Friday, November 10, 2017

Happy Anniversary Mark and Maureen Johnson

Happy Anniversary to Mark and Maureen Johnson. We don't celebrate anniversaries enough- and I am thankful for ones like this who we can share some memories together, pray for each other, and be encouraged by their examples.  Never stop working on your marriage or take each other for granted. Lead On- May God grant you Many More Happy Anniversaries.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Forever Young- (Paint Striping)

I have enjoyed the past 14 years working on striper crew.  I started in 2003. The last of the original crew I worked with retires next month. One has passed on. One is now a superintendent (who I have gone to work for) and three are lead techs, one is a radio operator in Yakima,  the rest retired. They have a great new crew and next week they select a new lead tech. This is my 17th video I have made on striping crew- the first one  in 2005 called Real Men of Genius.   It is time to move on. Thanks to all who made those years so special.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Down In The Ditch

It was on this date in 1993 that I started work for WSDOT in Wenatchee. (24 years ago) It really was a blessing; as we had just bought this house, our oldest daughter was a senior in High School, Jan had just started her job, and I was on city council- so moving would have changed our lives greatly. The previous month  I commuted to Kent; as I had to transfer to Kent, or quit my WUTC job. The following year I would learn that additional layoffs at WUTC occurred, if I had stayed with them. DOT has been good to me and I have worked with some great friends. My first winter was spent on Stevens pass working nights plowing snow. I love the variety of work we perform and our goal of keeping the roads open for you.
In 2003 I went to the Striping Crew in the summers and continued to work in maintenance for winters. I actually work for two different bosses (ok, 3 with my wife). Last month I accepted an opening in maintenance where I now work.
Thanks to Luther Beatty for hiring me- I have gone thru about a dozen different lead techs, about 7 supervisors and about 5 superintendents. In fact my winter Superintendent, worked with me on nights my first winter on Stevens pass. I enjoy working 4 ten hour days.  I had been assigned to Stevens, and Leavenworth, besides working in Wenatchee. I have seen many changes, shared many laughs, shared some sorrows-and have so many memories that I treasure. I welcome the new hires and it is tougher each time to say goodbye to those retiring or have passed on- The Lord Willing I hope I can retire in 3 more years and let someone younger take over. It really has worked out great and has gone by so fast.

My friend was fired from his job at the road department for stealing. I have to say I saw it coming. The last time I was at his house all the signs were there.

My father's father wanted to know if he could stay with the company in spite of the many changes. They ended up grandfathering him in
Two mentally-challenged fellows are digging a ditch, when one of them asks the other, "Why are we both down in this ditch digging in the hot sun, doing all the work, while our foreman sits in the shade, smoking a cigar, reading a newspaper, and he getspaid more than we do?" His partner says, "I donno. Why don't you go ask him?" So he climbs out of the ditch, and goes over to where the foreman is. "We were wondering why are we both down in this ditch digging in the hot sun, doing all the work, while you sit in the shade, smoking a cigar, reading a newspaper, and get paid more than we do?" The foreman says, "Well, it's because of education." "Ed-you-kay-shun? What the heck is that?" The foreman smiles broadly, "I was hoping you'd ask that." He puts his hand up on a big tree and says, "Now, you take your shovel, and hit my hand just as HARD as you can." Wow, the old boy's been waiting for a chance like this, so he really cranks up his backswing and let's it fly. But *just* before it hits his hand, the foreman jerks it away. The shovel meets the tree, "BLANG," and the fellow kinda "vibrates" back down into the ditch. His buddy says, "What'd he say?" "Well, he said that the reason why we both down in this ditch digging in the hot sun, doing all the work, while he sits in the shade, smoking a cigar, reading a newspaper, and get paid more than we do is because of ed-you-kay-shun." "Ed-you-kay-shun? What the heck is that?" (smiling broadly) "I was hoping you'd ask that." (puts his hand up in front of his face) "Now, you take your shovel and hit my hand just as HARD as you can..."

Friday, September 8, 2017

Big Grand Coulee Dam


46 years ago today,  Sept. 8th, 1971- my parents moved to Coulee Dam; from Fife Washington. My Dad worked on the 3rd powerhouse as a carpenter. I had to look on the map to see where it was and I finished my last two years of high school there. I really met some special people there, including my wife who I married in 1974- over 43 years ago.  Its been interesting to hear of some of the history of Grand Coulee Dam from our 50 year class reunion site- I added a few photos of that area to an old Woodie Guthrie song that would be played before KFDR radio went of the air at sunset each night. The government actually paid Woodie to write this song- guess I can only hope I get paid for making this video.
Above-This was what the Dam looked like most of the time we lived there in High School- I actually never worked on Dam; my dad and my brother did. And we actually did not arrive in Coulee Dam until Sept. 10th as the mobile home mover decided to leave us 17 miles short of Coulee Dam due to another flat tire. We slept across from the now Steamboat Rock Entrance and my dad arranged for a mover from Wenatchee to  haul us the rest of the way in. Here is the words from my dads diary for that week:
Sept. 6th-Labor day-off to work at 4:00. Sent Anniversary card to Wymond's. Cold day at night
Sept. 7th-Hard short day at job with lots of welding
Sept 8th-Wed. plenty of blowouts on house tire. End of run(???) For this mover at 15 miles from destination. $417.1- trip costs twice!
Sept. 9th-Thursday-Waiting at camp site-took blocks to Earl's Tr. Park to get mover from Wenatchee, $88.00 plus 105.00 for 1 wheel and tire!!wow!
10th-Moved at 7:15 this morning. A hot day! Leveled house, have elect. & water.(no gas)
12th -To Assembly of God church twice-pretty good. Start here-Moved!
I don't recall how coulee dam looked before the Dam was built, so here is a photo for us to see. Not sure the year taken?
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Here are five fun facts about this very cool place to visit.
1. Grand Coulee Dam measures in at 550 feet high from base to top. The original plan was for a low dam to be built that would be just over half that high at 290 feet tall. At that height, it
would’ve produced electricity but would not have contributed to the irrigation system that the surrounding area relies on.

2. Due to the rising water behind Grand Coulee Dam, known now as Lake Roosevelt or Franklin Delano Roosevelt Lake, more than 3,000 people had to be relocated, many of them Native Americans.

3. The reservoir behind Grand Coulee was officially recognized as full on June 1, 1942 when the first water flowed over the dam’s spillway.

4. The Columbia River Treaty is a treaty between the United States and Canada that allows for water storage where backed up water of the Columbia River behind Grand Coulee Dam extends north of the Canadian’s border.

5. 1952 saw the United States Post Office issue a commemorative Grand Coulee Dam stamp with a face value of three cents.




Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Days Are Here Again-Silverwood Theme Park

This must be my 225th video I have made, and I made it on a new movie maker. I do this for a hobby as well as to remember memories. This video was our trip to Silver wood Theme Park, as well as Get Air at North town Mall, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Sleep Inn to the song Happy Days are Here Again. We really had a great time and highly recommend each of those business's we visited.  I hope your summer was as great and went a bit slower than ours did.
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