Going Camping but things take an expected turn from being out of work to
getting a good job and fitting in with the crew very well
John my mate came over to see me and since it was nice and warm with
temperature outside around 85oF. I grabbed two beers and we went outside
and 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 have
reasonable funds so he is suggesting we head out into the desert take our
swags so we can sl**p under the stars but at the same time we can always
sl**p in the back of the truck if needed.
I get the map out and within 100 miles there are lots of tracks throughout
the countryside; now my truck has lots of ground clearance and it is also
four wheel drive, the truck box has a good canopy.
We decided to get our grub on route and anything else we may need, our
camping gear was also stowed including our portable 12 volt frig which runs
on a solar panel and battery for overnight. Although we will be traveling
in sandals we also have our work boots, coveralls and hard hats all stowed
behind the bench seat.
When we leave we are both dressed in camouflage gear as it good hard
wearing does not show and dirt hence very practical.
We are now in the general area where we want to start exploring, suddenly
John says hey Roger stop please I think we have just gone past a track on
my side. I back up and we see a power line running along the track. We look
at each other John says lets do it so I turn onto the track and we start to
climb fairly steeply and then the track levels out. About ten miles we
suddenly came across a bunch of power line workers sitting in a
circle. They wave us down and once we stop and get out of the truck and
they are asking what the heck you are guys doing up here. We tell them that
had been laid off so we were asked what work we were doing, I said I was an
industrial electrician and said John he had worked for a tree toping
These guys said interesting and where do you plan to camp over night? Well
actually we wanted to find a small lake so we could have a swim and camp
One of the power line workers said go up the track about ½ mile and there
is a turning to the left, the track a little rough but along a short way
you will see our trailers so please go out there and make yourself at
home. Because we are out here for six weeks straight we have Peter our bull
cook who looks after us make contact with him and let him know you have
been talking to the crew and say George told you to come out to camp and we
will see you both in about two hours till then enjoy your selves and don't
camp to far away from us either. Thanks so much we both look forward to
meeting up when you get in.
We soon find the site and Peter is sitting outside sunning himself fully
stripped 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 after
about 10 minutes chatting and then ask where do you suggest we setup
camp. Peter stands up and points to a level area over by the lake and says
that's a good location and the only guys you will see is the crew going in
to freshen up after scrubbing in the showers, thanks Peter we will go over
there 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 large
enough to fold right over us in the event of rain. We stripped off and go
balls to the breeze into the lake and find it fairly deep but very
refreshing, after about 15 minutes we get out and lie out in the sun to dry
John suddenly asks did you bring any shaving gear with you, sure did why? I
need 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 when
suddenly we hear George's voice you doing a great job there and I'm sure
most of my crew would welcome a similar job if you are willing -- I start
laughing saying we will have to think about that as John is doing my head
next, fair enough.
George then says I didn't come down to spy on you but to talk to you and
the work you both did before getting laid off.
After a lot of questions George suddenly says I can offer you both a job on
my crew, now we are out in the bush for six weeks at a time and then go
back home for five days and then return. You guys please come and have
supper 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 the
same -- we smile and said, we sure are and proud of it. George also says
don't be surprised if the guys are dressed the same as you are at present
as it is far more comfortable in this warm weather but it does cool down
over night. Well I'll leave you now supper will be at 7:30 this evening
look forward to your company.
Well we both complete our shaving and I also got my privates cleaned right
off, then after putting the gear away. We looked at each other saying
almost together I wonder what the work will be. Well we will find out after
having a talk with George before accepting, I look at this way anything
earned helps our bank balance.
We head over for supper George sees us come and join us please and we get
introduced to all the crew and made most welcome. Peter the Bull Cook had
done BBQ ribs with corn on the cob and made several cakes for desert with
After supper some of the guys go for a swim however George discusses with
both of us the work we were expected to do. It turns out they need John to
get the rigging set up on the transmission poles and I was to help with
getting the new power lines put into place and secured. John said he didn't
have any spurs for pole climbing but did have suitable boots in our
truck. 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't
like getting bushed and if they would only give a try I believe they would
enjoy the experience.
This is the first time that we have had visitor show up out of the blue
like you guys and for me says George here are two guys that appear to enjoy
the bush and when I realized you could replace the two guys that took off
last week saying they could not stand the isolation. So guys are you
interest in working for our company.
We both said yes, great come with me please and we were issued Hi-Vis
overalls hard hats and work gloves. John made his selection of a set of
spurs and also a safety belt, George said Roger you need a safety belt also
that was soon sorted out.
Our next question was what time do we start, breakfast is at 7:00 am and
don't forget you eat on the company, now do you have any grub you want to
put in the freezer if so just see Peter.
Well the first day on the job went well other than my feet; mainly the
arches were aching a lot, I guess my boots are not designed for this type
of work; however John was OK as he was used to this type of pole climbing
and he had the right type of boots. After the first two days George asked
how you guys are getting on OK said John but Roger won't tell you but his
boots lack arch support.
No problem guys the chopper will be in on Saturday morning and is doing
four 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 you
need 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 a
dozen 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 at
the companies yard about 9:30 am, a guy came over to me and said you must
be Roger I said yes, great -- that pickup over there is for use that it's
about a mile into town so here are the keys -- please lock it up after
parking -- no problems.
Well I head into town not only do I get the socks I see some well
ventilated blaze orange Hi-Vis loose fitting shirts that more like a sports
shirts as they are very well ventilated so I get four shirts two for each
I return back to the camp on the last but one chopper flight. This chopper
firstly 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 all
the hair clippings.
So eventually everyone has a good hair cuts and an even better clean up in
the private areas.
I look around for George to thank him for the arrangements that were made
on our behalf.
Saturday evening was party time then George brought out the beer; we said
we would like to contribute to this as we have two flats of beer in our
We had a great evening with the crew and were now felt part of the crew
since we both sucked everyone there. Needless to say we were also well
fucked by all the crew and we welcome this intrusion.
That night was very warm and everyone slept on our thick rubber ground
sheet. I roused around 5:00 am and needed a good pee finally I had drained
myself and it sure felt better. Party started again before breakfast --
what the hell we will have our own style of church service all totally
One of the crew hears this comment and calls out "bl**dy Right Mate" we
will all be connected now our crew is up to strength.
Between John and me we have kept the crew well shaved and all looking very
tidy but with the heat it's a welcome relief to all our crew so we all get
Although this work was different to what we had done before despite
similarities in many areas for both of us, this coming weekend is the start
of a few days off. We decided that we needed to go home and check on things
plus deal with any bills outstanding.
Well the first full day home that evening we went tour local for a couple
of beers, of course we had caught the sun and wind hence we were both well
Several of our mates were there so they are asking where have we been, our
answer was out in the bush and we are going back again in 5 days time. Then
the comments from several of them was that's not a holiday being isolated
like 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 were
doing; six of them had long faces saying we got laid off this week and
really don't know what we will do, then the others said it looks as if may
also join the un-employment folk.
That's not good, look guys as you know we were laid off some 8 weeks ago
however our trip into the bush has brought us a lot of luck. While
travelling along a track following a power line but also looking for a
suitable lake for camping for a few days; when suddenly we came across a
power line crew who were taking a coffee break they waved us down and we
joined the crew and they were asking where we going, well ultimately a guy
introduced himself as George told us where there was lake and also they had
trailer bunkhouse there. He told us Peter our Bull Cook is there just tell
him that I told you it was OK to camp.
Cut a long story short, George came over to talk with us when the crew
returned from there work. He wanted to know what sort of work do we do, our
answer was we are laid off and decided to get away. Well I can understand
that said George; we were quizzed a lot about our working experiences then
George 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 with
a good crew and you look after each other so everyone is much safer on the
working 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 we
will be employed only time will tell, and basically we have to setup
someone 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 drink
so what will it be.
The barman took all the orders and I whispered in his ear please make them
triples and it's on me.
After a great evening two of mates said could we meet up them in the
morning for coffee John said fine by me, why don't you come to my house and
I'll make the coffee lets say 9:30 am, great we will see you both, and so
we all went our own way.
Next morning we all meet at Johns home and Keith & Gavin arrived spot on
time, John said the coffee is almost ready what do you it oh both of us
Keith tell us exactly what you do with these power line guys, so we both
explained what we do sounds interesting but they both said they would have
problems working high above the ground we just laughed.
I then asked this not the reason you wanted to see us both, Keith & Gavin
looked at each other, well are wondering if we would be suitable to do your
house sitting and as you know we both have furnished apartments and our
leases come up for renewal and we have the fear of an increase in
rental. So we are thinking you both may have a guest room that we could use
and 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 discuss
this very interesting proposal. However first we both would to come back
with you now and look at where you live Keith & Gavin looked a little
surprised 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 have
our own bedding so we would not use yours.
Coffee was over and so over to Gavin's place first had a good look around
and then went Keith's place and we found it to be similar. OK guys Roger
and me are going back and we will discuss your proposal which have to admit
is very interesting.
John came over to my place and the sun was getting nice and warm so I grab
two beers and sat outside. So what do you think of the idea, put it this
way these guy have been laid off for how long is anyone guess; I've known
them both for several years and have always been clean and like us have
there own fetishes but that's ok as well.
We need to check with our insurance company and also draw some sort of
legal document to cover both of us.
I suggest the tenants pay for any increase of insurance; they pay there
monthly rent directly into the bank once a month.
The other thought is our bedrooms should to be locked when we are not here
so our private stuff is well out of reach.
So lets go to the insurance company then the bank, this trip really paid of
for us and at the same time the bank advised us where to get lease
agreement forms so with everything tied up we went home and John said come
over to my place I'll cook supper, and bring a bottle with you -- sure
thing and thanks.
I decide to shower to freshen up took a shave both my head and my cock and
balls once done It sure felt good.
Being a warm evening I wore my camouflage shorts and singlet
We phone both Keith & Gavin and suggested we met again but my place same
time tomorrow morning and said we will give you our proposal if you agree
then it's a go!
Everything went well and John and I headed back to the bush, this time we
parked our truck at the company secure parking area, someone came out from
the office asking if we John & Roger, yes we are -- please come into the
office for a few minutes. Would you show us some picture Id to prove who
you are so we showed our driving licenses. Good thank you, as you know
George took all your personal detail but you have not been issued with dog
tags, this proof to the pilot you who you are and also give access to
company parking area when the office is closed, also please wear your tags
at all times as it your id in the event of a mishap. Have a good trip and
so we meet up with the rest of the crew and we flew out to the job
site. Peter apparently had stayed in camp and once we arrived he had a meal
ready as usual. Prior to the meal I think every one went into the lake for
a swim and wandered back to camp drying off in the warm breezes of course
everyone was bare arsed.
By the end of the next six weeks we realized this particular job was coming
to the end, then during the last week George got everyone together after
supper and advised everyone of the situation but then said the next job
will be in the north and will be a lot cooler and possible frost so when go
home bring back your winter gear now Roger and John you don't have any of
this gear so two sets will be supplied to however make sure you have three
sets of heavy weight grey stanfields tops and bottoms don't get any other
brand. You two guys look surprised, well you are part of this crew and you
joined in our lifestyle. The rest of the crew don't forget it we all love
you 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. Well
we all need a good shave was the answer so when you are ready just let us
No problems guys and thank you again. By now we were sl**ping in the
bunkhouse all the rooms were single however you could take two panels out
so in effect it was one room.
We decided to open up the wall and then later we discovery that all the
rooms were common and since we were in the middle we opened up both sides
resulting in enjoying the rest of the crew company, yes were a f****y of
power line workers.
Roger said to me you know John when you look back how we got this job and
what has happened since is absolutely amazing, I hope you realize we have
been working now for over six months and both earning more than before
especially with the isolation allowance which is the one aspect I really
like, I don't think I would feel comfortable if I had to live in town full
time. Never thought of it that way but you know you're right. I'm going to
ask 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 crew
after explaining feeling, the response was very interesting as it turns out
most of the crew had been married but had gone foul for one reason or
Then George spoke up saying his wife had died when his son had just turned
15 yrs of age, but luckily both grandparents offered to look after him so
Jason was given the choice to which grandparent he would prefer to live
with. Jason comment I would like to think about this if you don't mind and
I discuss it with you in the morning Dad if that is OK -- sure Jason no
problem all we want is for you to be happy.
Well Jason excused himself and went to his room, I went upstairs later and
could hear Jason sobbing his heart out; well I went to the bathroom and
then tapped on his door asking may come in Jason -- please Dad.
Come on Jason spilled the beans and I appreciated the fact that we have
both lost Mum but there is nothing we can do about that. I just comforted
Jason for some time while I hug and kissed him and said we all love you so
no holds barred.
Please tell me what the problem is -- after several minutes Jason started
to talk by saying I like both my Grandparents but I don't them fighting
over me. I feel I need to live with basically a neutral person and I was
wondering if Uncle Jake would be willing as he is single and has a large
house and he is your b*****r in a lovely rural location.
Well Jason I'm going downstairs and will be asking everyone to go home and
I will let them know hopefully sometime tomorrow and by the way Jason I
like your thoughts.
Once the house was clear I called to Jason come on guy and I'm getting the
fire lit, a few minutes later I hear Jason coming down he is looking lot
better and the first thing he does is grab me and give me an amazing kiss
and since he was very close he had a ragging hard on which made me
smile. 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 some
Whiskey in the cupboard - do you wish ice with it yes please two chunks. He
brings out two glasses his had iced water and he passes the other to his
dad -- cheers dad.
Well Jason explained why he would prefer to be with Uncle Jake and as Jason
put 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 at
the 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 grab
him and said I love you for being honest and for your information I'm gay
also and proud of the fact and I will tell you now all my power line crew
are the same way. You're k**ding me dad, no I'm not and they are a great
bunch of guys and we work as a f****y and I promise you I'm going to have
you out on the job once you are 16 yrs old so that will be something for
you look forward too.
Now let's phone my b*****r and see what he has says to the suggestion, Jake
quickly answered and when I ask if he would look after Jason until he
Jake's answer was I wondering why you hadn't asked before, so I explained
that both grandparents wanted the job but it was Jason who said he would
prefer to be with you as would teach many things about life and he knew you
would 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 asked
so 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. OK
then I'm suggesting you get the following clothing before bring Jason out
here, get your self a paper and pencil please. Two pairs Carhartt overalls
which allow room to grow get the brown ones, a pair of gum boots unless he
already has some, one pair of insulated work boots say 14 hole safety
boots, a good rough heavy weight winter jacket Carhartt's do good one and a
woolen toque. This gear is for when he is out with me and save wear and
tears on his regular clothes.
Now if you get this to-morrow, and get his other gear together and come out
the next day with Jason and by the way you spend the night here please that
way we can have a few drinks and you won't do anything silly on the way
Thanks so much Jake you're bl**dy good b*****r we will see the day after
tomorrow and I hung up the phone.
Jason is looking at me well Dad what did Uncle Jake say, his first comment
was I was wondering why I had not asked sooner and the answer is YES, Jason
gets up and jumps on my lap he is hugging me and saying thanks dad it makes
me so happy that good mate.
Now lets get very serious, Jake has asked me to get certain clothing
tomorrow for you so you don't ruin you better clothes so we are going to
work wear clothing store for overalls, 14 hole safety boots, a heavy weight
winter jacket plus a wool toque now don't say you don't need it because if
Jake recommends it he is doing it for your good he knows how the winters
So also I want you pack your items up to-morrow, do you still have your
computer packing cases, and yes they should be up in the rafters in the
Jason we need supper so tonight I'm taking you out for being honest with me
and coming out of the closet to me so never be worried about asking me
anything and for your info Jake is also Gay.
Well everything went well and Jason put his overalls on for the trip to
Jake's and since was a little cool so wore his new Jacket, I looked at him
and said All you need is your hard hat now. Hold it there Jason as I
grabbed my camera and also a hard hat I had in the truck. I took several
photos and have to admit Jason looked really good dressed that way. He
really looked the part; this made me feel very proud because when come out
to 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 trying
to pull something out of the ground, Jake just took his jacket off and went
straight over grabbed onto the item and between then the plant came out
suddenly and they both fell backwards and got muddy. Jake and I looked at
each other and burst out laughing. The next thing that happened was Jason
grabbed his uncle hugs him and commences to kiss him eventually coming up
for air Jakes comment was hell; where that did that come from, that sure
was some welcome.
Come on guys lets have beer before we unload anything we sat on the
veranda, Jake gets three beers out and then turns to is b*****r is it
allowed, why not Jake he has to learn better here than with mates hiding in
the 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 there
is plenty more from that comes from Jason help yourself and might as well
bring two others for your dad and me.
Jake said to me George come with me please, Jason saw us leaving we just
said stay here please my b*****r and I need to talk.
Now Jakes house is five bedroom rancher, Jake took me down a long corridor
and then open one of the doors saying this is the room I have planned for
Jason you will see there is a good sized nook with lots of daylight I
thought that would be a good work area where he will have piece and quiet
while studying. In here is a full ensuite with shower stall and a separate
bath tub. There is lots of closet space for his gear the room also has the
Jake that brings us to a point of compensation for looking after Jason. I'm
going to suggest that a second phone line be installed one is his other is
yours and I will pay for that I also need to make his line is ADSL that
provides internet access for him.
Then there is clothing which does not last for ever, what ever you buy keep
the receipts and I will reimburse you. Then there is extra grub, extra
heating 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 are
more than welcome.
George you have given me lots to think about, what else can you think
off. Oh there is something very special Jason came out of the closet the
other day and made me very proud and was Jake that grabbed me, oh thank you
for telling me I sort of suspected that when Jason came out for a holiday
During next years school summer holidays I'm going to take him out to our
job site and I plan to have him in with the guys working as a gofer for the
crew. It's to a sort on an introduction to a working life; I'm hoping he
likes what he sees because when he leaves school I would like him to get an
apprenticeship so that he has TQ ticket.
I like your thoughts I think that is good as by that time many school k**s
get jobs which are not very good, and it will make him think he can do
better. Actually I want him to do a full six week tour and the company does
allow a couple of guys to work in the field with the crew and they paid a
minimum wage for me it's the experience he will get.
Well Jake looked into my house at frequent intervals while I was away, on
my weeks off I hardly used the house as I spent more time at my b*****rs in
order to be close to Jason. This started to make me think perhaps I should
sell the house and find a smaller place. I discussed this with Jake during
the evening and I could see Jakes mind churning over eventually he says
look George why don't you sell up there plenty of room here and rightly so
you need to spend time with Jason. I have three vacant large bedrooms rooms
similar to Jason's room there is also another sitting room but it not used
as it is unfurnished so you bring your own furniture here and have that
room as your sitting room where the two of you can enjoy each other company
when your home plus if Jason wants to bring friend home it's a place where
they can talk and whatever.
You're very convincing and must admit I like the idea, but first I discuss
this with Jason to get his feelings -- wise move b*****r.
Well time is getting on I think I need to go to sl**p, please sl**p with me
George it's years since we have done that -- I never thought you would
Jake and I had a really good night's together making up for lost time; I
got roused hearing Jason moving about the time was 7:00am I quietly got out
of the bed leaving Jake sl**ping. As I left my b*****r's room I saw Jason
and beckoned to him to follow me as I headed for the kitchen. I said let's
get the kettle on as I want to discuss something with you and would like
your 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 expect
that I will spending my time off out here so can see each other. Now Jake
has suggested that I also move in here as there is so much room. Also there
is another sitting room here that is unfurnished and we could bring our
living room gear hear and it would provide you a place for relaxation if
you want to be on your own or have friends in. That way you would not
disturb your Uncle either. There are a lot of items that we would need to
dispose of however something's we will keep in storage for a time when you
might want your own place in a few years time.
We hear Jake coming down the hallway, please Jason have a good think about
this idea and don't rush to give me an answer but I would like to hear your
thoughts before I head back to camp. I give Jason a hug; Jason whisper's in
my ear I like that idea; Ok think about it please.
Morning Jake, you guys were up early I said actually Jason was first and
heard him and took the opportunity to discuss some items with him. We have
a 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 my
boots on and I will be with you. We headed off out the back of the
properly, there was a great big log laying down Jason said let's sit
here. Jason then said there were things that he would like us keep and yes
he thought it was a good idea and would save me money in the long run of
keeping a house shut up and further more by selling it removed the problems
with 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 ok
then I will let Jake know. Next weekend you go over to the house and make a
list of the items we can dispose of and also the items we keep but remember
there is only so much space.
