The Verbally Disastrous Podcast Episodes!!

The 1st Verbally Disastrous Intro Trailer
The First Verbally Disastrous Intro Trailer!

Melissa and I are learning how to use the Soundtrap software and equipment. We created our very first podcast intro for The Verbally Disastrous Podcast With Leslie & Melissa. We have had some disastrous mishaps or we would have more podcast episodes by now. Sit tight Francis, more episodes are coming! 😛

S1, E2: Upcoming Podcast Topics
Season #1, Episode #2: Upcoming Podcast Topics

I shared a list of sample podcast topics that either I will discuss solo or topics Melissa and I will hash out. The objective is to offer an overview of what we are about. It gives a glimpse into our culture. We are keeping religion & politics off the table. We only want to cover odd ball current events, weird moves and documentaries, or modern independent women subjects.

S1, E4: Testing Alcoholic Drinks
Season #1, Episode #4: Testing Alcoholic Drinks

Melissa and I decided to sample some different types of small airplane bottles of alcohol. We discussed our experiences along the way.

S1, E6: Early Women In Construction
Season #1, Episode #6: Early Women In Construction

As a part of Women’s Herstory Month, I am sharing the Early Women In Construction slideshow that I researched and developed. It is wise to know of the women who made various historical contributions in construction. I hope you take away some talking points for your next discussion. Here are some names of historical women throughout the world: Zaha Hadid- architect Solveig Erikstad- welder Edith Clarke- electrical engineer, inventor, author, professor Lillian Ann Baumbach-Jacobs- master plumber Deanna Dunlevy- master electrician Josephine Striano- master plumber Margaret Ellings- carpenter Dawn Gladwin- Ikea’s (UK & Ireland) first carpenter Amina Bibi- 1st carpenter in Pakistan Aqueel Bano- (2003-?) leader of Ciqum- a non-profit organization that employs/teaches female about construction

S1, E1: Lot Lizard
Season #1, Episode #1: Lot Lizard

Melissa and I both watched the Amazon Prime Video documentary, directed by Alexander Perlman, entitled Lot Lizard. We discuss the movie characters and the storyline and our opinion of the documentary.

S1, E3: Gorilla Glue Woman
Season #1, Episode #3: Gorilla Glue Woman

Melissa and I dropped what we were doing to check out the current viral video and events surrounding Tessica Brown aka Gorilla Glue Woman. We decided to share the facts, to the best of our ability, and of course our opinion on the subject matter.

Season #1, Episode #5: Hang Time With My Sons

I got together with my sons, named Tom and Johnny, to come on as special guests on the podcast. We discussed some of Johnny’s topics, Tom’s random input, and my attempt at controlling the flow of the podcast. We had plenty of laughs in this episode!

S1, E5: Hang Time With My Sons
S1, E7: Apprentice Life- Part A
Season #1, Episode #7: Apprentice Life- Part A

This is a 4-Part podcast discussion. I got together with my sons, named Tom and Johnny, to come on as special guests on the podcast. We discussed some of Tom’s adventures as he has followed me into the construction industry to become an apprentice electrician. We had plenty of laughs in this episode! This is Part A and the first portion of the discussion. Look for Part B to continue listening to the discussion. Look for Parts B, C, & D to completely finish the discussion.

S1, E8: Apprentice Life- Part B
Season #1, Episode #8: Apprentice Life- Part B

This is a 4-Part podcast discussion. I got together with my sons, named Tom and Johnny, to come on as special guests on the podcast. We discussed some of Tom’s adventures as he has followed me into the construction industry to become an apprentice electrician. We had plenty of laughs in this episode! This is Part B and the second portion of the discussion. Look for Parts C & D to finish the discussion.

S1, E10: Apprentice Life- Part D
Season #1, Episode #10: Apprentice Life- Part D

This is a 4-Part podcast discussion. I got together with my sons, named Tom and Johnny, to come on as special guests on the podcast. We discussed some of Tom’s adventures as he has followed me into the construction industry to become an apprentice electrician. We had plenty of laughs in this episode! This is Part D and the last portion of the discussion. Look for Parts A, B, & C to listen to the beginning of the discussion.

S1, E12- Part A- How I Managed Early Construction As A Woman
Season #1, Episode #12- Part A: How I Managed Early Construction As A Woman

This is Part A of two episodes on Leslie’s early years as an apprentice electrician back in the 1990’s in New York. She shares a snapshot of how she went from being invisible to becoming one of the guys.

