For those of you that remember the thread I started on my "Dream job" this is an up date and a warning to the older members here on ATS
This is the link to the old thread
My dream job started out exactly as I expected, the 25 to 30 minute country drive to work was a joy.
My job sheets for the days were simple enough, re-grout a few wall tiles here, change a door knob there, fix a sticking door, all simple stuff.
Then, I receive a Email from the office, there is a rain water stand needed at an address, can I go to inspect and supply a material take off list of
what is needed, easy enough.
2.400 x 2.400 x 200mm concrete slab base.
78 besser blocks 400 x 200mm
12 besser block halves
8 lengths of 90 x 45mm treated pine timber @ 2.400mm
24 lengths of 90 x 20mm treated pine decking
I Emailed the material list through to the office, along with "I will do the job" hindsight being what it is, I should never have volunteered to do
the job on my own, the concrete slab was fine, the timber work fine, the besser block walls are what caused me the grief, simply put, toooo much heavy
My ego trumped my physical capabilities, I finished the job, but at a cost to me, I had four days off of work in absolute agony. The keep you awake at
night type agony.
My shoulders and neck were just aching, sharp pains with certain movements, I couldn't position my body to find relief, it was hell.
The warning in this message, lies in the sentence above, don't let your ego trump your physical capabilities.
I have been offered 3 months work painting new houses 500 yards from where I live, the money is great but I have to decline the offer, WHY!
you guessed it, don't let your ego trump your physical capabilities.
My shoulders and neck are still painful two weeks on.
As for the dream job, I will carry on working there doing the jobs my 60 year old body allows, not what my egotistical brain says is ok.