Oh by the way if you walk down to the road junction you can catch the
school bus but we have to find out what time so to-morrow I'll take you
into 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 b*****rs, I
was able to sell my house quickly. I was back at my b*****r's on a few days
off and ask Jason how his school grades were doing, he went and got his
grade sheet and it was interesting in the comments from the teachers saying
that Jason had done poorly at the start of the year but now had come way up
and was ahead in all subjects and they saw no reason why this not continue
in the future. Have you shown this to Jake no not yet? Hey Jake are you
about? I'm in the kitchen come and have a look at this please -- Jake
reads the report and says families hug in order and we give Jason a good
I promised you that I would take you up to camp so you see what I do and
maybe help the crew doing basically gofer work, what do you think -- I
would love that, how long can I stay -- I want you there for the full six
weeks 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 it
might turn cool in the evening bring also two tee shirts, a pair of jeans
not your best ones, your runners, a couple of jocks and some underwear that
about it I think, of course your toilet bag and don't worry about getting
hair cut or anything else like that. Don't forget your camera and make sure
you 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 with
the crew. The office will provided Jason with his dog tag which is also his
flight ticket and also a hard hat. They will advise what time to be out at
the company yard.
No problem at all b*****r, I think this is going to be a wonderful
experience for him.
The day came Jason was really excited, according to Jake; Jason wanted his
photo taken complete with his hard hat on and in fact he got me to do
several with different backgrounds. We arrived at the company yard and the
watchman asked for Id, Jason showed his dog tag and said his Uncle here was
driving him in, are yes your George's son good luck and enjoy the
experience. Jake was given the direction of where to go, Jason said surely
there is no runway here then as we round the corner we see the helicopter
and several guys standing around. We pull up alongside some other vehicle
Jason grabs his bag and shakes hands thanks for the ride Uncle and walks
over to the group of men, they see him coming, someone calls out hey Jason
over here please and so he heads in that direction. The first person says
you're George's son -- yes that's right well it nice to meet you and we
have heard lots about you. Welcome to our crew and I was introduced to
We soon board the helicopter and get buckled in everyone had flight helmet
with ear muffs then I realized they were also earphones as you could hear
the pilot talking to the ground staff. Next thing we hear is the pilot
asking 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 high
speed and them getting pushed forward. A 2½hr flight and we arrived at the
camp and dropped down. Well all disembarked and I saw Dad was there to meet
me, the crew called out hey George we have this young man here I think you
know him. Dad walks over to me and hugs and gave a big kiss in front of all
his crew. The crew was not going to let George get away being the only one
and they all in turn grabbed Jason and did the same saying welcome to our
The crew takes off to their rooms, dad shows me where I'm sl**ping and he
says there are your overalls and work gloves, learn to work in gloves as
sometimes there what we call snags on some of the cables which can ripe
your hand and we don't want any mishaps. Safety is number one on this site
and if you don't understand ask again. One other thing don't call me Dad
unless we are in private call me George the rest of the time as the others
Now here is the daily schedule breakfast is at 7:0am and then go to out on
to the job site by truck. We all take our lunches that Peter has got ready
for us ahead of time. We return to camp generally about 6:pm and everyone
strips off and head for the shower and gets scrubbed up some then take a
dive into the lake and by the way you will find the crew are all naked once
they strip off but some just wear jeans at supper others just have a jock
So Jason indoctrination was very rapid into camp life, however he took it
in his stride and I said to him ok I'm going to get a shower and then a
swim fancy joining me, sounds good, oh leave your towel in your room you
won't need it until after the swim but take your runners and don't worry if
they get wet.
Jason heads for the showers a few moments later George is there and joins
his son, something you won't be used to is your partner always scrub the
other guys back and those difficult places so don't ever be surprised if
you get asked to scrub a back. I notice by this time Jason had a massive
hard on, I said don't be worried about that you will find that happens to
pretty well everyone here.
Now I'm going to do yours so you know where to go and then you do me please
after a good shower they slipped on there runners and ran down to the lake
and dived straight in.
On there way back several of the crew are also heading for the lake for a
swim, George say go get your towel and meet me in my room. I grab my towel
and then just before leaving I grab one of my jock's and then head for
Georges room his doors open come in Jason and close the door. You are a
quick learner and I'm glad to see you have no problems going naked this
means 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 my
jock, George laughs his head off you young bugger you really do want to get
into our way of life, Dad I do this at Uncles Jake's and he is often the
same so it comes naturally -- well Jason it looks as if Jake has been
giving you that extra education not available in school.
Ok Jason let's go and eat, it was then that Jason found out we all eat
around a big table like a f****y, I notice he eat well and appeared to
enjoy the food. After supper we were sitting outside enjoying the late
evening sun with some of the crew, suddenly we hear a truck coming through
the tracks; someone said it sounds like John & Roger who's that Jason asks
the last two members of this crew a really great pair of guys and you will
enjoy there company.
Well the next day went well Jason was able to assist however by the end of
the day he was pretty beat and hence went to bed around 8:30pm, however by
the third day he was getting into the swing of things and not as tired; he
was coming in with the crew laughing grubby as the rest of them and he got
the nickname of Jay, that showed to me he could mix in and even more
It had been a hot day and this was the time I'm going to get him fully
shaved but Jason is not aware of my plans. I had already talked to John and
Roger about to the job.
Everyone went and showered and Jason said phew it was hot today hey George
I need a haircut please, John pipes up I'll do it for you I've my all gear
I'll see you outside thanks John.
Well there were two benches pushed together and as Jason comes out hey come
and sit here Jay. How do you want it, lineman's cut you got it. Well John
did a really good job and Jason was about to get up, hey where are you
going you said linesman cut that's what I'm going to give you, so Roger
then rubs in the shaving cream al over his head and then gets his cut
throat razor and proceeds to remove all the stubble . Please lie down on
the bench on your back. The clipper started again oh yes he likes it just
look at that erection, keep it hard Jason as it makes it easier to rid of
all that hair and then you feel much cooler once the clippers have done
there 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 was
removed that part is now completed, now turn over and then we can complete
Roger holds his buttock apart John get the area covered with shaving cream
and 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 Roger
a big hug thanks mate and then a kiss, then he calls out I'm going into the
shower to rinse off and then a swim anyone going to join me. Well it
finished up with everyone in the shower and while Jason was rinsing he was
getting sucked off by all the crew at the end I think Jason was feeling
well drain but being young he is very virile with rapid recovery. During
most of this time George has been photographing all the action especially
the hair cutting of his son.
Jason put his runners on and headed for the lake followed by the rest of
the crew where lots of fun took place.
Well I think everyone was in jocks that night, from my point of view a good
thing my son's jock is tough because he was really hard. As usual a great
supper and most went about various jobs they wanted to do, Jason said I
want to talk to you George no problem where do you wish to meet, see me in
my room in about 15 minutes.
Jason quickly tidies up and the takes his jock off and is lying on the bed
when there is a knock at is door and calls out come in, George enters hi
guy what can I do for you, come here dad and lie with me but slip your jock
off please. Dad response to the request and once is lying there Jason grabs
his Dad and say's I wish I was older as I want an apprenticeship in this
trade and dad I feel so proud especially with my linesman hair cut it makes
me 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 it
would be a privilege but are you really sure, yes I am as Jason reaches
into 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 over
my shoulders and says Dad I love you please go ahead, Jason arm reaches
over again to his table and produces a butt plug use this to loosen me
up. How long have you had this oh about three years -- I assume you have
used frequently, yes I have and I have slept with it in as I sl**p
generally on my back.
Jason lubes his plug and works it in and out, then puts more lube right on
the tip and slides it in. Go ahead Dad get right there please, well slowly
George 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 was
amazed how easy it was to slide right in right up to my balls. You doing OK
Jason yes dad are you there yet I said yes as I slowly pulled almost out
and then plunged right back in and after a few times Jason said Dad you are
to gently I'm a young man now so fuck me hard please. So I speed up, with
comments harder please suddenly my wild side took over and I really fucked
him hard. The look on his face was that of enjoyment. Suddenly there is a
knock at the door dad says don't answer, Jason said just stay where you are
please. Come in John & Roger entered, are I'm sorry didn't wish to walk in
like this, Jason just said we are have a litter father and son time, yes if
you 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 about
your hair cut Jason. My friends it's absolutely fabulous and thank so
much. What day do you normally do the crew generally either Wednesday or
Thursday when everyone is taking off for there few days off. Please count
me in -- well Jason you are crew and we are very pleased to do you a
service -- I think you enjoyed yourself earlier this evening I sure did
and thanks so much.
Well Jason's six weeks went so fast he wanted to stay for another six weeks
but that would have cut into his school year by three weeks. In the mean
time I had spoken to the office and found out the flight schedules for
supplies and I found out there was going to be a flight five days before
Jason was due at school.
I ask what supplies he need for school and so a list was made up so he had
enough to start off with. I phone my b*****r and said to him Jason wants to
stay as long as possible. Now I got out of him what he needed in startup
supplies and I'm asking you to get them next time you are in town
please. Now Jason doesn't know anything these arrangements so mums the word
on any Email to him.
Well George he tells me he is really enjoying himself and now sports a
linesman hair cut, I laughed and for your information he has vowed to
maintain that style of hair cut, I'm wondering what the school is going to
say as they may think he has become rebellious. Don't worry about that I
have my connections and will advise them ahead of time.
Well the six weeks was coming up and Jason was not so happy, the crew asked
what's the problem Jason, I'm have to leave you guys and you have been good
to me and excepted me so openly and I respect you all for that, I just wish
I 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 and
varied I love being bushed and doesn't matter if it pouring with rain
either. Mined you I have not experience cold weather working but I'm sure
with the right gear you stay reasonably warm. Well Jason there are very few
young's guys who would agree with you but you are right as most of us
started here after working in other jobs.
Just think of it I'm sure you will get a good recommendation from our
foreman so cheer up mate and with that they all got Jason in a big hug your
f****y mate and a bl**dy good mate.
Well tomorrow is the end of the six weeks and George sees Jason is not as
cheerful as normal. When the crew comes in George is out there with his
camera getting photo's of the crew and there arms are on Jason shoulders
laughing and such like.
George is calling out Jason come and sit down here please and you guys
might just as well here what I have to say. For everyone benefit Jason is
going to stay with us another three weeks and then he will fly out and
return to school four days later so John & Roger I'm asking you to give
Jason his final "linesman hair cut", you know it will be our pleasure. Now
Jason do you want to go into town or stay here with me as I have some work
to 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 all
need and I'm meet you all in the lake.
I quickly phone Jake tell him what is happening, his comment is I'm
delighted the fact he is obviously enjoying the work. I also tell him the
what date Jason will be coming in but have to give the time later, I will
also advise the office that you will be coming on site so the gatekeeper
has you on his list, talk to you later bye.
Well Jason that evening was back to his normal self, I said to him son
don't feel so despondent because your going home it does not mean you will
never come back, I know you seemed to have been very happy here plus you
have got on well with the crew and helped them wherever you can, you have
also had the opportunity to be up on the structures and I understand you
have been safety minded and that is a big plus.
Just think about when you go back to school and the teachers ask you what
did you do on your vacation you will have something to tell everyone and me
bet a lot of your friends will be very jealousy of what you have been
doing? Now I have some photos of you working with the crew and also coming
back to camp from the job with the rest of the crew. I will get them
printed 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 have
your camera chip and I will give copies of all the photos taken with you in
them 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 the
school find out if the teachers ask each of the class what they did during
there summer vacations because most k**s do some sort of work to earn a few
dollars. What I'm after is to hear what happens when Jason is asked and how
he explains what he did and whether he uses any of the photos he will have
to 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 finish
up next year with good marks. -- Cheers b*****r -- George
Well Jason is back at school and getting ribbed about having head shaved,
he basically just ignores the comments. One of the classes that was social
studies and the teacher ask everyone what they did during there summer
Eventually it was Jason turn and he said he worked for Power Lines Inc and
joined a crew out in the bush miles away from anywhere; the weather was
great and sometimes hot and for that reason all the crew have shaved heads
to help keep cool and I personally like it so much I'm maintaining
that. Jason was asked what he actually did and he said I have my album of
photos here for any one to look at. The teacher then said may I have a look
please, after a quick scan through he said class I'm going to get the
projector and then Jason can explain what he is doing as he some great
Well the photos where projected onto the screen and there some real good
shots of Jason working and also at the end of the day arriving back at camp
with the crew and all equally grubby.
Jason got asked many questions and tried to answer them all, the only he
did thing he did not give a direct answer was how did you get this summer
job? I was invited through a friend.
A couple of days later the career councilor left word for Jason to see
them; they wanted to know about what I had done. The one thing I was asked
would go back there again I said YES very definitely. You know Jason there
are a lot of your mate's very jealous of what you did this summer but
congratulations you will do ok.
Well the school term went well and he maintains his marks and even improved
in several areas.
On one of regular Emails from his Dad he told him that Colin had messed his
shoulder up and was in hospital and thought it would be nice to for him to
go and see him. Dad also asked would like to join up with the crew again
over the Easter Holidays as they were short handed -- by the way it was
the crew that asked for you.
Jason visited Colin and they had a good talk and he said I hope I'm back
for the next six weeks, before leaving they hugged each other and Jason
gave 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 in
Jason please take a seat, well first may I offer you my congratulations
Jason and please don't let this go to your head but you have been the talk
of the staff room especially the career councilors' who cannot believe what
you were doing. The photographs you have would it be possible to get a copy
for 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 the
three weeks Easter vacation as the crew is short handed because Colin
wrenched his shoulder and is in hospital here in town and was asked if I
would be willing to help out I said yes, but I just wished the Easter
vacation was longer. You tell me they work in the bush for six weeks at a
time 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 said
Jason. So when do they return home? Do you have a calendar please, Jason
looks at it and say's this Friday a week and a half after school has
Well Jason I think it would be a good idea for you to be there the entire
six weeks if that's what you want providing you can bring back more
photographs of you working; Jason comment was you mean I have time off to
go to work, oh thank you so much I will let the company know ASAP; we will
call it work experience on your records.
After school he phones Uncle Jake and says he is going to see Colin before
coming home so could you pick me up at the hospital say around 6:0pm. Colin
is in Room 420 so come along and meet him please and afterwards I'm taking
you out to supper.
Jake asks what's this all about, I'll tell you when you get here. So a good
visit with Colin and then Jake arrives and Jason spills the beans. The
first thing Colin says that's great Jason you can easily do my job, dam it
all you done most of the jobs out there. Come hear Jason and Colin gives
Jason a great big hug. Now you go out and celebrate with your Uncle. By the
way Jake please stop bye any time your in town and let me know how is
getting on as company is always nice.
Jason phones his Dad and says I'll be there for the entire six weeks and
will 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 for
part of tour and returning when Jason goes back, I ask who is it and the
name I'm given is Bob Stollar. So what does he want to see was my next
question, well he would like to be out with the crew some of the time to
get an understanding of what goes on and is prepare to climb etc. Can you
give 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'm
going to phone him, no problem George. I'll be interested on what you find
out no worries I'll let you know.
Well I phone the number given and a guy answered and I asked if Bob was
there yes he said but in the shower anything I can do? Not really when do
you think he will be out? Hang on a minute I hear him -- Bob phone call
for you -- I hear a comment I'll take it in our bedroom -- Hello Bob
hear, sorry to trouble you my name is George with Power Lines and I
understand 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 are
in the bush no booze on site and about 60 miles via the tracks to the
nearest community so all our supplies are flown in we all live in trailer
bunk house with separate rooms our showers are very open afterward many of
the guys once clean go for a swim in the lake so don't be surprised if you
see them naked just with a pair of runners on there feet, we all eat around
one large table and if it's hot most wear little or nothing other than a
jockstrap and often discuss the job and the problems we have had.
Regards clothing I suggest older pair of jeans, several tee shirt some
underwear and may be a jock if you are so inclined or pr shorts, I assume
you will come out with Hi-Vis Overalls, safety boots plus hard hat, oh Bob
says no one has said anything about safety gear. Good I've caught that
before 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 that
Bob Stoller had suddenly quit, so I asked why; his comment was he was not
going to look like some low grade workman -- I started to laugh what's
funny -- oh he is pompous arse.
I'll play you my tape of my conversation with him just standby, are you
ready I ran the tape through and the laughing now was on the other end of
my phone. George keep that tape please just in case -- will do. Oh bye
the way have you any spare tapes no I'll bring some with me Ok well I'm
coming out to enjoy some of Peter's great food great we see you till then
anything you would like me to bring yes three dozen beer and yes I know
it's against company policy but my son is here and I know the crew wants to
give him a good send off when he returns.
No problem at all I'll get it packed up marked fragile in a large box, you
know I had forgotten that Jason is out there with you how's he been making
out? That is something I would like you to access while you are here no
problem I will be delighted to do that for you George especially as you
have one of the best crews and I'm going to be interested how you succeed
Jason Email his Dad and said the school principle has given him time as
work experience so there no time lost at school. This came about after
telling him the fact that a member of the crew was in hospital with a
shoulder injury and have been asked to help out during the east vacation
period. So Dad I will on the flight next weekend and will see you when I
Almost immediately Jason gets a reply from George saying, so long as you
are not skipping school just to get back here I will certainly be please
and even more so he crew.
Jason answers Dad Email the school principle please and he provides the
Email address. Dad I visited Colin earlier this evening an introduced him
to Jake they hit it off well. Colin was very happy that I was coming up to
help out and he is looking forward to returning to our f****y as soon as
OK Jason I'll let the office know and the flight time but I assume it will
be as normal with departure at 1:0pm; Oh Dad is there any way of getting
some video shots featuring me working with the crew that is something the
school has asked for?
Jason you had better bring my video camera up it's in my bedroom and enough
video 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 be
away prior to Easter but during the Social Studies the teacher asked what
every one was going to do during Easter Vacations? When it came to Jason he
simply said the same as during the summer, and so he got away without lots
Once he got back home, he decided to get all his gear together the only
change he made was additional work socks.
Jason is sort of getting excited and it was Jake who said on Saturday it's
my turn to take you out for dinner and tonight we will go to a good class
restaurant so please dress for the occasion.
Well Jason had his bag packed and got Dad's video camera, extra tape and
battery's plus charger.
Saturday afternoon Jason ask his uncle to give his head a good shave, Jakes
says do you want to go the full hog oh yes please.
Uncle Jakes heads out with Jason and arrived at the Victorian Restaurant
considered to be an above average eatery. As they enter Jason spots Colin
sitting at one of the tables, hey Jake Colin is over there; Jakes smiles
yes 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 before
you join the crew tomorrow, it's a sort of send off party even if it's only
six weeks because I know you will do a dammed good job out there so please
bring 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 is
assuming Jason is allowed alcoholic refreshment. Jake says no problem but I
will only have one since I'm driving.
Well this dinner went very well and eventually we took Colin back to the
hospital and everyone enjoyed themselves. We saw Colin back to his room and
finish up with hugs all round and with Jason going one step further giving
Colin a great kiss with there tongue rolling around each other mouths.
Sunday morning Jason is up all ready in his Carhartt's and is getting
breakfast under way he also has his laundry under way in the washing
machine when Jake shows up.
Well between them they get a good breakfast, his washing is out on the
The time has come for the off so as before Jake drives Jason out to the
company yard, shows his dog tag and on they go. Jake parks as before
allowing Jason to get his kit bag out and his dad's video camera everything
is stowed he is greeted with euphuism by the crew who are asking did anyone
see 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 great
time. Thanks Jason you really are f****y mate. We all thought you were
coming up later but we are sure glad to see you; no guys you have to put up
with me for the entire six weeks.
As we are about to board, another guy shows up and introduces himself as
Mike, I'm from the engineering office and I coming out for three weeks to
see how you guys achieve some awkward jobs. So who's who please over there
I think you must be Jason as you're the youngest here, that's right Mike
and Jason puts his hand to shake Mikes hand saying welcome to our f****y,
everyone identified them selves and followed Jason procedure of shaking
hands. They get the call to board once on board every one buckles and gets
there helmets on and bulked up, Jason gets the Video Camera out and gets
shots of the company yard, the pilot saw what he was doing and said standby
guys I'm going to circle the plant for better shots once they are flying to
camp Jason is filming some of countryside to show the wide open spaces. The
pilot 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 the
Everyone is watching Jason and so the flight seemed shorter. Once they land
Jason asks for everyone to stay there few minutes and calls out George
would you come over please and he hands the video over I want a shots of us
coming off the helicopter. George suggests every one goes back on board,
when I call out do your normal talking and laughing and keep walking
towards me as I walk backwards.
