Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Back to Work and....Ugly?

Hello friends!
   I'll get to the ugly in just a moment.
   If I know you on facebook, you might have already seen in my status message that I've finally been called back to work, and I'm happy about that. I've been idle for a few months now and was starting to get a little stir crazy!
   This season I've been sent to work on a new industrial warehouse that is currently under construction at the DND Navy Dockyards in Esquimalt that will soon become the new home for the Hazmat (hazardous materials) crew. It's not the prettiest construction site,  but they rarely are at this stage. That's why we paint them!
   For a ship buff like me, just to be right there at the home base of Canada's Pacific Navy Fleet is exciting enough, but what really thrills me is that there is currently a very large cruise ship sitting in the Public Works Drydock just accross the bay: the Norwegian Star. That ship was supposed to serve as a floating hotel during the Olympics in Vancouver, but something fell through and it didn't happen. So, since the ship was in the area, her owners figured it was time to get some work done - a bonus for Victoria's economy.
   So, while I'm toiling away sanding, rolling, masking, and generally getting dirty making the building look nice, I can get a little joy in knowing that all I have to do is step outside at break time and get a look at the big, beautiful ship.

   Now what's all this Ugly business? A good friend of mine, and a blogger more popular and awesome than I'll ever be, Chelle, is having a little contest in which she's asked her friends to post or email her a picture of their ugliest possessions. She's even giving away a prize too!
   Well, it's a long shot, but going back to work inspired my entry. I've looked at a few of the other entries and there is some tough competion out there, but I'm sure none of you willingly wear something ugly and dirty out of the house. But I do...

Yep, those are my painter's pants! I wear them (and a few other pairs just like them in rotation) every time I go to work. All are just as ugly. The photo doesn't really do them justice. Like I said, it's a longshot, but I don't care. I'll be happy with just a nomination, you know, like the Oscars. Or even just one of those green ribbons like they gave you in Elementary track & field just for participating.

Wish me luck - at both the jobsite and the contest!

The Wandering Oak


  1. Good news about your job. Carpe diem.

  2. They're just like all of my pants at the end of the day, Guilliamo. :) Thanks for entering!

  3. OMG, You're right! I did reference them! I will go back and give credit where due.

  4. those sure are some dirty pants!

  5. Hmmm. I remember commenting on this post. Did you Reject my comment will... DID YOU?!?!

  6. OOoookay. I see what happened. I wrote a witty and entertaining comment, clicked on post comment and moseyed off somewhere else. Little did I know that the word verification popped up AFTER I had clicked post. I've learned.

  7. I NEVER reject comments. I get so few of them, so I take whatever I can get. Sorry about the word verification thing. I don't think it was supposed to act like that.


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