Thursday, March 21, 2013

Skywatch Friday - Sunset of a Career Pt. I

Sunsets are often the best part of the day.  Not only are they the most colorful part of the day, but they come at a time when many of us are settling into a more relaxed frame of mind, after a busy day at the office.  Life has sunsets as well.  The sunset of my career is close at hand.  I will retire next week, after forty-four years in the construction industry.  I thought I'd take a couple of posts and look back over this journey.  Come along.
I was always interested in drawing as a kid.  My notebooks and binders were filled with doodles, designs, and cartoons.  I took my first drafting class as a sophomore at Edison High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Interestingly enough there were three or four of us that eventually became licensed architects.
After high school I enrolled in the college of Architecture at Oklahoma State University in the fall of 1965.  I struggled with my studies that first year.  While on summer vacation I was drafted into the Army and served in Viet Nam.  I came home in May of 1968 and resumed my studies that fall.
Still struggling with the academic side of the profession, I took my first job in an architects office in 1969 in Springfield, Missouri.  I worked there a couple of years before moving back to Tulsa.  The only problem was, there weren't many jobs for architectural draftsmen at the time, so I found work as a civil engineering draftsman.  I changed jobs and went to work in a firm that had architecture and civil engineering.  I was told that I could work in the civil engineering department and when an opening became available they would give me the opportunity to move into the architecture department.  After a couple of years observing the hiring of several architectural graduates, it became obvious that the only way to make my dream come true was to return to be continued.

Have a blessed week-end.


  1. Yep, that college education takes you a long way. I went back too.

    Love the video.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  2. Hey, I was just getting into your story!!

    Looking forward to the rest.

  3. Gorgeous Sunset capture, the colors are stunning. Congrats on your retirement! I wish you all the best!

  4. Stunning capture! You explained very well why I love dusk/sunset. I never realized quite why, but I always have.