Volume 50, Issue 10 - October 2015

TalesFromThe Jobsite

Baseball and Glazing …
They’re More Alike than You Think

by Craig Carson

Editor’s note: Tales from the Jobsite is a new column that will run bi-monthly in USGlass. The articles will take a look at the day-to-day challenges, events and situations that those in the contract glazing industry face.

You may have read that Vin Scully has announced that next year will be his last as announcer for the L.A. Dodgers. After 66 years on the job and traveling with the team from Brooklyn to L.A. in 1958, he certainly has had a distinguished career. As a child growing up in Southern California and listening to Dodgers games, Vin’s voice and commentary became baseball to me. His smooth storytelling and background knowledge have been pure music to my ears.

Of course, I don’t want to alienate any of you who grew up in other great baseball cities like New York, Boston, St. Louis, Chicago or Detroit, but when I hear Vin Scully call a game, it takes me back to another time. Many times it’s a memory of riding with my dad to go to a jobsite. While I was too young to work at the time, I was more than capable of holding the dumb end of the tape measure.

More Than a Job

Why am I talking about Vin Scully in this great magazine dedicated to the glazing industry? It has to do with what makes Vin and other people who are successful in life and the workplace passionate about what they do. Many of us share a passion for our industry and enjoy knowing that our career choice allows us to have new and different challenges every day. New design concepts and extraordinary buildings that push the envelope of the systems help keep us young, whether we are involved in these projects directly or merely as observers.

Find Your Passion

I have been fortunate enough to meet many people who have dedicated much of their lives to help make our industry better, all the while enjoying the challenges of new areas of design such as cable net framing, structural glass systems with spider fittings, unitized curtainwalls and more. All of these ideas—some old, some new—were born from men and women who have a passion for design and finding new solutions to old problems.

Back to Vin Scully. Do you think that you would love to go to your job every day and enjoy what you do if you didn’t have the passion for it? Of course not! Vin will turn 88 this November, and I am sure that in his mind, he does not feel that old. Which brings me to my last point … a little advice, maybe: stay young and be open to new ideas. I know many of my friends and co-workers of my generation who might be in their 50s or 60s tell me they feel like they are still in their 40s. I know that I do. And I for one hope that I will be able to last to my 80s working, not because I have to, but because I enjoy it. Don’t you enjoy it, too?

Like baseball announcer Vin Scully, many glazing professionals share a passion for the industry and enjoy knowing that their career choice allows them to have new and different challenges every day.

the author:

Craig Carson is the regional preconstruction manager for Alliance Glazing Technologies Inc. in Littleton, Colo.

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