thoughts from 1 a.m.

July 29, 2002

I woke up yesterday after falling asleep watching the miners being rescued and just watching a documentary on the Hoover Dam before that. The top most fact from the Hoover Dam show (or the Damn Hoover Show), was that the first and last people killed building the Hoover Dam were father and son. While watching the miners, a coal miner was interviewed and he talked about how he was a 3rd generation coal miner. I didn’t think about it then, but it kept going through my head right before I woke.

I do some of my best thinking in the shower, and I thought about this some more. I knew people who wanted to follow in their father’s footsteps and became firefighters & policemen, but I do some work for a father and son who share the same business. All of these people are in their 40’s. I am in my late twenties and I really can’t remember anyone my age who followed their family jobs.

I guess it was easier in the “old days”, since all you really had to do was show up and say, “I’m Bob Jenkins’ Boy” and you had a job. I knew people who worked in the factories and their kids followed them into work, but that didn’t last. Kids went to the carpet mills and worked, went to college, or the factories shut down. Does anyone now, follow their fathers into…lets say, Network Administration? When is the last time you’ve heard of that ole’ father & son team in IT? Doctors, Lawyers, policemen, firemen, musicians, carpenters, electrictians…that’s about all I can think of as father and son work.

Growing up with a strong father figure, I never thought about going into his line of work. I also had uncles live with us, but I never thought about going into their lines of work either. I really don’t see that when I have kids, that they would want to be a web designer. It wouldn’t bother me either way, this is just a thought….