S1, E14: How Society Has Divided Men and Women
Season #1, Episode #14: How Society Has Divided Men and Women

Melissa and I are back to discuss the role of different distractions in life that tend to divide men and women. I shared with Melissa the definition of feminism, the MGTOW movement, red pill, manosphere, and other relevant terms. We spoke about the evolution of roles, social media’s part, and dished on the topic on submission in marriage. We intend to continue the discussion in another episode.

Season #1, Episode #9: Apprentice Life- Part C
S1, E9: Apprentice Life- Part C

This is a 4-Part podcast discussion. I got together with my sons, named Tom and Johnny, to come on as special guests on the podcast. We discussed some of Tom’s adventures as he has followed me into the construction industry to become an apprentice electrician. We had plenty of laughs in this episode! This is Part C and the third portion of the discussion. Look for Parts A & B to start the beginning of the discussion. Look for Part D to finish the discussion.

S1, E11: Why I Initially Avoided Women In Construction
Season #1, Episode #11: Why I Initially Avoided Women In Construction

This topic was chosen from the list as per Episode #2: Upcoming Podcast Topics to discuss. In this episode, Leslie speaks about how she initially felt compelled to avoid fellow trade women in an effort to avoid tarnishing her budding reputation as an electrician apprentice back in the 1990’s. There was a tremendous amount of pressure in the beginning to work harder than her male peers, strictly stay on task, focus, and avoid anyone perceived as a threat to the working reputation. She has evolved since the early days and has embraced her role as a mentor and guide to anyone in need. This podcast episode attempts to explain how Leslie perceived the early years of her trade, personal challenges faced, along with the evolution of her career path over the past 28 years.

Season #1, Episode #13- Part B: How I Managed Early Construction As A Woman

This is Part B of two episodes on Leslie’s early years as an apprentice electrician back in the 1990’s in New York. She shares a snapshot of how she went from being invisible to becoming one of the guys.

S1, E13- Part B- How I Managed Early Construction As A Woman
S1, E15: What Does It Mean To Fall In Love?
Season #1, Episode #15: What Does It Mean To Fall In Love?

Leslie stumbled upon a topic on Quora and wrote about the question and the responses on her blog. In this episode, Leslie discusses her writing on the subject of love. There are many pros vs cons to falling in love. Join Leslie while she discusses the topic.

S1, E16: Thinking Back To When We Used To Booze It On The Jobsite
Season #1, Episode #16: Thinking Back To When We Used To Booze It On The Jobsite

*Disclaimer*: This episode discusses various drugs and alcohol experiences. It is not intended for triggered or young viewers. For this episode, Leslie discusses how drinking was very normal on the job sites back during her apprenticeship era. She also shares some drug stories of some of her co-workers. Leslie also shares a few stories of the antics of some of her co-workers. The names have been omitted to protect the innocent and the guilty.

S1, E18: Part B- Favorite Childhood Memories
Season #1, Episode #18: Part B- Favorite Childhood Memories

Leslie hosts her radio friends Kyle & House from Second Shift Radio on Tune In & most recently on On Da Block Radio Station where they DJ on Radio.co. This is a two part podcast on favorite childhood memories. This is Part B and the last half of the discussion. Kyle and House share about how they met as childhood friends, some interesting memories as boys in their neighborhood, harrowing stories of discipline, and a snapshot of their friendship that has continued on for more than 40 years since the 1970’s. This episode is also laced with quite a few laughs along the way as well. When you missed Part A, look for Part A to start the discussion with the guys.

S1, E20: Part B- The Joys Of No Children
Season #1, Episode #20: Part B- The Joys Of No Children

*EDITED VERSION*- I had this podcast episode mastered and edited in an attempt to fix the terrible audio quality. Best effort was made to try to fix the track. The content is valuable. Therefore, here is the Part B podcast episode. We invited special guests Juana and Vanessa to discuss their choice to not have children. This is Part B and the last half of the discussion. Melissa and I also give a snapshot into our earlier lives as mothers of young children. The goal of this two part episode is to give listeners an idea of what it is like to choose to either have or not have children. According to U.S. Census statistics, more and more women are choosing to not have children or wait until later in life before starting their family. This is Part B of the discussion. If you missed Part A, go back in to find it so you can listen to the start of the dialogue on the choice to navigate through society without children.

