#24 – Hardly Working

Photo taken: August 4, 2010

“Working hard, or hardly working?” is a common tongue-in-cheek question asked among people in the workforce.  I think we know which description best fits this trio of roofers working on a neighbor’s home early one morning.  Yes, they’re obviously taking a break… though this was right when I came home from work in the morning and the sun had only been up for about an hour and a half.  They couldn’t have done much to merit a break by that point, especially since pounding on a roof with hammers would be quite frowned upon at the asscrack of dawn.  Regardless, I’ve always loved this photo… though I now see it would have been much better were I not stuck with my crappy zoom camera at the time.  Another thing that has made this picture stand out to me is how all the “work” that was done went entirely to waste, as this was the scene at that exact same house just three months later..

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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17 Responses to #24 – Hardly Working

  1. Nice capture.
    Roofing is exhausting and hot as hell work. If I was up there I’d be passed out face down!

  2. Arlene says:

    Well, maybe all they could do in that hour and a half was bring the roofing materials up to the roof. As they forgot their silencers for their hammers, they didn’t want to be pounding away at the butt crack of dawn.

  3. Maybe it’s a team building exercise? Or a strategy session? 😊

  4. Or maybe they were just the roofing deliverers and they’re waiting for the official roofing installers to arrive so they can take a four hour coffee break together??????

    Pam

  5. What happened 3 months later??

  6. I think they fix our roads locally too. Seven guys, five standing around smoking, one is asleep in the truck and one is diddling with a shovel.

    • That sounds like our IDOT crews too, only since we’re a nonsmoking state, I’d guess the smoking workers would have to step 15 feet outside of the construction zone to indulge in their cancer sticks. That just leaves the guy all alone with the jackhammer and 10,000 orange cones…

  7. draliman says:

    It’s as good a place as any to have a nice sit down and a cup of tea!

  8. Trisha says:

    Looks like our county workers. For some reason, it always takes at least three guys to stare into holes in the road and it seems like they’re always drilling holes into roads that have been recently repaved.

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