyour practical’s so we can discuss how you have all been making out andthrow out problems that you had.Remember please George, Mike & Myself are always available to you guys.Tomorrow which presentation day of FA tickets and we will all be here so ifanyone wishes to talk to any of us you privately just ask and we willlisten.Thank you gentlemen enjoy the rest of the evening.Friday by midday all results were in re the FA Tickets every one passed, atlunch that day the presentation were made. After which Dan said we will behere for the next hour please circulate and then head home –have a goodweekend. Please check with George as he has the flight schedule for thosethat need to fly in.Thank youWell over the next two months there were many questions coming in to Georgevia Email asking for suggestions on how to deal with this or that.George again went on a tour of the job sites advising the respectiveforeman of is attention and staying over night so he could sit down withthe crew and hear there comments and such like.Over the third month George was at all job sites had bid discussions withthe foreman and the two of them also went out on the job and onto thestructures by now I had a small video camera so I could take shots of howthe crew work and then showed them that night what I had shot via theVCR. This I found it caused a lot of good discussion between all.I also the next morning before departing got the guys all together and tooka shot and got the foreman to introduce each member of his crew includingthe Bull Cook. I kept each site on a separate tape.Have to admit I had fun when I got to where Shaun was working I reallywanted to talk with him for a period and also to see him working on thejob.At that site I went up on the structure where Shaun was and asked the crewhow are you making out — real good was the reply and a comment was madeby one of the crew saying you train all the apprentices like this one thiscompany will have no worries. Shaun was a little embarrassed by the comment– good for you Shaun I’ll see you later after supper.I sat down with Shaun in my room after supper since is now raining outside,so well Shaun are you happy the way the crew is treating you. Man they arereally great and I have found out that here that most of them are also gay,the other two don’t care a dam about anyone being gay they say so ;long asyou do a good job what the hell is the difference, that great Shaun glad tohear your comments.The foreman is also very helpful as he frequently up on any structure weare working and I think that is great because he can see any problems thatwe may be having and often can make suggestion how to get over it. So Shaunhave you been able to offer suggestions and how does the crew accept yourinput, they think about it and then say lets try itWell that good, lets go and get something to drink, I grab an orange juiceShaun gets a coffee. So I take it you are happy here — oh yes thank you.Well I left early morning, Jimmy our pilot was in at 7:15 am so we departedat 7:30am and headed for my old crew and I told Jimmy I was going to behere for two nights and then head back to town just let me know when youexpect to be here and if possible make it late afternoon.Jimmy’s comment father and son time eh — you got that right incidentallyif you want to stay overnight that’s fine also but let me know ahead oftime so we can advise Peter the cook. You know that sounds like a good ideaperhaps I could get this “Linesman Hair cut” full treatment as well. I willcertainly arrange that for you — can you do that no problem. Well yesplease I would like to stay overnight, so just bring a jock strap and apair of runners.The look on Jimmy’s face was priceless, Jimmy you have not lived until youhave worked with this crew as George is laughing.Well George took his gear into the bunkhouse checking with Peter first sohow are things Peter? Really good, Jason is doing a good job the crew theylove him great but how is Jordon making out, well he has blossom if that isthe right expression. That’s an interesting way to put it, so the crewaccept him ok; oh yes he really is a crew member that’s great to hearbecause he had a bad start. That’s what I hear says Peter, anyway Georgewhat would you like for lunch a really nice sandwich and a ginger ale,you’ve got it. Excuse me I need to use the bathroom.When I return I advise Peter I expect to be here for three nights, Jimmywill dropping in and staying over night as he wants the full treatmentlinesman hair cut.Peter laughs he says that going to be a shock to his head because he has areal shaggy amount of hair, you know come to think of it I don’t every seenhim not wearing his flying helmet.Well I after lunch I went and got my laptop checked my Email, there was ameeage from Mike saying I here you at your old site having father and sontime that’s great, Jimmy will be there for a good haircut frankly he reallydoes need it.His head is really shaggy and looks a mess and perhaps the reason he nevergenerally takes his flying helmet off.George goes to his room and starts on is reports to Mike, he also send anEmail to his brother bringing him up to date saying he will be home late onFriday evening.Late Thursday Jimmy flies in and George meets him at the landing pad, soJimmy your ready for your total clean up eh, his answer is well its time Igot a new look fair enough and do you want the full treatment which meansyour cock and balls shaved yes as long as I don’t get nicked. Well you geta good hard on it makes it much easier to make a good job, hopefully thatwill not be a problem.Well it was as usual a great warm day so a shaving area was setup out sideso the hair did not plug the drains.Ok Jimmy get striped off and come and sit on this chair and Roger here willstart on you head and then later John will assist for the final cleanup. Well Jimmy goes to his room and leaves all his clothes there butcarries a bright red jock strap in his hand and has a great grin ofdevilment on his face.Everyone is standing around watching Roger commence his work, his first cuthe created a Mohawk and the rubs in some red dye to match his jock that washanging there.A mirror was brought out and so he could see his appearance, Jimmy gets thegiggles and asks any one got a camera please get a shot of this.Jimmy after the photo shot takes the rest off and then gets Jimmy to lay onthe adjacent bench, Roger then proceeds to cut back a real heavy growth ofhair in the private area. Once completed Jimmy got a reasonable hard on soJohn uses lots of shaving cream and commences to clean off all the stubbleafter wiping of the surplus shaving cream, OK roll over and we will cleanup your arse area.OK Jimmy lets go back to the chair and John will finish off your head byshaving off all the stubble. Ok you finished go and get a good shower andwe will see you in the lake. Everyone sort of hugged Jimmy welcome to ourfamily now you look really good and anytime you need a clean up Jimmy justarrange a time at end of work when we are all showering anyone of us willhelp you out. Thanks guys yes I will keep it this way it already feelsgood. See you in the lake!Well Jimmy and George depart Friday morning, Jimmy said to me while we areflying you know my helmet is sort of loose now I have lost that thatch ofmine but it really does feel different but good it’s the new me. Georgesaid when it turns cold you may need to wear some sort of head covering,thanks George for the advice.Once back to the company’s landing pad George goes into the office andcheck his mailbox, luckily nothing to urgent that cannot wait tillMonday. So George heads back home once there the first thing he does isstrip right off and throws his gear into the washing machine then he headsfor the kitchen his brother is there reading the paper, George says wouldyou like a beers oh please.So Jake asks how did your week go, actually pretty good on the wholeespecially with the two graduated apprentices who seem to have settle inwell, I was sort of worried about Jordon who is now with Jason’s crew, thecrew has done a good job and I don’t have to worry any more after a badstart which was not his fault.Six months later George is frequently out checking on all his Foreman, todate all the foremen but two have been up with there crews and I need tofind out why, however they have achieved all the other wishes I had askedfor so I will go easy on them so another trip to sit down and discuss andtry and find out what the problem is.I advise Tom who is on site #5 that I was going to visit for a couple ofdays and hope this is OK with him, the reply was you’re more than welcome.Well I arrived and I was please to find that Tom was with his crew up on astructure as I headed for the bunk house and on entry the cook said to meyou must be George I said that’s right and I’m please to meet you so how isit going. The cook say would you like a tea or coffee. Well a tea would bereally nice no problem just have to wait for the kettle to boil.I’m sorry I’m bad a names so you are Andy, I’m George so how it is goingand how are the crew making out these days. Pretty good the crew are agreat bunch of guys and I sure like the idea that Tom came back with ofclean overalls each day plus the fact they have a duty roster for laundryduty it made my life a lot easier. I’m sure glad to hear that thanks.I guess Tom is with the crew yes he is and that is a surprise because herarely goes up with them.I look at the eating area and I note all the tables are together, so I makethe comment glad to se the tables arranged like one big table, does thatcause you any problems, none what so ever, that’s good because I know therule don’t get the cook mad with you. We are laughing well Andy thanks fora good mug of tea that went down well, which room should I use. Rm: 10 isready for you, thanks see you later and also for a good chat.I go to my room and make my notes, Andy was very helpful with hisinformation, once I have finished I head for the job site and find everyonedown for a coffee break.I had already got my safety harness on and meet up with Tom says guys;George is my boss and he is spending a couple of days with us all butplease don’t be scared because you don’t know him I can assure you he is adammed good shit and will help all of out if there is a problem.Sorry we do not have any more coffee, oh don’t worry I had a great mug oftea with Andy before coming up here – Andy is a dammed good cook right guyshere here. Well the break finish Tom said George what would like? Well I’mgoing to join everyone up on the structure so I`m ready and I follow youall up there.Once I got up on the structure I was very please to see Tom using the toolsas what they were doing needed all hands and in fact I got there aswell. They were having a lot of problems getting the bolts lined up. Iasked does anyone have a tapered toggle bar, the answer was no — I thenasked lets see what tools we have available, one guys had a largescrewdriver may I borrow that please; do used it to endeavor to line thingsup, Lets get a bolt ready, I think I’ve got it push the bolt in now, Icheck the alignment give me a hammer please and so I tapped it gently andthe bolt moved forward we finally got it right through so I left the crewget things tighten up. After looking at the other bolt holes none of themlined up correctly. That not a good situation was my comment, one of thecrew said we have been fighting this problem on and off for some timenow. OK I’m going to get some additional tools shipped up to-morrow.I get my phone out phone Mike; hey Mike there is a problem with boltalignments there is a screw up by our supplier and this is delaying theproject. Please get a 1½” taper toggle bar and also 1½” taper reamer with asuitable ratchet wrench and we will have to open the holes to get the boltsin. Now we need this ASAP hopefully Jimmy can fly these in to-morrow. If itdark when he gets here I’m sure Tom can provide a room overnight Tom givesme the thumbs up signal.Tom I think we will have to move onto the next tower and do our best, Tomsays what you think guys. Well it makes the most sense a couple of us caneasily go back to the uncompleted towers and do the reaming and get themcompleted. By now it was close to the end of work so everyone descendingand ultimately hitting the showers.I was pleased to see a laundry schedule posted, I put my overalls into thepile and hit the shower I was soon