Archiving Your Skills

Last weekend was a really busy one, but a lot of fun and very rewarding.

It started off with Indie and I walking around the streets of our new neighborhood, marking the sewer drains. Now, that doesn’t mean Indie lifting his leg on the sewer drain but rather, placing the PWD “Yo!” medallions on the drains to raise awareness of river pollution as the drains all flow to a river.

We also managed to catch up with a couple groups of friends that we hadn’t seen in a long time. We had some friends stay with us overnight from Baltimore where I attended MICA. It was good to catch up with them and their recent trip to India. A good friend’s brother graduated from Grad School so we went to NJ, in the neighborhood I grew up in and celebrated with their family and friends.

For father’s day, Erin and I went to Peach Bottom PA, to visit her grandparents. It was also her Grandfather’s birthday that day. They live on a small farm and unfortunately it is becoming a bit difficult for them to manage the land. Not only do they have a couple acres of land but a few large trees had been recently cut down along the main road, clearing the power lines. There were many logs to be cut and moved. Luckily, Erin’s Grandfather, Ed, has a small tractor and a couple chainsaws. And even better, I am familiar with tractors and chainsaws! I was able to cut the wood to smaller, wood-stove suitable sizes and start a new log-pile.

In previous jobs before DDA I was a grounds keeper on a large English estate, working with tractors and other farm machinery. I also worked for a tree care company, driving the trucks, operating the wood chippers and prepping the chainsaws. I was always trained thoroughly in safety using these tools as they are very powerful and can obviously create horrific accidents. I was glad to have the knowledge and skills archived so that I could help Erin’s grandparents over the weekend.

(wow, that is a really terrible animated gif of a chainsaw!!!)

All of us at DDA have skills that we archive. It is important to know how to use different tools and software so that we can wear many hats and should the need arise, do website build-out , flash integration, 3d animation, programming, design, script writing or any of the other skills involved with working at DDA.