A successful shot is done and everyone is happy especially Jason. The last
shot was the Pilot taking off heading home.
George sees Mike welcome to our f****y and they shake hands come on over to
the office please as there are things that I want to fill you in on what
goes on out of work hours.
George quickly gives a run down to the fact the crew after work head for
the showers then with just runners on they will go down to the lake for a
swim the difference being they will be naked from the time they strip off
there overalls and other gear which all gets washed daily then hung up to
dry 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 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 you
may have expected. I think I can speak for the whole crew they all love the
peacefulness of the bush hence we always want these projects which most
crews hate the idea.
My attitude is I will not ask anyone to do a job I will not do, during the
six week tour I'm frequently up on the wood poles or the steel towers to
check on things.
Enough of my yak let me show your room and where everything is and I'm
suggesting 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 towel
here you don't need it and on the way and he mentioned that everyone scrubs
each other backs and those awkward places.
When we arrived one of the crew was getting his head shaved, I just said
looks good Roger nice job. Mike asks why do all the crew have shaved
heads. George laughs some long time ago shall we say about at least six
years ago we were working in a very hot location they were complain about
sweating on there heads then someone suggested lets cut it all off. Today
the entire crew is that way and when my son was here previously it was
about the third day and it was hot.
After stripping off with the rest of the crew he said I need a "Linesman
Hair Cut", well Roger stepped forward and offered his services and they
asked him three times your sure you want to loose it all his answer was YES
and the full treatment you got it.
So since that time he has maintained his shaved head and even the school
accepts his choice and in fact the school has him booked off on "work
experience" so does not show as missing school. Mike says that's the first
time I've every heard anything like that.
Well Mike and I scrubbed each other backs had a good shower and the Mike
followed me into the lake and we had a good swim. Then walk back and sat in
the 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 up
here in the morning getting here about 8:30 am and leave say about 3:0pm
that way here is no problem. I'll be honest I want Jason working up with
the crew doing what ever.
Would it be possible to provide lunch for say no more than six people one
of those will me and I can act as the guide, there should be no problem
George. Tell me what does the crew do for lunch. Peter our Bull Cook drives
out with the lunches he has everything in coolers. I think it would be good
if 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 has
had supper. Mike then says I will meet those coming on the trip a couple of
days ahead and go over safety requirement, for them will just use safety
vests but must have safety boots or safety shoes OK with you? George yes
but if they have work boots more the better. Hard Hats I'll borrow from the
office. George says I really want to meet the principle and say thank you
to him what he did for Jason plus he has helped out the company so we can
stay on time.
Mike's time on site and he did dress correctly in Hi-Vis overalls, work
boots etc; for me Mike fell right into our way of life and halfway through
he was showering with the crew and called out anyone available to give a
haircut please, several offered there services, Mike picked John who asked
how much did he require taking off -- Mike's comment was full "Linesmen
Cut" with all the extras you've got it Mike.
Well Mike got the full goods; he gave John a great big hug thanks
mate. Mike went under the shower to rinse off and then headed for the
lake. Mike was soon joined by many of the crew and a lot of playing around
in the water.
Supper that night was rowdy with lots of laugher, everyone stroking Mike's
head 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 on
he structures tomorrow to get some video do you have any objection? None
what so ever I don't see any problem but do you have any experience of
heights, well I do rock climbing often hanging on my rope. Sounds good
however you will have to wear a safety harness and be roped up then you use
your lanyard anchored to the tower. Question - do you have goggles or
safety glass with you -- sorry no. That's OK I'll lend you some because
up there you need to wear them all the time as there is affair breeze
carrying lots of dust.
Mike spent the whole day up in the structures video taping and at times
helping the crew out, when the crew came down for lunch a fresh tape was
put into the camera but this time he was first up so he could get all the
crew climbing. At the end of the day Mike was as grubby as everyone
else. This time George was getting the shots of the crew coming in and
heading for the showers.
As normal everyone was stripping off there overalls into the laundry box
and heading for the showers, Mike was scrubbing his face when he was asked
want your back scrubbed Mike? Please do - sure thing Mike. That feels so
good mate thanks; I'll do you now so turn around so Mike does what is
normal for this crew.
On the way out of the showers Mike looked at rotation list for doing the
work laundry and saw it was Colin's so he simply stepped and got things
going, in the mean time George was looking for Mike then he spots him and
comes over. How come you doing that well it's Colin's turn and we both know
he 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 have
been several Emails that have come in regarding bring up visitors to the
site come and read them but basically it's a go. Just have to contact the
School Principle to get things into motion.
I wonder what his name is. That's easy to find out I can ask Jason, no
leave that to me as I will ask which school is he at and who is the
principle 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 number
on the internet. The following morning he phones the school and finds out
that the Principle is at home, eventually he gets his private number and
make contact with George Summers the principle.
Mike explains who he is and what he is proposing and asking that he comes
up to the site where Jason is working and you should bring your career
councilors and perhaps one other.
Now the location is about 2½ hrs flying time from the company yard, we
would like you to get there rather early at our company yard by 7:00am so
we can depart not later than 7:30 am that means you will be on site by
around 10:00 am.
Please no good clothes jeans and a tee shirt, but footwear either safety
work boots or safety shoes. We will loan you hard hats, Hi-Vis vests and
safety glasses. You're more than welcome to bring your cameras.
We will provide lunch picnic style with the crew and ultimately fly you
back home leaving around 3:00 pm. So how do you feel about this proposal? I
don't really know what to say it is very generous indeed. Please why have
we been invited?
Well you Sir help save this company a lot of money by allowing young Jason
to come up here under your "Work Experience Program" and it's our way of
saying thank you but also important to let you see that Jason is not
wasting his time working as a gofer. I think you will be amazed at this
young mans abilities and his acceptance by all the crew. Well thank you for
By the way I will be your guide during the trip, now you have to contact
your staff and I would like there names please ahead of time so that they
will be allowed on site. Please email me your comments and the date so we
can setup things, I would like it to take place sometime before the end of
this six week tour but not on the last two days. My Email is
I look forward to hearing from you very soon -- thanks and bye George
hear from you soon -- Mike Hill.
The next day I was in the office with George the site foreman and we were
discussing the way things were going, one thing that was said by Mike was
he was amazed at the way everyone works together and he said you know I
never 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 way
how ever I could see problems if they were to come to your work site
because I cannot see that everyone is either gay or just except the fact on
do the same thing.
Now George sometime in the future I'm going to ask you to think about
giving a talk to our entire power line foreman and explain how you run the
job, now I'm not singling you out because I will have all the foreman to do
the same thing.
For you're your information you spend more time working with the crew than
most 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 work
including going up on the structures with the crew and I know that will
upset at least two foreman
You know one thing that is different here, everyone puts on clean overalls
every day and each member of the crew assists with the work gear laundry on
this job I think that helps creating pride in their job. The other thing is
everyone eats together at a around table so everyone can see all of there
mates making much more of a f****y plus there is free and open discussion
of problems that they see on the job also you except suggestions freely and
I really like that.
By the way when does your son graduate from school, well his marks have
been coming higher than he has ever achieved mind you they were pretty good
anyway. My b*****r his Uncle Jake makes sure he keeps his nose to the
grindstone however at the weekend Jake frequently has him out working with
him 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 me
originally however I have to admit it's a good few years since I wore
overalls but have to admit they are more comfortable than jeans with a belt
around 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 and
reacts very well with other crew members, he is a quick leaner with a great
If he was able to apply for an apprenticeship right now I would recommend
him for that slot. Now if he really wants to work in this field and comes
out to join the crew during his vacations, I could see the company
shortening his apprenticeship by one year.
Remember he also needs a good holiday with you at some time during the year
it should not be all work and play.
Mike returns after three weeks back to the office, and he left wearing a
clean set of standard Hi-Vis overalls saying going to shock them in the
office. George went to wish him a good flight and said your more than
welcome to visit this site at any time and thank you so much for accepting
the way we work and live, Mike grabbed George gave him a big hug and a
kiss, George opened his mouth and Mike tongue was soon in there both rolled
there tongue around each others mouths.
George I'll be in contact ASAP re the school visit. With that the
helicopter took off heading back to company yard.
At supper that night there was a general comment on Mike by saying he sure
fitted in well. That's nice to hear and bye the way we will be seeing Mike
again before the end of this work tour as he is going to bring some
visitors onto the site when I know when I will let you all know. Basically
they will arrive about 10:00 am and depart about 3:00 pm, Mike will be
there guide from town and back to town we are going to provide then lunch
and we will all eat together in our normal way. So don't be surprised to
see cameras clicking etc.
Two days later George hears from Mike to say everything is set up and he
will bring the party of four and will consist of the George Summers
principle, two career counselors and our shop teacher. Now please check
with Peter about any extra grub supplies he needs because of these
visitors, Ok Mike I'll have a talk with him and I can bring it up in cooler
box so get an extra container. See you when you arrive on Wednesday next
week -- Bye
I have a long talk with Peter about extra supplies; the one thing he says
is any one a vegetarian if so how many. OK Peter think about anything else
I'll get hold of again right now
Getting on the phone, Hi Mike something that Peter has asked is anyone
vegetarian if so how many please let me know ASAP -- Email me answer --
Peter I'll get an answer via email on that, Peter says he has checkout the
juice stock and have plenty of orange and apple juice, you know we are not
using that much they are mostly drinking water. What about plastic glasses
lots of them, bread I'll do an extra bake the day before. The only thing I
can think off is some water two cases they should fit nicely into one of
the large coolers.
Peter do you have plenty of paper towels -- lots, thanks Peter I will let
Well the crew was advised the night before that our visitors would on site
around 10:00am tomorrow and everyone would have lunch together so they can
ask question about the work. Please don't play to any camera just ignore
the fact that photos are being taken, I will ask for copies of everything
Later that evening Jason said to me he had been asked for a copy of the
photo that had been printed for him by the office, the school had asked for
a copy and would pay for them sorry I forget to ask before, no problem I'll
get the office to make up another set.
Visitors day -- I didn't go up on the job as I felt I should welcome
everyone arriving however I was dressed as normal for me in my overalls,
Suddenly I hear the helicopter coming in so I make my way out to the
landing pad, being very dry lots of dust is stirred up.
I had arranged for Peter to have coffee for the visitors in the lunch room
after which I'll show all the party where the guys slept, including the
shower block and laundry area.
I wait for the dust to decline and then head for helicopter by this time
the rotors had stopped turning also, eventually the pilot opens the door
and the first one out is Mike, I said we are going for coffee first in the
lunch 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 Safety
vests on, folk's first welcome to our work site if you would like to follow
me and we have coffee for everyone Mike of course is wearing his Hi-Vis
Please help yourself everyone and let's sit down. Again I would like to
welcome you to this remote work site and I'm sure you will have seen we are
well away from communities, however all my crew likes this fact well that
is 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 of
accommodation we provided and other important area's crew comfort.
Now you may have many questions and I'm going to suggest we sit down before
you 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 the
shower block and there are toilets there if anyone needs them.
I hear a comment the shower look like school showers, I pipe up I guess
they are but with dust and dirt blowing around you need your back scrubbed
so the guys help there mates by scrubbing there back and reciprocate with
who ever it may be.
The next comment I hear well that makes a lot of sense, you know it's nice
to hear these guys look after there personal hygiene you got that right
with some of the k**s they frankly stink.
Well folks I'm going to hand you over to Mike here who will now look after
you for the rest of day.
Mike starts off by saying George here is the man in charge, he is the site
superintendent however he is a working superintendent and will shortly join
his 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 his
answer just like you and I.
Ok guys how are you making out good, we just have to get the switch arm up
and secured and then we ready to pull wire -- sounds good. I suggest once
the switch arm is in place and secured we will go down for lunch and join
the 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 please
give 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 all
start our way down and I hear Peter coming with the lunch truck. Jason is
in the middle of those coming down and I see we are getting video taped by
Once we are all on the ground Mike brings the visitors over and introduces
the crew to the guests. Once he gets to Jason it's only then does Jason
realize it teachers from his school. One of the teachers says is that
actually you Jason as I didn't recognize you. By now Peter has got the
cooler boxes open with the lunches luckily there no vegetarian
fixings. Mike had found several planks and set them up for the guests and
the crew to sit on. It was Roger that started things going by asking how
many students take up the opportunity of "Work Experience" with different
After a pause it was George Summers the principle who answered by saying
sadly not enough, to many think they have to get a university degree to get
work, but I suspect tradesmen earn more overall and without a student loan
repayment hanging over there heads for a long time.
Well that got good discussions going and after about 45 minutes George the
foremen said ok guys we have to get back up on the tower and start getting
rope pulled through so please excuse us and I will see you before you
Well the visitors moved back to a safe area but stayed there watching what
was going on. Mike answered many questions from the guests, well the time
was close to 2:00pm so Mike sorry we will have to move back to the trailers
and if any of you need the washroom this will be a good time as about
2:45pm we will get you boarded on the helicopter and I will coming back
with you. I asked the School Principle if they are going to edit the video
tape that has been shot, his comment was yes that is the intention I guess
you would like a copy please and also a copy of the raw footage as we may
see some shots that we can include our foreman has been collecting.
The answer was we will be delighted especially with the generosity your
company shown us today.
Something I would like to know is how is Jason general school work; it was
answered to start with the shop teacher Jason is very meticulous with his
work and uses his hands well with tools, his comments were followed by the
principle's comment Jason went down hill to start with after his Mothers
death but about 3 months later he got back into action and has outdone
himself since then and to be honest that is why I agreed to further work
experience for him. I personally am amazed how he gets stuck in and it's
nice to see how the rest of the crew treat him this operation is like one
large f****y. You know one thing that intrigues me is the fact I understand
this crew prefers to work in remote location they are well away from normal
Mike grabs fire cartoons of orange juice from Peter and says thanks for
your 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 circle
the crew and gets the ok, George says thank you for coming and have a good
So while the guest are boarding George lets the crew know what is going to
happen saying make sure everyone is prepared -- thanks guys.
Ok we better head to the landing pad and get on board, everyone is aboard
and I hand out the juice cartoons. Ok are you all buckle in and you got
your flying helmet straps done up good. I give the pilot the thumbs up, so
with that the engine starts up and after lift off the pilot does a circle
of the crew, camera's were clicking then the pilot headed for home. During
the flight I showed every one how to talk to each other through the
intercom. It was very interesting to listen in and one thing that came out
of what I heard was the principle saying to the councilors I want you two
to do more pushing to getting our students out in the real world and
encourage them to look for TQ's rather than university. Then the shop
teacher said in today's work f***e many girls have taken up trades and are
doing well so it's not a sexist thing.
I thought a good positive discussion had taken place between these
teachers, well our pilot broke in and said we will be landing in a few
minutes, please make sure you have everything and I would appreciate that
you take your juice cartoons with you there as a garbage container close to
where we will be landing, I hope you all had a good flight and its been a
pleasure to have guests aboard.
Once we landed I took everyone into the office so they could use the
washrooms before departing, Joy our receptionist called out Hi Mike I have
something for your guests here, just coming and with that I was handed a
photo album to give to the principle.
Once everyone had cleared the washrooms we were in the front reception area
when Dan Smith our boss showed up and spoke to everyone saying how please
they were to show you folks a little of what goes on in our company and he
hands out brochures showing the many aspects that the company works on for
different clients. Then asks I believe the Principle is with us, yes I'm
over here says George well George we have a little surprise for you. Power
Lines Inc would like to set up a Bursary for students taking a trade so it
will assist them in getting the required text books etc. I hope sincerely
that you will except this offer and I will give you time to think about it
so please give me a phone call or better still email me -- here is my
I don't know what to say, I'm sort of speechless but I certainly will be in
touch 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 the
photo's the album he had, well here is your copy for the school and it's
Everyone shook hands and were about to depart when George Summers the
principle turned around and said look we all would like to take you and
your wife out for dinner to-night as out way of saying thank you to for all
your work to-day. Well that is very nice where do you wish to meet and what
time? Let's say 7:00pm at the Travelers Pub sound good to me. I will see
you then, oh by the way I'm single so if you are booking there is only one
Once they had gone Dan said how did it go Mike? Very well and the funny
thing was they didn't recognize Jason at first and to me that was great. Oh
how is he doing, really well I would wiling support taking him on as an
apprentice and in fact if he work for us again before he graduates I would
suggest knocking a year off his apprenticeship.
Hum that good, he is a natural to the job and is doing a man's job the crew
really like him and he is one of the f****y. Well that is some
recommendation I must say but I will bear that in mind for the future and
you remind me when the time comes.
That evening after clean up and a shave and dressed casually I headed for
the pub to find everyone there must admit the teachers looked a little
different in Casual clothes. We had a great meal and several drinks lots of
discussion and I was asked have you any idea how Jason got the job
originally, not off hand except all I've heard he was invited.
Incidentally we hope to have our video edited within two weeks, there may
be some areas where might assistance to explain what is actually going and
we are asking you if are wiling to help out -- no problem at all I will
About a week before the end of the six week work tour the crew hears that
Colin will be back to work and he has been discharged from hospital after a
lot of physiotherapy he has been told to be careful for the next three
months 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 to
give Jason a real tight head shave and also a more than normal shave of the
private parts and by the time all shaving was completed he had no hair
showing and in fact it made him look much more virile. As usual Jason dress
was 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 for
everyone. I may be sentimental but as a f****y I wish to thank my son Jason
or helping out during Colin's problems -- Here Here says the crew he is a
dammed good shit we love him.
Peter said come and get it guys, sit there Jason you will be severed
tonight, a great meal was had by all ice cream was severed for desert plus
another round of beer.
George calls out come on over here Peter and joins us please; a beer is
served by George -- thanks
I was about to make a comment when my oldest member of he crew is Richard
said 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 of
everything for the future and we all hope he will consider joining us a
permentant member of our crew, he has done over the last six weeks the job
of a fully trained man with years of experience. We congratulate Jason on
his abilities and yet he is still at school and in our opinion he is a very
mature young man way ahead of his time.
Gentlemen please stand and raise your glasses -- JASON
Everyone sits down and there is total silence, eventually Jason stands up
and says this is a wonderful f****y and I hope in the future to become a
full member of this f****y but only time will tell however it is my
intention whenever I have school vacation with a minimum of six weeks I
hope to be back with you guys you are wonderful thank you so much for your
confidence in me -- Gentlemen please raise your glasses -- The Crew &
There is a lot of applause from everyone a third round of beer was supplied
to all and everyone just started come and slap Jason back hug him and give
him a good kiss.
Slowly everyone headed for there rooms, Jason decided he needed another
shower, shortly after getting in the shower the rest of the crew is there
offering 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. No
problem Jason and Richard signals a member of the crew to come
forward. Well before Jason went to bed he had been fucked by all and he had
also most of the crew but eventually he became exhausted. The crew dried
him off and put him to bed, the next morning Jason is woken up by a member
of the crew giving him a blow job.
On his last day Jason was a little sluggish but the crew covered for him
and as usual work stopped after lunch to allow site clean up and make
everything secure, for a change Peter is coming town but John & Roger will
be 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 fills
us in on the events relating to the school visit, George suggests we get
together 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 a
copy 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 will
see you then.
Jason and I headed home to Jakes place, on arrival Jake had already got
supper underway it sure smells good after the usual greeting Jason and me
went to get showered and as normal we scrubbed each others backs and then
just 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 you
guys sorry says Jason as he gets Jake a beer also. Jake then says tell me
how things went on this last tour.
George said so much happened the whole period was very interesting, first
Mike from the engineering office spent 3 weeks with us and through him
Jason got a surprise visit from his school's principle, the career
councilors and the shop teacher.
Oh Jake that reminds me Mike is coming over tomorrow about 1:00pm and I
have invited him to supper also as we have lots of video to edit. Jake says
does that mean I will have to wear some clothes? No we shall be dressed as
we 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 the
tapes, it turns out there are some really good shots especially those
leaving the company yard and even better coming into land at our job site
pad 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 real
good shots of the crew high up on the structures, we then looked at the raw
footage 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 that
day 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 you
should say over night so you don't get pick up for having too much! Now you
share a bed with me or Jason otherwise I guess it's the floor with some
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 and
I would be honored for you to share my bed.