asked if I would like my back scrubbedoh please and I did the same, I watched and saw most guys were going out inthe warm evening sun to dry off, I joined them and we all had a good BS.One thing that came out was you ever since Tom was in town he has been muchmore relaxed and is frequently up the towers with us, what we like he seesthe problems we are running into and does his best to solve theproblem. George we are glad you saw this I wonder how many other crews arehaving similar problems. Good question and I’m going to find out, I mighteven have an answer before I leave and I will let you guys know.Well after supper, we sat around and discussed problems that have occurred,I would seem to be hole alignment. They told me they had tried many way toovercome had many problems. They were apparently once they got two bolts inthey slacked them off to allow wriggle room to get the remaining bolts intoplace.I could see this is wasting a lot of time so I’m going to investigatehaving the cross arm units drilled 1/16 ” over sized so the bolts will goin undamaged on there threads.That night I Emailed all my foreman asking if they were having problemsaligning up to get the bolts in and all said it was a headache and it wouldbe nice to get things drilled correctlyIn reply I told then that they would the following to overcome the problem1½” taper toggle bar and also 1½” taper reamer with a suitable ratchetwrench and we would go after the supplier to correct the situation.This Email was copied to Mike as well so he was kept up to date.After seeing Tom’s problems I returned to the office, to discuss with Mikeand then both of us went to the suppliers to discuss the problem. Theyclaimed this was the first time they had heard of this, but when wesuggested a change they were very receptive to our request.I’m pleased to report future supplies the problem did not exist thankfully. For me the effects on the foreman and crew were incredible I got alot more respect as hands on guy. That may me personally very happy.It’s now six months since the last get together with the foreman and wewere in between contracts, I discussed with Mike and Dan about having theforeman in for two day’s on there own and then the crews for threedays. Then the next two days meet with each foreman and ask if they had anyproblems with their crew and other general questions.For the crews first day on safety and housekeeping Second day show videostaken on various job sites and then late afternoon go to a happy hour withsnacks. Third day open questions from all get general discussions going,that evening have banquet of all crews including foreman.Well Power Lines Inc productivity improved and it turned out a great numberwere gay tradesman, those that were not just simply excepted the fact as itmade no difference to them what a person orientation was.It was successful week and the crew expressed there thanks. During the weekwe learnt that another major contract.So happily we were able to announce to all the crews of the forth comingproject everyone was very happy. So the question is when do we getgoing. The answer is we do not have a start date but hopefully within threeweeks. We have to fly the route and look for suitable campsites so we don’thave to move you.A question was asked, can we help in setting up the trailers, that willsave you money in our opinion further more we can put the trailers angledfor the evening sunshine because most of us like to dry off instead ofusing our towels, if there is a lake some of us will go for a swim aftershowering.George said I sure like your suggestion and will do what I can to have onsite setup, you realize for a couple of days you may have to sleep rough– that’s no problem came from the floor.After other discussions the meeting came to the end letting everyone getfreshen up for the Banquet.Mike and Dan said that was well worth while the expense and I’m sure itwill pay off, thanks George for setting this all up. So the companyflurried better than before it really became a family.Well George and Mike looked over the power line route using Jimmy with thecompany helicopter. They dropped down at several points to look moreclosely at the terrain they had also noted a logging road running fairlyclose to the route.Eventually we get to the end of the proposed power line route; Jimmy sayswe need to fuel up so we are going to Tong for fuel. By now, it is gettinglate afternoon and we should find a place to stay.Well Tong had nothing to answer for accommodation not even a pub forfood. At the only store, we simply purchased something using cold food.Hence, we slept rough on board that was better than sleeping out in theopen at least we stayed dry during the shower that occurred during thenight. We took off at daylight and headed back and about half way spotted alarge level area which might do for a campsite so we went down and lookedaround. Decided the ground was suitable and this would place the campapprox ½ mile from the logging road and took a gps reading to locate thearea later.We returned to base and were meet on return by George and Mike. So how didit go guys not bad however we need to know who developed the logging roadthat runs all most the entire route. We need to be able to use that roadwith a 4 x 4 trucks for the crew. Since this site is north, we may need tohave snow-clearing equipment in the form of a bulldozer.We ultimately decided where the camp would be setup and took up the offerof our crew to help setup the new camp. This worked out very well and fromthe company’s point of view we saved money and as a result we paid a bonusto those helping with the setup as they were sleeping rough however theygot good grub which is very important.We got every one together and showed all the crews the route and apredicted construction schedule.We asked for comments, this really paid off as many good suggestions cameforward. By the end of the week so much discussion had taken place and inthe end the general view was Mike & George would sit down and go thougheveryone thoughts.Everyone was thanked for there input and advised that they would receivemore information within a couple of days by EmailThe result of our meeting with the crews was that we were able to integratea number of the suggestions.Now that the construction camp is setup, so both Mike and George alsojoined the crew to ensure that everything gets going, as we, all wouldlike. The crews of the company we took over have really fallen into our wayof working and that makes us both very happy.We have four crews working in different locations hence we have fourforeman in charge of each location.From day one of our operation everything went very well, the crews afterwork went though there normal daily routine of scrubbing there mates backand shaving when required.This project was scheduled to take seven months; one thing that did becomeevident one group of the new crew did very well with the erection of thevarious steel towers.So now, why is this crew doing so well? George and Mike did a closeinspection on the way this crew worked and they discovered there order ofassembly was different, so Mike videotaped this work and the other crews.That evening Mike and George reviewed the tapes and decided to get all theforeman together the following evening and show them what we havefound. Basically, it was a case of doing the tower assembly in a differentorder.Back in the office George was asked would he be willing to have two workexperience students from local schools out on the job. His comment was yesbut we must meet up with them first and ensure they will fit in and arephysically in good shape and what are there hobbies.Meeting of these students went well, one has been living on his own due tobeing kick out by his father after announcing he was gay the other lived athome but was planning on moving out as he felt too restricted byrestrictions put on him by his folks. They both had a common factor, theybelonged to the same rock climbing club so heights didn’t worry them butboth admitted they were scared as hell the first few times they wentup. However one common comment was don’t let your guard down as that iswhen you become unsafe.We explained to them that they would have to get steel toe work boots laceup 16 hole ones to give you lots of ankle support, coveralls and othersafety equipment will be loaned to youAfter we had seen these two guys Mike asks where would you place them onthe crews. George comment was I think I would put them where Shaun & Jordonare as these guys have sure blossom out and dammed good workers.OK I’m going to phone the respective school principles and find out howlong they can stay with us, hopefully three weeks or better still sixweeks.After good discussion, they were both allowed a full six weeks by startingon the job three weeks before school commenced so in effect they onlymissed three weeks of school.Lets contact both of them right now and asked them both to come in at thesame time say 8:30 am on Thursday do our safety indoctrination, issuedsafety gear and make sure they have got there work boots plus give themguidance about what clothing to bring and wear your coveralls when comingin on Monday.We can also do there Id tags and explain that they must be worn at alltimes and the reasons for them but not activate then until Monday morning.Come Monday I was there early that day having previously advised theforemen of what was going on. I went down stairs to the gathering area andsaw both Doug and Harvey already there and were already making friends withthe crew who were giving them both a hug saying welcome and hope you twoguys will learn lots while you are with us.Then Doug looked at Shaun, weren’t you at Badlands High – Shaun had thebiggest smile saying that is right and also Jordon is here somewhere weboth were at that school. Doug says let me introduce Harvey he is fromJames Bay High. Both Shaun & Jordon say I’m sure glad that other schoolsare now coming in the right direction recommending working with the trades.Our pilot Jimmy has the big helicopter out for this run due to the numbers,he calls out OK guys lets get loaded please, someone says let our youngguys have the good window seats so they can get any photos they wantArriving at base camp, Peter our Cook already has soup and sandwich luncheson the go. I check with him on which room for our Students # 20 & 21 thanksPeter.While our crews are having lunch I advise everyone and introduce both Dougand Harvey to the crew and said we plan on rotating our students with allfour crews but to start off with joining them up with Shaun &Jordon. Thanks guys I’ll bring these guys out shortly to the job site as Ineed to show them around the camp and explain a few things first.The first thing I said to Doug and Harvey was I’m sure glad you started tomix with crew well. Let’s take a walk and bring your bag with you. You haverooms #20 & 21 so dump your bag in your room and by the way, your dog tagopens your door. Toilet block more like a school block with toilets downthere and large showers and no dividers either. It is general acceptedpractice to assist your mate in scrubbing there back after work. Oh, yesone important thing after work your coveralls are dumped into the washingmachine, now you see this list I am putting your names onto it as we all dolaundry duty.Now this site is dusty so make sure you are always wearing your safetyglasses, don’t be concerned if you see someone walking around in thenude. We do not go into the cookhouse in dirty overalls unless it’s anemergency hence everyone has clean set of overalls on each day – anyquestions? Harvey says you have given us so much information I know my headis spinning. I laugh well I hope you enjoy this experience and what goes onhere is only discussed here just remembered to-day it’s going to be a hotday dressing for dinner just a jock strap is more than adequate.Ok guys safety gear on please make sure you have your work gloves and usethem and I will take you out to the job site, I first stop where foremanJason and his crew is working, I turn to Harvey would you like to go upwith the crew. Why yes certainly now unknown to either student I had twoextra sets of safety harness in the truck so I said first watch me and howI get the harness on. OK you both get your harness on please and I willcheck it out for correct adjustment, neither had any problems and I madesure it was