S1, E22: The Importance of Fatherhood After Divorce
Season #1, Episode #22: The Importance of Fatherhood After Divorce

Your host Leslie reviews a Tedx Talk, hosted by attorney Marilyn York, YouTube video entitled, “What Representing Men in Divorce Taught Me About Fatherhood”. This Tedx Talk presentation was delivered by family law practice attorney Marilyn York from Reno, Nevada. Ms. York shares several lessons learned during her +20-years of practicing law, on behalf of fathers that are going through divorce, within her family-owned law firm. Ms. York is joined by another nine women lawyers who exclusively represent over 650 fathers, since 2001, in family court. Her law firm believes that men are the “underdog” in family court and crucial in the development of rearing children. Leslie maps out the lessons learned in this presentation while offering her thoughts on the importance of fathers in a child’s life. As a daddy’s girl growing up, Leslie wholeheartedly believes in the importance of a father’s role in a child’s evolution through childhood. She learned powerful lessons from her father that would have never been taught by her mother. This podcast is in honor of Father’s Day that was observed last weekend. For more information, head over to the website at http://www.ConstructionTales.com and look for this blog post and YouTube video link to the Tedx Talk.

Season #1, Episode #17: Part A- Favorite Childhood Memories
S1, E17: Part A- Favorite Childhood Memories

Leslie hosts her radio friends Kyle & House from Second Shift Radio on Tune In & most recently on On Da Block Radio Station where they DJ on Radio.co. This is a two part podcast on favorite childhood memories. This is Part A and the first half of the discussion. Kyle and House share about how they met as childhood friends, some interesting memories as boys in their neighborhood, harrowing stories of discipline, and a snapshot of their friendship that has continued on for more than 40 years since the 1970’s. This episode is also laced with quite a few laughs along the way as well. When you finish Part A, look for Part B to finish the discussion with the guys.

S1, E19: Part A- The Joys Of No Children
Season #1,Episode #19: Part A- The Joys Of No Children

*EDITED VERSION*- I had this podcast episode mastered and edited in an attempt to fix the terrible audio quality. Best effort was made to try to fix the track. The content is valuable. Therefore, here is the Part A podcast episode. We invited special guests Juana and Vanessa to discuss their choice to not have children. Melissa and I also give a snapshot into our earlier lives as mothers of young children. The goal of this two part episode is to give listeners an idea of what it is like to choose to either have or not have children. According to U.S. Census statistics, more and more women are choosing to not have children or wait until later in life before starting their family. This is Part A of the discussion. Look for Part B to finish the dialogue on the choice to navigate through society without children.

Season #1, Episode #21: What Happens After Meeting The Enemy?

Leslie is your solo host in this episode. She reviews the Tedx Talk entitled, “Meeting The Enemy” given by filmmaker Cassie Jaye. Leslie reviews Cassie’s journey on documenting the “enemy”- supporter’s of the Men’s Right’s Movement. Leslie notes how Cassie evolved from a staunch feminist to a person who is concerned for both genders who have societal issues. Leslie maps out lessons learned based upon this presentation and her thoughts on the topic.

S1, E21: What Happens After Meeting The Enemy?
S1, E23: The Time I Worked In Jail As A Woman
Season #1,Episode #23: The Time I Worked In Jail As A Woman

Your host Leslie shares some funny stories from when she worked with the tools earlier in her career as a journeywoman electrician in New York. Leslie discusses some crazy job antics amongst her crew, coworker personalities, as well as interactions with both correctional officers and inmates while working at the Westchester County Jail almost a decade ago. The work crew was responsible for installing cameras throughout the entire jail. It is with these stories; you get an idea of what it was like for a woman to work while behind bars within a male-dominated trade. Leslie is the author of the book entitled, Construction Tales: Volume I: A Woman’s Journey To Become An Electrician on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Audible. These short stories belong to the ongoing #ConstructionTales book series. For more information, head over to the website at http://www.ConstructionTales.com and check out further content.

S1, E24: Finding Your Voice
Season #1, Episode #24: Finding Your Voice

Leslie is your host in this podcast episode. She dives into how a person finds their voice, some jobsite stories, and advice given to teens as they grow up with her son. Leslie gives a snapshot of what it is like navigating around construction jobsite humor as well as strategies for coping with jobsite “ball busting”. This topic came up as a blog post and inspiration from a question on Quora. The post is intended to offer advice while diving into speculation on how to acquire one’s voice and lose the fear of speaking up.