Jake said this is a wonderful day and I think we should all celebrate with
some liquor's once the liquors were poured Jake said -- The Video may it
hit all the schools
The others said here, here; George said I hope this video will encourage
other 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 video
the rest of the weekend was father and son time.
Jason returned to school and gave the principle a copy of his video; after
leaving the school office his friends were asking where have you been? Away
on work experience the last two weeks gee you are lucky bugger was the
About two weeks later the two highest grades in the school were all
assembled in the small hall. The principle said we have decided to show you
two video's and point of this excessive is to encourage all of you boy or
girl to seriously consider a trade Qualification certificate often referred
to as a TQ ticket.
Today both boy's and girls have TQ many of the ladies are working as
electricians, carpenters and similar trades. Don't be concerned you might
be getting your hands dirty a lot of tradesmen wear leather gloves that
protect the hands.
Now your two school councilors, shop teacher and myself were invited to
spend a work site where power transmission lines were being built -- the
company that generously did this was Power Lines Inc.
I will run first the video shot by one of our student who was working there
and then the video taken by our group.
After this we will take questions and try to answer everything you throw at
Everyone one was very quiet and from what could be seen all were watching
closely, ever now and again someone would quietly say to who was sitting
next to them it's that oh what's his name!
After both video's were shown the principle, ok folk your question -- yes
Jean there a guy in the video who looks familiar any idea who that is yes I
know 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 job
work experience, your councilors are at present in contact with a number of
employers, perhaps one of the councilors would like to answer this
please. They said the were in negation with several companies including
electrical, carpentry, machine shop and a welding shop we hope to have more
information within the next two weeks.
You ask earlier who that guy was -- would that guy please come up and
join 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 was
invited to get work experience as a gofer, the gofer aspect did not last
long and I have to admit the first time I went up on one of the towers it
scared the hell out of me, but once there and provided with lots on moral
support from the crew. I found that the crew was encouraging me to do
different jobs as time went on and according to them I became a full member
of the crew.
Then member of the crew Colin had a mishap by wrenching his shoulder and
finished up in our local hospital. I learnt of this and visited Colin to
see how he was making out. Colin told me he hoped to return for the next
six week tour of work.
In the mean time I had been contact and asked if I was willing to work my
Easter Vacation filling in for Colin, then I got called to Mr. Summers
office and after some discussion he learnt that I was going back to the
work site for the three week Easter and made comment I wish the Easter
vacation 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 there
for the full six week tour.
Now many of us wear some sort of necklace this one of mine Power Lines Dog
Tag that give me access to the company site out of hours its also my ticket
for flights to the job site but possible more important is has info about
me 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 are
really worth seeing as there no lights in site other that the camp
After work we all strip off and head for the showers, there has been a lot
of dust so you help your partner by scrubbing each other back after which
most of us went into the small lake for a swim and a bit of fun and
generally everyone got dunked. On the crew I was with Richard was the
oldest member and he was 55 yrs old but always in the water the same as
anyone else, our foreman who was a working foreman was no different to any
other member of the crew.
My comment to everyone, I'm very glad I got invited to get this experience
and for me it is work that I really enjoy, you guys I must not forget the
ladies out there please think seriously about getting a TQ and you
basically will never be out of work. If you have any questions I will try
Thank you Jason, so does any one have questions for Jason, you said you
lived in camp do you have your own room? Yes everyone has there own
room. Do you have TV yes they used satellite service and that also brings
in the internet which is setup with a wireless router so any member of the
crew who has a laptop gets access. You mentioned you all help out each
other scrubbing each others back are the showers doubles? No they are
similar to school showers one large area with many shower heads. How high
up have you worked? 250 feet, doesn't that scare you yes it did at first
but now I'm don't have that problem.
Mr. Summer's cut in by saying I think we should all give Jason a round of
applause, the noise was deafening from the clapping; eventually Mr. Summers
said we will now adjourn and I ask you all to look at the brochures that
are on the tables over there so folks please mingle ask questions and
The principles secretary comes in and gives him a letter, after reading it
he does something different he shows the letter to Jason and then his
staff. May I have your attention folk this has just been delivery to me and
I read it out to all of you.
Power Lines Inc is going to give us a Bursary value is $500.00 to assist
anyone from this school who is going to get a TQ ticket. The money is to
assist with the purchase of the required text books.
So folk that is a good start, also in the letter we have been asked to
provide a special name for this Bursary. So folk I would like your
suggestions, all the folk got into a huddle then one of then said we have a
suggestion we all feel on this occasion it should be name the "Jason
Bursary" 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. We
continued to mingle please ask questions to ever you wish after this will
be the end of the day for school to-day and it's Friday so I hope everyone
has a good weekend.
As principle I watched to see what went on, Jason was well into
conversation with most there; next came our shop teacher who was getting
his share of questioning, I notice the career councilors were not getting
the attention I would have like, I guess I will have try and find out how
The day ended and Jason headed home, as he got into the house Jake said how
was your day tiring but good however I think I need a good shower so I will
see you shortly.
Jason by now had learnt how to shave his own head so he gave himself a good
going over including his cock & balls, then rinsed off in cold water which
made him think he was in the lake.
After drying he slipped into a jock and went to see Jake, Hi Jason so tell
me about your day please, let's go and sit outside uncle sure thing I'm
going to have a beer would you like one that's the best offer I have had
Once out on the porch Jason relates all the activities and especially this
afternoon, Jake first question was, did they spring this on you? The
principle had discussed this with me about three days ago asking if I was
willing but I didn't know when might occur.
So how did you make out, I think my effort went over well as the principle
want students to consider TQ's rather than university. Both video were
shown first then question time. Then everyone was asked to mingle they even
had refreshments and cookies there.
During this time the school secretary came in and handed the principle a
letter he then showed it to me and then his staff. Then the principle read
out this letter to everyone stating that Power Lines Inc would give a
Bursary to the value of $500.00 to anyone taking an apprenticeship for a TQ
and it was to assist with the purchase of text books required. Power Lines
Inc requested that a name be given to the bursary and everyone was asked to
come forward with what they felt would a suitable name well everyone got
into a huddle various ideas came forward and eventually they asked the
principle if the name Jason Bursary was suitable because I had started this
whole affair off.
After the videos were shown I got the feeling a lot of those there suddenly
were giving me a lot more respect, then the using of my name for the
Bursary, anyway we will see what happens. I guess it's going to be long
letter to Dad this evening.
One thing I did notice was the shop teacher and I got the most questioning
when we mingled, the career councilors sort of looked lost.
Sounds like you had busy day, so how did you feel giving your speech to
everyone, 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 and
grubby and I didn't even feel tired in fact Saturday I cooked the supper
for Jake and myself
Well Monday came so back to school, everything had settled down into the
normal routine. During this school year Jason though he was going to work
again over Easter but Dad said no, he was coming home on vacation and we
were going to make a camping trip up north, then he asked do you think Jake
would enjoy joining us, I don't know but I can ask him -- do that please
and if he says no you two need time together just say we are all f****y so
it's f****y trip.
Over Easter Jake, George and Jason went on a trip to the Yukon neither Jake
nor Jason had ever been there and both found the area beautiful plus the
wild life was fabulous.
Ultimately they returned home George went back to work, during his absence
Mike from the office took over his crew and according to all Mike did
well. The benefit here was the fact he knew all the crew other than Colin
who when he was there before Colin was in hospital.
Well this year was graduation time and as expected Jason did graduate with
honors. In his speech he pushed those present please do consider getting a
TQ and as a matter if interest how many of you are going that route, well
about 60% of those present said they were, Jason turned to the Principle
and said I would those getting a TQ have this button -- George Summers
simply smiled said go for it.
All those that just indicated there were going for a TQ would they please
come up to the stage, as they came up Jason pined on them a simple button
which said I'm getting a TQ. What trade, well it ran through most trades
several hugged Jason and said you gave me the incentive to go this way
thank you so much -- keep in touch please -- will do.
The first week off from school he used it to tidy up everything, during
this time he phoned Mike in the Engineering Office of Power Lines
Inc. Jason said I'm not sure how to make an application for an
apprenticeship. Mike said I'm sure glad to hear from you.
Are you available for interview next week no problem Mike, I'll get it
setup do you have Email yes, I'll get your address of your Dad and will be
in contact. Please be relaxed and don't dress to kill however good pr pants
and a nice shirt and no tie.
Just be yourself and by the way our CEO really enjoyed the video you put
together as it show really what happens up there on the towers. Tell me
have you worn spurs yet, no but I want to learn, that's great because I can
assure 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 your
time, no problem Jason we will see you next week.
Mike phoned Dan Smith the CEO and advised him of the phone call; Dan's
comment was great he is going to be a very useful member of our
company. Mike reminded about the idea of shortening up his
apprenticeship. I'm in full agreement on that one because of the experience
that he has already gained, you know when you watch that video you would
think he was a fully train linesman, I would like you to watch it again and
I would like to here your feeling in his area because we either pay him
above the regular rate and full rate in the last year or we really shorten
up the training period. Please think about that one and let me know, I
suggest we get together for lunch next Monday and bring young Jason in on
Tuesday say 9:30 am perhaps you could let him know please.
Mike took the Video home, and watched it several times and he could see
what Dan was driving at, it's a difficult thing on how to deal with this
one. I have to admit Jason is well advanced in his training and that was
evident when he was on site while Colin was in hospital, he was actually
doing 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 and
see our lady in the front office and ask for me. Mike received confirmation
he would be there.
Monday Mike caught up with outstanding items on his desk, then about
11:00am 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; Dan
is expecting you. Dan gets up from his desk and said lets be a bit more
comfortable and they move over to the arm chairs. So Dan did you watch the
video? Yes I did in fact many times and one thing that I saw was we should
have paid him the full rate when Colin was in hospital and covered and
allowed us to catch up on our schedule for me he was doing a full job and
we neglected to compensate him accordingly however that is difficult as
should it get out it could cause problems with other work experience guys
in the future.
Tell me Mike how many weeks has he worked for us? I'm not sure but we can
ask 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 it
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 guests
visited, no one knew that they were from Jason school and I know dammed
well that George never said anything to anyone other our guest. The crew
came down off the tower of course Jason was one of them and George is there
introducing everyone and when it came to Jason one of the teacher we have
Jason and they looked closer and my god it's you Jason, yes he said it's
me. 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 and
it 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, or
do we increase the pay rate for him
Well 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, I
said they are listed in percentage of the full rate. Dan looks at the time
and says lunch time.
Let's go as we got up and headed out of the office, quickly slipped into
the payroll office and got the rates and joined Dan outside, come on we
will use my car.
Over lunch the rates were discussed and they both agreed on three years
first year 45%, Second year 65% last year 90% I feel that will help
compensate where we have been amiss.
Mike said it will be interesting to see if anyone else seeks "Work
Experience"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 judgment
and revisit sites of your choice and talk to guys after work at the same
time put out a notice that we are interested in accommodating young folk to
gain work experience.
You know we will provide Hi-Vis overalls, hard hat, work gloves and safety
glasses, however the successful guy must provide his own safety boots make
sure they are either 16 or 14 holes boots. Re suggested clothing talk to
George 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 need
within 5 years Superintendant Foreman and in my opinion George is the man
but that is between you and me.
Jason got his apprenticeship and soon was well into it once every six
months he had to spend time at school for three weeks at a time; however
this school was so different to regular school. The three years went very
quickly and now he was put with George's crew simply because Richard was
retiring as of the end of this six week tour but being a great guy he
waited until his replacement was on site. Little did he know it would be
Jason, 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 on
Well Supper that night everyone was starting to eat when Jason slipped into
the lunch room and went up behind Richard and said welcome to your
retirement mate it's so great to see you.
Come here Richard and standup please and Jason gave Richard a great kiss
and hug saying thank you so much for putting up with when I was a school
k**. Richard had tears in his eyes say my friend you were never a school
k** in my eyes you were a smart young man and understood our ways which so
many cannot handle.
Jason I love you so much please come and see me when in town this time it
was Jason who got a real big tight hug and one of the best kisses he had
Richard I must go and get my supper if you don't mind otherwise Peter will
be after me!
Returning to the table he had hardly sat down when the rest of crew raised
there glasses and said welcome home mate or should we say "Linesman", guys
it is great to be back so where have you been and what did you do during
your training? Jason was over whelmed with questions and he said give a
chance to eat and after supper lets all go outside for a good BS while it
is still warm.
Things settled down Richard actually left the following week after a good
send off and since he was one of the longest serving members of the company
they were arranging a dinner for him in town during this crew's weekend
Over the next five or six years Jason moved up within the crew to a slot
that Richard had held quietly to that of assistant foremen.
Mike has been in consultation with George and now he asked him to come into
town on the next flight out, bring your work gear with you as we are going
to several other sites, I expect you will away for about a week and
sometime staying in camp but at least one hotel.
George arrived at the office still in his work gear, why change it's so
more comfortable dress this way. Mike meets him and took him to his office
and as soon as the door was shut he gave George a real welcome. Please sit
down and I will explain what we are planning on doing.
We are looking at promoting you to Site Superintendant being responsible
for all the foreman, the main thing is to get them all working the same way
and not sitting in the office all day. So I plan to show you some of the
sites and introduce you to the respective foreman they are all good but
some are exceptional. However I will leave that for to you to find out. Now
you will need somewhere to work out of there is a connecting office next to
mine and that can be yours. Incidentally we don't dress up for anyone one
here either as you will see when Dan comes in shortly to see you and there
is nothing wrong in wearing your overalls in the office either.
Mikes phone goes, hello Mike speaking oh hi Dan yes he is here -- ok see
Dan is on his way, the door opens Dan walks in wearing just denim work
shirt and jeans. Hi George it's great to see you, I assume Mikes filled you
in on what we are proposing yes he has thanks -- good now I see it is
11:30 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't
know why you have picked me as there are more senior foreman than
myself. We picked you because you are constantly or ahead of planned times
for construction plus you never appear to have any labor problems which do
occur at times with some crews.
Well thank you for your confidence in me I will endeavor to do my best that
all we can ask says Dan and he passes a piece of paper to him. George looks
at it and then says am I reading this right, yes you are and I should add
plus truck allowance for the time being but we are going to get you a
suitable truck what ever you feel is required talk to Mike about that as he
has seen lots of the terrain you have to travel over. So George I assume
it'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 or
concerned if you go a different route, the thing is make it suitable for
your requirements so I suggest to-morrow you go around all the truck
dealership and see what there is out there don't rush, go home and think
about 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 what
you come up with. Oh by the way I will not put a notice out to all the
foremen until you are ready and for your information the job start as of
Mike says lets go back to the office and talk about the truck, once back at
the office Mike provides me with another dog tag, this one opens all the
doors 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 so
you have somewhere safe for your gear plus a good secure box installed in
the rear truck bed, now this box we can get that made up easily and would
be cheaper than ordering via a dealership. So George what else can you
think of a powerful spot light on cab roof, it should have a company radio
with all our channels, the radio needs scanning ability. I would prefer
uncarpeted cab and have all rubber flooring so it can be washed out because
lets face it some places are real muddy and the carpet would be buggered up
Well George lets go into your office and for some reason we went out down
the hallway instead of through the connecting door; so lets see what you
need you already have a desk and chair plus filing cabinets, looking around
George says a table on which to layout a drawings also I think I should
have a casual area say a coffee table and some suitable chairs as that can
help putting any foreman I'm talking too more at ease smart move says
Mike. Then Mike says I must show you this and he opens the connecting door
which in effect is another room with tea and coffee making gear, a small
bar type frig. Then opening another door is a shower and toilet. Finally
the door into Mike's office who then said going back to your office the
sliding closet in your office is designed as a wardrobe so if needed you
can change clothes. I keep a pr of good jeans and a denim shirt plus
regular 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 doing
a tour of other job sites with me. George phoned his b*****r and said are
you cooking tonight or would you like to go out for supper and no changing
either, he answered where the hell are you, I'm at the office so I will
home 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 that
should do it.
I expect you will be back on with your crew mid next week and I plan to
also be with you as I need to talk to Jason as my plan is for him to take
over and by the end of the crews six week tour you will depart to your new
office, I know it's going to be a wrench to leave those guys but I feel you
need promotion and Jason is totally accepted by everyone. I plan to get the
notice out the last week of your tour is that ok by you -- yes says
Well George found a suitable truck and it is now getting the companies name
etc plus other items he suggested installed.
Over the next few days he and Mike travelled to a number of sites always
unannounced so you saw things as they were. On one day we did three sites
as the helicopter was free and that sure sped things up and Jimmy our pilot
is a great guy and did not take long for him to clue in on what was going
on. Mike said Jimmy what you hear discussed between George and me you have
never heard and mums the word in this case. Jimmy put his thumb up
indicating he fully understood.
As Mike said they both returned to George's crew and they were off the
structure having a tea break, the crew saw Mike nice to see you how's thing
Mike, pretty good thanks other than I need a good "Linesman Haircut" is
anyone willing the answer was yes providing you shower with us this
evening. Well I might be shy you know and that brought on lots of laughter
we will see you all later.
We headed first to see Peter and let him know he had two extras for supper
and for a few days. Then we went to George office and discussed the events
of the last two days.
Yes I can see that down the road we will need to get all the foreman
together in one room and basically we need a lot more video of what goes on
and 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 in
there with there crew not to do there job but to guide when required and
you know Mike I might be a good idea for the foreman to video tape there
own 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 the
structure or from an adjacent structure. We will have to give the foreman
suitable training on how to use the camera and one of us should be there to
help ensure the camera does not get damaged. This is also going to get the
foreman 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 I
Well we heard the crew coming in so we got stripped off and got scrubbed up
in the showers with them, then someone's voice called out hey Mike you
wanted the full treatment sure do please OK come over hear and it was John
sit your butt down please, hey George it looks as if you have got really
scruffy mate come over here says Roger and let me clean you up thanks
mate. Once everyone got the full treatment all the crew headed for the lake
and a quick swim, returning to our sort of patio area e all sat there I was
asked so where have you been George?
Mike asked me to go on a tour of other work sites, so did you see anything
interesting that would help us here that is difficult to answer as we were
only at the site for about 6 hours before moving and in fact one day we did
three sites with the aid of Jimmy flying us in and out arriving at the
first place bout 8:30 am so we had an very early start that day and finally
got home about 7:00pm.
So the rest of that evening was just general chit chat with everyone. After
good nights sl**p and at breakfast Mike said Jason I would like you to stay
behind please as I want to talk to you privately. Don't worry Jason I will
fill in for you as I need to do some climbing and it's important you don't
worry about the crew they are good and you know that.
Well George headed out with the crew and like everyone got his safety
harness on complete with the lanyard.
Jason was wondering what this meeting was all about when Mike showed up
they both got a refill of there coffee mugs, lets go into George's office
and shut the door please. Jason you look worried don't be as I'm the
messenger of good news for you as I'm offering you position of foreman for
Jason looks at me and would you repeat that please as I not sure if I heard
you correctly I'm offering you position of foreman for this crew and will
you except, well thank you very much why me? There are two reasons firstly
you are gay like all of us here and you know what happens after work is
completed. Secondly you have good communication with the crew and I know
the crew wanted you to take to take the assistant foreman job when Richard
retired and you have done that job well. So now it's your turn to take over
the foreman's job your rate of pay will then start off at as Mike hands
Jason 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, Jason
asks anyone completed there apprenticeship especially from my old school
would be great. There are two that I know off both have finish up with good
reports and are keen to learn at present they are both filling for holiday
relief on two other sites.
I would like to meet them both on the work site and see them at work, well
that is no problem I'll check and find out Jimmy schedule. Well Mike finds
that tomorrow Jimmy is available so first thing tomorrow morning Mike and
Jason take off to see Shaun at site #3.
This time Mike does advise the foreman ahead of time but not the reason for
the visit, we arrive and it's a great day the foreman meets us at the
landing pad. We call to jimmy go and get yourself a coffee if you wish --
We start straight away by saying we are hear to find out how your relief
guy is working out and also please point him out. Ok let's walk over to
where foremen John points out Shaun. We stand and watch without staring and
I ask if you have a vacancy on your crew would like to keep as a crew
member. No question about that he has shown several of my guys some short
cuts that he learnt during his training.
Would it be ok to go over and steal him away from the crew for about 15
minutes, sure no problem. Jason heads that way while I continue to talk
with John; hi guys my name is Jason I would like to steal Shaun from you
for about 15 minute please.
