Getting More out of Our Cable

Have you grown tired of not having an awesome cable provider? I’ve been using the Internet for most of my entertainment until recently when I decided that it might be time to finally give in and get some of that awesome paid programming that I’ve been missing out on for the last few years. So I did what I thought I would never do again and called Time Warner Cable. Sure, they don’t have the best reputation in the world but they are the only provider that is in my area. So if I want to watch me some Game of Thrones well then I have to do what I have to do, you know?

Oh there’s no doubt that this is kind of a bummer. I don’t like the situation very much but truth be told they haven’t done anything to make me out right dislike them. They just charge a lot of money when I think they should consider the fact that many customers rely on Netflix to provide much of the content we’re not getting. You might think that they would lower the price of their packages because of this but they have done no such thing.

In fact, if anything, the prices for their services have only gone up! When are we going to get a break? Yeah, the FCC says they’re going to make sure that the cable providers won’t have so much control over us but I don’t think that is in reality going to happen in the way that most of us are hoping for. I guess as long as my service costs don’t increase any more I’ll be fine but I really cannot afford to pay much more than what they have already asked for. I would go entirely broke if they did.

The Craggy Caverns of Human Waste

Humans as a general rule are not the most clean of creature. Our streets, our homes and our cities might appear clean on the surface but the majority of us ever bother to cast our gaze downward to think of all the waste that we produce is right there beneath our feet. Beneath the dark, loamy earth lies twisting cavern like tunnels to which the entirety of a cities waste flows like so much a bubbling toxic river of gross. If you’ve never worked in those to do sewer cleaning in Bronx NY caverns yourselves you would never understand what it’s like to find yourself waist deep in the most vile fluids. A part of the brain shuts itself off in absolute denial of what you’re wading into; it’s better to force a level of ignorance onto yourself than to admit that you’re practically swimming in the same fluids that come from your own body every day.

My job was a simple one considering the complicated vastness that is the entirety of our sanitary system. I was only to unclog those side sluices that would become gummed up with, well, gummy human gunk. Sometimes we would find landscaping garbage that would spill over from one of the incorrect inflows that jammed up the residential sluices which could cause massive problems for those of us down there. For some areas of the sewers there was a very real threat of drowning in the collective waste of the city if it became too badly clogged. In a city like New York City, one that has been built upon itself again and again through the two and half centuries of American colonization there can be serious problems with sewage clogging. Some of the tunnels simply are not built to sustain the sheer amount of waste that flows through them every day.

Following the Same Blue Labor Guidelines

All blue collar trades today suffer from a lack of new people entering the work force, even as a roofing contractor in Brooklyn! All labors follow the same typical guidelines. If you attended a Building Officials Conference you would see that the major percentage of the group are retired trades people. Police, Firemen, Carpenters, Laborers, Electricians and so on. Many have 30 or 40 years in the trades and have seen just about everything in construction. These are all excellent candidates to become good building inspectors. Most if not all states at this point in time require a certain amount of hours of training before an inspector is allowed to work for a municipality. Basic codes classes may range from days to weeks and 12 full weeks seems to be the average. In addition to the basic codes classes, each year inspectors are required to attend in my state, a minimum of 24 hours of additional continuing education credit classes. Classes range from code updates, to new Green building codes to refreshers on older code sections.

Many of the classes are redundant but are important for the newcomers and a good refresher for the old timers. It is not mandatory that someone be a ex construction worker or Firemen to be an inspector. Many are accountants, housewives, architects and in general people who are interested in the building profession. This mixture of backgrounds provides a well rounded variety of building inspectors.There are various types of inspectors positions available today. Building Inspectors, Fire Inspectors, Code Enforcement Officials and private Home Inspectors to name just a few. Building Inspectors generally head up a building department and can conduct all types of inspections. Positions are available both Full and Part time. Salaries can range from $15 an hour part time to $125,000 a year for a large municipality.