adjusted right. OK Harvey follows me and I will be with you atyour side making sure you don’t slip up.Harvey climbed just like a professional, Jason was watching us come up thetower once we got there he said welcome to the high world and my crew.OK Jason I will leave Harvey in your good hands see you later – thanksGeorge.I now head for where Shaun is working and do the same thing; Doug climbingwas just as good, Frank is watching the climbing of Doug also, once therehe asked Doug where you learned to climb like that because you did sowell. Both of us belong to the same rock climbing club and have beenclimbing for about four years now.How’s it going Frank really good that’s great, well Doug Frank is yourforeman and I’m going to leave you in his very capable hands.I visited the other two sites and all was going along really well by now itwas time for a shower but first I must make some notes. I return to campand sit outside doing my work when Peter comes out with two large mugs oftea – you’re a life safer Peter thanks. So what are these studentsdoing, well believe or not they are already up on the towers with the crewand had no problem at all climbing, you’re k**ding me! No I am not whilePeter and I are talking I here the first truck on its way back and I amwant to see how things look.This was #4 crew and as yet did not have either student; then came Frankand crew Doug is in the middle of the group and all are laughing andbasically they are complimenting Doug’s climbing skill as Frank passes mehe gives a discreet thumbs up sign.I put my notebook away and head for the showers doing the normal thing ofwashing my safety glasses and hard hat, strip right of and coveralls intothe washer and join the others in the showers someone says to me scrub myback please I got pretty sweaty today sure thing mate. I’m watching to seehow Doug makes out and please to see he is relaxed and fallen right in.The other crews are now joining us and I’m talking to Jason asking how didit go? Really good everyone was amazed at how young Harvey climbed up anddown with ease. Most of the crews were outside drying off in thesunshine. I walked back to my room and saw both students chatting, as Ipassed them I asked everything OK guys – the answer was sure thing it’sgreat.Dinner is at 6:00pm don’t be late or the cook will be after you and don’tforget what I said jockstrap are worn as formal dress in the cookhouse inthe evenings please don’t be shy then you will be dressed like everyoneelse.Both Doug & Harvey are getting quizzed by the crew and one thing they allasked was how come you were able to climb that easily, when they both saidwe are members of a rock climbing club and have been doing it for about 4years but we both admit the first few times we were scared shitless at theheights.Doug I think we both have question for you guys, why does everyone haveshaved heads? There is lots of laughter and finally it was Jason who toldthem, I came here under a job experience plan from Badlands High and askedthe same question, George was my foreman way back then and I said I want ahaircut how do I get it done, he said to me Roger or his partner will helpyou out that way so the next evening just before getting in the showerRoger said come on outside we will do it there to prevent blocking up thedrain as you have great looking hair and its fairly long.So I was asked how short and said full lineman cut please, you want thewhole works yes please now to this day I have kept it that way it’s muchcooler and no problem with washing your hair. I know when I returned toschool I had a shaved head but my Uncle Jake with whom I lived with knewthe school principle and told him what to expect and also I had not turnedinto a rebel skinhead either. Hope that answers your question – thanksJason for the explanation it makes a lot of sense.Before we all disperse I would like a brief discussion with all my foremenplease so let go for a walk outside its still nice and warm. Once I had allthe foreman, I said my original plan was for these students three straightweeks with one crew then three weeks with the other crew but from what I’mseeing in such a short time how well these two guys appear to be fitting inI want to suggest we rotate them weekly – your thoughts gentlemen. Aftera lot of discussion by the group it was decided to do weekly rotation,thanks guys. Now I’m taking off sometime tomorrow please Email me howthings are going and I would especially like a report on what jobs you haveDoug and Harvey on because this work experience program is very close to myheart and it really started with the assistance of the Principle ofBadlands High School and it is so great to see another school getting intothis program as well.Although I’m leaving to-morrow I will be back here at least two more timeswhen I will have my video camera basically to show what our students aredoing.Thanks for your time guys see you tomorrow unless any one has any questionsthey wish to ask I’m always free for private or group discussions. I headfor my room and on the way I see our two students walking and chattingheading for there rooms, and say night guys and I suggest you hit the sacknot later than 9:00 pm Breakfast is at 7:00am, many guys like to take aquick shower and then into there clean work gear don’t bother about shavingno one else does – see you.Doug is saying to Harvey I cannot believe our luck and how we are beingtreated this place is great, well both my feet and legs are aching so I’mhitting the sack right now make sure you set your alarm clock for 6:00am– see you mate they give each other a little hug and get to bed.Around midday Jimmy our pilot arrives and I help him unload supplies, thenthrow my own bag on board and we take off back to the office. Once at theoffice Mike is there to meet me as I throw my gear into my truck, let us goto the pub and have a beer OK I will see you there first I must phone mybrother to let him know I let him know I have returned. Before you phoneMike says better get him to meet us and we will all have supper there aswell.I raised Jake and tell him what is going on, Jake first comment is doesthat mean I have to change and put some good dudes on; no Jake I’m in myoveralls and Mike in rough jeans we never dress up for this type of gettogether which pub, OK see you in about 25 minutes need to wash my handsand face.I let Mike know what is happening, and then Mike says you know after allthese years when he used to bring young Jason here and also since then Ihave never really spoken to him but I know he help you out looking afterJason when he was at school and from I have seen he did a dammed goodjob. So how did things go with Doug and Harvey really good blended right inbut lets wait till Jake is here as I know he want to hear all about thosetwo –sound like you have already got glowing reports coming up – Ismiled.We had another beer, Jake soon shows up while we were talking I get up andintroduce my brother to Mike. We hug each other and then settle down toserious discussion. Firstly, Mike asks George so how did the crews acceptHarvey & Doug.Frankly, I was amazed how this all went, you think they were seasonedlinesman; there ability to climb the towers without hesitation was veryimpressive. I put this down to the fact that they both were members of arock-climbing club and as they both told me they were scar shitless on thefirst few climbs.I personally am very happy at the way every thing has gone. Afterdiscussion with other foreman we decided to go for a weekly rotation. Iplan to return at the start of the third week. Well that’s basically it.Mike says I’m surprised at the students climbing so quickly, Georgescomment was when I saw how easily they both tackled this I couldn’t believemy eye’s then I found out they both belonged to the local Rock ClimbingClub and admitted the first few time they were scaredshitless. Incidentally I ask the foremen to double check the harness beforeclimbing to ensure everything was properly secure.Jake asks may I make a comment, please go ahead says Mike – you knownone of this would not have happened if not been for my nephew Jason andalso the support of the School Principle – Well put says Mike.George asks Jake is the same principle still at Badland High no he movedover to James Bay High about 18 months ago. That is interesting I must goand see him while in town he is a very likeable person in my opinion. SoJake who took over at Badlands High oh the Vice Principle.Mike says I think it is time to order our meal, we all had a great meal andultimately departed for home.The following morning I went into the office a little later than normal anddressed in blue jeans and blue denim shirt, I checked all my Emailincluding the reports from the field then about 10:30 am I phoned James BayHigh and made an appointment to see the principle right after lunch to lethim know personally how young Harvey is making out. During our meeting I’masked how the crew accepting young Harvey is because I know he has hadproblems here as some k**s call him a fag. Oh that’s no good at all so howare you handling that problem; to be honest I’m at my wit’s end and lookingfor help. So what does your company do with such problems?I had that problem with one crew who’s production was about three daysbehind and that crew had one of our new linesmen who had done and completedthere apprenticeship successfully. I was out doing a tour of our job siteswhen I discovered this. I pulled this new guy off and moved him over toanother site leaving that crew short bye one. I got all the crew togetherhaving first reamed the foremen out for allowing this to go on, then I toldhim to get the crew down and reamed them out and told everyone if I here ofany of this again you will get fired and the company will not tolerate thistype of abuse.This crew was not doing there job so once that portion was completed I toldthe crew to bring all there private belongings into base. Once there I tookthem into the office where Mike and I fired the lot, there personal recordswere marked accordingly DNR.The next day I arranged to goto Badlands High and meet with the Principleto let him know how well Doug had blended in with the crew. He was verypleased with my report, I think you may have both Shaun & Jordon on yourcrew somewhere, did they pass there apprenticeships? I said yes with flyingcolors and am now fully fledged linesman and in fact Jason who came fromhere about ten years ago is now linesmen foreman. Gee how time flies but issure nice to get these sorts of reports from employers – thanks forencouraging these young guys to get trade tickets.I returned to the office and the next two weeks went bye very quickly,during this time Mike asked me if we should take the principle and a shopteacher up to the site in the same way we did this before. My comment itcertainly would not do any harm. Mike said he would be the guide but weneed to check Jimmy’s schedule.Remember the school is starting a new term and may not work out – thatis fair enough perhaps we should include the other school and suggest thevice principle the principle has been out there before, plus a shopteacher.So Mike what is Jimmy doing on the third Monday – he looks to be totallyclear.OK then attentively book Jimmy for that date and I will go up there on theFriday freight run and then return with the party. So George since you havemade contact with the new principle at Badlands High and James Bay find outif they are interested. Give them a phone call right now and don’t forgetto say it is a very early start be here by 4:30 am ensure safety equipmentas before take off 5:00am four hour flight and tell them to bring there ownflask of what ever they drink for the flight up, and we will refill it forthe return flight.George makes contact with both principles at James Bay he will send hisvice principle and a shop teacher – bye the way says George bring yourcamera or video camera and you all must be wearing good boots for anklesupport etc.I notify my foreman and said I will see you all on the Friday before as Iwish to talk to you in general as I want some ideas and I’m sure between uswe can achieve an answer.I arrive on site about 8:30 am book in with Peter our Cook, his comment wasgood grieve you must have been up early yes 3:00 am and we took off shortlyafter 4:15 am as the sun was rising.However Peter I would love some bacon and eggs if you can manage it – noproblem George I was about to get my own breakfast – great. I’ll go andhave a wash and will be back and please join me.So Peter how are the students making out? Well the general comment is thecrew hopes this experience will encourage them to get an apprenticeshiponce they have complete there schooling – time will tell Peter but that isgood news.By the way says Peter both Doug and Harvey sport full lineman cut, Ichuckle at that.Then for me its father and son relaxation time, he wants to show me some ofthe area. Well you both need that plus I also need a good hair cut fulllinesman cut.I got my harness on and went to each tower and climbed to where the crewwas working complete with my video camera. The lighting was good and I wasable to get some shots that made the height look higher than it reallywas. I was especially interested in getting shots of our students workingat this level and from what I saw they were working well. At each tower Itold the crew the raw footage would be run on the VCR in the cookhouselater to-day.Everything was going well, I also ask each foreman if he could get away twohours before the end of work so we can all meet up – the general answerwas no problem. Great so when they arrived I suggested we all sat outsideas it was nice and warm grab a tea or coffee.First we are bringing 4 folk from two schools here on Monday, Mike ourengineer will escort them, firstly I will be showing then how everyonelives here and will use a spare room as sample private bets10 room, toilet block,laundry area – offer them tea or coffee. They will be taken to all foursites and they have been told it is OK to video or regular camera Peterwill as normal bring lunch out and I think on this occasion we should allmeet at a common location. These two schools are where Doug and Harvey comefrom.I don’t want anyone screwing around trying to play to the camera eitherjust simply ignore them.My plan is for all the crews to meet with these folks at lunch time andplease get them to answer any questions they may have, and yes it means aloss of 30 minutes work but for the company it is good PublicRelations. Hey George why don’t you tell the crew about our guests, if thatis what you would like sure thing I’ll do that this eveningI hope you don’t mind this intrusion but they will be leaving about 4:30pm; all I ask don’t tell the crews where these folks come from just say wehave guests on Monday arriving about 9:00am. The foreman are having a goodchuckle and say what dirty job can we get Doug & Harvey on – if you doguys please don’t go over board just tame it down if you don’t mind.Now here is a question I don’t have an answer for, so I explain the problemone of the school is having. If it was the job site we all know what wouldhappen, but how do you knock sense into some k**s who do not know better.Gee that is a tough one; well doesn’t the school have a policy to handlethis? I said frankly I think in general they try to hide it under thebushes. What about the courts using sexual harassment? Well there again youhave the parents on side and they may not approve; and the end result thek** could be kick out because he is gay – you got a good pointthere. Now the company policy is simple we will not tolerate name callingand I know some of you saw what happened with one of our crews because theywere calling a fully trained apprentice linesman a fag. The end result waseveryone got fired including the foreman and we moved the apprenticelinesman away from that crew the same day I found out.When I took that linesman to his new site, I had a word with all the crewand asked them to bring him into the family. Well that evening returning tocamp he was a changed man laughing and generally enjoying himself with therest of the crew.This is what the company wants to see, what you do in your private times isnothing to do with the company.Well guys thanks for your input it’s a hard one to solve.So do any of you have any comments and by the way how are the studentsworking out now they been with all the crews; it was Keith that answeredsaying they are real good candidates for the apprenticeship program, thanksKeith what are the other views we all support Keith on that one.That makes me very happy to here that, then Brian asked is there anywaythey could be employed during the summer recess if they so wished – allI can say Brian I would have to look into that one but I like the ideaOur meeting finished up at about the time the crews started to come fromthe various job sites and so I was out taking photos especially of Doug andHarvey with the crew, I took photos of all crews returning back to camp.Being Friday evening I showed the raw footage of the video that I had takenhad taken stating it all has to be edited later.Well over the Saturday & Sunday it was father and son time and we enjoyedour company out in the bush.Monday dead on time, our guests arrived and I meet them and were taken tothe cookhouse for tea or coffee and shown where the toilets were in casethey needed them right away. I gave them a rundown on how we worked sixweeks on and one week off, however some preferred to stay in camp which wasOK as well.I’ll show you how our guys live but first please mark your flasks on whatyou would like in them, we also have soft drinks and leave the flasks overhere and Peter our cook will have them refilled prior to your departure.So let me show you what one of our rooms look like, small closet, table &chair and we have wireless internet so everyone that wishes can accessthere email and such like.We will move on to the toilet block, laundry & showers – one guest makesthe comment this is more like the old style school showers. Before we goout onto the various sites you may wish to leave your jackets behind as itwill warm up considerable to-day.Let put your jackets over here, OK now Mike here is your guide, please feelfree to video anything or photograph so please hard hat on and wear yoursafety glasses as there is lots of dust about. They are all yours Mike asI’m going up to see each crew on the job.Mike says George is our Superintend Foreman and he loves climbing andenjoys seeing how things are going first hand. So lets all get into thistruck sorry it will be a little tight Mike heads for the furthesttower. Our guests are looking at the countryside, it is beautiful up hereand you can see the power line route just below it blends right into thehillside.This tower they were raising the top section using the truck winch, Mikegave explanations on what was going on. The cameras were all going afterabout 30 minutes Mike said lets move on please. Mike then drives them tothe last tower where they had commenced line stringing more camera workgoing on.At the next tower un-be known to the guests is where one of the studentsare working. As we are about to leave the crew is starting to come down offthe tower for lunch. I said we are blocking there way and must move off atthe next tower I park the truck right in the bushes to keep the area clearand I see someone has found some logs to sit on.I hear Peter coming out with the lunch wagon and at the same time the crewis also climbing down including George.Peter gets out the lunches and by this time all the crews are therelaughing and joking, suddenly one of the guests what jobs are the studentsworking on are they here by any chance, the crew is laughing and everyonetake there hard hats off displaying a great view of shaved heads aseveryone over the last couple of days had been shaved.Doug says I’m here and then Harvey says the same thing, good grief guys youlook so different how come. Mike interrupts saying I will explain later sofolks any questions for our crews who will try and answer for you – wellit intrigues me this whole situation I never ever thought that the workexperience program would do much and we all would like to know from all ofyou feel having someone hear like these two.Everyone tried talking at once Mike said go ahead Brian, well my companywas taken over by power lines inc and frankly it was the best thing thatever happened and this is my first time with students on the job gettingexperience and for me I would certainly back any application for anapprenticeship with this company once they have completed school; here,here is the general comment from the crews.These two young guys I believe will be more matured when they return backto school – well thank you for such a glowing report I think we are allamazed at what they are doing.Doug looks at Harvey go for it Doug, we both would like to thank you forallowing us this work experience and these guys are family and that is howeveryone work you look after your mate at all times so that no accidentsoccur.Brian says to his crew guys you head back and I will join you later as Iwish to talk to our guests. Once everyone had gone back to work leavingjust George, Mike and myself.Which one of you is the Vice Principle at James Bay; Colin says that is mewell George and the Principle there were talking the other day about verbalabuse of some student calling Harvey a fag and at our foreman’s meeting theother day George posed this question as he would like to assist in gettingit stopped. Now my old company said they would not tolerate any form ofabuse but it was on paper only and you got no support at all. The only waywas through the court system but that cost money, now this company not onlyhas it on paper it also takes action on the matter promptly.You ask what did they do, I’ll tell you – they all got reamed out plusapparently they were behind schedule also that contract was almostcompleted and there was going to a lay off of about three weeks when mostguys took vacation time. That crew the foreman knew what was going on andhad done nothing end result they were all fired for verbal abuse. It seemedto us the school board it is all talk and no action – sorry but that isthe best info I can give you. Sorry cannot be more helpful; I’m going to beleaving you now and join my crew – Mike says thanks Brian.Brian I’ll take you back says George, thanks get into my truck and we headyour way no doubt there will be discussion on the way home it will helpshorten the time.So it will be head shaving and abuse. I sure thought that was funny whenall the crews took there hard hats off. Brian said that was some thing weall cooked up between the four of us. Oh by the way that was an excellentlittle speech you gave, but I think the school board is the problem totallygutless.In the mean time our guests with Mike are watching what is going onoverhead it appears they are fascinated with the work. Well I think weshould head back to the cookhouse where we join up with George at about2:00pm. George gets a call from Jimmy saying he will be in early so geteveryone ready please.Just heard from our pilot he will be hear in about 15 minutes so I suggestyou use the toilets as there is nothing on the chopper, don’t forget yourjackets and flasks and we will then go out to our chopper pad. I nip downand grab my bag and say thanks Peter for your extra work also grab a bottleof orange juice.Everyone is really quick thankfully, keep you safety glasses on and whenJimmy comes in to land turn your back as the machine throws up lot of dust.Chopper comes in lands Jimmy is quick out of the door and says back in afew moments so Mike and I deal with the boarding I suggest those with videocameras side by the window as I will get Jimmy to go around the middle twotowers where your students are working. I get hold of Jason and Frank andadvise then of what is happening.Jimmy returns with a big smile on his face and says that better, Jimmywould you do a circuit of the middle two towers to allow video shot noproblem at all. Everyone is strapped in OK the video shots will be takenfrom the port side please and tower crew have been notified.Jimmy ask does everyone hear me OK just put your thumbs up to indicate OK,all thumbs go up, Mike & George when give the OK go ahead, open the sidedoor please everyone bring there face visors down – I see all visor downJimmy says George.We take off, once at a suitable level Jimmy gives the go ahead to open up– Doors open and head for #2 tower we do a circuit of the tower thenhead for #3 tower and do the same thing as we leave I advise Jimmy we areclosing doors go ahead please. Doors closed and secured – Thanks.Hi folks while we are in transit you can now raise your visors and if yourun your