Breaking in a new helper.
Starting from zero attempting to educate a new part time helper. Things like, “This is a 60d nail, this is a 1-1/2″ MAG nail and this is a 2-1/2″ MAG nail. Remember that.”
Believe this 15 year-old has the potential to become a good worker after only two days in the field. He also works part time for a friend of mine who runs an auto repair shop. Between the two of us he will get the chance to learn a ton of things that will be beneficial over a life time. First and foremost will be how to deal with the general public. That’s something that he won’t learn at home.
I realize how tough it is to pick up on the lingo used daily is a job setting. Terms we throw around amongst ourselves are lost on others. But, I think he can adapt rather quickly.
I have gone through this training process several times with sons (and a daughter) of local friends or former schoolmates around my own age. This is the first grandson of a classmate. Will attempt to avoid telling tales from the days when we were riding our dinosaurs to school. You know– way back before cell phones, the internet, 300 channels on the TV, etc.
One big thing in his favor is he comes from a humble background and is accustomed to doing what it takes just to get by. Day one he makes the six mile journey to meet up with me in a Jeep that has seen better days. At the end of the day, his departure included raising the hood and doing the magic required there to start the engine which happens for most people by simply turning a key while in the driver’s seat. Then he reached into the front seat and grabbed a coiled air hose. He plugged it into a connector under the hood and proceeded to reinflate the rear tire that goes down every day. His family has three old Jeeps because the quarter-mile long driveway is far too rough on a good day for common cars.
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