Friday, December 14, 2012

See you next year …… Enjoy!


 It is again that time of the year where the industry shuts down and builders and their staff go off to enjoy a well earned rest.

The Association aligns itself to the industry so we encourage staff to take leave over this period and we also close our doors for a few days. With this in mind, this will be our last blog post for the year. Blog posts, news articles and our e-newsletter will resume their normal publishing cycles on 14 January 2013.

We thank all members for their support throughout 2013, and we wish you all a joyous happy festive season.

See you next year …… Enjoy!

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Mobile Clinic - Trip to Hluhluwe


On the road bright and early we made our way to Hluhluwe. Those in the car were silent, being that on the Thursday we were in Umhlanga, Friday we were in Durban for a team building exercise and now on the Saturday, we were back on the road to administer more medicals.

The directions we were given were precise meaning that the site was found with ease.

Having never actually been to Hluhluwe, Brenda and I were both excited at the prospect. Albeit that there wasn’t much to see, finding ourselves in a place we hadn’t been to before, was nonetheless an enjoyable experience.

No real challenges presented itself, everything ran smoothly and at no point did it prove stressful. This of course was a good thing and before we knew it, we were on our way back home to Richards Bay.

I must also add that everywhere we have been thus far; we have been greeted by such lovely people who are more than willing to assist us when the need arises.

We look forward to our next trip.

Leah Yankasamy
Clinic & Safety Assistant

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mobile Clinic - Road Trip


Starting our trip bright and early in the morning, we were all very calm and relaxed. That didn’t last too long as we realized that the address we were heading to wasn’t to be found by our Garmin GPS device.  So we took out the tablet and searched again, eventually finding Meridian Street we followed the directions as instructed.

It took us to Gateway and made us do a U-Turn back on to the M14, trusting it we followed, which proved a huge mistake.

Supposed to be in Umhlanga, we found ourselves in Mount Edgecombe so we stopped and asked for directions at an Engen garage, nobody could help and after driving around in circles, we eventually came to a dead end!

In the end we arranged to meet the client at Gateway who escorted us to site which as Murphy’s Law would have it, was two minutes away.

When we got there, the parking area had a height restriction of 2.5m! Our trailer could not fit so we had to get the security guard to open up a special gate around back for us.

Thankfully after a horrible start to the day, the medicals all went smoothly and we were soon heading home to Zululand.  At the end of the day, the client was exceedingly pleased which is all that really mattered to us.

Leah Yankasamy
Clinic & Safety Assistant

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Worst Analogies Ever Written


Somebody I know posted this on Facebook and admittedly when I saw it, I had to laugh at some of them. A little light-heartedness on a Monday morning is never a bad idea, so I thought I would share them with you, enjoy.

Winners of the "worst analogies ever written in a high school essay" contest:

McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup. (Paul Sabourin, Silver Spring)

From the attic came an unearthly howl.  The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and "Jeopardy" comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30. (Roy Ashley, Washington)

She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again. (Rich Murphy, Fairfax Station)

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it. (Joseph Romm, Washington)

Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze. (Chuck Smith, Woodbridge)

Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center. (Russell Beland, Springfield)

Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. (Unknown)

He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree. (Jack Bross, Chevy Chase)

The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease. (Gary F. Hevel, Silver Spring)

Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like "Second Tall Man." (Russell Beland, Springfield)

Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.  (Jennifer Hart, Arlington)

The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr.Pepper can. (Wayne Goode, Madison, Ala.)

They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth. (Paul Kocak, Syracuse, N.Y.)

John and Mary had never met.  They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met. (Russell Beland, Springfield)

The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play. (Barbara Fetherolf, Alexandria)

His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free. (Chuck Smith, Woodbridge)

The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon. (Helen Hopp, Yucaipa)

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager

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