Friday, March 16, 2012

The Joys of being a Welder

I recently mentioned that I had come across a somewhat amusing web page penned by an ex-welder who it seems under no circumstances, would ever go back to his old profession. It is titled ‘Welcome to worldwide welding’ and while the advice on offer is both practical and relevant, the tone of his writing suggests that he has absolutely no love for it.

He freely uses the term ‘downright miserable’ and makes it known that heat; dirt and hemorrhoids are all a welder has to look forward to. In case you are wondering how on earth hemorrhoids, our intrepid ex-welder is happy to enlighten us:

“Sit on unyielding hard, hot steel for 5 days a week for a year and you tell me what happens to your behind! Many welders pack Preparation H in their lunch pails.”

For me the most bothersome part of that statement is the relief in the lunchbox bit.

While acknowledging that desperate times do sometimes call for desperate measures, I find the thought of Preparation H alongside lunch in tupperware, somewhat disturbing. There are places in your mind you simply shouldn’t have to go to, when contemplating a peanut butter sandwich.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager



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