S1, E26: My Brook Reading Podcast Review
Season #1, Episode #26: My Brook Reading Podcast Review

I connected with Melissa Sak, from The Brook Reading Podcast, recently on Twitter. We agreed to check out each other’s podcast and Melissa honored her end of the agreement. Therefore, I am honoring my end of the agreement with this podcast episode. Melissa is an author of the book entitled, “Turning Point” that can be found on Amazon in both e-book and paperback. Melissa reviews various historical content and current events while offering her perspective. The Brook Reading Podcast has recently released a new series on the history of women entitled, “A Brief History of Women-Volume I”. I am honored that The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, my book #ConstructionTales, and my Kindle Vella library entitled, “Construction Tales- Told By A Woman” were showcased in Volume I of the series. In this episode, I share my review of podcast episodes from the “Brook Reading Podcast”.

S1, E28: The Pregnant Construction Chick!?
Season #1, Episode #28: The Pregnant Construction Chick!?

In this episode, Leslie is your host while she takes on you a journey through her eyes to see what it was like to work as a pregnant electrician in construction back in 2004 to 2005 in New York. Leslie made the choice to expand her family, back in 2005, when she welcomed a 8 lb., 3 oz. baby boy named Johnny. Today, Johnny is a 16-year-old active teenager who is working on finishing high school and then moving onto college to become a future electrical engineer. Leslie shared how she tried to hide her pregnancy as long as possible in order to keep working while dodging discrimination. She also shares stories of different jobsites, co-workers and peers, and the various challenges she faced along the way. We do not recommend that you work as far along as Leslie did during her pregnancy or tackle the various hazards faced while on the job. Leslie gave an overview of what it was like for a pregnant woman to have toxemia over 16-years ago. Always speak with your obstetrician and follow the physician’s orders to ensure a safe labor and delivery for both mother and baby. If a triggering discussion, enter this episode at your own discretion and risk.

S1, E30: Part B-Sunday Funday With Friends And Family
Season #1,Episode #30: Part B-Sunday Funday With Friends And Family

In this episode, on a Sunday afternoon, I passed the microphone around in the group to bounce back and forth a wide variety of topics. In this second section, the main theme is the the importance of trying to find a decent partner to start a family. The ladies share their various past experiences and try to both warn and inform my two sons about different stages of dating. I appreciate that Donna often took the reins in this discussion. Donna gives her perspective on navigating life as a woman who didn’t marry nor have children. She also shares about how you lose your friends at different life stages. Donna shares that she has discovered the power of going on adventures solo and meeting new random people along the way. Amongst the group, we have my co-host Melissa, our pal Donna, and my two sons Tom and Johnny. We try to understand each other’s current view in life on dating and relationships. This is Part B and the last half of the discussion. For more information, head over to http://www.constructiontales.com.

Season #1, Episode #25: The Time My GFCI Popped!
S1, E25: The Time My GFCI Popped!

Leslie hosts this episode on the time she almost had gotten into an altercation with a dude. This challenge happened on a large project in Stamford, CT back in 2007. She shares what goes on during a brand new job coming out of the ground. Leslie introduces some co-workers and foreman during the build-up to the showdown between trades. This episode is dedicated to fellow journeyman we lost this year, Scott Gross. He is gone way too soon. May he RIP and his family find comfort and healing.

S1, E27: Cliff Walk Weekend
Season #1, Episode #27: Cliff Walk Weekend

This podcast episode is about our Friday to Saturday adventure where Melissa and I decided to take a ride up and check out the town of Newport, Rhode Island. We drove up early on a Friday morning and strolled the Cliff Walk, checked out the shops, some beaches, and ocean front mansions along the way. After checking into our run-down hotel, we discovered that a plunger was required to be used after each flush. Booking.com sure got a scathing review because of this disappointing experience. I have a video of Melissa pissed off plunging the toilet on my Verbally Disastrous YouTube channel. Once we were done plunging the toilet, we stepped out to visit some pubs, downtown along Broadway, for dinner and drinks. We got to socialize with some locals and tourists alike. Shout out to the bartenders at the Fastnet Pub in Newport for putting up with us! Melissa opted to record our newly discovered pub friend Bobby. She asked and was granted permission to record his drunken antics. Our new pal we discovered was very funny already with his delivery and observations about life. As the evening progressed, Bobby became even more drunk, incoherent, and an absolute rambling mess! Eventually, Bobby’s sister came into the bar to persuade him to go home and stop embarrassing himself and the family. I have the audio clips, from this podcast episode, also posted to the Verbally Disastrous YouTube channel. Check out this episode to get a few laughs and experience Newport in July vicariously through us.

