At present, I’m in the van with a few Building Construction Technology teammates, listening to country music and watching YouTube videos of electrical wiring. I’ve got my tool belt, steel-toed work boots, regulation khaki work shirt (embroidered with the SkillsUSA logo), and the first pair of khakis I’ve owned since I was a Brownie.
I’ve been referring to the three-day event as Construction Olympjcs. Actually, it’s a multidisciplinary competition hosted by SkillsUSA, whose mission is to “empower students, teachers and industry to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.” Our school is also fielding teams in HVAC, drafting, aesthetics, cosmetology and collision repair.
Today, my four-person Building Construction Technology team will check in at the Chattanooga convention center and begin the competition by constructing a platform, upon which we’ll build, wire, plumb, and add brickwork to a more complex structure tomorrow.
Over the next three days, there will be opening and closing ceremonies, a banquet and trip to the aquarium.
Meanwhile, the Nashville Scene just published a cover story about Chattanooga, which is a charming destination. I’m hoping there will be a free moment to grab a meal at a Daniel Lindsey establishment, and I’d really like to get to Wayne-O-Rama–artist Wayne White’s ode to his hometown–on display through September.
At the very least, I’m planning for a stroll along the Bluff View sculpture trail. If you pass me on the path, say Hi. I’ll be the girl in all khaki.