One time a local real estate agent who grew up and stayed in this area used me for the first and only time. She asked me what background I most recently came from.
My most recent work was primarily from an educational background apparently wholly unrelated to contracting. When stating that I had been a teacher, her disdain and disappointment were obvious.
Not said was that I have worked in construction, roofing, painting, maintenance, etc. since the early 1980s in various capacities, sometimes as a or the primary means of sustenance, and other times dormant. Sometimes as the principal worker (supervisor), sometimes as a subordinate part of a team.
Often it is better just to stay silent.
Personally I am grateful for having a varied background; work from the past – even that which seems greatly unrelated – helps much with the report writing and the overall attention to detail that I strive for on behalf of my clients.
When teaching, I did not curve grading; people received what they earned. I always had a portion of persons receiving As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and Fs, with the majority straight in the middle of the 70-80 range.
One aspect of the past life that remains in the report writing is that letter grades for each structure inspected are assigned. Bs are not assigned for C work; Bs are given for above average work. Etc.
Yesterday, an F was assigned to a structure due to a radically moving foundation even though the rest of the structure had many significant, positive features. Day before, a B+ for a
bungalow built in the early
twentieth century that still needed a new roof and a serious plumbing upgrade.
Etc. These letter grades offer an opportunity to stand back and look at the big
picture, to recapitulate all of the larger scale issues, and to present them in
an accurate, understandable scale. Seaside
Factors: On the bungalow: the size of the structure was small and therefore had not much of a roof. The pitch was shallow; access to the roof from the street was clear, and a roof hence would either be easy to install if doing themselves or not too expensive if having done. The plumbing changeout would be painful if doing themselves (pex) due to the river rock addled crawl space; however, half of the plumbing had already been changed out and so at least the process was half completed. If paying to have done, the cost would not be too extreme due to the few number of plumbing points. Etc.
On the F grade, you can put all the lipstick, finery, and jewelry you wish on a pig, but the pig will remain a pig nonetheless! Or, you can build the most beautiful structure possible on a sled going down the hill; but the structure is going down the hill one way or another.