Don't be worried Shaun I'm here checking on all the guys like yourself who
have gone through our apprenticeship program so how are you making out and
please don't beat around the bush talk straight if in your opinion
something is the shits be honest and say so.
Well I have to be honest this crew is not that well informed because when I
have suggested what I think is a better way that I had learnt they are
really good in accepting my suggestions. Then when they try it they realize
hey this is much easier.
So what school did you go to Badlands High, oh that's interesting I was
there as well, you were? Yes great is that your name on the Jason Bursary
yes 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 suddenly
very quiet I said what you say here is between you and me it will go no
Shaun is still very quiet so I ask him directly are you Gay? I am and proud
of it. Shaun then looks me in the eye and says yes I'm gay I've been
frighten that I would get fired if anyone found out. You don't need to
worry about that in this company there quiet a few who are. Thank you for
being honest it takes a lot of courage to come out. Do you live at home or
do 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 good
crew but in an isolated area? I have not experience that but I do like the
country 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 if
it'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 Bob
we were made very welcome and asked the same questions. We were watching
the work going on overhead which is Jordon, Bob said he is the third one
from 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 silent
and then said the problem is the crew doesn't really except him I don't
know why. Have you talked to the crew and Jordon privately? I suggest you
should do that because you have a recently complete apprentice who needs
help and for this to occur really is not good says Mike. Put yourself in
Jordon place how would you like it -- oh you really do hit low, I'm
serious Bob this is something you should have handled sooner.
When does the crew come down for a coffee break, well frankly they rarely
do was the answer. Well please bring them down and you will talk to them
right now and my partner here will sit down with Jordon privately.
Bob got his crew down and Bob introduces Mike thank you Bob; Mike started
off by saying I understand you guys do not except young Jordon so what is
the problem I need to know now. There was dead silence but two guys looked
very sheepish so I tackle those first, I think you two know the reason so
let's get it out in the open because one way or another I will find the
true. Bob please keep the crew here for a few minutes I'm going to talk to
Jordon and see what he has to say. I was then I could see some agitation
amongst the crew. Bob said quietly I have some hot heads here and I can see
I 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 -- I
was soon filled in, thanks I think we should remove him from this crew and
give him a fresh start -- yes I agree. OK get Jordon to get all his gear
together and we will take him with us.
I get back to Bob I've got the answer good what's the problem they are
calling him a faq! Oh god what the hell are those idiots thinking of
because I will not have intolerance because a man may be gay, I know there
are some dammed good linesmen in this company who are gay and they do a
dammed good job.
I'm going to lay the law down because when find who started this he is
going to get fired, once I heard what the problem is I'm going to relocate
Jordon and we will take him with us when we leave. I think that is a wise
move and it will be safer for Jordon as well. He has been asked to get all
his gear together -- thank you Mike.
Bob now look I have found out that you guys have been calling young Jordon
a faq, that type of intolerance will not be tolerated in this company and
when I find out those responsible for this they may get fired even if that
means all of you. Now clean up your act and get you butts back on the
job. We are pulling Jordon off the crew and now you will have to work
harder in order to get the job done.
Well Jason meet up with Jordon and after introducing himself, Jordon lets
go for a walk so how are you making out here, lousy was the answer how come
they call me a fag -- oh do they.
So Jordon what school were you at? Badlands High oh that is interesting
that's my old school. Look Jordon I'm going to ask you a very personnel
question are you gay because I am.
Jordon looked at me and said you are k**ding me, no I'm not, oh what a
relief to find a friend so tell me do you live at home or do you have your
own place. I live on my own I got kicked out when I came out to my
folks. That's too bad so how did your folks take it when you came out. Well
without going to into much Mother died and I was brought up my uncle and
then one day at home dad asked me if I was gay and said YES he simply
hugged 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 asks
Mike; well was thinking we should move Jordon to John's crew as we both
know 50% of his crew is gay and I would like Shaun on my crew however
perhaps it would be better for me to take on Jordon as I broken the ice
with him and I know the crew will help him out. Good decision Jason I fully
agree, let's go and talk with Bob.
Hi Bob sorry but you're having a bad day, so can you mange this crew and
get them cleaned up. I hope so Mike good however we will have to find a
replacement for Jordon I agree in time yes, now how are you going in
relation to the schedule; not as well as I would like we are about three
days behind. Hum that not good so where is the hold up? I get all the
supplies on time but the crew productivity is well down.
Question for you Bob do you up go up on the structures and work with the
crew and give them some leadership. It a long time since I climbed must be
four or five years since I was there. Well Bob I want you up there with the
crew 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 in
private ream him out and give a written warning, this paper trail is
important, on the third warning give him the choice of quitting or being
Well we leave the site with Jordon and all his gear on board and head back
to my crew once we land I said to Jordon come with me please and the first
thing 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 no
problem Jason oh any idea where George is, most likely up with the crew you
know him, I laugh and said he loves getting right in there.
Once Jordon finish his coffee, Jason said ok Jordon lets go and find your
room so you can get sorted out but don't get cleaned up yet. Jordon
returned and said he would sort things out later ok then lets go and find
the crew and since there was a truck there I took him out to where the crew
were and as we arrived they had just come down George sees me and we meet
up. I would like you to meet Jordon as he is going to fill the gap in our
crew, Mike slips away and has a quick word with the crew telling them what
has happened -- thanks Mike. OK lets get him introduced to the crew so
Jason that Jordon over and does the intro, so what does the crew do when he
is introduced they welcome him in there general way with a big hug from all
saying 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 all
don't bother to get dressed this time of the year so don't be shocked when
you see our crew going around in the buff since it is very warm here we
just wear a jockstrap as our formal where. Jordon said that is something I
don't own, no problem there are plenty here between us we will loan you a
couple so you don't feel out of place.
So come on Jordon you might as well ride back with us and we will show
where things are. Mike, Jason and George are talking and see Jordon take
off with the crew. Hey guys did you see that, what says George the crew has
taken Jordon under there wing by all accounts. So lets get back and join
the crew in the showers, as we arrived in the showers we saw Jordon
laughing as something that was going on, the next thing was he was getting
his back scrubbed and he soon turn around and did the same for whoever's
back it was.
Everyone headed for the lake and Jordon seemed much more relaxed so as
eventually as we were all heading back Mike was talking to Jordon and asked
him so what do you think of this location it's roughly 60 miles in all
directions from the nearest habitation. I'm going to tell you it is very
different from living in town and this crew all prefer jobs in this type of
area, and at night you can sit outside and not a light to be seen the stars
seem much more brilliant.
Jordon turns to Mike I must thank Jason for getting me out of Bob's
operation it was very depressing. I'm glad to here that and I'm sure you
will fit in here really well.
At supper that evening Mike had decided to make an announcement to the crew
so once everyone had finished eating and it had got down to chit chat. Mike
stood up and hey guys I have some news for you as of to-day Jason is now
your foreman hence the fact that Jordon has now joined your crew.
George who has worked with you all is now the site superintendent and will
be responsible for the entire power line foreman. So I can assure you I can
see George dropping in on you guys every now and then especially when he
needs a "Linesman Cut with full treatment"
Thanks guys I felt you all should know first since George has been with you
guys for a long time.
Suddenly Jordon ask if he could make a comment, sure by all means was the
answer he got from Jason -- go for it mate.
I would like say thank you to you all in making me so welcomed into this
crew, it feels like a f****y and I hope I will not let you down. The crew
got up and one by one grabbed Jordon again but this time they all gave him
a big kiss then Kim crew member said Jordon everyone in this room is gay so
you are very safe.
Well the rest of the evening went as normal, George, Mike & Jason actually
Next morning after breakfast the crew took off Jason told then I see you
all later, Jason, George and Mike sat down and discussed what had happed
when we visited Bob's crew and as George put it that is going to have to be
watched closely turning to Mike what's our construction load like. The
answer 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 at
each location. That means eight weeks well actually seven weeks as this is
already done because I need to do an assessment of how the various crew and
foremen are all working. After that I will have enough info to have the
foreman all in town and work on getting them out on the job plus dealing
with bad practices like the Jordon affair. We will do a bit on safety and
perhaps a refreshment of their First Aid tickets.
Well I assume all foremen do have First Aid tickets? Mike says he is not
sure you have got me there. Actually I would like the Cook, assistant
foreman & the foremen all should have tickets. This site will have two
Jason and Peter -- you forgot Jordon it's part of the apprenticeship
Jason something I have found out is the two guys that we saw Shaun & Jordon
both were at my old high school so it sounds as if they are getting some
students in trades and that is great. Mike says you should do a visit there
once you have an assistant foreman selected and come to town say on the
Wednesday 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 my
knowledge he is however I can ask young Jordon.
So Jason do you have anyone in mind for our assistant, must admit I haven't
thought to much about that but I will talk to George and see what his
opinion is of the guys since he has been with hem much longer than
myself. That's fair comment but you worked while a student with this crew
so you must have formed some ideas.
Well Roger has sort of become a leader and he seems to be respected and
they 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 does
what's wrong nothing but I would like you get yours ASAP. The reason is I
planned to make you assistant foreman to cover for me when I'm away. So
will still three guys with FA tickets as Peter, John and hopefully yourself
in the near future. I can get the books up here for you to study and then
you will have to go to town to write the exam and then do the practical. So
between us here we should be able to get you up to speed so what do you
Well if you think I'm up to it the answer is yes and thank you and yes
there is a plus payment on your basic wage of $1.50/hr, so over the next
few weeks Peter & John worked with Roger and when he went to town he passed
at 95% which was above average.
As the end of the first six week tour for Jordon with us was coming up I
spoke 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 and
take 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 cold
shouldered when I came out, that's too bad I was lucky as my dad supported
me and when he told me he was also gay we sure hugged each other and I was
Jason I have a question for you why do all your crew have shaved heads, I
believe its called the "Linesman Cut", well I laughed and said it goes back
a long way, when I was here on Work Experience from school and after the
third day it was very hot and I was sweating heavily and I indicated I need
a hair cut. Someone said no problem Jason do you want the full linesman
works yes please. So I finished up with the same cut that I have now. My
Uncle who had contacts with the school and advised them not to get up tight
when 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 that
every since had have no regrets. If you wish to go that way talk to either
John or Roger that do a great job, however most guys can do
haircutting. Thanks for your time I will go to town this break and look at
what I wish to keep and put it in storage and get rid of my apartment, I
think also I will switch to a cell phone later but I'm going to get myself
If there are only a few items bring them back with you as when we move camp
these trailers go with us so your room is your room but something like a
laptop carry it with you when we move.
So Mike put out an information circular announcing the changes being made
and that George has been promoted to Site Superintendant and he would be
visiting all work sites over the next seven weeks and will be on site for a
number of days.
The notice was signed by Mike Hill
Well George started his tour by road and the first one went well and did
not require spending the full week on some sites this allowed George to go
back to the office and start his report, and yes George is hardly out of
his overalls he says they are the most comfortable item of clothing to be
In the end George completed his tour by helicopter and he said to Jimmy the
pilot how about you staying here with us tonight and have some relaxation
and I will scrub your back, Jimmy is laughing that's an offer I cannot turn
down and you know I think it's time I got a true "Linesman Hair Cut", now
you 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 also
allowed George to see Jason and catch up with his report which he is doing
on 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 his
opinion the site where Foreman Bob has a crew was the worst, they were
behind with the schedule and also Bob never went up on the structure even
though I went up. I got an interesting comment from the crew when I asked
has Bob been up here to see this, you're k**ding Bob won't come up these
days we don't know why.
So what is the problem please show me, well the crew did and I made some
suggestion on how to overcome. The comment was never thought of that so try
it out and see if that helps, after this I stayed with the crew and worked
with them. They worked but really didn't have much a clue of what was going
I showered with them each night but no one help there mate get really
scrubbed further more they didn't do laundry duty for getting there
overalls cleaned up on a daily basis, in fact I don't think some of even
showered 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 and
sandals These are the items for the meeting.
Prior to the meeting circulate the first aid manual and advise writing
there FA exam and do the practical on Thursday and Friday
These are my thoughts for the meeting of all foremen what do you think
Monday welcome and intro explain why they are here, start on the safety
aspect 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 get
pride instilled into the crew. Keep all trucks washed providing there is
adequate water available.
When the crew comes in after a day in from the bush, get them to help each
over scrubbing each other's backs. If you are in a private area forget
towels just go out and sit in the sunshine to dry off wear only shorts or
better 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 round
table discuss problems that have occurred and how to overcome them. Pass on
any general news about possible new contracts. Work as a f****y look after
Wednesday -- Foreman should be up on the structure at least three times a
day don't sit in your office unless you are truly doing office work, get
out there be with the crew you are part of the f****y.
Wednesday evening a happy hour to allow lots of discussion
Thursday write your FA exam (morning) start the practical's on one to one
basis. That evening; have a banquet thank everyone etc etc and ask for
On Friday continue practicals until completed. Get results from examiner
and hand out certificates and wallet cards.
Wrap up the week make sure Dan is present with Mike complete this around
3:00pm so they all have a chance to head home.
Mike says after discussion I like your thoughts, I would like to show this
to Dan if that is OK -- sure no problem; actually better still lets see
if is free -- Dan was there very quickly Mike explained what I had done
and said he like my proposal so your thoughts Dan.
After a few minutes Dan says you have done a good job here George I like
the way you going. When do plan to hold this meeting George? Not until I'm
sure that all the crews assistant foreman are ready to take over for a
week, plus once the present contract to build this major truck feeder is
winding down I think we will have surplus of crew. I may be wrong but we
have one crew that always lagging behind and the foreman is not really
helping. 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 the
crew were I pulled the newly graduated apprentice off that job as he was
getting called a faq and totally cold shouldered by the crew and the
foreman did nothing to correct the situation. I also returned later and
went up on the structure and asked the crew how many time does Bob come and
see 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 not
A month later that crew had already been let go and plans were being made
for the Foreman Meeting in two weeks time. For the function we arranged for
soup & sandwich lunches, there was only one foreman that needed
accommodation so he booked into the same hotel and the meeting room was
The meetings went well, some were very surprised at the idea of clean
overalls every day but after discussion they could see the point especially
with the crew including the foreman all doing laundry duty.
During the week especially during the happy hour the feed back was very
positive. Then at the banquet one of the foreman stood up saying he had
been asked to pass this on to the management how much we all have enjoyed
this week, plus the idea's that George has put forward and the emphasis on
we are a f****y.
You know some of us rarely go up on the structures and I'm one however as
soon as I back on the job I will be up there with the crew and hope
everyone here will do what I'm going to do and if it's good enough for Mike
and George to climb the structures it's only right we do our part making
all the "Linesman" a total f****y -- 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 we
also 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 get
together again say in six months time possibly only three days as you all
now have your FA Tickets however I know several of you still have to do
your practical's so we can discuss how you have all been making out and
throw 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 if
anyone wishes to talk to any of us you privately just ask and we will
Thank you gentlemen enjoy the rest of the evening.
Friday by midday all results were in re the FA Tickets every one passed, at
lunch that day the presentation were made. After which Dan said we will be
here for the next hour please circulate and then head home --have a good
weekend. Please check with George as he has the flight schedule for those
that need to fly in.
Well over the next two months there were many questions coming in to George
via Email asking for suggestions on how to deal with this or that.
George again went on a tour of the job sites advising the respective
foreman of is attention and staying over night so he could sit down with
the crew and hear there comments and such like.
Over the third month George was at all job sites had bid discussions with
the foreman and the two of them also went out on the job and onto the
structures by now I had a small video camera so I could take shots of how
the crew work and then showed them that night what I had shot via the
VCR. 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 took
a shot and got the foreman to introduce each member of his crew including
the 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 really
wanted to talk with him for a period and also to see him working on the
At that site I went up on the structure where Shaun was and asked the crew
how are you making out -- real good was the reply and a comment was made
by one of the crew saying you train all the apprentices like this one this
company 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 are
really 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 as
you do a good job what the hell is the difference, that great Shaun glad to
hear your comments.
The foreman is also very helpful as he frequently up on any structure we
are working and I think that is great because he can see any problems that
we may be having and often can make suggestion how to get over it. So Shaun
have you been able to offer suggestions and how does the crew accept your
input, they think about it and then say lets try it
Well that good, lets go and get something to drink, I grab an orange juice
Shaun 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 departed
at 7:30am and headed for my old crew and I told Jimmy I was going to be
here for two nights and then head back to town just let me know when you
expect to be here and if possible make it late afternoon.
Jimmy's comment father and son time eh -- you got that right incidentally
if you want to stay overnight that's fine also but let me know ahead of
time so we can advise Peter the cook. You know that sounds like a good idea
perhaps I could get this "Linesman Hair cut" full treatment as well. I will
certainly arrange that for you -- can you do that no problem. Well yes
please I would like to stay overnight, so just bring a jock strap and a
pair of runners.
The look on Jimmy's face was priceless, Jimmy you have not lived until you
have worked with this crew as George is laughing.
Well George took his gear into the bunkhouse checking with Peter first so
how are things Peter? Really good, Jason is doing a good job the crew they
love him great but how is Jordon making out, well he has blossom if that is
the right expression. That's an interesting way to put it, so the crew
accept him ok; oh yes he really is a crew member that's great to hear
because he had a bad start. That's what I hear says Peter, anyway George
what 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, Jimmy
will dropping in and staying over night as he wants the full treatment
linesman hair cut.
Peter laughs he says that going to be a shock to his head because he has a
real shaggy amount of hair, you know come to think of it I don't every seen
him not wearing his flying helmet.
Well I after lunch I went and got my laptop checked my Email, there was a
meeage from Mike saying I here you at your old site having father and son
time that's great, Jimmy will be there for a good haircut frankly he really
does need it.
His head is really shaggy and looks a mess and perhaps the reason he never
generally takes his flying helmet off.
George goes to his room and starts on is reports to Mike, he also send an
Email to his b*****r bringing him up to date saying he will be home late on
Late Thursday Jimmy flies in and George meets him at the landing pad, so
Jimmy your ready for your total clean up eh, his answer is well its time I
got a new look fair enough and do you want the full treatment which means
your cock and balls shaved yes as long as I don't get nicked. Well you get
a good hard on it makes it much easier to make a good job, hopefully that
will not be a problem.
Well it was as usual a great warm day so a shaving area was setup out side
so the hair did not plug the drains.
Ok Jimmy get striped off and come and sit on this chair and Roger here will
start on you head and then later John will assist for the final clean
up. Well Jimmy goes to his room and leaves all his clothes there but
carries a bright red jock strap in his hand and has a great grin of
devilment on his face.
Everyone is standing around watching Roger commence his work, his first cut
he created a Mohawk and the rubs in some red dye to match his jock that was
A mirror was brought out and so he could see his appearance, Jimmy gets the
giggles 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 on
the adjacent bench, Roger then proceeds to cut back a real heavy growth of
hair in the private area. Once completed Jimmy got a reasonable hard on so
John uses lots of shaving cream and commences to clean off all the stubble
after wiping of the surplus shaving cream, OK roll over and we will clean
up your arse area.
OK Jimmy lets go back to the chair and John will finish off your head by
shaving off all the stubble. Ok you finished go and get a good shower and
we will see you in the lake. Everyone sort of hugged Jimmy welcome to our
f****y now you look really good and anytime you need a clean up Jimmy just
arrange a time at end of work when we are all showering anyone of us will
help you out. Thanks guys yes I will keep it this way it already feels
good. See you in the lake!
Well Jimmy and George depart Friday morning, Jimmy said to me while we are
flying you know my helmet is sort of loose now I have lost that thatch of
mine but it really does feel different but good it's the new me. George
said 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 and
check his mailbox, luckily nothing to urgent that cannot wait till
Monday. So George heads back home once there the first thing he does is
strip right off and throws his gear into the washing machine then he heads
for the kitchen his b*****r is there reading the paper, George says would
you like a beers oh please.
So Jake asks how did your week go, actually pretty good on the whole
especially with the two graduated apprentices who seem to have settle in
well, I was sort of worried about Jordon who is now with Jason's crew, the
crew has done a good job and I don't have to worry any more after a bad
start which was not his fault.
Six months later George is frequently out checking on all his Foreman, to
date all the foremen but two have been up with there crews and I need to
find out why, however they have achieved all the other wishes I had asked
for so I will go easy on them so another trip to sit down and discuss and
try and find out what the problem is.
