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Scag48
02-04-2008, 08:50 PM
I'm thinking about going again, forget the money. I called my old man to see if he wanted to head down with me. I'm thinking about staying 1 night and flying in early Tuesday morning and leaving late Wednesday night. I'm not really planning a trip to get obliterated in Vegas, just want to see some of the new stuff. Might stay 2 nights, we'll see what I can find for rooms this late in the game. Who else is going and when will you be there?

Fieldman12
02-04-2008, 10:13 PM
Several of my buddies are going. I was asked to go with them but the round trip tickets and not sure what else it covered where like $1,200. They are staying there all week and one of them is having his bachelor party while he is there. I am going to the National Farm Machienry show next week at Louisville KY. Afterwards we are going to the tractor pulls. It will be a good time. My buddy is paying for the whole trip since I run the backhoe usually a day or two for him in the spring. :cool2:

Fieldman12
02-04-2008, 10:19 PM
Maybe next time I will get to go.

Tigerotor77W
02-04-2008, 10:33 PM
I'll be there! Friday and Saturday.

2004F550
02-05-2008, 10:39 AM
At first we weren't planning on even going, now I'm thinking about 3 days this time instead of a week like 05 maybe, now that its close I'm anxious to go out there lol. I think most hotels have a 3 night min that week, not positive.

ksss
02-06-2008, 01:40 AM
At first we weren't planning on even going, now I'm thinking about 3 days this time instead of a week like 05 maybe, now that its close I'm anxious to go out there lol. I think most hotels have a 3 night min that week, not positive.

You may find yourself sharing a room with Ginger, Candy and Daffney. That will get expensive. The hotel/casinos are booked tight. You might find something further away but you will pay. I reserved rooms in Sept. and I did not get where I really wanted to be.

RockSet N' Grade
02-06-2008, 09:48 AM
I am still up in the air about going to ConExpo......will probably decide the day or two before. My first inclination is to go....will have to see.........then again, why go when KSSS will come back full of pictures and info and most generously share......I'd probably be buying Scag endless lap dances just so I could see the look on his face........might be safer on all fronts if I stay here in the land of Zion.

ksss
02-06-2008, 11:43 AM
I am still up in the air about going to ConExpo......will probably decide the day or two before. My first inclination is to go....will have to see.........then again, why go when KSSS will come back full of pictures and info and most generously share......I'd probably be buying Scag endless lap dances just so I could see the look on his face........might be safer on all fronts if I stay here in the land of Zion.


I am sure we could find a pretty girl that would dress up in a CAT Shirt and thong. I hope to be able to post pictures while we are there if everything goes according to plan. The part where Scag is getting the lap dances of course will have to be PMed around the forum.:drinkup:

Scag48
02-06-2008, 12:14 PM
I could just see myself getting into some trouble at Vegas. I still haven't decided 100% if I'm going not, it really depends on my dad because I won't trek down there by myself. Will keep everyone posted.

Oh yeah, I'm the lap dance champ, those girls should be paying ME to get dances! :drinkup:

qps
02-06-2008, 12:25 PM
I could just see myself getting into some trouble at Vegas. I still haven't decided 100% if I'm going not, it really depends on my dad because I won't trek down there by myself. Will keep everyone posted.

Oh yeah, I'm the lap dance champ, those girls should be paying ME to get dances! :drinkup:


Maybe you can give KSSS a lap dance;)

Scag48
02-06-2008, 12:45 PM
Dude, I don't swing that way :laugh:

Besides, my hind side has seen a few thousand hours in Cat seats. Not sure if KSSS could appreciate that. :cool2:

ksss
02-06-2008, 02:26 PM
Dude, I don't swing that way :laugh:

Besides, my hind side has seen a few thousand hours in Cat seats. Not sure if KSSS could appreciate that. :cool2:

Your right Scag I probably couldn't. How about we just let the girls dance? :rolleyes:

Scag48
02-06-2008, 03:15 PM
I agree. Well I was going to the Case dealer today but my truck had another idea, I think the fuel pump gave out and she died on me this morning while coasting along at 45 MPH. Fun times. I'm ready for dirt work again when I'll be making more than $1500 a month so I can buy a new truck.

qps
02-06-2008, 04:00 PM
I could just see myself getting into some trouble at Vegas. I still haven't decided 100% if I'm going not, it really depends on my dad because I won't trek down there by myself. Will keep everyone posted.

