Friday, June 29, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
I realize I'm dreadfully behind in posting, and maybe no one reads this blog anymore but a scattered few, but one day I hope to put these posts in a book like our Aunt Mary Ann did and have recordings for our family.
At least, that's what I tell myself.
According to the time stamp on these photographs, this happened on May 12, 2012. I had come back from New Mexico and was grocery shopping with Himself at this wonderful market we found that has local produce at great prices.
Tyler called me and asked if we would like to come by his shop since there weren't many people there on a Saturday. When it comes to Tyler and big trucks, it's not hard for me to drop all plans!
Oh, and could we bring him lunch? =) Love that kid.
People may not know this about me, but I LOVE TRUCKS. I actually love cars, too. I think this is why I get along so well with Ben G. - I may not know all there is to know about trucks and cars, but they never fail to hold my interest or appreciation! My father tells the story of when he was working on our car in the driveway one day when I was a toddler. I took my brother's skateboard and rolled under the car to watch him, and promptly fell asleep. I guess it was that comforting!
Ty works at a Mack and Volvo dealership in our town.
|He still hasn't stopped smiling. =)|
This is a shot of Tyler's bay. He has a Mack up on these huge jacks, so of course he had to spend at least five minutes explaining to me how this was safe for him to work on!
I did feel a little better when I saw how much weight ONE jack was capable of supporting:
|Explaining a transmission to Himself.|
|Nothing is small in a diesel shop! This is the transmission.|
|Where the light is shining is where the transmission goes. I'm STANDING under the truck to take this photo.|
|A diesel engine!|
|This one was completely rebuilt. (Note the grin? Still there!)|
|A look down the shop at the different bays. Ty's is on the other side of that cement truck on the left.|
|This truck is brand new, in for recall on some whatzit part.|
|Another shot of Ty's bay.|
Just outside the door of the shop was a brand new Volvo truck, still wrapped in plastic. Tyler invited me to climb inside and take a look.
|Storage under the bunk.|
|This one had a sun roof. I am standing up to take the photo, and I could stretch my arms all the way over my head without touching the roof from one spot. Then again, I'm only 5'4".|
Before we left to get the groceries home, Ty showed us the tool box he had just purchased. His previous box was overflowing after a year and a half of working there, so he had to bite the bullet and make an investment on a new one. I'm so proud of him - none of his tools or equipment were purchased on credit. He saved his money and paid cash for every one of them.
On his first day of work, he was asked to change the oil on a truck. He reached into his toolbox to find the right socket for the job and was instantly dismayed - the LARGEST socket he had would only fit the SMALLEST part of the engine! He wisely lived at home with us and bought a few tools with each paycheck until he had what he needed.
Plus . . . . TRUCKS. He gets to do something so incredibly cool and still be home every night!