I advise Tom who is on site #5 that I was going to visit for a couple of
days 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 a
structure as I headed for the bunk house and on entry the cook said to me
you must be George I said that's right and I'm please to meet you so how is
it going. The cook say would you like a tea or coffee. Well a tea would be
really 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 going
and how are the crew making out these days. Pretty good the crew are a
great bunch of guys and I sure like the idea that Tom came back with of
clean overalls each day plus the fact they have a duty roster for laundry
duty 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 he
rarely goes up with them.
I look at the eating area and I note all the tables are together, so I make
the comment glad to se the tables arranged like one big table, does that
cause you any problems, none what so ever, that's good because I know the
rule don't get the cook mad with you. We are laughing well Andy thanks for
a good mug of tea that went down well, which room should I use. Rm: 10 is
ready 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 his
information, once I have finished I head for the job site and find everyone
down 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 but
please don't be scared because you don't know him I can assure you he is a
dammed 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 of
tea with Andy before coming up here - Andy is a dammed good cook right guys
here here. Well the break finish Tom said George what would like? Well I'm
going to join everyone up on the structure so I`m ready and I follow you
all up there.
Once I got up on the structure I was very please to see Tom using the tools
as what they were doing needed all hands and in fact I got there as
well. They were having a lot of problems getting the bolts lined up. I
asked does anyone have a tapered toggle bar, the answer was no -- I then
asked lets see what tools we have available, one guys had a large
screwdriver may I borrow that please; do used it to endeavor to line things
up, Lets get a bolt ready, I think I've got it push the bolt in now, I
check the alignment give me a hammer please and so I tapped it gently and
the bolt moved forward we finally got it right through so I left the crew
get things tighten up. After looking at the other bolt holes none of them
lined up correctly. That not a good situation was my comment, one of the
crew said we have been fighting this problem on and off for some time
now. 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 bolt
alignments there is a screw up by our supplier and this is delaying the
project. Please get a 1½" taper toggle bar and also 1½" taper reamer with a
suitable ratchet wrench and we will have to open the holes to get the bolts
in. Now we need this ASAP hopefully Jimmy can fly these in to-morrow. If it
dark when he gets here I'm sure Tom can provide a room overnight Tom gives
me the thumbs up signal.
Tom I think we will have to move onto the next tower and do our best, Tom
says what you think guys. Well it makes the most sense a couple of us can
easily go back to the uncompleted towers and do the reaming and get them
completed. By now it was close to the end of work so everyone descending
and ultimately hitting the showers.
I was pleased to see a laundry schedule posted, I put my overalls into the
pile and hit the shower I was soon asked if I would like my back scrubbed
oh please and I did the same, I watched and saw most guys were going out in
the 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 much
more relaxed and is frequently up the towers with us, what we like he sees
the problems we are running into and does his best to solve the
problem. George we are glad you saw this I wonder how many other crews are
having similar problems. Good question and I'm going to find out, I might
even 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 to
overcome had many problems. They were apparently once they got two bolts in
they slacked them off to allow wriggle room to get the remaining bolts into
I could see this is wasting a lot of time so I'm going to investigate
having the cross arm units drilled 1/16 " over sized so the bolts will go
in undamaged on there threads.
That night I Emailed all my foreman asking if they were having problems
aligning up to get the bolts in and all said it was a headache and it would
be nice to get things drilled correctly
In reply I told then that they would the following to overcome the problem
1½" taper toggle bar and also 1½" taper reamer with a suitable ratchet
wrench 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 Mike
and then both of us went to the suppliers to discuss the problem. They
claimed this was the first time they had heard of this, but when we
suggested a change they were very receptive to our request.
I'm pleased to report future supplies the problem did not exist thank
fully. For me the effects on the foreman and crew were incredible I got a
lot 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 we
were in between contracts, I discussed with Mike and Dan about having the
foreman in for two day's on there own and then the crews for three
days. Then the next two days meet with each foreman and ask if they had any
problems with their crew and other general questions.
For the crews first day on safety and housekeeping Second day show videos
taken on various job sites and then late afternoon go to a happy hour with
snacks. 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 number
were gay tradesman, those that were not just simply excepted the fact as it
made no difference to them what a person orientation was.
It was successful week and the crew expressed there thanks. During the week
we learnt that another major contract.
So happily we were able to announce to all the crews of the forth coming
project everyone was very happy. So the question is when do we get
going. The answer is we do not have a start date but hopefully within three
weeks. We have to fly the route and look for suitable campsites so we don't
have to move you.
A question was asked, can we help in setting up the trailers, that will
save you money in our opinion further more we can put the trailers angled
for the evening sunshine because most of us like to dry off instead of
using our towels, if there is a lake some of us will go for a swim after
George said I sure like your suggestion and will do what I can to have on
site setup, you realize for a couple of days you may have to sl**p rough
-- that's no problem came from the floor.
After other discussions the meeting came to the end letting everyone get
freshen up for the Banquet.
Mike and Dan said that was well worth while the expense and I'm sure it
will pay off, thanks George for setting this all up. So the company
flurried better than before it really became a f****y.
Well George and Mike looked over the power line route using Jimmy with the
company helicopter. They dropped down at several points to look more
closely at the terrain they had also noted a logging road running fairly
close to the route.
Eventually we get to the end of the proposed power line route; Jimmy says
we need to fuel up so we are going to Tong for fuel. By now, it is getting
late afternoon and we should find a place to stay.
Well Tong had nothing to answer for accommodation not even a pub for
food. At the only store, we simply purchased something using cold food.
Hence, we slept rough on board that was better than sl**ping out in the
open at least we stayed dry during the shower that occurred during the
night. We took off at daylight and headed back and about half way spotted a
large level area which might do for a campsite so we went down and looked
around. Decided the ground was suitable and this would place the camp
approx ½ mile from the logging road and took a gps reading to locate the
We returned to base and were meet on return by George and Mike. So how did
it go guys not bad however we need to know who developed the logging road
that runs all most the entire route. We need to be able to use that road
with a 4 x 4 trucks for the crew. Since this site is north, we may need to
have snow-clearing equipment in the form of a bulldozer.
We ultimately decided where the camp would be setup and took up the offer
of our crew to help setup the new camp. This worked out very well and from
the company's point of view we saved money and as a result we paid a bonus
to those helping with the setup as they were sl**ping rough however they
got good grub which is very important.
We got every one together and showed all the crews the route and a
predicted construction schedule.
We asked for comments, this really paid off as many good suggestions came
forward. By the end of the week so much discussion had taken place and in
the end the general view was Mike & George would sit down and go though
Everyone was thanked for there input and advised that they would receive
more information within a couple of days by Email
The result of our meeting with the crews was that we were able to integrate
a number of the suggestions.
Now that the construction camp is setup, so both Mike and George also
joined the crew to ensure that everything gets going, as we, all would
like. The crews of the company we took over have really fallen into our way
of working and that makes us both very happy.
We have four crews working in different locations hence we have four
foreman in charge of each location.
From day one of our operation everything went very well, the crews after
work went though there normal daily routine of scrubbing there mates back
and shaving when required.
This project was scheduled to take seven months; one thing that did become
evident one group of the new crew did very well with the erection of the
various steel towers.
So now, why is this crew doing so well? George and Mike did a close
inspection on the way this crew worked and they discovered there order of
assembly was different, so Mike videotaped this work and the other crews.
That evening Mike and George reviewed the tapes and decided to get all the
foreman together the following evening and show them what we have
found. Basically, it was a case of doing the tower assembly in a different
Back in the office George was asked would he be willing to have two work
experience students from local schools out on the job. His comment was yes
but we must meet up with them first and ensure they will fit in and are
physically in good shape and what are there hobbies.
Meeting of these students went well, one has been living on his own due to
being kick out by his father after announcing he was gay the other lived at
home but was planning on moving out as he felt too restricted by
restrictions put on him by his folks. They both had a common factor, they
belonged to the same rock climbing club so heights didn't worry them but
both admitted they were scared as hell the first few times they went
up. However one common comment was don't let your guard down as that is
when you become unsafe.
We explained to them that they would have to get steel toe work boots lace
up 16 hole ones to give you lots of ankle support, coveralls and other
safety equipment will be loaned to you
After we had seen these two guys Mike asks where would you place them on
the crews. George comment was I think I would put them where Shaun & Jordon
are as these guys have sure blossom out and dammed good workers.
OK I'm going to phone the respective school principles and find out how
long they can stay with us, hopefully three weeks or better still six
After good discussion, they were both allowed a full six weeks by starting
on the job three weeks before school commenced so in effect they only
missed three weeks of school.
Lets contact both of them right now and asked them both to come in at the
same time say 8:30 am on Thursday do our safety indoctrination, issued
safety gear and make sure they have got there work boots plus give them
guidance about what clothing to bring and wear your coveralls when coming
in on Monday.
We can also do there Id tags and explain that they must be worn at all
times and the reasons for them but not activate then until Monday morning.
Come Monday I was there early that day having previously advised the
foremen of what was going on. I went down stairs to the gathering area and
saw both Doug and Harvey already there and were already making friends with
the crew who were giving them both a hug saying welcome and hope you two
guys will learn lots while you are with us.
Then Doug looked at Shaun, weren't you at Badlands High – Shaun had the
biggest smile saying that is right and also Jordon is here somewhere we
both were at that school. Doug says let me introduce Harvey he is from
James Bay High. Both Shaun & Jordon say I'm sure glad that other schools
are 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 young
guys have the good window seats so they can get any photos they want
Arriving at base camp, Peter our Cook already has soup and sandwich lunches
on the go. I check with him on which room for our Students # 20 & 21 thanks
While our crews are having lunch I advise everyone and introduce both Doug
and Harvey to the crew and said we plan on rotating our students with all
four 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 I
need 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 to
mix with crew well. Let's take a walk and bring your bag with you. You have
rooms #20 & 21 so dump your bag in your room and by the way, your dog tag
opens your door. Toilet block more like a school block with toilets down
there and large showers and no dividers either. It is general accepted
practice to assist your mate in scrubbing there back after work. Oh, yes
one important thing after work your coveralls are dumped into the washing
machine, now you see this list I am putting your names onto it as we all do
Now this site is dusty so make sure you are always wearing your safety
glasses, don't be concerned if you see someone walking around in the
nude. We do not go into the cookhouse in dirty overalls unless it's an
emergency hence everyone has clean set of overalls on each day – any
questions? Harvey says you have given us so much information I know my head
is spinning. I laugh well I hope you enjoy this experience and what goes on
here is only discussed here just remembered to-day it's going to be a hot
day 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 use
them and I will take you out to the job site, I first stop where foreman
Jason and his crew is working, I turn to Harvey would you like to go up
with the crew. Why yes certainly now unknown to either student I had two
extra sets of safety harness in the truck so I said first watch me and how
I get the harness on. OK you both get your harness on please and I will
check it out for correct adjustment, neither had any problems and I made
sure it was adjusted right. OK Harvey follows me and I will be with you at
your side making sure you don't slip up.
Harvey climbed just like a professional, Jason was watching us come up the
tower 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 – thanks
I now head for where Shaun is working and do the same thing; Doug climbing
was just as good, Frank is watching the climbing of Doug also, once there
he asked Doug where you learned to climb like that because you did so
well. Both of us belong to the same rock climbing club and have been
climbing for about four years now.
How's it going Frank really good that's great, well Doug Frank is your
foreman 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 it
was time for a shower but first I must make some notes. I return to camp
and sit outside doing my work when Peter comes out with two large mugs of
tea – you're a life safer Peter thanks. So what are these students
doing, well believe or not they are already up on the towers with the crew
and had no problem at all climbing, you're k**ding me! No I am not while
Peter and I are talking I here the first truck on its way back and I am
want to see how things look.
This was #4 crew and as yet did not have either student; then came Frank
and crew Doug is in the middle of the group and all are laughing and
basically they are complimenting Doug's climbing skill as Frank passes me
he gives a discreet thumbs up sign.
I put my notebook away and head for the showers doing the normal thing of
washing my safety glasses and hard hat, strip right of and coveralls into
the washer and join the others in the showers someone says to me scrub my
back please I got pretty sweaty today sure thing mate. I'm watching to see
how 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 did
it go? Really good everyone was amazed at how young Harvey climbed up and
down with ease. Most of the crews were outside drying off in the
sunshine. I walked back to my room and saw both students chatting, as I
passed them I asked everything OK guys – the answer was sure thing it's
Dinner is at 6:00pm don't be late or the cook will be after you and don't
forget what I said jockstrap are worn as formal dress in the cookhouse in
the evenings please don't be shy then you will be dressed like everyone
Both Doug & Harvey are getting quizzed by the crew and one thing they all
asked was how come you were able to climb that easily, when they both said
we are members of a rock climbing club and have been doing it for about 4
years but we both admit the first few times we were scared shitless at the
Doug I think we both have question for you guys, why does everyone have
shaved heads? There is lots of laughter and finally it was Jason who told
them, I came here under a job experience plan from Badlands High and asked
the same question, George was my foreman way back then and I said I want a
haircut how do I get it done, he said to me Roger or his partner will help
you out that way so the next evening just before getting in the shower
Roger said come on outside we will do it there to prevent blocking up the
drain as you have great looking hair and its fairly long.
So I was asked how short and said full lineman cut please, you want the
whole works yes please now to this day I have kept it that way it's much
cooler and no problem with washing your hair. I know when I returned to
school I had a shaved head but my Uncle Jake with whom I lived with knew
the school principle and told him what to expect and also I had not turned
into a rebel skinhead either. Hope that answers your question – thanks
Jason for the explanation it makes a lot of sense.
Before we all disperse I would like a brief discussion with all my foremen
please so let go for a walk outside its still nice and warm. Once I had all
the foreman, I said my original plan was for these students three straight
weeks with one crew then three weeks with the other crew but from what I'm
seeing in such a short time how well these two guys appear to be fitting in
I want to suggest we rotate them weekly – your thoughts gentlemen. After
a 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 how
things are going and I would especially like a report on what jobs you have
Doug and Harvey on because this work experience program is very close to my
heart and it really started with the assistance of the Principle of
Badlands High School and it is so great to see another school getting into
this program as well.
Although I'm leaving to-morrow I will be back here at least two more times
when I will have my video camera basically to show what our students are
Thanks for your time guys see you tomorrow unless any one has any questions
they wish to ask I'm always free for private or group discussions. I head
for my room and on the way I see our two students walking and chatting
heading for there rooms, and say night guys and I suggest you hit the sack
not later than 9:00 pm Breakfast is at 7:00am, many guys like to take a
quick shower and then into there clean work gear don't bother about shaving
no one else does – see you.
Doug is saying to Harvey I cannot believe our luck and how we are being
treated this place is great, well both my feet and legs are aching so I'm
hitting 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, then
throw my own bag on board and we take off back to the office. Once at the
office Mike is there to meet me as I throw my gear into my truck, let us go
to the pub and have a beer OK I will see you there first I must phone my
b*****r to let him know I let him know I have returned. Before you phone
Mike says better get him to meet us and we will all have supper there as
I raised Jake and tell him what is going on, Jake first comment is does
that mean I have to change and put some good dudes on; no Jake I'm in my
overalls and Mike in rough jeans we never dress up for this type of get
together which pub, OK see you in about 25 minutes need to wash my hands
I let Mike know what is happening, and then Mike says you know after all
these years when he used to bring young Jason here and also since then I
have never really spoken to him but I know he help you out looking after
Jason when he was at school and from I have seen he did a dammed good
job. So how did things go with Doug and Harvey really good blended right in
but lets wait till Jake is here as I know he want to hear all about those
two –sound like you have already got glowing reports coming up – I
We had another beer, Jake soon shows up while we were talking I get up and
introduce my b*****r to Mike. We hug each other and then settle down to
serious discussion. Firstly, Mike asks George so how did the crews accept
Harvey & Doug.
Frankly, I was amazed how this all went, you think they were seasoned
linesman; there ability to climb the towers without hesitation was very
impressive. I put this down to the fact that they both were members of a
rock-climbing club and as they both told me they were scar shitless on the
first few climbs.
I personally am very happy at the way every thing has gone. After
discussion with other foreman we decided to go for a weekly rotation. I
plan 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, Georges
comment was when I saw how easily they both tackled this I couldn't believe
my eye's then I found out they both belonged to the local Rock Climbing
Club and admitted the first few time they were scared
shitless. Incidentally I ask the foremen to double check the harness before
climbing to ensure everything was properly secure.
Jake asks may I make a comment, please go ahead says Mike – you know
none of this would not have happened if not been for my nephew Jason and
also the support of the School Principle – Well put says Mike.
George asks Jake is the same principle still at Badland High no he moved
over to James Bay High about 18 months ago. That is interesting I must go
and see him while in town he is a very likeable person in my opinion. So
Jake 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 and
ultimately departed for home.
The following morning I went into the office a little later than normal and
dressed in blue jeans and blue denim shirt, I checked all my Email
including the reports from the field then about 10:30 am I phoned James Bay
High and made an appointment to see the principle right after lunch to let
him know personally how young Harvey is making out. During our meeting I'm
asked how the crew accepting young Harvey is because I know he has had
problems here as some k**s call him a fag. Oh that's no good at all so how
are you handling that problem; to be honest I'm at my wit's end and looking
for help. So what does your company do with such problems?
I had that problem with one crew who's production was about three days
behind and that crew had one of our new linesmen who had done and completed
there apprenticeship successfully. I was out doing a tour of our job sites
when I discovered this. I pulled this new guy off and moved him over to
another site leaving that crew short bye one. I got all the crew together
having first reamed the foremen out for allowing this to go on, then I told
him to get the crew down and reamed them out and told everyone if I here of
any of this again you will get fired and the company will not tolerate this
type of abuse.
This crew was not doing there job so once that portion was completed I told
the crew to bring all there private belongings into base. Once there I took
them into the office where Mike and I fired the lot, there personal records
were marked accordingly DNR.
The next day I arranged to goto Badlands High and meet with the Principle
to let him know how well Doug had blended in with the crew. He was very
pleased with my report, I think you may have both Shaun & Jordon on your
crew somewhere, did they pass there apprenticeships? I said yes with flying
colors and am now fully fledged linesman and in fact Jason who came from
here about ten years ago is now linesmen foreman. Gee how time flies but is
sure nice to get these sorts of reports from employers – thanks for
encouraging 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 shop
teacher up to the site in the same way we did this before. My comment it
certainly would not do any harm. Mike said he would be the guide but we
need to check Jimmy's schedule.
Remember the school is starting a new term and may not work out – that
is fair enough perhaps we should include the other school and suggest the
vice principle the principle has been out there before, plus a shop
So Mike what is Jimmy doing on the third Monday – he looks to be totally
OK then attentively book Jimmy for that date and I will go up there on the
Friday freight run and then return with the party. So George since you have
made contact with the new principle at Badlands High and James Bay find out
if they are interested. Give them a phone call right now and don't forget
to say it is a very early start be here by 4:30 am ensure safety equipment
as before take off 5:00am four hour flight and tell them to bring there own
flask of what ever they drink for the flight up, and we will refill it for
the return flight.
George makes contact with both principles at James Bay he will send his
vice principle and a shop teacher – bye the way says George bring your
camera or video camera and you all must be wearing good boots for ankle
I notify my foreman and said I will see you all on the Friday before as I
wish to talk to you in general as I want some ideas and I'm sure between us
we can achieve an answer.
I arrive on site about 8:30 am book in with Peter our Cook, his comment was
good grieve you must have been up early yes 3:00 am and we took off shortly
after 4:15 am as the sun was rising.
However Peter I would love some bacon and eggs if you can manage it – no
problem George I was about to get my own breakfast – great. I'll go and
have a wash and will be back and please join me.
So Peter how are the students making out? Well the general comment is the
crew hopes this experience will encourage them to get an apprenticeship
once they have complete there schooling - time will tell Peter but that is
By the way says Peter both Doug and Harvey sport full lineman cut, I
chuckle at that.
Then for me its father and son relaxation time, he wants to show me some of
the area. Well you both need that plus I also need a good hair cut full
I got my harness on and went to each tower and climbed to where the crew
was working complete with my video camera. The lighting was good and I was
able to get some shots that made the height look higher than it really
was. I was especially interested in getting shots of our students working
at this level and from what I saw they were working well. At each tower I
told the crew the raw footage would be run on the VCR in the cookhouse
Everything was going well, I also ask each foreman if he could get away two
hours before the end of work so we can all meet up – the general answer
was no problem. Great so when they arrived I suggested we all sat outside
as it was nice and warm grab a tea or coffee.