Season #1, Episode #29: Part A-Sunday Funday With Friends And Family

In this podcast episode, on a Sunday afternoon, I passed the microphone around in the group to bounce back and forth a wide variety of topics. In this first section, the main theme is the the power of friendships, how you should nurture them, and how to find balance so that you do not drop your friends off and try to re-connect when your relationship unfolds. Amongst the group, we have my co-host Melissa, our pal Donna, and my two sons Tom and Johnny. We try to understand each other’s current view in life on relationships. Kudos to Donna for asking a lot of questions and working to steer the direction of the conversation. I’m sure she will be back in future episodes! This is Part A and the first half of the discussion. For more information, head over to http://www.constructiontales.com.

S1, E29: Part A-Sunday Funday With Friends And Family
S1, E31: Mrs. Canatuna Piggly Dogg Meat Complaint!!
Season #1, Episode #31: Mrs. Canatuna Piggly Dogg Meat Complaint!!

In this episode, I share a recent collaboration between Leslie M. Jasper, from the Verbally Disastrous Podcast, and Rick Horne from the Piggly Dogg Podcast. I am sharing this recently released interaction that can be found on the back of the Piggly Dogg episode entitled, “Can’t Buy Me A Job” that was released on August 8, 2021. Rick graciously honored my request and offered me the episode clip with both of us. Therefore, I am able to share this funny exchange between us with you. Mrs. Canatuna is complaining on a voicemail to Meat Man, at the Piggly Dogg grocery store, about his bad meat and the ghastly things that happened to her lodge patrons. Meat Man responds to Mrs. Canatuna’s complaints in his own hilarious manner. Go check out Piggly Dogg on Spotify and various other podcast platforms that can be found on the Piggly Dogg hosting platform at Anchor.fm. I can’t forget to include the Piggly Dogg YouTube channel. Let us know if you enjoyed this episode clip and want us to continue our battle about bad meat!? Yes, I am the double entendre queen and I had a tremendous amount of fun working with Rick on this project!

S1, E32: Work Adventures With One Un-Lucky Guy!!
Season #1,Episode #32: Work Adventures With One Un-Lucky Guy!!

In this episode, I take you back in time to my earlier years when I worked with the tools in the New York suburbs. I shared some funny stories of that happened on the job with my fellow co-workers. I also shared stories on one of the worst electrical apprentices I have ever crossed paths with in my career. The guy, nicknamed Lucky, earned the nickname on the job as an apprentice. Lucky was missing manual dexterity, depth perception, and had two left feet. He was an Olympic athlete going for gold in the Worker’s Compensation claims arena. We were all worried about him hurting himself, again, and others nearby. Despite sounding like he was a lucky man, it appeared to be quite the opposite. He had very distinct characteristics where you can recognize who he is, from a mile away, as he hobbled onto the jobsite. Nope, I am not politically correct. You are either going to laugh your ass off or be really pissed off at me. Choose wisely grasshopper.

S1, E34: How To Become A NYC Site Safety Manager
Season #1, Episode #34: How To Become A NYC Site Safety Manager

I apologize for a delay in releasing this episode. I have been rather busy lately. For this episode, I am sharing with you my path on working to earn my NYC DOB Site Safety Manager license. A site safety manager is the head of safety on a project. I am sharing what I used to study and the exams that I needed to take as well as professional memberships. This episode to geared to guide others who desire to work on this process or give the listener a perspective of what this process is like as an observer on the outside. I also offer a list of lessons I wish I knew prior to embarking on this journey. I have my own homemade study guides on my Leslie M. Jasper YouTube channel. Head over to my blog/website at http://www.ConstructionTales.com. I will share a quick reference material for anyone interested in this process or one similar.

