Christmas 1999



For our second Christmas, we re-used our first card and just added all the new people.

Then I Put My Finger Aside Of My Nose...

Clearly this house was not engineered by Wright Engineers or built by Wright Custom Home.
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December 1999 Wright Stuff

The Meeting's Taking Longer Than Expected

Sometimes "business meetings" just end up going longer than you expected.
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November 1999 Wright Stuff

I Can Get You A Letter For That

Even a humble engineer can feel like a hero when he strides onto the job site and resolves the latest urgent construction challenge with a stamped letter.
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October 1999 Wright Stuff

But We Sure Saved A Lot

Another example of what can result from "saving" money on design.
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For more about why cheap engineering isn't cheap, click here.
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July 1999 Wright Stuff

An Unsuccessful Arch Tunnel Design

This one in the May 1999 Wright Stuff accompanied articles on some of the arch culvert and tunnel projects we were engineering at the time.

That's How The Drawings Showed It

A good contractor always builds it like it's shown on the drawings.
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This one accompanied an article on steel moment frame connections in the March 1999 Wright Stuff.

No Longer Worried About Sulfate Attack

This is from the very first edition of The Wright Stuff issued February 1999. At that time, the deterioration of concrete due to the presence of sulfate in the soil (sulfate attack) was a hot topic with building officials and inspectors in Las Vegas. My solution was to mount machine guns on concrete trucks to fight sulfate attack.

The Right Brain-in-Training

The Right Brain was born in February 1999 with the first issue of The Wright Stuff, Wright Engineers' monthly news. Each month since, the Wright Stuff has featured a construction industry-related cartoon usually tied to an article in the newsletter or to a current event. Many of them are posted on this site.
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If the Right Brain was born in 1999, then it was conceived nearly 25 years earlier when a much younger Right Brain-in-training sketched a collection of cartoon athletes called "Verbs" (men of action inspired by the PBS TV children's show The Electric Company) and "Turkeys" (their scrawny opponents). .

The drawing at left shows a Verb basketball player doing what the Verbs do: winning and making it look easy.
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The young Right Brain (below in black shirt) poses toolbox in hand with his dad, Leo, a carpenter and general contractor (now retired), and younger brother Darin (now a chiropractor). A slightly older Right Brain (below left) demonstrates the easy access in and out of one of his many prototype construction projects.