Today we were working at the stages (which used to be Hughes Aircraft manufacturing plant) near the coast – good because it’s starting to get warm again and it’s always way cooler near the ocean, bad because gas is now over $3.00 per gallon and it’s costing me a fortune to get to work and back.
The upper level (I don’t know what to call it – it’s not really a catwalk, and not really a full floor. It’s more of an elevated space between the two connected hangars. I have no idea what would have been up there when the place was in business) probably hasn’t been cleaned since the workers there were still cranking out helicopters, and there’s a good coating of really nasty dust up there, so I was glad when I got pulled off the cable team and sent to go wire duplexes (that’s wall outlets to you, pilgrim).
Excellent timing too – I was just about ready to go to the truck and beg for a dust mask (I may still have to do that since I’m certain I’ll be back up there pulling cable at some point). At least the old hangars don’t have any asbestos – some years ago, I worked on a music video that shot in the office building and the place was full of it.
Compared to last week, we had a fairly easy day (I only worked 70 hours last week – the people who were on for six days did over 80), and I was home in time to cook something to take with me for lunch tomorrow, since there really aren’t any reasonably priced places to eat (besides fast food which I try to avoid) near the stages.