hand along the microphone arm you will find a slide switch justmove it towards the microphone then we get all talk to each other.Firstly there was a question why does everyone shave there heads, well asyou saw today and despite what your TV may report temperature was in thehigh 20oC and you sweat a lot on the head, by shaving ones head thatproblems goes away. That make a lot of sense so please don’t get annoyed ifDoug and Harvey sport shaved heads when they return to school they are notrebels or skinheads so please accept them as they are.One of our Foreman Jason was a student at Badlands High and his Uncle withwhom he lived with advised the school principle prior to his return thesame as I’m telling you right now and he maintain his shaved head everysince that time and tells me he wish there was a way of stopping anygrowth.Do you have a barber on site no but everyone has the required tools and ifyou don’t you just ask when at the showers can someone give me a shaveplease and there is generally for or five that have there gear right thereanyway – a true self contained community. I said yes and 95% of ourcrews love being away out in the bush because it is so peaceful, you shouldsee the sky at night it is really beautiful.The vice principle from James Bay said we all appreciate Brian’s commentabout verbal abuse, if any student were to go to the courts for assistancehe could finish getting kick out by his parents and that is not goodeither.George answered the only thing I suggest is a private meeting with a groupof parents and explain the situation in simple terms but do not indicatewho the student(s) are or go to the school board and simple tell them youneed there support not on paper but actual action.Mike looked at his watch and said we are getting close to landing and oncein the office we can discuss anything you wish so please switch off yourmicrophones now and leave them off thanks.Jimmy return flight was 3.5 hours because of tail wind. Mike and I askedeveryone to leave the flying helmets where you found them, make sure youhave everything and I will guide you to the office the guests all thankJimmy for a good flight.Once in the office I told them where toilets were etc and while they werebusy Dan showed up asking how did it go – excellent said both Mike andI, I think we opened there eyes again, that is really great.By the time everyone has done there freshening up, I introduce Dan ourcompany president.Dan ask well folks how did you enjoy the trip and I hope you have alllearnt a lot, it was the principle from Badlands high that seemed to speakon behalf of every else by saying you know none of us realized the studentswith your company actually got so involved. They certainly were not justplain gofers – Well thank you for those kind words, and on behalf of thecompany I would like to suggest we all go out for dinner and I’m suggestinga pub that the company uses a lot – what do you say?Are you sure what about dress code well knowing both Mike our engineer andGeorge Foreman Superintendent they will still be in there overalls, welleveryone excepted Dan’s invite.Get your cars and follow me see you there Mike & George, well it’s our turnto wash and scrub up.I have two things to do, first phone Jake and then put my harness in myoffice. Mike is laughing I still my harness on no wonder it felt a bitstrange in the seat.We get to the pub and the landlord says everyone is in the back room –many thanks; by the way, what is everyone drinking just beer then sendanother round in please on the company a/c.Once we take our places the school folk said we all would like to thank youfor the kindness and generosity shown to us. Mike said thanks guys verymuch but we also have an ulterior motive as we would like you folk toencourage more guys and girls get trade tickets, there are many girls whoare working in construction doing carpentry and also as electricians. Thebig thing is they don’t have a great big university debt hanging aroundthem.Hum that makes a lot of sense, these career counselors require bettereducation and in fact I have little respect for them said one of the schoolparty. We all had a great meal and our guests left saying thank you all fora wonderful day very interesting, we all saw them off and returned. Wellyou two said Dan made a good impression in my opinion were you able to getmuch video yes I did said George that is great.Jason and I will edit it when we both home for the six days, and in themeantime something I forget was to ask for any un-edited copy of all thevideo that was taken by the school folk and then we can make a good videocombining everything.Dan says it is time to have a nightcap what would like guys, well we toldDan our preference and when the nightcaps arrived, George stood up saying Iwould like to make a toast to the company for making this type of PRavailable and our crews they were great today.Mike says Dan you would have had a good laugh when everyone was sittingdown for lunch with all the crews the crews all took there hard hats of andyou know everyone has a shaved head. The school folk looked and said areour students here first Doug puts his hand up I am hear and then Harveydoes the same thing. They were not recognized at all, I was asked whyeveryone has shaved heads I said I will tell you later so please go and askany questions.There were a few questions but nothing special, however Brian stayed behindwhen all the crews left and there was a discussion verbal abuse. Brian putit over very well but none of us could really give he school anythingpositive in how to handle the situation that they have.Dan I think I need to head home and see my brother so please excuse me Iwill see you in the morning. George just stay home for a change we all knowhow to get hold of you in an emergency and the same goes for you Mike –thanks Dan.I decided that the last week of this crew’s tour I was going to spend theentire week with them, getting some more video where I had missed out andgenerally see how well our two students have done.Well that week went very well and on Thursday evening, Peter did a specialsteak meal for everyone and I had taken enough beer with me for two bottleseach for everyone one on site.After the main meal, I said I would like offer my compliments to both Dougand Harvey for the way you both fitted in to our way of life and in orderto celebrate your return to school we have some beer for everyone. Peterwould you please deliver and join us with that Peter gets the beer out ofthe chiller.To Doug and Harvey your schools have both been told why you have a shavedhead and I also mention that Jason had the same thing and was never hassledand has maintained his shaved head since he first came out to a job sitesimilar to you guys.Therefore, it is strictly up to you if you retain it – it is strictly apersonal choice.So Doug & Harvey please feel free to make application for an apprenticeshipwith our company if decide to go this way again it is your choice but makesure you get good marks in your final year at school. The cookhousesuddenly roused in applause from everyone.A second round of beer was supplied and Peter said guys you should all keepan eye on these two students and make sure no harm comes to them, as Iunderstand one of you has been having problems at school with abuse. Thatis bad and if you ever need assistance just asks, because you are one ofthe family. Another round of applause was ripping through the cookhouse.George asks everyone please do not embarrass our Doug and Harvey any more,just remembers to-morrow is clean up day.My final comment is the removal of your hard hat when we had guests was oneof the funniest things I have seen however I don’t have it on video and I’masking you all during the morning to assemble by tower #2 and please let meknow the best time.Well the video was done, clean up was done Roger and his partner werestaying over as they had nothing to back to town for. Peter took theopportunity to spend the next few days in town.Jimmy dropped in for lunch after which the crew all helped Peter clean up– Roger said hey Peter you get going we will see everything is dealtwith here.We took off at 1:00pm and arrived back in town at 4:30 pm, the crew askeddo you guys have your own transport Doug said yes and I will take Harveyhome – that is great but first we are all going to the pub for a beerand we want you two to join us please. They said we can’t get in yet we aretoo young, no worries just come with us and have one beer we will vouch foryou both – so follow us, everyone when to the local pub. The landlordsaid what a splash of color great too see you all must be crew time offweek.After the first pint both Doug and Harvey needed the washroom after whichthey said thanks guys it has been great working with you and hope to seeyou all again in the future. They both got great hugs from everyone anddeparted.They get into Doug little truck, and hug and kiss each other saying thatbeen the best six weeks I can ever remember, me too. I’ll tell you onething I have to my ass in gear and catch up with my school work which Iknow has fallen behind.Harvey says we have to return our safety gear back to the company, Dougsays we could do that after school on Monday and don’t forget to wash allyour gear.Come Monday first day back at school one of the worst offender for theverbal abuse started again, this time Harvey went straight up to him andtold him to shut his dirty mouth or he would get his knee right where itwill hurt most, the offender tried to start again and this time Harveyreally put his knee in the right place causing the offender to double upwith pain. That was the last time Harvey ever had any trouble.During the first week back at school, the principle asked for Harvey tocome and talk to him when he had time. Harvey is concerned that perhaps heis going to get chewed out for his action earlier in the week; however thatwas not the case but rather the opposite.The principle first question was how did things go with your jobexperience, fantastic I was fully accepted by all the crews. Did you learnanything oh yes lots and would love to get an apprenticeship with thatcompany but I must get my nose to the grind stone as my marks need to comeup.Oh by the way I like what you did to stop the verbal abuse you weregetting, what exactly happed; I told him to shut his dirty mouth or hewould get my knee right where it would hurt most. He started again so myknee came up sharply, he doubled up moaning and I simply walked away. Wellgood for you and you know you look really good with that shaved head and Iknow the reason for it. Some of my staff might complain but I will shutthem up promptly.Thanks for talking and being honest about everything. Oh bye the way someof the staff took lots of video of the entire operation there and we havesent a copy of the raw footage to Power lines Inc and they are going to puttogether a documentary on work experience program, when it is done we willget a copy to show everyone.That evening Harvey makes contact with Doug and tell what took place and healso said shaved head forever mate. Oh I love it said Doug; my principleasked me similar questions and also told me I looked good with the headshaved so I agree shaved heads forever.Jason and George spent lots of time editing the video tapes and combine theschool one into there own shots, eventually they put a commentary on thetape with cut in from voices heard in the raw footage. They then calledJake in to listen and watch and ask his opinion. I like it; it is down toearth telling the truth and not buttered up – go for it.Jason we need to make four copies one for each school, one for the officeand one for showing at camp as I’m sure the crews will enjoy watching allthis.The crew return to camp and it is then we find out we are two down due toswine flue, the foremen asks any chance of getting Doug and Harvey to joinus because we can easily shuffle crew between us and we would use those twostudents to fill in the gaps even if it is only three weeks.All I can say is; I will find out when the Easter break is and how long andlet you guys know ASAP.I make contact with the two students and ask if they are interested, butmake sure this does not cut into school time. Well it turn out well for usand the students there break is four weeks and can be flown up on theMonday and return in time for school – they both said you’re k**ding