Extreme Elevator

This cartoon accompanied an article in our November 2003 Wright Stuff about the Xscream ride at the top of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas.
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Ironically, soon (summer 2010) work will be completed on the Stratosphere Sky Jump - a ride not too different from the one shown here. Like all rides atop the Stratosphere Tower, Wright Engineers provided engineering services.

Marketing Trip

Every summer I eagerly anticipate the annual two-day deep sea tuna fishing trip with Las Vegas architect Gary Congdon of Lee & Sakahara Architects. I've fished with Gary just about every summer for the past 12 years. To not tip off the hard-working team back at the office, I've code-named this my "San Diego marketing trip". Look at me below hard at work.
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September 2003 Wright Stuff

In My Day You Didn't Need A Sign












































Sometimes without a sign it really can be hard to tell.
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Where I grew up we called these guys "city workers".  The city road crew would show up, five guys would get out of the truck, and four of them would lean on their shovel and watch one guy work.

Actual Size

I borrowed the idea for this one, but it's not too far from a real event that happend a few years back...
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I was called to a job site to look at a steel column that had been erected but just didn't look right to the contractor. When I arrived, the first thing I saw was what looked like a giant stiff steel flag hanging off of the side of a 30 foot tall column - like something you would see in 'Toon Town at Disneyland. It looked so ridiculous all I could do was laugh. It turned out that due to a CAD error, the dimensions for an 8 inch x 10 inch steel gusset plate were shown on the drawings as 8 feet x 10 feet. Amazingly, no one ever thought to question anything until the "flag" column was erected.
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Lame Bobcat

The bobcat may not be the only thing lame about this cartoon, but sometimes this is the best I can come up with.
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No actual bobcats were harmed in the making of this cartoon.

Extra Special Inspection

This was inspired by what felt at the time like excessive inspection requirements being proposed for wood-framed construction. It was accompanied by an article questioning the need for a "special" inspector instead of just making sure the "regular" inspector inspected properly. I envisioned a time in the future when there would be "super special" and "extra special" inspectors all inspecting and re-inspecting the same thing.
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...and Then I Can Get You a Temporary C of O

It was March 2003, and the date for our Las Vegas office to move in to our own newly built office building had already been postponed several times. Of course we were anxious to move in and frustrated with the delays. Inspiration came as the developer told us, "I just need to [insert several tasks here] and then I can get you a temporary C of O".
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C of O is short for "Certificate of Occupancy

Who Ordered the Change Order?

They're so common everywhere in Las Vegas, it seems, that I don't really pay attention to whether they still wear an apron like this, but the inspiration for this one came from grocery store slot machine change ladies. Maybe you have to be from Vegas to smile at this one.
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