First we are bringing 4 folk from two schools here on Monday, Mike our
engineer will e****t them, firstly I will be showing then how everyone
lives here and will use a spare room as sample private room, toilet block,
laundry area – offer them tea or coffee. They will be taken to all four
sites and they have been told it is OK to video or regular camera Peter
will as normal bring lunch out and I think on this occasion we should all
meet at a common location. These two schools are where Doug and Harvey come
I don't want anyone screwing around trying to play to the camera either
just simply ignore them.
My plan is for all the crews to meet with these folks at lunch time and
please get them to answer any questions they may have, and yes it means a
loss of 30 minutes work but for the company it is good Public
Relations. Hey George why don't you tell the crew about our guests, if that
is what you would like sure thing I'll do that this evening
I hope you don't mind this intrusion but they will be leaving about 4:30
pm; all I ask don't tell the crews where these folks come from just say we
have guests on Monday arriving about 9:00am. The foreman are having a good
chuckle and say what dirty job can we get Doug & Harvey on – if you do
guys 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 problem
one of the school is having. If it was the job site we all know what would
happen, 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 handle
this? I said frankly I think in general they try to hide it under the
bushes. What about the courts using sexual harassment? Well there again you
have the parents on side and they may not approve; and the end result the
k** could be kick out because he is gay – you got a good point
there. Now the company policy is simple we will not tolerate name calling
and I know some of you saw what happened with one of our crews because they
were calling a fully trained apprentice linesman a fag. The end result was
everyone got fired including the foreman and we moved the apprentice
linesman 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 crew
and asked them to bring him into the f****y. Well that evening returning to
camp he was a changed man laughing and generally enjoying himself with the
rest of the crew.
This is what the company wants to see, what you do in your private times is
nothing 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 students
working out now they been with all the crews; it was Keith that answered
saying they are real good candidates for the apprenticeship program, thanks
Keith 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 anyway
they could be employed during the summer recess if they so wished – all
I can say Brian I would have to look into that one but I like the idea
Our meeting finished up at about the time the crews started to come from
the various job sites and so I was out taking photos especially of Doug and
Harvey 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 taken
had taken stating it all has to be edited later.
Well over the Saturday & Sunday it was father and son time and we enjoyed
our company out in the bush.
Monday dead on time, our guests arrived and I meet them and were taken to
the cookhouse for tea or coffee and shown where the toilets were in case
they needed them right away. I gave them a rundown on how we worked six
weeks on and one week off, however some preferred to stay in camp which was
OK as well.
I'll show you how our guys live but first please mark your flasks on what
you would like in them, we also have soft drinks and leave the flasks over
here 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 access
there email and such like.
We will move on to the toilet block, laundry & showers – one guest makes
the comment this is more like the old style school showers. Before we go
out onto the various sites you may wish to leave your jackets behind as it
will warm up considerable to-day.
Let put your jackets over here, OK now Mike here is your guide, please feel
free to video anything or photograph so please hard hat on and wear your
safety glasses as there is lots of dust about. They are all yours Mike as
I'm going up to see each crew on the job.
Mike says George is our Superintend Foreman and he loves climbing and
enjoys seeing how things are going first hand. So lets all get into this
truck sorry it will be a little tight Mike heads for the furthest
tower. Our guests are looking at the countryside, it is beautiful up here
and you can see the power line route just below it blends right into the
This tower they were raising the top section using the truck winch, Mike
gave explanations on what was going on. The cameras were all going after
about 30 minutes Mike said lets move on please. Mike then drives them to
the last tower where they had commenced line stringing more camera work
At the next tower un-be known to the guests is where one of the students
are working. As we are about to leave the crew is starting to come down off
the tower for lunch. I said we are blocking there way and must move off at
the next tower I park the truck right in the bushes to keep the area clear
and 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 crew
is also climbing down including George.
Peter gets out the lunches and by this time all the crews are there
laughing and joking, suddenly one of the guests what jobs are the students
working on are they here by any chance, the crew is laughing and everyone
take there hard hats off displaying a great view of shaved heads as
everyone over the last couple of days had been shaved.
Doug says I'm here and then Harvey says the same thing, good grief guys you
look so different how come. Mike interrupts saying I will explain later so
folks any questions for our crews who will try and answer for you – well
it intrigues me this whole situation I never ever thought that the work
experience program would do much and we all would like to know from all of
you feel having someone hear like these two.
Everyone tried talking at once Mike said go ahead Brian, well my company
was taken over by power lines inc and frankly it was the best thing that
ever happened and this is my first time with students on the job getting
experience and for me I would certainly back any application for an
apprenticeship 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 back
to school – well thank you for such a glowing report I think we are all
amazed at what they are doing.
Doug looks at Harvey go for it Doug, we both would like to thank you for
allowing us this work experience and these guys are f****y and that is how
everyone work you look after your mate at all times so that no accidents
Brian says to his crew guys you head back and I will join you later as I
wish to talk to our guests. Once everyone had gone back to work leaving
just George, Mike and myself.
Which one of you is the Vice Principle at James Bay; Colin says that is me
well George and the Principle there were talking the other day about verbal
abuse of some student calling Harvey a fag and at our foreman's meeting the
other day George posed this question as he would like to assist in getting
it stopped. Now my old company said they would not tolerate any form of
abuse but it was on paper only and you got no support at all. The only way
was through the court system but that cost money, now this company not only
has 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 plus
apparently they were behind schedule also that contract was almost
completed and there was going to a lay off of about three weeks when most
guys took vacation time. That crew the foreman knew what was going on and
had done nothing end result they were all fired for verbal abuse. It seemed
to us the school board it is all talk and no action – sorry but that is
the best info I can give you. Sorry cannot be more helpful; I'm going to be
leaving 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 head
your way no doubt there will be discussion on the way home it will help
shorten the time.
So it will be head shaving and abuse. I sure thought that was funny when
all the crews took there hard hats off. Brian said that was some thing we
all cooked up between the four of us. Oh by the way that was an excellent
little speech you gave, but I think the school board is the problem totally
In the mean time our guests with Mike are watching what is going on
overhead it appears they are fascinated with the work. Well I think we
should head back to the cookhouse where we join up with George at about
2:00pm. George gets a call from Jimmy saying he will be in early so get
everyone ready please.
Just heard from our pilot he will be hear in about 15 minutes so I suggest
you use the toilets as there is nothing on the chopper, don't forget your
jackets and flasks and we will then go out to our chopper pad. I nip down
and grab my bag and say thanks Peter for your extra work also grab a bottle
of orange juice.
Everyone is really quick thankfully, keep you safety glasses on and when
Jimmy 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 a
few moments so Mike and I deal with the boarding I suggest those with video
cameras side by the window as I will get Jimmy to go around the middle two
towers where your students are working. I get hold of Jason and Frank and
advise then of what is happening.
Jimmy returns with a big smile on his face and says that better, Jimmy
would you do a circuit of the middle two towers to allow video shot no
problem at all. Everyone is strapped in OK the video shots will be taken
from 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 side
door please everyone bring there face visors down – I see all visor down
Jimmy 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 then
head for #3 tower and do the same thing as we leave I advise Jimmy we are
closing doors go ahead please. Doors closed and secured – Thanks.
Hi folks while we are in transit you can now raise your visors and if you
run your hand along the microphone arm you will find a slide switch just
move it towards the microphone then we get all talk to each other.
Firstly there was a question why does everyone shave there heads, well as
you saw today and despite what your TV may report temperature was in the
high 20oC and you sweat a lot on the head, by shaving ones head that
problems goes away. That make a lot of sense so please don't get annoyed if
Doug and Harvey sport shaved heads when they return to school they are not
rebels or skinheads so please accept them as they are.
One of our Foreman Jason was a student at Badlands High and his Uncle with
whom he lived with advised the school principle prior to his return the
same as I'm telling you right now and he maintain his shaved head every
since that time and tells me he wish there was a way of stopping any
Do you have a barber on site no but everyone has the required tools and if
you don't you just ask when at the showers can someone give me a shave
please and there is generally for or five that have there gear right there
anyway – a true self contained community. I said yes and 95% of our
crews love being away out in the bush because it is so peaceful, you should
see the sky at night it is really beautiful.
The vice principle from James Bay said we all appreciate Brian's comment
about verbal abuse, if any student were to go to the courts for assistance
he could finish getting kick out by his parents and that is not good
George answered the only thing I suggest is a private meeting with a group
of parents and explain the situation in simple terms but do not indicate
who the student(s) are or go to the school board and simple tell them you
need there support not on paper but actual action.
Mike looked at his watch and said we are getting close to landing and once
in the office we can discuss anything you wish so please switch off your
microphones now and leave them off thanks.
Jimmy return flight was 3.5 hours because of tail wind. Mike and I asked
everyone to leave the flying helmets where you found them, make sure you
have everything and I will guide you to the office the guests all thank
Jimmy for a good flight.
Once in the office I told them where toilets were etc and while they were
busy Dan showed up asking how did it go – excellent said both Mike and
I, I think we opened there eyes again, that is really great.
By the time everyone has done there freshening up, I introduce Dan our
Dan ask well folks how did you enjoy the trip and I hope you have all
learnt a lot, it was the principle from Badlands high that seemed to speak
on behalf of every else by saying you know none of us realized the students
with your company actually got so involved. They certainly were not just
plain gofers – Well thank you for those kind words, and on behalf of the
company I would like to suggest we all go out for dinner and I'm suggesting
a pub that the company uses a lot - what do you say?
Are you sure what about dress code well knowing both Mike our engineer and
George Foreman Superintendent they will still be in there overalls, well
everyone excepted Dan's invite.
Get your cars and follow me see you there Mike & George, well it's our turn
to wash and scrub up.
I have two things to do, first phone Jake and then put my harness in my
office. Mike is laughing I still my harness on no wonder it felt a bit
strange 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 send
another round in please on the company a/c.
Once we take our places the school folk said we all would like to thank you
for the kindness and generosity shown to us. Mike said thanks guys very
much but we also have an ulterior motive as we would like you folk to
encourage more guys and girls get trade tickets, there are many girls who
are working in construction doing carpentry and also as electricians. The
big thing is they don't have a great big university debt hanging around
Hum that makes a lot of sense, these career counselors require better
education and in fact I have little respect for them said one of the school
party. We all had a great meal and our guests left saying thank you all for
a wonderful day very interesting, we all saw them off and returned. Well
you two said Dan made a good impression in my opinion were you able to get
much 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 the
meantime something I forget was to ask for any un-edited copy of all the
video that was taken by the school folk and then we can make a good video
Dan says it is time to have a nightcap what would like guys, well we told
Dan our preference and when the nightcaps arrived, George stood up saying I
would like to make a toast to the company for making this type of PR
available and our crews they were great today.
Mike says Dan you would have had a good laugh when everyone was sitting
down for lunch with all the crews the crews all took there hard hats of and
you know everyone has a shaved head. The school folk looked and said are
our students here first Doug puts his hand up I am hear and then Harvey
does the same thing. They were not recognized at all, I was asked why
everyone has shaved heads I said I will tell you later so please go and ask
There were a few questions but nothing special, however Brian stayed behind
when all the crews left and there was a discussion verbal abuse. Brian put
it over very well but none of us could really give he school anything
positive in how to handle the situation that they have.
Dan I think I need to head home and see my b*****r so please excuse me I
will see you in the morning. George just stay home for a change we all know
how to get hold of you in an emergency and the same goes for you Mike –
I decided that the last week of this crew's tour I was going to spend the
entire week with them, getting some more video where I had missed out and
generally see how well our two students have done.
Well that week went very well and on Thursday evening, Peter did a special
steak meal for everyone and I had taken enough beer with me for two bottles
each for everyone one on site.
After the main meal, I said I would like offer my compliments to both Doug
and Harvey for the way you both fitted in to our way of life and in order
to celebrate your return to school we have some beer for everyone. Peter
would you please deliver and join us with that Peter gets the beer out of
To Doug and Harvey your schools have both been told why you have a shaved
head and I also mention that Jason had the same thing and was never hassled
and has maintained his shaved head since he first came out to a job site
similar to you guys.
Therefore, it is strictly up to you if you retain it – it is strictly a
So Doug & Harvey please feel free to make application for an apprenticeship
with our company if decide to go this way again it is your choice but make
sure you get good marks in your final year at school. The cookhouse
suddenly roused in applause from everyone.
A second round of beer was supplied and Peter said guys you should all keep
an eye on these two students and make sure no harm comes to them, as I
understand one of you has been having problems at school with abuse. That
is bad and if you ever need assistance just asks, because you are one of
the f****y. 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 one
of the funniest things I have seen however I don't have it on video and I'm
asking you all during the morning to assemble by tower #2 and please let me
know the best time.
Well the video was done, clean up was done Roger and his partner were
staying over as they had nothing to back to town for. Peter took the
opportunity 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 dealt
We took off at 1:00pm and arrived back in town at 4:30 pm, the crew asked
do you guys have your own transport Doug said yes and I will take Harvey
home – that is great but first we are all going to the pub for a beer
and we want you two to join us please. They said we can't get in yet we are
too young, no worries just come with us and have one beer we will vouch for
you both – so follow us, everyone when to the local pub. The landlord
said what a splash of color great too see you all must be crew time off
After the first pint both Doug and Harvey needed the washroom after which
they said thanks guys it has been great working with you and hope to see
you all again in the future. They both got great hugs from everyone and
They get into Doug little truck, and hug and kiss each other saying that
been the best six weeks I can ever remember, me too. I'll tell you one
thing I have to my ass in gear and catch up with my school work which I
know has fallen behind.
Harvey says we have to return our safety gear back to the company, Doug
says we could do that after school on Monday and don't forget to wash all
Come Monday first day back at school one of the worst offender for the
verbal abuse started again, this time Harvey went straight up to him and
told him to shut his dirty mouth or he would get his knee right where it
will hurt most, the offender tried to start again and this time Harvey
really put his knee in the right place causing the offender to double up
with pain. That was the last time Harvey ever had any trouble.
During the first week back at school, the principle asked for Harvey to
come and talk to him when he had time. Harvey is concerned that perhaps he
is going to get chewed out for his action earlier in the week; however that
was not the case but rather the opposite.
The principle first question was how did things go with your job
experience, fantastic I was fully accepted by all the crews. Did you learn
anything oh yes lots and would love to get an apprenticeship with that
company but I must get my nose to the grind stone as my marks need to come
Oh by the way I like what you did to stop the verbal abuse you were
getting, what exactly happed; I told him to shut his dirty mouth or he
would get my knee right where it would hurt most. He started again so my
knee came up sharply, he doubled up moaning and I simply walked away. Well
good for you and you know you look really good with that shaved head and I
know the reason for it. Some of my staff might complain but I will shut
them up promptly.
Thanks for talking and being honest about everything. Oh bye the way some
of the staff took lots of video of the entire operation there and we have
sent a copy of the raw footage to Power lines Inc and they are going to put
together a documentary on work experience program, when it is done we will
get a copy to show everyone.
That evening Harvey makes contact with Doug and tell what took place and he
also said shaved head forever mate. Oh I love it said Doug; my principle
asked me similar questions and also told me I looked good with the head
shaved so I agree shaved heads forever.
Jason and George spent lots of time editing the video tapes and combine the
school one into there own shots, eventually they put a commentary on the
tape with cut in from voices heard in the raw footage. They then called
Jake in to listen and watch and ask his opinion. I like it; it is down to
earth telling the truth and not buttered up – go for it.
Jason we need to make four copies one for each school, one for the office
and one for showing at camp as I'm sure the crews will enjoy watching all
The crew return to camp and it is then we find out we are two down due to
swine flue, the foremen asks any chance of getting Doug and Harvey to join
us because we can easily shuffle crew between us and we would use those two
students 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 and
let you guys know ASAP.
I make contact with the two students and ask if they are interested, but
make sure this does not cut into school time. Well it turn out well for us
and the students there break is four weeks and can be flown up on the
Monday and return in time for school – they both said you're k**ding all
I said no I'm not, please come to the office Friday after school and we
will get you both signed up with payroll etc and get you fitted up with
Hi-Vis overalls you safety gear etc, please bring your dog tags with you so
we can up date them.
Plan for an early start which means take off will 6:00 am and I will be
with on the flight. Now if you have school work that needs to be done bring
it with you each day you already know you will get approx 2 hours each day
to study after work.
Do you have a laptop yes was the answer, bring it with you and take it as
carry on for the computer safety. OK we will see you both on Friday after
school just ask the receptionist for George.
George then sees Mike and Dan to advise them what has happened Dan asks
what wage are you planning on paying them $15 dollars an hour, he also
advised them both that he will be going up and may stay the entire three
weeks to help out where required.
I then advised all the foreman of what is going to happen and please let
Peter know. Frank replied saying we are delight that you have got those two
guys and one of us will meet up with you on your arrival – Thanks for
your 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 there
dog 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 meet
you on Monday morning out back in the parking lot.
Just show your dog tag to our gate keeper I will meet you there and show
where to park, Doug please give me a spare key with your license number
written on a suitable label. This will be held by the office just in case
it has to be moved, Doug said I have one in my truck and I'll go and get it
OK I'll see you on Monday have a great weekend – they both shook my hand
and went away elated.
Monday morning they were there ahead of time and Doug parked his truck
where was shown. Jimmy was checking his machine over and also loading some
freight we both went in to help him once completed thanks guys and good
luck over the next three weeks and he grabbed both of them and gave them a
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 aboard
three sets of safety harness and lan-yards.
Jimmy starts up and asks if everyone is buckle in? All the thumbs went up
indicating all OK and with that we take off. Once everything was settled on
course Jimmy says you can chat now. George started by asking how did they
feel about learning to use spurs as lines are on wood poles. Oh that sounds
interesting, good we have some training poles and a short course on video
for you to watch. Now you will not fall as during training we run a safety
line over the top so if your slip you are not going to crash to the ground
but you will sometimes dangle on your harness.
Jimmy cuts in saying we are about 15 minutes out please switch your
microphones off, Jimmy is calling Peter and asking him to bring the truck
to the landing pad – sure thing Jimmy be there shortly – thanks.
Well we all help unload the chopper, then and then pile into the truck and
head for the cookhouse. Peter says you have your old rooms guys so go and
dump your gear, I have a fresh pot of tea ready to go so help yourself
please 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 like
me to drop off Doug & Harvey – the request was towers #1 & 3 OK I will
be there shortly and double check that there harness are on correctly and
will be coming up as well.
Doug was the first one dropped off and was greeted by the crew I saw Frank
was the foremen here and he got Doug to work right away. I left them and
took Harvey to #3 tower and followed him up, how is it going Jason much
better now we have a full crew. I went down again and visited #4 tower, how
is it going now – Hi George says Brian pretty good, were our young guys
excited to work for the three weeks yes they were.
So I headed down heading for #2 tower just as Peter was showing up with the
crew lunches so I stayed down sitting on the tailgate of my truck waiting
for the crew to come down. Peter came over and said when #1 crew came off
there 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 the
ground. Hi George nice to see you, well I'm planning on staying the full
three weeks as I want to watch how these two guys make out. During that
time I'm going to train them to use spurs as you all know this line will
switch to wood poles later, Ok I will see you later at dinner and I would
like 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 foreman
comments before sending it off later. The sunshine is nice and Peter has
joined me with a mug of tea he really is a good guy and know my likes in
So how have things been going Peter since I was up, good except loosing two
guys to this swine flue and from what I understand, they are in bad
shape. That is what I have heard also says George. I am glad they stayed
away because we cannot afford loss of crew.
So tell me what happen when you ask Doug and Harvey to come up here. Well
it 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 the
second week, we actually need a couple of guys in spurs and both Doug and
Harvey offered to do this job. However, I still maintain the safety line
over the top but by the second day on spurs they asked to get rid of that
line and I agreed after I had talked to them seriously. I must say this
rock-climbing club has really paid for both of them.
The second weekend I decided to take both Harvey & Doug into bush on the
Sunday complete with a lunch bucket for the three of us. During our travels
I ask both of them how is your school coming well I believe we both manage
to get our marks up.
The reason we can see a purpose because we both want an apprenticeship with
this company. Well that is great to here that guys please keep up the good
I think it is time we had some lunch so let us see what Peter has packed
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 to
be well away from towns and villages we both love the night sky it is so
Well its close to suppertime so we should shower and hopeful get a linesman
cut the full works, what do say Doug lets go for it but we must get a final
cleanup 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 both
ask do you have time sure thing for you guys and its great to see you back
here I love it.