allI said no I’m not, please come to the office Friday after school and wewill get you both signed up with payroll etc and get you fitted up withHi-Vis overalls you safety gear etc, please bring your dog tags with you sowe can up date them.Plan for an early start which means take off will 6:00 am and I will bewith on the flight. Now if you have school work that needs to be done bringit with you each day you already know you will get approx 2 hours each dayto study after work.Do you have a laptop yes was the answer, bring it with you and take it ascarry on for the computer safety. OK we will see you both on Friday afterschool just ask the receptionist for George.George then sees Mike and Dan to advise them what has happened Dan askswhat wage are you planning on paying them $15 dollars an hour, he alsoadvised them both that he will be going up and may stay the entire threeweeks to help out where required.I then advised all the foreman of what is going to happen and please letPeter know. Frank replied saying we are delight that you have got those twoguys and one of us will meet up with you on your arrival – Thanks foryour efforts we all appreciate this action by you.Doug & Harvey showed up 3:30 pm on Friday afternoon and meet with George,firstly he took them to payroll and got them signed up, next he sent theredog tag for updating and finally they were issued with overalls, hard hat,safety glasses etc. George said you both know the routine and I will meetyou on Monday morning out back in the parking lot.Just show your dog tag to our gate keeper I will meet you there and showwhere to park, Doug please give me a spare key with your license numberwritten on a suitable label. This will be held by the office just in caseit has to be moved, Doug said I have one in my truck and I’ll go and get itright now.OK I’ll see you on Monday have a great weekend – they both shook my handand went away elated.Monday morning they were there ahead of time and Doug parked his truckwhere was shown. Jimmy was checking his machine over and also loading somefreight we both went in to help him once completed thanks guys and goodluck over the next three weeks and he grabbed both of them and gave them agood hug.The private gear was loaded and I was please to see they both had kit bags,they had there laptops and cameras on there lap. George brought aboardthree sets of safety harness and lan-yards.Jimmy starts up and asks if everyone is buckle in? All the thumbs went upindicating all OK and with that we take off. Once everything was settled oncourse Jimmy says you can chat now. George started by asking how did theyfeel about learning to use spurs as lines are on wood poles. Oh that soundsinteresting, good we have some training poles and a short course on videofor you to watch. Now you will not fall as during training we run a safetyline over the top so if your slip you are not going to crash to the groundbut you will sometimes dangle on your harness.Jimmy cuts in saying we are about 15 minutes out please switch yourmicrophones off, Jimmy is calling Peter and asking him to bring the truckto the landing pad – sure thing Jimmy be there shortly – thanks.Well we all help unload the chopper, then and then pile into the truck andhead for the cookhouse. Peter says you have your old rooms guys so go anddump your gear, I have a fresh pot of tea ready to go so help yourselfplease and I will bring your lunch out to where you are working.George gets hold of his foreman on the radio and ask where they would likeme to drop off Doug & Harvey – the request was towers #1 & 3 OK I willbe there shortly and double check that there harness are on correctly andwill be coming up as well.Doug was the first one dropped off and was greeted by the crew I saw Frankwas the foremen here and he got Doug to work right away. I left them andtook Harvey to #3 tower and followed him up, how is it going Jason muchbetter now we have a full crew. I went down again and visited #4 tower, howis it going now – Hi George says Brian pretty good, were our young guysexcited to work for the three weeks yes they were.So I headed down heading for #2 tower just as Peter was showing up with thecrew lunches so I stayed down sitting on the tailgate of my truck waitingfor the crew to come down. Peter came over and said when #1 crew came offthere tower there was many hugs with Doug they were very please to see him.Very shortly Keith’s crew is now coming down, once the crew was all on theground. Hi George nice to see you, well I’m planning on staying the fullthree weeks as I want to watch how these two guys make out. During thattime I’m going to train them to use spurs as you all know this line willswitch to wood poles later, Ok I will see you later at dinner and I wouldlike a very brief meeting with you so I’m brought up to date.Well I’m sitting outside doing my report for Mike but will add the foremancomments before sending it off later. The sunshine is nice and Peter hasjoined me with a mug of tea he really is a good guy and know my likes inthat area.So how have things been going Peter since I was up, good except loosing twoguys to this swine flue and from what I understand, they are in badshape. That is what I have heard also says George. I am glad they stayedaway because we cannot afford loss of crew.So tell me what happen when you ask Doug and Harvey to come up here. Wellit this way they both were on cloud nine and excited to be invited – oh,that is so good says Peter.The first weekend I introduced them to the use of spurs then during thesecond week, we actually need a couple of guys in spurs and both Doug andHarvey offered to do this job. However, I still maintain the safety lineover the top but by the second day on spurs they asked to get rid of thatline and I agreed after I had talked to them seriously. I must say thisrock-climbing club has really paid for both of them.The second weekend I decided to take both Harvey & Doug into bush on theSunday complete with a lunch bucket for the three of us. During our travelsI ask both of them how is your school coming well I believe we both manageto get our marks up.The reason we can see a purpose because we both want an apprenticeship withthis company. Well that is great to here that guys please keep up the goodwork.I think it is time we had some lunch so let us see what Peter has packedfor us.Later that day we returned to camp and they both said thanks for the trip,I love the countryside and can understand why so many of the crew likes tobe well away from towns and villages we both love the night sky it is soclear.Well its close to suppertime so we should shower and hopeful get a linesmancut the full works, what do say Doug lets go for it but we must get a finalcleanup the evening before returning to town. Harvey says I want my cock &balls well shaved as well.When they get to the showers they find Roger already in the shower, we bothask do you have time sure thing for you guys and its great to see you backhere I love it.They go to supper and join up with the crew, one of the guys asks Harveyhave you been able to sort out the abuse problem you were having.Harvey start to laugh and says the prime abuser start again when he saw meback at school and instead of walking away I walk up to him and told himshut your dirty mouth if not I put my knee into you where it willhurt. Anyway, he started again and I swiftly brought my knee crunchingballs he screamed and collapsed on the floor. A couple of days later I wasasked to visit the school principle and I thought I was going to be reamedout, however it was the opposite.He just wanted too know how I had shut him up so I told what took place,the next thing he is laughing his head off. He shook my hand and said Iunderstand you enjoyed you work experience – certainly did and thank youfor that chance you are more than welcome.George asks Mike to talk to Badland High & James Bay High and find out howthe marks are going for Doug & Harvey. Mike found out that both were nowgetting marks well above average and in general in the mid 90%.That is great Mike; I am going to ask them if they are interested inbecoming an apprentice Lineman. The was not surprising it was yes, so Igave them both an application form and asked them to fill it out and let mehave it before we return to town. I will conduct a brief meeting with bothof you and I will do it in my office, which is next to my own room.Those brief interviews went well and ultimately returned back to town onthe Friday; I also scanned the application to Mike ahead of my return.Well Harvey went back to school and the school was having a general meetingwith everyone finishing that year. The career councilors were over seen bythe school principle. This person said if you wanted a real job wasexpounding the need to get university degree. Harvey put his hand up, theprinciple said please go ahead Harvey.If you to university you finish up with a big debt around your neck thattakes years pay off. Then after spending several years at universitydepending on what you are studying, you finish going to a technical schoolto learn office work or you get frustrated and next you are working atMacDonald’s for a very low wage.Today there many Girls who have taken apprenticeships in a trade of therechoice and the same thing occurs for the guys, they all earn a better wageand blend in well.That is my comment – thank you.The career counselor looks as mad as hell to hear someone stand up andrebuked her comments. Her comment to me was you would never get anapprenticeship with a shaved head. The principle stood up, said Harvey isactually correct, and I happen to know he already has an apprenticeship.Thank you all, this get together is now adjourned.Harvey and Doug started there apprenticeship a week later allowing themtime to clean up at home and take what every they needed including warmerclothing for the forth coming winter including heavy weight long-johns andunder shirts. The crew had advised them three sets.There first week was taken up with getting there first aid tickets whichthey succeed by Friday and they were issued the stickers for there dogtags. During this week they were living at home and Doug and Harvey werenow sharing a small apartment.Towards the end of that week George had a discussion with them both andinquired about there accommodation saying most single guys give up havinganything in town, but when they come in for a week off the take a motelroom which works out much cheaper in the long run and no concerns that youplace might get broken into.Harvey looks at Doug and says that makes a lot of sense I think that is theway to go – I agree. Your mailing address is this office simply putapprentice Doug or Harvey and it will arrive to where ever you are working.So do you have any good furniture? No they said mostly came from a thriftstore, what about electronics well just my laptop and that will be with meplus my camera. What email address would you like one? Is Harvey taken? Letme check no that is clear so it will be harvey@powerlines.com. How aboutyou Doug same thing if it’s not taken, that one might be says George not itis clear so it will be doug@powerlines.com. We try to have wirelessinternet at all work sites.Thanks very much George for your help and suggestions. Well that Fridayevening they went home and started packing there things in there kit bagsand luckily ran into the building manager so they explain what theydoing. He said look guys leave the place clean and tidy, I will arrange forthe sheets to be laundered I will come and do an inspection on Sundayafternoon and refund your deposit.I have had several people wanting to rent a furnish place and it will mostlikely be filled within a couple of days. Hopefully I’m successful and willrefund the last week of the months rent but I need a mailing address, noproblem there please send it to apprentice Doug, Power Lines Inc sorry Idon’t know the postal code, oh don’t worry they are that close I’ll drop itoff at there office – we shook hands and the deal was done.On Sunday the building manager came and had a look around and said you guyshave kept this place nice and clean look here is your damage deposit plusnext weeks rent refund – I’ve already rented the place.So tell me where do you expect to be working, we said well out in the bushit’s about 60 miles from any town or village plus it is so peaceful. Well Ihope for your sake you don’t