Man! It’s brutally cold in Reno this week. Cold weather is not my thing and I’m glad I’m not a person that has to work outdoors this time of year. Crazy. But a buddy of mine owns a construction company in Reno and I asked him about it. He says that as he gets older – it seems worse. I certainly get that. He’s like 60. I would not want to do construction at his age (out in the cold). But, he’s really good at what he does – so I’m sure he won’t change just because it’s colder than a witch’s tit outside.
I worked with a neighbor of mine a few years back. He had a post hole drilling business and a specially modified jeep that carried a massive post hole drill. It was awesome for building fences, punching holes for post barns, and holes for light pole cages (commercial construction). The coldest time I ever used it to punch holes was at the top of Mt Rose ski area. And I mean the very top. I brought the jeep in through a road that came from the back of the mountain to the top. They had an enclosed snow cat to guide the way (and to pull me out if I got stuck). I made it the whole way to the spot where they needed me to drill two 12″ holes. The wind was blowing snow at 60+ mph and I was completely unprotected in this jeep. I drilled the holes and beat feet to the other side of the mountain. By the time I got back to our truck and trailer (we used to transport the jeep to jobsites) – I was so frozen that I could not move my fingers enough to chain the jeep back down on the trailer.
F**k that crap. I decided right then that I was not built to work in the snow or any sort of cold weather. So, I tip my hat in salute to all of you home builders, general contractors, and other construction folk that work out in the weather. Glad that you do it!