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I guess it's official, I signed the formal letter of acceptance with Indiana University today. Will begin a four year apprenticeship in January, last day for the shop is Dec. 4th. Big changes ahead, excited for what the future holds.


"Forget pounds and ounces, I'm figuring displacement!"

If we accept that: MBG(+)FGSF(=)HBG(F1)
And we surmise that: BG(>)HBG(F1) while GSF(<)HBG(F1)
Would it hold true that: HBG(F1)(+)AM500(x)q.d.(=)1.5lbGRWT?
PB answer: It depends.
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Congrats Tony! You will excel I am sure! Please provide some details if you get a chance.

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Congrats Sparks!

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Tony,

I'm slow, what are you doing with the university?

And what about next seasons syrup?


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Brian you're not slow, I just haven't said anything until now. My wife and I have known for some time that our family was headed for a crossroads, we just never knew when we would arrive, or which direction we would turn once there. This last year and a half, a course began to present itself that seemed to fit our needs pretty well. A large part of our new direction involves a change of vocation for yours truly, and I began to search in earnest this past spring. Truthfully, after nine years here in this shop, I'm ready to move on.

Certainly I needed something that would provide for my family's security, but I also wanted something technical in nature, and challenging. Soon discovered that was a difficult combination to locate in today's job market. So, when the position of Elevator Mechanic apprentice opened up at the university, I applied.

They told me there were over 50 qualified applicants for the position. And after almost four months of transcripts, letters of recommendation, interviews, and hours of skills/assessment tests, fortune favored me.

And Zep I agree. At 49 I'm old for an apprentice. And while they were tactful and polite during yesterday's meeting, there is no doubt in my mind that the same thought crossed their minds a time or two also. Still, I'm excited at the prospect of what I'm about to learn, and what I'm going to be a part of at the university. Four years to Journeyman....I got this.

As far as maple syrup, this will undoubtedly curtail our efforts, at least for the upcoming season. Once I have some time in perhaps my schedule will offer a little more freedom, but certainly not to the degree that I have enjoyed being self-employed. Still, we intend to cook and make syrup in a few weeks. Probably not on as large a scale, but we will do what we can. I will be in the woods today, opening up trees and getting ready to install our very first run of tubing, and I have marked an additional 25 walnut trees, and 20 maples, so we're still expanding the operation. It will all work out, and be worth it in the end. I begin at IU on Jan 4th, and will be taking most of December off to facilitate remodel operations over at our other house. Lots going on right now, so excited at what lies ahead.


"Forget pounds and ounces, I'm figuring displacement!"

If we accept that: MBG(+)FGSF(=)HBG(F1)
And we surmise that: BG(>)HBG(F1) while GSF(<)HBG(F1)
Would it hold true that: HBG(F1)(+)AM500(x)q.d.(=)1.5lbGRWT?
PB answer: It depends.
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I LOVE IT!!

They chose wisely!!


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Pretty cool, Spark!! Congrats!!!

Ya know, that job could have it's ups and downs wink

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Originally Posted By: JKB
Pretty cool, Spark!! Congrats!!!

Ya know, that job could have it's ups and downs wink


Yeah I've heard that. As long as I don't get the shaft. grin

(actually, I think it's referred to as a hoistway.)


"Forget pounds and ounces, I'm figuring displacement!"

If we accept that: MBG(+)FGSF(=)HBG(F1)
And we surmise that: BG(>)HBG(F1) while GSF(<)HBG(F1)
Would it hold true that: HBG(F1)(+)AM500(x)q.d.(=)1.5lbGRWT?
PB answer: It depends.
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You will do very well especially since you owned and operated a successful business.


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Congrats, Dude! Elevator mechanics make bank!

I suspect that many employers of the trades actually prefer to hire older, experienced, and more stable applicants for apprenticeships. Although at 49, you are definitely pushing the upper age limit. Apparently they saw something in you which sparked their interest.

Congrats again, and good luck!

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Congrats, Sparkie--sounds like a fascinating and challenging endeavor.

I hope I'm not out of place to suggest that you don't mention your plans for an "Improved" electric-propane hybrid elevator for a bit? Might just not set the right tone at the beginning.

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I'm counting on Spark to make vast improvements with this platform:



Maybe add a smidgen of Chocolate to the Maple Syrup, as a custom touch.

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Thanks all, appreciate the encouragement.

Yolk, I will heed your advice and refrain from touting the many benefits of hybridization, and how it might benefit the elevator industry as a whole. For now.


"Forget pounds and ounces, I'm figuring displacement!"

If we accept that: MBG(+)FGSF(=)HBG(F1)
And we surmise that: BG(>)HBG(F1) while GSF(<)HBG(F1)
Would it hold true that: HBG(F1)(+)AM500(x)q.d.(=)1.5lbGRWT?
PB answer: It depends.
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Originally Posted By: JKB


Maybe add a smidgen of Chocolate to the Maple Syrup, as a custom touch.





Defiler! grin


"Forget pounds and ounces, I'm figuring displacement!"

If we accept that: MBG(+)FGSF(=)HBG(F1)
And we surmise that: BG(>)HBG(F1) while GSF(<)HBG(F1)
Would it hold true that: HBG(F1)(+)AM500(x)q.d.(=)1.5lbGRWT?
PB answer: It depends.
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Never know wink

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If you ever service the elevator at Eginmann Hall yours truly rode up and down that thing a few hundred times.


If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






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Tony,

Excellent field to get into in my opinion, especially for someone with your talents. FWIW one of our sister companies, Otis Elevator, is always looking for creative and innovative folks once you get that experience under your belt. One of the major limiting factors for how high skyscrapers can be is elevator technology.


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Congrats Tony!!!


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Also congrats Tony


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Hay sparky, you can tell us the truth, we wont say anything, are you going to be working on the new Space Elevator we here about? smile Congrats Man

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Tony, I know you'll do well. You have that kind of analytical mind that wants to know why things fail, and not just replace parts. That's a plus for any job, and especially this one.

Besides that, you'll get a cool set of elevator door keys. They're like safe cracking 101 tools.


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Al, I've never met a mechanic or technician of any sort who wasn't looking for a reason to accumulate more tools. Me included.


"Forget pounds and ounces, I'm figuring displacement!"

If we accept that: MBG(+)FGSF(=)HBG(F1)
And we surmise that: BG(>)HBG(F1) while GSF(<)HBG(F1)
Would it hold true that: HBG(F1)(+)AM500(x)q.d.(=)1.5lbGRWT?
PB answer: It depends.
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Spark, are you going to be dealing with any electrical stuff?

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Oh yeah, the full spectrum. All the way from maintenance to new installations, it's all done inhouse. They have elevators from the 40's, up to a state of the art unit they are presently installing. Logic relays and motor generator drive machines, and VVVF drives feeding AC motors. Gonna' be a wild ride!


"Forget pounds and ounces, I'm figuring displacement!"

If we accept that: MBG(+)FGSF(=)HBG(F1)
And we surmise that: BG(>)HBG(F1) while GSF(<)HBG(F1)
Would it hold true that: HBG(F1)(+)AM500(x)q.d.(=)1.5lbGRWT?
PB answer: It depends.
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Sounds like fun!!!

One of my trusty older meters grew legs while working at a customers. Got a new one that's pretty darn Cool!!!

In the theme of new tools: Amprobe ACDC-54NAV

Oh yeah, I got a free one of these as well when I bought it: Amprobe IR-710

Still waiting for delivery of the IR thermometer.

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