get any abuse from anyone, if we did they willget firedEaster vacation period and prior to that spent 6 weeks there on a schoolwork experience program, there are four crews out there and they arereturning on Monday morning and will be flying up there departing about6:00 am since it is a four hour flight by helicopter so we will be out ofthe apartment by 5:30 am and we both thank you for your understanding, wellguys good luck at least you are doing something constructive with yourlives a lot more than some folk who have just finished formal school.Harvey said lets go out for supper then there no more cleaning to do pluswe have now basically emptied the frig. Doug says that reminds me flasks doyou have one no nor do I we had better go and get two stainless steelflasks that way there is nothing to break.Well all went well and they showed up at office and went straight in to thecompound Doug parked his truck and then walked into the lower meeting room,some of the guys were all ready there and we both received many hugs fromthe crew and they are saying I bet it going to be nice coming home to camp- it sure is and thanks everyone about 5:45 Jimmy is calling for everyoneto board, very soon the usual routing is everyone buckle in OK the thumbsgo up. Ok we are on our way as Jimmy starts the engines. We take off; thenext thing Jimmy says OK guys you can chat.Harvey anything more re abuse at your school, no but I did rebuff thecareer councilor at open meeting of everyone finishing up this year becauseshe was expounding that you must go to University if you want job.I put my hand up and the School Principle who was listing to what was beingsaid and had control of this general meetingI said the following.If you to university you finish up with a big debt around your neck thattakes years pay off. Then after spending several years at universitydepending on what you are studying, you finish going to a technical schoolto learn office work or you get frustrated and next you are working atMacDonald’s for a very low wage.Today there many Girls who have taken apprenticeships in a trade of therechoice and the same thing occurs for the guys, they all earn a better wageand blend in well.That is my comment – thank you.The career counselor looks as mad as hell to hear someone stand up andrebuked her comments. Her comment to me was you would never get anapprenticeship with a shaved head. The principle stood up, said Harvey isactually correct, and I happen to know he already has an apprenticeship.Thank you all, this get together is now adjourned so what happen after thatI don’t know but I will find out eventually even if I ask my old principle.Dumb stupid women hope she got fired that’s my views from one of our crew,but now everyone is laughing – good for you Harvey.We get to camp arriving at lunch time Peter has already got soup andsandwiches ready he also tells Doug and me same rooms guys have fun and itis great to have both back – thanks Peter.We go and dump our gear and return to the cookhouse. Whose crew would liketo work with – our answer was all crews are equally great. Tell you whatfor the present work with Brian’s crew as his job now is to continue intowood poles, I assume you are happy to use spurs sounds good to us but wedon’t have our own spurs. No problems I know there as some stashed inGeorge’s room I’ll get Peter to grab onto them for you.So work commence after lunch our apprentices were fitted up with spurs andthere climbing belt is attached to there harness.So the apprenticeship really started, they work as well as any other guy onthe crew, nothing seemed to upset them either.Nine months later they had to go back to town for technical school whichlasted four weeks. The Technical School advised everyone to report in workgear and bring there hard hat etc. This was very easy for Doug & Harvey; itmeant standard dress for them.The Technical School was far different from normal school, they got a goodchuckle when they were to taught using spurs, the teacher ask forvolunteers to do this no hands went up so Harvey and Doug we will do it, soonce there spurs were on and climbing belt the teacher said to Doug go forit, he did and almost ran up the pole – hey don’t go any further saidthe teacher. Next was Harvey who did the same thing. The teacher looks atus with a sort of smile saying that was not your first time was it? NoSo how many times have climbed this way don’t know that but have been doingit for the last three months every day. May I ask who your employer is? YesPower Lines Inc – that answer the question as you no doubt have climbedsteel structures – yes many times and most were about 250 feet high.I am very curious you climb that many times yet you only start yourapprenticeship nine months ago. Well we both were on a work experienceprogram from regular school and spent 6 weeks out in the bush, but here isthe secret we both belonged to the local rock climbing club and had beenmembers for about four years then and don’t worry I think we at first wereboth scared shitless. The club gave unknowingly a lot of background and weare thankful for it.As you can guess these two guy’s did very well at school and found it easy,and only time will tell as they have four weeks every year with an exam atthe end of each session.Ultimately they both completed there apprenticeship and became fulllinesmen, This actually worked out very well as the were two vacancy comingup one a retirement of Jack the other was Colin who said he was sorry toleave but his shoulder was not standing up to the work and was going tolook for basically light duty work.However when the company heard about his problem and why; he was offeredthe job of supply store receiver which meant he had to check what wasreceived matched the invoices and he would be working along side a youngguy who ran the tow motor and such like and would be doing any heavylifting – Colin was pleased to except.From the companies point of view it meant that Colin knew what he waslooking very quickly having worked with the various items.Doug and Harvey quickly fell into place with the respective crews and lifewent on and continued as one very large family.Some months later Power Lines Inc gets a phone call from the Principle ofBadlands High school asking to speak to George. Luckily George was in theoffice that day, how can I help you ask George? I’m speaking on behalf ofboth James Bay and my own school, this year we are going to combine andhave a joint meeting with those students that are leaving and at the sametime spring a surprise on the Principle at James Bay George Summers whoreally has been the man pushing passed all kinds of brick walls being throwup at him in regards to the Work Experience Program.It is also his retirement that we are going to celebrate and are wonderingwhen your crews 6 days off occur in the month of June as we would like toinvite all the guys that have come from either school to this function andgive a little speech to the students about there personal experiences onthe job.George comment was; that is a very interesting idea I will contact all thefolks concerned and get there thoughts and I will be interested to see howthey pull this off. Oh bye the way I think it was Dan your CEO thatgenerously took us to dinner after our trip to the work site and we wouldlike to invite him as well.After this general get together that evening we are going to take outGeorge Summers and his wife for a Dinner and every one is invitedespecially our X Students. Well thank you very much I will get back to youin a couple of days says George. Please tell me is any other company takingpart in the work experience program, yes one Construction Company doingframing work and they have agreed to come but I said I had to confirm thedate later.I sent an Email off to all those concerned and asked for there opinion andalso said I hope you all will take part. I quickly got a reply firstly fromJason saying yes, later that day a response from everyone else say it soundlike fun count me in please.Jason sent another message later that day saying they were all going toscript a plan and create another CD at our next 6 day break, how do youfeel if we invite all the guys over to our place to assist with the editing– no problem Jason and I will let Jake know what is going on because hehas a soft spot for folk that get TQ’s.I will get a confirmation date from the school and also ask that the videocan be shown.Everything was setup in a large auditorium so we were on stage. The twoprinciples spoke first and expounded on the Work Experience Program and foreveryone to better understand we have invited those folk that passedthrough one school or the other to relate there experience now they havethere TQ’s. Firstly I will invite those from “A” Construction to pleasecome on stage, there were two ladies and one guys who gave greatpresentation, the one girl said if it had not been for one of the one ofthe guys (Harvey) who spoke up at a similar get together several years agoshe would gone the wrong way. She said she and her counter parts reallyenjoyed the work and were totally accepted by what used to be an all maleworld. The big is you do your job and you do it well if you have problemthen ask. I and my friends here do support this approach to work and lifenone of use have any regrets and further more no big debt hanging over ourheads either – Thank youGeorge Summers speaks up saying thank you it was a pleasure to see you allagain let’s talk later please, there are seats in the front row for youplease use them.The other principle takes the stand again and says I would like to inviteonto the stage several members of another company who all work at highlevels in remote area’s would the folks from Power Lines Inc please come onstage, they bring them two blocks of wood and a plank. I should add theyare in all there Hi-Vis gear, work Boots and hard hats etc two of the arealso wearing the full body harness. Jason asks for the lights to be dimmedand the flood the screen with a picture of the entire crew when the lasttrip that was made by the school and it shows the school staff facing thecrew, the school is asking if there work experience students are here. Allthe crews take there hard hats off showing they all had shaved heads thenHarvey stands up saying I’m here and followed by Doug doing the same thing– that the whole place laughing because several of the teachers mouthswere wide open. Jason does the narration on the type of work they do andhow everyone enjoys the peacefulness of the countryside and the stars atnight.Yes we live in what is commonly called a bunkhouse but it’s our home andI’m going to show you something of what an occupied room looks like, we allhave our own private room. Jason has shots of each of those present doingsomething in there room. He then has some shots of the crew in the lakefooling around. So as you can see it is not all work and no play. I wouldnow like to introduce everyone in alphabetical order. Doug please stand upand as he does so he removes his hard hat and Doug does his little speech,he is followed by Harvey, Jordon and Shaun finally Jason speak out andtells how he got involved with Power Lines Inc and also the incident with afellow worker who had injured his shoulder and I visited him in Hospital onbehalf of the crew. I don’t remember exactly why I was talking to myPrinciple but George Summers who is a great guy and he was asking somethingabout me working during the school vacations and how was invited to workthe Easter Break and wished it was for the whole six weeks. George asked mewhy and when I explained what had happened he went into deep thoughtlooking out of the window. Then swung his chair back and looked at me andthe calendar asking when does the tour start and counted off six weeks. OKI’m going to mark you down for Work Experience so you will have no loss oftime on your record. We shook hands and left his office feeling veryexcited.While that six weeks was going on we had some guests that were flown forthe day no knew who they were other than please don’t play to the camera’sand lunch time we will all meet the guests at lunch on site meaning at thebase of the tower we were working on. There were two video’s made aboutthat trip and were shown to the school and during that time somethingsimilar to today George Summers secretary I think her name was Julie camein with a letter and