Sappy post. Fight me.
Every job in the Army is important and plays a vital role, but I just wanted to give a shout-out to Drill Sergeants.
I was just thinking about how every day, 11.5 years since basic training, I do small things a certain way because a Drill Sergeant showed me to do it that way. Saluting, wearing a uniform, etc.
I wanted to thank y’all for what you do. I know the hours are tough and dealing with trainees probably sucks at times.
Anyway, I’ll take a Jr. Deluxe, fries, and a Diet Coke.
For background, my dad worked as a diamond driller for many years. When I say diamond, thats what the drill was coated with to cut through rock, they were actually mining gold. (Diamond is super hard yo)
Part of being a driller is fixing your own equipment. When your jobsite is a mile underground, down some dark tunnel, you learn to be self sufficient.
My dad has always been a mechanical genius. He can visualize the inside workings of an engine, just by observation. Hes the guy who will listen to your car for 3 min and go, "its x". Then you replace part "x" and magically all the lights on your dash dissapear.
So this is a story of unwritten rules. As a miner, it was part of the deal that you fix your equipment.
At the time of this story, the miners were getting paid by the foot. If you were productive and drilled so many feet, you get good wages. If you were a slacker, you didnt get much. The perils of peicework; good someimes, awful at others.
The catch: you need to upkeep your drill. Aint nobody taking the cage (slang for the underground elevator) down half a mile into the dark, walk down some forsaken tunnel, just to replace the bolt that was holding your drillbit in place. That upkeep was 100% on the driller. Fair or not, thats the way it was.
So the unwritten rule was, you break it, you fix it. Nobody wants to spend their whole shift fixing things when they could be drilling and making money. Enter, the "crossshift".
So each drill was usually manned by 2 people, they were crossshifts. 1 guys works 12am -12pm, the other, 12 pm - 12am. That way, the equipment is always running. No downtime.
Crossshift was mechanically challenged, would drill all day, wreck the equipment, and it would be fixed by my dad next shift. Win win for crossshift.
Thing is, dad had to fix the drilll to make money. It was peicework, as you remember. So he started getting frustrated. Its hard to make money when you are always repairing things. Extra crappy when it wasn't even your fault to start with.
After probably too long, and too many ignored requests, (yes he talked to supervisor, no it didnt help anything) dad found a work around. He would show up to the drill, fix it as fast as possible, then drill like a boss for his shift.
When money making time was over, he would break the drill in the exact way it was broken when he started the shift. Forcing the crosshift to pull his weight and fix the equipment, or face a shift of not making money.
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I just bought a 2 Drill combo with a power drill and a separate electric impact driver. Generally speaking, what kind of jobs would you use the drill and what jobs would you use the impact driver for?
Also, can you use the same bits for each tool?
Thanks so much, love this sub!
Edit: Great responses here. Think I'll be using the impact driver a little more often now!
I went to a nail salon and had acrylics done. I can’t even pick at my skin if I want to! The nails do nothing and they were too expensive for me to want to try any harder..!! 😂
Edit: turns out it wasn’t acrylics, I had something called SNS where they use a powder to put a tip onto your nail...who knew there was so much to nail treatments!
So I really enjoy UK drill. It's better than modern US drill. I obviously know nothing of the gang and clique involvement between the groups and such, so I want to ask here.
Who would you say is the 3 most popular drill artists/groups in the UK? (Your personal opinion of their talent aside).
I really like OFB, and I can tell thats considered "basic" in here. Why? What do they claim? Are they the most popular/mainstream collective?
What are the big gang affiliations of the different big artists or groups and what are the current beefs and politics?
Is there a website to download UK drill mixtapes and such? We have Datpiff here.. anything like that for UK drill?
Here in the US, our original Chicago drill artists were all actual gang members and many known murderers. Are there any UK drill artists that are actually about what they rap about or are they just trying to emulate American ghetto life?
32yo M that works in construction
A few weeks back, my BIL came down for our daughter's birthday. He gifted her something with a hanging rack for the wall, and proceeded to invite himself to put it together and let me know he was going to go hang it up. Luckily I thought quickly and remembered the baby was asleep and a drill would wake her. A while later, he mentioned again, he was going to drill some holes in the wall and hang it. We had a house full of guests, and I suggested we should wait until some left and enjoy the party.
[Edit: I went ahead the next day, before he left, and hanged the rack, and let the wife and BIL give input of centering. ]
Apparently, since then, he purchased himself a drill for Christmas, and just messaged my wife (his sister) "now I can hang things for you".
Personally, I find this offensive. A man does not invite himself to hang things in another man's house. It's insulting, and it implies the owner of the house didn't have the capacity to do it himself.
My wife, however, insists I'm being ridiculous and an asshole for taking a stand against the proposal.
Edit: this was not a "hey man, where you want this thing". It was a, "I'm about to go hang this on the wall" with an implied "I don't want/need anyone to tell me where"
Ok, so this happened in Basic Navy training in 1956. Basically, when you get there you have the Dill Sergeant that is pressuring you and make you as uncomfortable as possible.
A day passes and Drill Sergeant Serious would make people do sit-ups push ups and other physical exercises. The one question that he would ask repeatedly is "Why Do You Want To Join This Navy!" Some people said things about serving the country or bettering themselves. But then Private Honest gave his answer. Drill Sergeant Serious said
Drill Sergeant Serious: Private Honest, "Why Do You Want To Join This Navy!"
Private Honest: Because there were no jobs in my town Sir! I didn't want my daughter and wife to be hungry and homeless Sir!
Drill Sergeant Serious looks embarrassed and continues down the line. He goes to Private Honest 2
Drill Sergeant Serious: Private Honest 2, Why Do You Want To Join This Navy!
Private Honest 2: I was drafted, Sir! I don't want to be in the Navy Sir! I am here against my will Sir!
Drill Sergeant Serious looks upset and continues down the line to Private Honest 3
Drill Sergeant Serious: Private Honest 3 Why Do You Want To Join This Navy!
Private Honest 3: I don't want to Sir! I was drafted, Sir! I had a good job and life at home, Sir! I don't want to be here Sir!
After this, the Drill Sergeant got frustrated and never asked that question for the rest of basic training, because I'm sure that he feared people telling him the reasons why they wanted to be there or why people didn't want to be.
First, let me say that the reason why I used Army terms and titles instead of Navy ones is that I thought that it would be easier for people to relate to as many people are more familiar with the Army, and to be spared of Navy jokes which I have heard many of. Also, years ago we did say Drill Instructor, Company Instructor, the RDC term wasn't widely used when I was there and started to be somewhat used by the time I left in the 60s. If you want to talk more feel free to message or make comment with a question and I'll respond. Thank you.
I have to take a before-PT selfie and a mid-PT selfie and message them to my unit. Then I have to do hygiene and do my video calls in OCP’s. All from home. I’m guessing the OCP’s part is pretty common, but I feel like taking selfie’s of myself is a bit strange. Has anyone else had a similar experience or is it just me? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we’re finally doing a virtual drill during these times, but it’s a bit awkward,
George Hill on OKC’s chemistry: “You have to give praise to the front office here. Sam Presti brings in high character guys. Coach has done drills where we have to talk about who we are as a person.”