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    Default Evolution of a locator

    1) The trainee in training
    “Dhaa!!”

    2) The trainee right after training
    “Dhaa!!!”

    3) The trainee riding along first week
    “No Thanks I don’t smoke”
    “What do you mean forget everything they taught me in training class”
    “Damn my arm hurts from throwing all these damn flags for this guy”
    “Yes, I took a lot of pictures of your locate”
    “Man his truck smells like ass”
    “How the hell am I going to remember all this stuff?”
    “What the hell did I get myself into here?”
    “I have to pee where?”

    4) Trainee ride along week 2
    “I’m Not much of a drinker maybe next weekend”
    “man my arm hurts from throwing all these damn flags”
    “that’s not how they told us how to do it in training class”
    “Man that trainer didn’t know anything compared to this guy”
    “So that’s how I hook up”
    “I Thought the ground was the red one”
    “So That’s how I route myself”
    “So That’s what that print really means”
    “They didn’t show us this kind of ped in training”
    “Damn Fire ants”
    “I think I tore my groin pulling that man hole cover”
    “This truck smells like ass”
    “Pull over I have to pee”

    5) Trainee week 3 ride along

    “I don’t need this guy anymore I can do this stuff on my own”
    “I don’t think he’s doing that right”
    “All I am to this guy is a do boy”
    “so that’s how to sleep in one of these trucks without getting caught”
    “Man This guy is getting on my nerves”
    “Finally I got my own truck”
    “Man this truck smells like ass”
    “Wow I closed out 10 tickets today I’m awesome”
    “Sorry to bother you but what color did you say the ground wire was?”
    “Sorry to bother you again but how do I hook up to this cross box?”
    “ Sorry to bother you but I’ve been trying to locate this 25 pair but I can’t get it to tone can you help me?”
    “Why doesn’t he answer his radio?”
    Where did I put my cigarettes
    “Man I have to pee”

    6) New bee week 4

    “Man I’m Awesome”
    “I did 14 tickets today”
    “Hooking up is for rookies”
    “Yes I took pictures of the damage”
    “Did I hook up?? dhaaa, yea, I think so”
    “But That’s the way I was taught in training class”
    “How many tickets do you want me to do today?!”
    “Sorry Mr. Contractor I’m New”
    “ dam I have to get a pack of cigarettes”
    “Dam fire ants”

    7) Locator 3 months

    “I know everything”
    “I don’t need to ask for advice”
    “ I average 10 tickets an hour”
    “Man I’m The best”
    “ I don’t know what everyone is bitching about”
    “I have to stop and get cigarettes and a six pack after work”

    8) Cool locator 1-5 years

    “ If you think it’s so easy then you do it”
    “12 tickets an hour?! are they for real ?!”
    “12 hours a day?! Are they for real?!”
    “I wish this new guy would stop calling me, I have too much crap of my own to do”
    “4 project jobs, 110 due tickets, 15 past due ticket, and two meets”
    “I asked for help yesterday for crying out loud”
    “No You have to do it this way”
    “No your wrong about everything”
    “Don’t these people know, I know everything there is to know about this job?”
    “All they care about is production”
    “The one call center is screwing it up again”
    “Is it my turn for call out again? Dam it”
    “I heard from another locate company they are getting all of our contracts”
    “Hey did you hear this rumor”
    “Hey guess what I Just Heard”
    “another lousy day”
    “I need a drink”

    9) Master locate technician 5 years or more.

    “Just relax it will get done when it gets done”
    “This field supervisor doesn’t know crap”
    “I do my 8 or 12 hours a day Then go home”
    “Do I agree with it no but what are you going to do?”
    “At least you have a job”
    “It could be worse”
    “Hey trainee the first thing your going to do is forget everything you learned in training class, it doesn’t apply out here”
    “I’ll believe it when it happens”
    “I quit smoking last month”
    “Another great day”
    “Just bought a 5th of jack last night”
    “I gotta Pee”

    And life goes on, the statement above do not reflect all locators there are some worse and some better. This is a total generalization and does not represent any one group or another.Try to remember, It’s just a job, In most cases a good job. Not without stresses at times.

    Ask yourself where else am I going to go and make this kind of money, with these kind of benefits. There really aren’t too many types of jobs available today that will provide so much for so many of us without the need of a college degree. Yes we put up with a lot of crap but where else can you go and feel as though you actually made a difference in the world today.

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    Default Re: Evolution of a locator

    To funny. Maybe a generalization but it hits pretty darn close to home.

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    Default Re: Evolution of a locator

    That was too funny

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    Default Re: Evolution of a locator

    Hey Marlboro Man - That is so right on and funny that now I gotta go pee!

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    On my seventh year, just finished a 14 hour day but I am on call. Contract date on the horizon. Oh well if it doesn't renew, I will just wort for the next company....Yup. just another day....lol!

    Danm! Gotta pee.

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    Default Re: Evolution of a locator

    You hit the nail right on the head with that one and made me laugh.
    Work smarter not harder!!!

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    Default Re: Evolution of a locator

    CLAP CLAP CLAP.. Well written!! AMEN

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    Default Re: Evolution of a locator

    very funny !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    wise men talk because they have something to say and fools because they have to say something....plato

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    Default Re: Evolution of a locator

    While that's pretty accurate, I don't agree with your pay assessment for what we do.

    Think about it,although very rare ,a mistake by us could actually lead to the DEATH of another human!

    And all for $13-$16 per hour .

    I also don't feel like I'm making a difference.

    All I think about is how many tickets I have and how I'm going to get them done. All the while knowing it doesn't matter,,, I'll never catch up until winter.

    This is a paycheck, that's it .

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    Default Re: Evolution of a locator

    Quote Originally Posted by sotiredofitall View Post
    While that's pretty accurate, I don't agree with your pay assessment for what we do.

    Think about it,although very rare ,a mistake by us could actually lead to the DEATH of another human!

    And all for $13-$16 per hour .

    I also don't feel like I'm making a difference.

    All I think about is how many tickets I have and how I'm going to get them done. All the while knowing it doesn't matter,,, I'll never catch up until winter.

    This is a paycheck, that's it .
    I didn't come up with it. I recieved it on an email a few years ago. Figured I would share it on the vine.

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