Lessons from life

| March 20, 2008

Ted Bronson has posted a wonderful essay (“Dad and the GD Bricks“) over at The Line is Here about the lessons that creep up on us in life:

Once the wall was down, the detail work came into play. Often, many of the bricks would just fall out of matrix with no mortar attached on any of the surfaces. These were the easy ones. They went straight onto the back of the truck, ready to be used back at our house. The others had to be cleaned. We would sit with pick hammers and chisels and break apart fused bricks for hours. Peeling off the old cement was tricky; you couldn’t hit it too hard or the brick would break, too soft and the slab of mortar would break into smaller pieces that had to be removed a chunk at a time. But hitting it just right made it pop right off whole and the brick surface would be nice and clean and ready to go on the truck. (Our very first truckload went to the nice man who let us glean off the ruins. It really sucked knowing that what I had done all day that day was just enough to pay for permission to do it again tomorrow.) When we got a truckload full, we would take it back to the house and unload it into our backyard.

Loading a truck with scavenged brick is one thing, because we did it a few bricks at a time throughout the course of the day. Unloading was a different matter altogether. Unloading came when muscles were already sore, hands were already raw, feet and backs and shins had already been smashed, bashed, and burned by a day working in the Alabama summer sun. If the work to fill the truck was hard, unloading it was hell.

Read the whole thing.  ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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