My claim to fame…back in the 90’s I was the first person to wear what was known as the Arc Buster. It’s a welding suit that was supposed to protect welders from getting burned. Back in those days it was a huge improvement over what we normally wore while welding.
Nowadays there are a bunch of suits out there that guys are wearing. They are pretty amazing…some space-age NASA shit. But there’s an interesting story that goes along with being the first to wear this suit. And that my friend, is my claim to fame.
The guys in the shop were pretty impressed with the suit…we were all taking turns sampling this new suit. After about two week of testing it, one of the guys decided it would be a good idea to really test it out and see if it could withstand a prank attack. They literally burned a hole in the ass of the suit (and the guy wearing it – ME!) and all of a sudding, things weren’t so funny anymore.
These days, I still have a few scars on my back side. The burn wasn’t serious, but it did leave some burn marks and I give this guy a hard time to this day about how he “really burns my ass!” It’s funny now. Then? Not so much.
So now I’ve moved on and I’m working for a tree trimming company. Yes, my career took a bit of a weird turn. But the truth is…there is some serious money in this game if you just work hard. I’m thinking I’ll start my own company after a few more years, but for now, I’m happy working with this team. They’re nice enough guys…but we don’t screw around like the welders I worked with. These guys are serious about safety and about going home in one piece. And it’s serious! If you screw up, you go home at night with only 8 fingers, one arm, or one leg.
I’ll tell you more about this crew in a few of my posts later on. But for now, I’m just known as the guy who got his ass burned in the arc buster.