showed it to him he then passed it on to me to read. Idon’t remember the exact wording but is said Power Lines Inc would like tocreate a Bursary of $500 to cover the costs of any student that goes for aTQ ticket but they needed a name for that Bursary so George asked thosepresent to come up with a name. For some reason they pick my name and thathow this all started.I feel that if it had not been for George’s forward thinking many of uswould have big debt hanging around our necks today – Thank you andGeorge please come over here, I give him a great big hug and said pleasehave a great and enjoyable retirement we all love you.It brought tears to George eyes every one is applauding singing “For he’s ajolly good fellow and say all of us” We all sit down. The Badlands Highprinciple says lets all mingle.We meet up with the folk from the construction company and they wereshaking Harvey hand and he is asking what happed to the careercouncilors. Well they said although she did not see it she walk into Georgeoffice throw all her stuff at him and walk out saying she had been so badlyinsulted and was never seen again. The word got around and slowly alleither quit or were removed from other schools you did a dammed good jobthere Harvey and for that we all thank you. Harvey got hugs from allincluding the guy who said you’re awesome mate I hope one day to be able todo something like take – do take care.Well the afternoon session finished after lots of questioning by many ofthe students.The principle of Badlands came over to us and said guys it was great howyou involved George in your session. We will see you to-night and by theway it is not a dress up affair either a relaxed dinner in George’s honor.We all look at out watches and said lets go to the pub for a beer ourregular one close to the office, I’ll give George a call and see if he andMike wants to join us and we go as we are.We enter the pub and George and Mike are already there and so we join thema few moments later Dan comes in as well. Guys you did a fantastic job atthe school and Jason the fact that you brought real tears to George eyes itis something he will never forget that and before I forget here are somebusiness cards for each of you there are two dozen for each and if you needmore George will arrange for some more to be run off and I suggest you makesure the George Summer’s has one of each tonight. Thank you Dan.Does anyone know if this a collar and tie affair, No a totally relaxedaffair and we will all be in good rough jeans and denim shirts and we wereasked to be there bye 6:30 pm so that everyone invited is waiting forGeorge and his wife arrive.About 6:50 pm George shows up not knowing it was to be a gathering of thissize and everyone starts singing again “For he’s jolly good fellow and sosay all of us”; drinks were served and nibbles as we all mingled, again wesaw the construction folk and all of us got to together and talked, theysaid Allen is also here the company owner they look around and then saythat’s him talking the guy in blue denim shirt over there we look and saidgreat that our company CEO and that is standard dress for our main officenothing stiff and starchy. It was Shaun who asked do your foremen get therehands dirty on the job and assist when things need help, well its got to bereally bad before they actually get involved – Shaun that’s toobad. Jordon speaks up by saying the Foreman Superintendent, and Mike theengineer gets up on the towers to see how thing are going and everyoneappreciates this approach. We all work as a family and look after eachothers back sides it part of safety on and off the job.We here someone asking us to please take our places so lets all sittogether Harvey suggests the bottom table as we can all see what is goingon easily. We had a great meal of soup, salad and roast pork finishing upwith apple pie and it was all washed down with glasses of wine. There werea few speeches made, and George Summers did a nice reply saying howgenerous everyone had been to today showing there love of what they aredoing I think those that did the presentations were fantastic and I thankyou all from the bottom of my heart.Then we hear someone else tap there glass and stand up saying my name isAllan Fletcher and tonight in honor of your retirement I would like tocreate a Bursary for James Bay High School in the same way as Power LinesInc did for Badlands High School I hope you will except this on behalf ofthe school and all I ask is that the school contacts me and provides asuitable name for the Bursary of $500.The applause was over whelming, Eventually George Summers stands up andeveryone goes quiet right away. George starts of by saying thank you forthe generous donation it certainly will assist and encourage some of ourstudents to go for there TQ’s however I will hand over that responsibilityto Colin my Vice Principle to oversee here and accept this award on behalfof the school and by the way Colin is the New Principle for James Bay and Iknow that he will do a dammed good job – thank you all.More applause – Colin puts his hand up and everyone quits – Ladiesand Gentlemen I suggest now we mingle again, the no host bar is nowopen. Suddenly Colin see one of his old students with there hand up he sayJulie I think you may wish to say some thing first. Yes she says – Iwould like to thank you all for the lovely meal and it is great to meetsome of the guys who fly high up those high voltage towers I certainlycould not do that job and yes I can see it’s an all male job – see islaughing you have to be crazy to enjoy that type of work but we threeadmire your courage in flying high and to George and your lovely wife youhave done so much to encourage the TQ route I wish to thank you so muchhappy holidays and Julie sits down.OK everyone lets mingleThe whole group of us initially stay together and it Tony the carpenter whoasked why do all you guys have shaved heads, We all started to laugh thenJordon said well it get pretty hot and you sweat a lot plus there is alwaysdust in the air and having one head shaved it is so much cooler and whenyou shower right after work it is easy to clean up.None of you will know this said Jason as I was invited to actually go tothe work site well ahead of Work Experience Program and enjoyed so muchthat I was able to spend lot of my vacation out with the crew. When Ieventually got my apprenticeship I had had my head shaved for over ninemonth before that. Luckily for me my uncle Jake who looked after when Mumpassed away knew someone in Badlands High and advised them that I would becoming to school with a shaved head and in those days you could beconsidered a skinhead and rebel and told who ever it was I was not andplease accept the fact. I never had any comment from any staff and suspectnow he had talk to George Summers as he at that time was our principle.Tony said you know that makes a lot of sense I think I will try for thissummer – Thanks guys. Jason reminded all of us to give George ourbusiness cards, before we did that we each gave the construction folk acard from each of us and said lets keep in touch use our email as we allhave our own laptops and the camp have wireless internet and you will seewe all work off the company server at no cost plus it is very high speed.Sorry we must talk with George Summers, as we get there it appears theywere planning on leaving, Hi George we all would like a brief word with youand to thank you what start many years ago and we just hope the ideaexpands more in the future – thank guys you were awesome this afternoonand the into with all the crew lifting there hard hats made me laugh somuch I almost got a gut ache. Well George please keep in touch with us andhere are our business cards providing our Email address and Mailingaddress. George looks at a couple of the cards, and said I have never heardof workers getting Internet and a mailing address before on the company’ssystem.Well when we started our apprenticeship that was one of the first thingsthat the company did at the start it was Apprentice Jordon or who evertoday it is Linesman Jordon. The mail gets delivered to us at camp by thecompany helicopter and dropped of at the cookhouse the cook then puts itinto our rooms so it remains private.What a great service, may I ask what sort of wage you earn, no problems atall 1st year Linesman get $35.00 / hr plus full room and board and freetransport to and from the company compound. Each year it goes up dependingon how you have performed to a top figure of $40.00 /hr. If you have aFirst Aid ticket there is automatically another $1.50/hr then as anassistant foremen you are paid $10.00 extra per hour so as you can see weearn good money and are expected to put our best backs into it. George saidI was very surprised at how clean everything was with the bunkhouses andthe cookhouses and also the idea of clean overalls everyday and you do ityourselves was amazing to me.Well my wife and I are going home to relax as it’s been a tiring butenjoyable day I thank you all I won’t forget this send off I can assure you– They wave as they leave.We all went and thank our hosts for a great evening and it was Colin whoasked how can I get we hold of you guys in the future so again we handedout our business card.Very professional nicely done which of you design them, none of us theywere done by our company –well he says they sure seem too look after allthere employee’s well.You know another thing that impressed me about our trip to your site wasyou’re your George Foreman Superintendent, and Mike the Engineer to see himclimb up the tower and you got the feeling that Mike wanted to do thesame. We said Mike is frequently up on the towers with us when there areproblem and you know it is no different to climbing those stairs at homeexcept there are a few more steps.It was Doug who said the first time he and Harvey went up they had noproblem at all and they amazed the Foreman Superintendent at how easy wetook it because normally the first few times you are scared as hell. Welaughed about it because the previous four year we had belonged to the rockclimbing club and there the first few times we were scared shitless and weboth admit that. That club not realizing it was leading us into ourfuture. That is a fantastic story does the club know about this? Frankly Idon’t know well they should because it would be good promotion for them.So when do you guys go back to work, well because it’s a four hour flightwe need to be at the office for 5:00 am. So how does six weeks on and oneweek off work, Easy we work a six day week and have Sunday off when do whatever like use our dirt bikes or ATV’s and in the snow Snowmobiles andreally it all depends where are located, we all have fun one way or anotherand then a week off.Very often some stay in camp and do there own thing, actually there are twostaying and the cook has come to town. The two there told Peter get yourbutt in gear as Jimmy is waiting for you. (Jimmy is our Helicopter Pilot)and we will clean up have no worries.We all will do the same thing it’s our home and we all look after it. Whenwe move camp we don’t have to clear our rooms either as all the trailersfollow us however our camera and laptop are always carried by us. So whenwe come into town we simply book in to a local motel for the week and goabout our business, one thing that doesn’t happen thankfully the crew doesnot go into the pub for the whole week like some loggers and miners and getdrunk out of there minds.All our camps are technically dry but on special occasions like recentlyone of our assistant foremen was retiring and so George ForemanSuperintendent brought I think 4 dozen beers so it allowed a couple beerseach. Colin said you know I admire all of you because you are so open andthe one I was concerned about was you Harvey getting verbal abuse butluckily that was kneed out the place after that the whole school was adifferent place.Harvey asks what happen to that guy, I hate to tell you he got beat up anumber of times because of his attitude and eventually was murdered due tod**g dealing.Well thanks Colin we have sure enjoyed today and with we al left.The story is what happened in daily life, we are all gay right down to thebone and enjoy what we do. I hope this is well received by all viewers Ilook forward to your comments many thanks for reading. Roger

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