Oh yeah, I'm the lap dance champ, those girls should be paying ME to get dances! :drinkup:

I was just going by what you said:laugh::laugh:

Scag48
02-06-2008, 05:07 PM
You guys are too much. I got a call from my union today, training starts on the 10th of March. No ConExpo this year, good thing I didn't book a room. I could go later in the week, but then I'd be missing a lot of work. Ready for my real job to being, tired of this restaurant BS and haggling every day. Sorry, mini rant, but I'm way pumped to have been accepted into the program.

Dirt Digger2
02-06-2008, 05:40 PM
good luck with your union....hope you don't have any plans on being promoted and making good money anytime soon...haha:laugh:

Scag48
02-06-2008, 05:54 PM
Yep, $22/hr at apprentice level with over $10 an hour in benefits is terrible money. Oh wait...

Out here, if you're non-union you'd be hard pressed to over make over $40 an hour running equipment, it just doesn't happen. Even then, you'd have to be doing it your whole life to make it to that point. In 4 years, I'll be at journeyman level, I could probably test and pass right now but I figure I'd rather be the best apprentice than the lowest experience journeyman. Non-union I could start running iron tomorrow for $18/hr with little to no benefits. In 6 or 7 years, I might be worth $30/hr to somebody, but who knows. Out here, the union guys are the best of the best. They're doing all the big jobs, there aren't very many large companies who aren't union. With that said, I'd be working for a 40 man or less operation if I wasn't going union. That's fine and good, but I want to be on the big iron running 400's, most non-union companies do not fit that profile. And the benefits for going union are oustanding, $6.50 an hour for health & welfare, $5.50 an hour for pension, not too bad for a 21 single dude.

Dirt Digger2
02-06-2008, 08:58 PM
haha im just yankin your chain...i'm not very pro-union, but that comes from having to listen to my old man all those years when he use to manage teamsters for Allied Trucking. $22 an hour sure ain't bad at all, plus you get benefits as soon as you start?

i guess my main beef with a union is the "seniority" thing...i just think its stupid to promote one guy over the other when the younger guy works his as$ off and does a great job, and the older guy gets the promotion just because he has been there longer...thats what irks me...but i'm sure you'll have a great time running some iron thats bigger then a 12 ton and CTL's.

just take some pictures...as long as its not against union policy:usflag:

Dirt Digger2
02-06-2008, 09:03 PM
as for running big iron around here without being in the union i would say around here anyway thats not the case...actually the majority of the dirt companies are not union. My cousin runs a D6 straight blade everyday and is non-union and one of the largest site developers in the area is non-union...I'm non-union and i run some larger stuff but not usually, i am usually confined to a backhoe, just remember though, they way i look at it is bigger stuff (especially dozer's) the bigger it is the less skilled the operator. It doesn't take a whole lot of skill to strip topsoil with a D8, but to really get down to a good final grade with a D5 is a different story. So you may find yourself back in a 15 ton trackhoe doing precision things, which i always find is more fun because its a lot more challenge then hogging out dirt or digging electric trenches.

Scag48
02-06-2008, 09:28 PM
No worries. I get all the benefits starting out, pretty rad. I guess I get a little testy when I thin people are telling me I'm going the wrong route by going union, I don't think there is anything bad about it. But you know, if it doesn't work out for me, nothing keeping me there. I know what it's like on the non-union side of the fence, if I don't like it I can bail. But, I'd like to be doing finish work with a grader someday and that's a good place to get started.

Construct'O
02-06-2008, 09:43 PM
I see good points of both union and non.I do think your doing the right thing ,especially at your age that way it gives you just another option that you didn't have before.It will take a little time to get things rolling ,but it will be worth it.

Once you get started you will have a better idea if it works as you had hoped.If you later on down the road start your own business,which just might be the bigger equipment you will have gotten some good experience that no one can take away from you.

I worked with lots of big equipment that i don't have or use now ,but know i could get back on them and still do a good job running them even after all these years not doing it.I would have to figure out all the new controls where they are located,but it is like riding a bike it is something you never forget.Good luck

Dirt Digger2
02-06-2008, 10:10 PM
thats what i like about non-union...even though my wage is a little lower then $22 an hour i can work as much over time as i please when we are busy. I don't have to worry about competing with a senior guy at the company. I will work 50-55 hours some weeks just because i have nothing better to do