Years of Training Pay Off
19 April 2013 | Knowing what to look for.
Posted By: Live-A-Board Bozo Hobo Rich
It has been an exhusting two weeks. After the Oakland Boat show, I had one day at home and then at 3AM Monday morning I was off to Costa Mesa for training on how to build the CoolBlue Refrigertion units. Training has been going great and Randy is commenting that I'm picking things up fast...or maybe he is just saying that to keep me sending him his monthly checks? Na...I'm a fast study when my financial future is on the line! It has been fun to learn something new and I've only burned myself with the sodering torch twice. I don't really fault myself for lighting the work table on fire because having flamable materials at the torching station is just asking for trouble!
Just because my mind and energy is focused on training, it doesn't mean that I have turned off my other senses. For example, when I noticed about 45 Mexicans standing in line at a local Taco Resturante years of Acadamy training kicked in and I reflexively stepped on the breaks and pulled into the parking lot. While in Mexico we lived by the adage "where there is a line of locals at a food stand, there are good tacos" so why wouldn't that hold true on the streets of Costa Mesa, California? All my training paid off big time when I stumbled upon the "Best Taco in Orange County" and I have to admit, I was impressed. Sure the Taco plate was $9.75 rather than $3 like it would have been in Mexico, but someone has got to pay for that Grade A department of health rating sticker hanging in the window. I've now eaten there 4 times in 3 days, working my way through the menu from carnitas, pollo, to my favorite carne asada. As much as I hate being away from the family, it sure makes living on the road easier to feel at home when it comes to food!
After working on Saturday, I'll zip home for a Family Day on Sunday and then be back here in Costa Mesa Monday morning to start another week of work. The way I fugure it, I'll have the building process down once I work my way through the menu!
[[Editors Note: I've used the term "Mexican" before in a few posts and each time I get some nasty emails from the PC Multi-Cultural police trying to educate me on how I should not refer to people from Mexico as "Mexican" but as "Latinos". I have news for the Multi-cultural hyphonated American police. Mexicans, (people from Mexico) WANT to be called Mexican! That is what they are for the love of Pete and there is no racist, pajorative, or demeaning meaning to that word in Mexico. So enough already with the pseudointellectual lectures.]]