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  Any PAs here?
Posted by: npr - 08-25-2017, 09:14 PM - Forum: Question and Support Board - Replies (1)

Any physician assistant types in here?  Got some questions regarding applying to programs and schooling.  

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  Do you guys know what this means?
Posted by: alexander9987 - 08-15-2017, 03:17 PM - Forum: Question and Support Board - Replies (8)

so last week I was staring into space & the girl i liked was looking at me while i was staring into space . Then later I was staring at the wall & when i look over she was Leaning her Head Against her Hand While looking at me & smiling. Then the next day she said ” i don’t know why he looks at me."

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  Landscape Design-Build Observations
Posted by: Loderi - 08-03-2017, 11:53 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (5)

As of right now, the landscape contracting work (and therefore construction business in general) is doing well where I am employed. (greater San Gabriel Valley, SoCal. We have crews ranging out to Orange County, Los Angeles sometimes and even southbound into San Diego if the contract's lucrative enough)

I hear our very abrupt and rude-ish Head Estimator matter of factly informing clients over the phone that want us to last-minute-PLEASE plant parking lot trees that he has no nope nada available crews for the work. We're booked solid. Six weeks out. Every day has been assigned. And SoCal is such that winter doesn't stop us except for actual rain. And that's not coming any time soon.

In the past week, my company resorted to putting out a sandwich board out on the sidewalk for laborers. That's rather unprecedented; during the high season, all the workers worth having are on the job. And positions were usually filled word-of-mouth. We're employing brothers, cousins, uncles, people who can be vouched for. Apparently we've tapped out that resource and are trying to scoop up strangers.  

Competing contractors are even trying to steal our guys. Head Estimator was bitching to a boulder sales rep about shady characters hanging around jobsites offering cash down for guys to get into their trucks. 

It's a delicate balancing act in terms of jobs in the pipeline/laborers to build out, though.

The estimate for my own custom house construction build has been stalled partially because the general contractor we're going with is so slammed with work and foreman duties that he can't sit down and look at the plans and estimate. (We're not pressed, of course, because ultimately the big limiter is the county Planning Department's schedule, not him.)

The back office side of contracting seems to have these backups in general. We're contacting multiple subs and it's all an ordeal for such things; pool guys. Deck guys. Gazebo guys. Concrete guys. Masons. Everybody worth hiring is running out in the field with their voicemailboxes full. 

In short, what everybody needs are estimators. And it looks like estimators come into being from being experienced foremen who knew costs for materials/labor and are too beat up physically to be outside anymore and so get kept because their knowledge is valuable and transitioned into an office job. 

I do not believe this is an ideal pipeline. But I have no ready answer for it because I've assisted with estimating when Head Estimator is so swamped that I can be of help and even then, what I do know is simply insufficient. The limiting factor is that even though I can and do manage to figure out the individual pipe pieces for an irrigation system by lineal feet and square feet and etc, I have no idea how many man hours it would take to build it out. That's the institutional knowledge Head Estimator knows and can't impart to anybody, apparently. 

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  Sorry about the spam threads.
Posted by: Deja Entendu - 08-01-2017, 11:51 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (65)

I'm working as much as I can to remove them as I see them. My life is a lot different from when I could sit there and do this stuff, so I'm not always available. But I apologize to you all.

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  Pick a ho for your bro
Posted by: Tikilounge - 07-10-2017, 07:20 PM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (4)

I'm going to guess #5 for Mick;


Little backstory for those not familiar with PH, this is in Angeles City [cum dumpster metropolis] and Score Birds is a hotel with 24/7 pool party hosting weekly "pageants" with strippers from all the surrounding clubs.

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  Seeking help from a former Drill Instructor
Posted by: sunman - 06-18-2017, 09:39 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (6)

Hi Gents and Ladies,

I'm back again seeking this community's help. Just to reintroduce myself, as I don't post very frequently, I am a former reserve enlisted Marine and active Marine Officer, I got out in 2013 and went to grad school.

I'm working with a defense think tank of a US-allied nation on a volunteer basis to help them develop a plan to reform basic training for their ground forces, as the curriculum currently offered is woefully inadequate at providing combat readiness to match an ever-increasing threat environment. 

I'm thinking of modeling the training program after US Marine Corps Recruit Training, plus 4-6 weeks of a more comprehensive/detailed version of MCT.

Please let me know if you might be interested, or can point me in the right direction of someone who might be. 

Happy to discuss some sort of payment for your time and any further details by email or Skype.


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  Happy Fathers Day Gents...
Posted by: AKA_HITMAN - 06-18-2017, 09:10 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (3)

Twist one up...crack a top....eat hearty and sleep well from Casa De Hitman..

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  Looking for help finding a lapel pin
Posted by: MEAT - 05-11-2017, 09:03 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (10)

Hey everybody, been away from the forum for awhile (all my activity is gone, but my membership is still active).

I have a small problem and thought I'd turn to TL for some help from fellow Marines.  I was medically retired way back when, after an IED got us in Iraq and I was wounded.  When I received the retirement documentation, I was also given a "U.S. Marine Corps retired" lapel pin, for civilian wear on certain occasions.  That thing went to the cleaner with my suit jacket, and it's lost.

The thing about this specific lapel pin is that it was circular with a white border having gold lettering, and a PURPLE field/background behind a gold EGA.  

Everywhere I look online, the only USMC retired lapel pins I can find have a BLACK field/background.  I also called Awards Branch and the very nice Corporal I spoke to couldn't help me.

If anyone has any info regarding this specific type of retired lapel pin with a PURPLE field/background I would truly appreciate it, as I have exhausted every means I can think of trying to obtain a new one.

Thanks in advance guys

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  Going to New York
Posted by: HardCoreTurtle - 05-02-2017, 07:44 AM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (74)

Going to be visiting the NYC area (Staten Island, but going downtown every day) A lot this summer to help my girlfriend and her fam and myself prepare for their move to Cali this fall. Would be down to meet some of you upper east coast twats and maybe hit a gym with Yoss. I'll be staying between 5-14 days at a time.

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  Looking for a specific Green Weenie picture..
Posted by: NewEnglandJeff - 04-22-2017, 01:49 PM - Forum: The Smoke Pit -- General Discussion - Replies (25)

It's the one where the Green Weenie is standing in the lighted hallway outside the Marine's room with an angry look. The Marine has a look of dread and anxiety, and the clock next to his rack says 03:55. If anyone has it and can share, it would be greatly appreciated.


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