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.

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.

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.