They go to supper and join up with the crew, one of the guys asks Harvey
have 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 me
back at school and instead of walking away I walk up to him and told him
shut your dirty mouth if not I put my knee into you where it will
hurt. Anyway, he started again and I swiftly brought my knee crunching
balls he screamed and collapsed on the floor. A couple of days later I was
asked to visit the school principle and I thought I was going to be reamed
out, 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 I
understand you enjoyed you work experience - certainly did and thank you
for that chance you are more than welcome.
George asks Mike to talk to Badland High & James Bay High and find out how
the marks are going for Doug & Harvey. Mike found out that both were now
getting 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 in
becoming an apprentice Lineman. The was not surprising it was yes, so I
gave them both an application form and asked them to fill it out and let me
have it before we return to town. I will conduct a brief meeting with both
of 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 on
the 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 meeting
with everyone finishing that year. The career councilors were over seen by
the school principle. This person said if you wanted a real job was
expounding the need to get university degree. Harvey put his hand up, the
principle said please go ahead Harvey.
If you to university you finish up with a big debt around your neck that
takes years pay off. Then after spending several years at university
depending on what you are studying, you finish going to a technical school
to learn office work or you get frustrated and next you are working at
MacDonald's for a very low wage.
Today there many Girls who have taken apprenticeships in a trade of there
choice and the same thing occurs for the guys, they all earn a better wage
and blend in well.
That is my comment – thank you.
The career counselor looks as mad as hell to hear someone stand up and
rebuked her comments. Her comment to me was you would never get an
apprenticeship with a shaved head. The principle stood up, said Harvey is
actually 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 them
time to clean up at home and take what every they needed including warmer
clothing for the forth coming winter including heavy weight long-johns and
under shirts. The crew had advised them three sets.
There first week was taken up with getting there first aid tickets which
they succeed by Friday and they were issued the stickers for there dog
tags. During this week they were living at home and Doug and Harvey were
now sharing a small apartment.
Towards the end of that week George had a discussion with them both and
inquired about there accommodation saying most single guys give up having
anything in town, but when they come in for a week off the take a motel
room which works out much cheaper in the long run and no concerns that you
place might get broken into.
Harvey looks at Doug and says that makes a lot of sense I think that is the
way to go – I agree. Your mailing address is this office simply put
apprentice 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 thrift
store, what about electronics well just my laptop and that will be with me
plus my camera. What email address would you like one? Is Harvey taken? Let
me check no that is clear so it will be firstname.lastname@example.org. How about
you Doug same thing if it's not taken, that one might be says George not it
is clear so it will be email@example.com. We try to have wireless
internet at all work sites.
Thanks very much George for your help and suggestions. Well that Friday
evening they went home and started packing there things in there kit bags
and luckily ran into the building manager so they explain what they
doing. He said look guys leave the place clean and tidy, I will arrange for
the sheets to be laundered I will come and do an inspection on Sunday
afternoon and refund your deposit.
I have had several people wanting to rent a furnish place and it will most
likely be filled within a couple of days. Hopefully I'm successful and will
refund the last week of the months rent but I need a mailing address, no
problem there please send it to apprentice Doug, Power Lines Inc sorry I
don't know the postal code, oh don't worry they are that close I'll drop it
off 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 guys
have kept this place nice and clean look here is your damage deposit plus
next 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 bush
it's about 60 miles from any town or village plus it is so peaceful. Well I
hope for your sake you don't get any abuse from anyone, if we did they will
Easter vacation period and prior to that spent 6 weeks there on a school
work experience program, there are four crews out there and they are
returning on Monday morning and will be flying up there departing about
6:00 am since it is a four hour flight by helicopter so we will be out of
the apartment by 5:30 am and we both thank you for your understanding, well
guys good luck at least you are doing something constructive with your
lives 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 plus
we have now basically emptied the frig. Doug says that reminds me flasks do
you have one no nor do I we had better go and get two stainless steel
flasks that way there is nothing to break.
Well all went well and they showed up at office and went straight in to the
compound 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 from
the 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 everyone
to board, very soon the usual routing is everyone buckle in OK the thumbs
go up. Ok we are on our way as Jimmy starts the engines. We take off; the
next thing Jimmy says OK guys you can chat.
Harvey anything more re abuse at your school, no but I did rebuff the
career councilor at open meeting of everyone finishing up this year because
she 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 being
said and had control of this general meeting
I said the following.
If you to university you finish up with a big debt around your neck that
takes years pay off. Then after spending several years at university
depending on what you are studying, you finish going to a technical school
to learn office work or you get frustrated and next you are working at
MacDonald's for a very low wage.
Today there many Girls who have taken apprenticeships in a trade of there
choice and the same thing occurs for the guys, they all earn a better wage
and blend in well.
That is my comment – thank you.
The career counselor looks as mad as hell to hear someone stand up and
rebuked her comments. Her comment to me was you would never get an
apprenticeship with a shaved head. The principle stood up, said Harvey is
actually correct, and I happen to know he already has an apprenticeship.
Thank you all, this get together is now adjourned so what happen after that
I 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 and
sandwiches ready he also tells Doug and me same rooms guys have fun and it
is great to have both back – thanks Peter.
We go and dump our gear and return to the cookhouse. Whose crew would like
to work with – our answer was all crews are equally great. Tell you what
for the present work with Brian's crew as his job now is to continue into
wood poles, I assume you are happy to use spurs sounds good to us but we
don't have our own spurs. No problems I know there as some stashed in
George's room I'll get Peter to grab onto them for you.
So work commence after lunch our apprentices were fitted up with spurs and
there climbing belt is attached to there harness.
So the apprenticeship really started, they work as well as any other guy on
the crew, nothing seemed to upset them either.
Nine months later they had to go back to town for technical school which
lasted four weeks. The Technical School advised everyone to report in work
gear and bring there hard hat etc. This was very easy for Doug & Harvey; it
meant standard dress for them.
The Technical School was far different from normal school, they got a good
chuckle when they were to taught using spurs, the teacher ask for
volunteers to do this no hands went up so Harvey and Doug we will do it, so
once there spurs were on and climbing belt the teacher said to Doug go for
it, he did and almost ran up the pole – hey don't go any further said
the teacher. Next was Harvey who did the same thing. The teacher looks at
us with a sort of smile saying that was not your first time was it? No
So how many times have climbed this way don't know that but have been doing
it for the last three months every day. May I ask who your employer is? Yes
Power Lines Inc – that answer the question as you no doubt have climbed
steel structures – yes many times and most were about 250 feet high.
I am very curious you climb that many times yet you only start your
apprenticeship nine months ago. Well we both were on a work experience
program from regular school and spent 6 weeks out in the bush, but here is
the secret we both belonged to the local rock climbing club and had been
members for about four years then and don't worry I think we at first were
both scared shitless. The club gave unknowingly a lot of background and we
are 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 at
the end of each session.
Ultimately they both completed there apprenticeship and became full
linesmen, This actually worked out very well as the were two vacancy coming
up one a retirement of Jack the other was Colin who said he was sorry to
leave but his shoulder was not standing up to the work and was going to
look for basically light duty work.
However when the company heard about his problem and why; he was offered
the job of supply store receiver which meant he had to check what was
received matched the invoices and he would be working along side a young
guy who ran the tow motor and such like and would be doing any heavy
lifting – Colin was pleased to except.
From the companies point of view it meant that Colin knew what he was
looking very quickly having worked with the various items.
Doug and Harvey quickly fell into place with the respective crews and life
went on and continued as one very large f****y.
Some months later Power Lines Inc gets a phone call from the Principle of
Badlands High school asking to speak to George. Luckily George was in the
office that day, how can I help you ask George? I'm speaking on behalf of
both James Bay and my own school, this year we are going to combine and
have a joint meeting with those students that are leaving and at the same
time spring a surprise on the Principle at James Bay George Summers who
really has been the man pushing passed all kinds of brick walls being throw
up at him in regards to the Work Experience Program.
It is also his retirement that we are going to celebrate and are wondering
when your crews 6 days off occur in the month of June as we would like to
invite all the guys that have come from either school to this function and
give a little speech to the students about there personal experiences on
George comment was; that is a very interesting idea I will contact all the
folks concerned and get there thoughts and I will be interested to see how
they pull this off. Oh bye the way I think it was Dan your CEO that
generously took us to dinner after our trip to the work site and we would
like to invite him as well.
After this general get together that evening we are going to take out
George Summers and his wife for a Dinner and every one is invited
especially our X Students. Well thank you very much I will get back to you
in a couple of days says George. Please tell me is any other company taking
part in the work experience program, yes one Construction Company doing
framing work and they have agreed to come but I said I had to confirm the
I sent an Email off to all those concerned and asked for there opinion and
also said I hope you all will take part. I quickly got a reply firstly from
Jason saying yes, later that day a response from everyone else say it sound
like fun count me in please.
Jason sent another message later that day saying they were all going to
script a plan and create another CD at our next 6 day break, how do you
feel 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 he
has a soft spot for folk that get TQ's.
I will get a confirmation date from the school and also ask that the video
can be shown.
Everything was setup in a large auditorium so we were on stage. The two
principles spoke first and expounded on the Work Experience Program and for
everyone to better understand we have invited those folk that passed
through one school or the other to relate there experience now they have
there TQ's. Firstly I will invite those from "A" Construction to please
come on stage, there were two ladies and one guys who gave great
presentation, the one girl said if it had not been for one of the one of
the guys (Harvey) who spoke up at a similar get together several years ago
she would gone the wrong way. She said she and her counter parts really
enjoyed the work and were totally accepted by what used to be an all male
world. The big is you do your job and you do it well if you have problem
then ask. I and my friends here do support this approach to work and life
none of use have any regrets and further more no big debt hanging over our
heads either – Thank you
George Summers speaks up saying thank you it was a pleasure to see you all
again let's talk later please, there are seats in the front row for you
please use them.
The other principle takes the stand again and says I would like to invite
onto the stage several members of another company who all work at high
levels in remote area's would the folks from Power Lines Inc please come on
stage, they bring them two blocks of wood and a plank. I should add they
are in all there Hi-Vis gear, work Boots and hard hats etc two of the are
also wearing the full body harness. Jason asks for the lights to be dimmed
and the flood the screen with a picture of the entire crew when the last
trip that was made by the school and it shows the school staff facing the
crew, the school is asking if there work experience students are here. All
the crews take there hard hats off showing they all had shaved heads then
Harvey stands up saying I'm here and followed by Doug doing the same thing
– that the whole place laughing because several of the teachers mouths
were wide open. Jason does the narration on the type of work they do and
how everyone enjoys the peacefulness of the countryside and the stars at
Yes we live in what is commonly called a bunkhouse but it's our home and
I'm going to show you something of what an occupied room looks like, we all
have our own private room. Jason has shots of each of those present doing
something in there room. He then has some shots of the crew in the lake
fooling around. So as you can see it is not all work and no play. I would
now like to introduce everyone in alphabetical order. Doug please stand up
and 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 and
tells how he got involved with Power Lines Inc and also the incident with a
fellow worker who had injured his shoulder and I visited him in Hospital on
behalf of the crew. I don't remember exactly why I was talking to my
Principle but George Summers who is a great guy and he was asking something
about me working during the school vacations and how was invited to work
the Easter Break and wished it was for the whole six weeks. George asked me
why and when I explained what had happened he went into deep thought
looking out of the window. Then swung his chair back and looked at me and
the calendar asking when does the tour start and counted off six weeks. OK
I'm going to mark you down for Work Experience so you will have no loss of
time on your record. We shook hands and left his office feeling very
While that six weeks was going on we had some guests that were flown for
the day no knew who they were other than please don't play to the camera's
and lunch time we will all meet the guests at lunch on site meaning at the
base of the tower we were working on. There were two video's made about
that trip and were shown to the school and during that time something
similar to today George Summers secretary I think her name was Julie came
in with a letter and showed it to him he then passed it on to me to read. I
don't remember the exact wording but is said Power Lines Inc would like to
create a Bursary of $500 to cover the costs of any student that goes for a
TQ ticket but they needed a name for that Bursary so George asked those
present to come up with a name. For some reason they pick my name and that
how this all started.
I feel that if it had not been for George's forward thinking many of us
would have big debt hanging around our necks today – Thank you and
George please come over here, I give him a great big hug and said please
have a great and enjoyable retirement we all love you.
It brought tears to George eyes every one is applauding singing "For he's a
jolly good fellow and say all of us" We all sit down. The Badlands High
principle says lets all mingle.
We meet up with the folk from the construction company and they were
shaking Harvey hand and he is asking what happed to the career
councilors. Well they said although she did not see it she walk into George
office throw all her stuff at him and walk out saying she had been so badly
insulted and was never seen again. The word got around and slowly all
either quit or were removed from other schools you did a dammed good job
there Harvey and for that we all thank you. Harvey got hugs from all
including the guy who said you're awesome mate I hope one day to be able to
do something like take – do take care.
Well the afternoon session finished after lots of questioning by many of
The principle of Badlands came over to us and said guys it was great how
you involved George in your session. We will see you to-night and by the
way 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 our
regular one close to the office, I'll give George a call and see if he and
Mike 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 them
a few moments later Dan comes in as well. Guys you did a fantastic job at
the school and Jason the fact that you brought real tears to George eyes it
is something he will never forget that and before I forget here are some
business cards for each of you there are two dozen for each and if you need
more George will arrange for some more to be run off and I suggest you make
sure 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 relaxed
affair and we will all be in good rough jeans and denim shirts and we were
asked to be there bye 6:30 pm so that everyone invited is waiting for
George and his wife arrive.
About 6:50 pm George shows up not knowing it was to be a gathering of this
size and everyone starts singing again "For he's jolly good fellow and so
say all of us"; drinks were served and nibbles as we all mingled, again we
saw the construction folk and all of us got to together and talked, they
said Allen is also here the company owner they look around and then say
that's him talking the guy in blue denim shirt over there we look and said
great that our company CEO and that is standard dress for our main office
nothing stiff and starchy. It was Shaun who asked do your foremen get there
hands dirty on the job and assist when things need help, well its got to be
really bad before they actually get involved – Shaun that's too
bad. Jordon speaks up by saying the Foreman Superintendent, and Mike the
engineer gets up on the towers to see how thing are going and everyone
appreciates this approach. We all work as a f****y and look after each
others back sides it part of safety on and off the job.
We here someone asking us to please take our places so lets all sit
together Harvey suggests the bottom table as we can all see what is going
on easily. We had a great meal of soup, salad and roast pork finishing up
with apple pie and it was all washed down with glasses of wine. There were
a few speeches made, and George Summers did a nice reply saying how
generous everyone had been to today showing there love of what they are
doing I think those that did the presentations were fantastic and I thank
you all from the bottom of my heart.
Then we hear someone else tap there glass and stand up saying my name is
Allan Fletcher and tonight in honor of your retirement I would like to
create a Bursary for James Bay High School in the same way as Power Lines
Inc did for Badlands High School I hope you will except this on behalf of
the school and all I ask is that the school contacts me and provides a
suitable name for the Bursary of $500.
The applause was over whelming, Eventually George Summers stands up and
everyone goes quiet right away. George starts of by saying thank you for
the generous donation it certainly will assist and encourage some of our
students to go for there TQ's however I will hand over that responsibility
to Colin my Vice Principle to oversee here and accept this award on behalf
of the school and by the way Colin is the New Principle for James Bay and I
know that he will do a dammed good job – thank you all.
More applause – Colin puts his hand up and everyone quits – Ladies
and Gentlemen I suggest now we mingle again, the no host bar is now
open. Suddenly Colin see one of his old students with there hand up he say
Julie I think you may wish to say some thing first. Yes she says – I
would like to thank you all for the lovely meal and it is great to meet
some of the guys who fly high up those high voltage towers I certainly
could not do that job and yes I can see it's an all male job – see is
laughing you have to be crazy to enjoy that type of work but we three
admire your courage in flying high and to George and your lovely wife you
have done so much to encourage the TQ route I wish to thank you so much
happy holidays and Julie sits down.
OK everyone lets mingle
The whole group of us initially stay together and it Tony the carpenter who
asked why do all you guys have shaved heads, We all started to laugh then
Jordon said well it get pretty hot and you sweat a lot plus there is always
dust in the air and having one head shaved it is so much cooler and when
you 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 to
the work site well ahead of Work Experience Program and enjoyed so much
that I was able to spend lot of my vacation out with the crew. When I
eventually got my apprenticeship I had had my head shaved for over nine
month before that. Luckily for me my uncle Jake who looked after when Mum
passed away knew someone in Badlands High and advised them that I would be
coming to school with a shaved head and in those days you could be
considered a skinhead and rebel and told who ever it was I was not and
please accept the fact. I never had any comment from any staff and suspect
now 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 this
summer – Thanks guys. Jason reminded all of us to give George our
business cards, before we did that we each gave the construction folk a
card from each of us and said lets keep in touch use our email as we all
have our own laptops and the camp have wireless internet and you will see
we 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 they
were planning on leaving, Hi George we all would like a brief word with you
and to thank you what start many years ago and we just hope the idea
expands more in the future – thank guys you were awesome this afternoon
and the into with all the crew lifting there hard hats made me laugh so
much I almost got a gut ache. Well George please keep in touch with us and
here are our business cards providing our Email address and Mailing
address. George looks at a couple of the cards, and said I have never heard
of workers getting Internet and a mailing address before on the company's
Well when we started our apprenticeship that was one of the first things
that the company did at the start it was Apprentice Jordon or who ever
today it is Linesman Jordon. The mail gets delivered to us at camp by the
company helicopter and dropped of at the cookhouse the cook then puts it
into our rooms so it remains private.
What a great service, may I ask what sort of wage you earn, no problems at
all 1st year Linesman get $35.00 / hr plus full room and board and free
transport to and from the company compound. Each year it goes up depending
on how you have performed to a top figure of $40.00 /hr. If you have a
First Aid ticket there is automatically another $1.50/hr then as an
assistant foremen you are paid $10.00 extra per hour so as you can see we
earn good money and are expected to put our best backs into it. George said
I was very surprised at how clean everything was with the bunkhouses and
the cookhouses and also the idea of clean overalls everyday and you do it
yourselves was amazing to me.
Well my wife and I are going home to relax as it's been a tiring but
enjoyable 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 who
asked how can I get we hold of you guys in the future so again we handed
out our business card.
Very professional nicely done which of you design them, none of us they
were done by our company –well he says they sure seem too look after all
there employee's well.
You know another thing that impressed me about our trip to your site was
you're your George Foreman Superintendent, and Mike the Engineer to see him
climb up the tower and you got the feeling that Mike wanted to do the
same. We said Mike is frequently up on the towers with us when there are
problem and you know it is no different to climbing those stairs at home
except there are a few more steps.
It was Doug who said the first time he and Harvey went up they had no
problem at all and they amazed the Foreman Superintendent at how easy we
took it because normally the first few times you are scared as hell. We
laughed about it because the previous four year we had belonged to the rock
climbing club and there the first few times we were scared shitless and we
both admit that. That club not realizing it was leading us into our
future. That is a fantastic story does the club know about this? Frankly I
don'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 flight
we need to be at the office for 5:00 am. So how does six weeks on and one
week off work, Easy we work a six day week and have Sunday off when do what
ever like use our dirt bikes or ATV's and in the snow Snowmobiles and
really it all depends where are located, we all have fun one way or another
and then a week off.
Very often some stay in camp and do there own thing, actually there are two
staying and the cook has come to town. The two there told Peter get your
butt 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. When
we move camp we don't have to clear our rooms either as all the trailers
follow us however our camera and laptop are always carried by us. So when
we come into town we simply book in to a local motel for the week and go
about our business, one thing that doesn't happen thankfully the crew does
not go into the pub for the whole week like some loggers and miners and get
d***k out of there minds.
All our camps are technically dry but on special occasions like recently
one of our assistant foremen was retiring and so George Foreman
Superintendent brought I think 4 dozen beers so it allowed a couple beers
each. Colin said you know I admire all of you because you are so open and
the one I was concerned about was you Harvey getting verbal abuse but
luckily that was kneed out the place after that the whole school was a
Harvey asks what happen to that guy, I hate to tell you he got beat up a
number of times because of his attitude and eventually was murdered due to
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 the
bone and enjoy what we do. I hope this is well received by all viewers I
look forward to your comments many thanks for reading. Roger