S1, E36: Donny’s High Voltage Career Stories- Part B
Season #1, Episode #36: Donny’s High Voltage Career Stories- Part B

For this episode, I was finally able to get a hold of my long-time, close pal and fellow electrician Don Raffa. Don opted to create a 40-year career as a highly-demanded high voltage splicer throughout Westchester County, New York and nearby areas in the event of an emergency. Don was quite possibly in every man hole throughout Westchester. He enjoyed his time while working with the tools as a retiree. I asked quite a few questions that I would think the listeners would want to know. Yes, there is a squeaky chair in the background that adds character to the story. If there is a popular demand, I will have him come back on in the future with questions from the audience, if applicable. This Part B of the discussion. Look for Part A to start the discussion on his high voltage career in case you missed the first half.

S1, E38: Part B- Surviving The 2008 Recession As A Construction Worker
Season #1, Episode #38: Part B- Surviving The 2008 Recession As A Construction Worker

For this episode, I decided to speak on how the 2008 Recession had an impact on my family as well as the lives of my fellow union members. I survived these challenging times and actually left the tools by March 07, 2014. The objective of this podcast is to showcase how deep the impact lasted for the construction world via the seedy deeds of the people on Wall Street. This is Part B and the last half of the discussion. For Part A, head back into the podcast platform of your choice and look for the first half of the discussion. For more information, head over to my website/blog at http://www.ConstructionTales.com. Check out my blog for other podcast episodes

Season #1, Episode #33: Hurricane Ida Visited New York City Last Week!!
S1, E33: Hurricane Ida Visited New York City Last Week!!

In this episode, I explain why I have not released a podcast episode in a few weeks. I share my experience of being flooded during a flash flood that was a result of Hurricane Ida in Queens, NYC. I shared the current struggles with the aftermath of the hurricane. I shared some flood videos here on my Verbally Disastrous YouTube Channel. Head over to my blog at http://www.ConstructionTales.com for more information.

S1, E35: Donny’s High Voltage Career Stories- Part A
Season #1,Episode #35: Donny’s High Voltage Career Stories- Part A

For this episode, I was finally able to get a hold of my long-time, close pal and fellow electrician Don Raffa. Don opted to create a 40-year career as a highly-demanded high voltage splicer throughout Westchester County, New York and nearby areas in the event of an emergency. Don was quite possibly in every man hole throughout Westchester. He enjoyed his time while working with the tools as a retiree. I asked quite a few questions that I would think the listeners would want to know. Yes, there is a squeaky chair in the background that adds character to the story. If there is a popular demand, I will have him come back on in the future with questions from the audience, if applicable. This Part A of the discussion. Look for Part B to finish the discussion on his high voltage career.

Season #1, Episode #37: Part A- Surviving The 2008 Recession As A Construction Worker

For this episode, I decided to speak on how the 2008 Recession had an impact on my family as well as the lives of my fellow union members. I survived these challenging times and actually left the tools by March 07, 2014. The objective of this podcast is to showcase how deep the impact lasted for the construction world via the seedy deeds of the people on Wall Street. This is Part A and the first half of the discussion. For Part B, head back into the podcast platform of your choice and look for the last half of the discussion. For more information, head over to my website/blog at http://www.ConstructionTales.com. Check out my blog for other podcast episodes.

S1, E37: Part A- Surviving The 2008 Recession As A Construction Worker
S1, E39: Part A-Most Random Encounters!!
Season #1,Episode #39: Part A-Most Random Encounters!!

For this episode, Melissa and I had a discussion on a risque topic. This podcast episode is Part A and the first half of the discussion that is intended for adults only. Melissa and I decided to chat vaguely about our one-night stands that we managed to get in on during our lifetime. Our random encounters, over the past 30-years, appear to very spicy, unexpected, and humorous in nature! As older women, it is interesting to discuss a topic I would have shied away from when I was younger. We also spoke about other situations that we either witnessed or experienced. If you are looking for the last part of the discussion, look for Part B in the podcast platform of your choice. For more information, head over to the website at: http://www.ConstructionTales.com.

S1, E40: Part B-Most Random Encounters!!
Season #1, Episode #40: Part B-Most Random Encounters!!

For this episode, Melissa and I had a discussion on a risque topic. This podcast episode is Part B and the last half of the discussion that is intended for adults only. Melissa and I decided to chat vaguely about our one-night stands that we managed to get in on during our lifetime. Our random encounters, over the past 30-years, appear to very spicy, unexpected, and humorous in nature! As older women, it is interesting to discuss a topic I would have shied away from when I was younger. We also spoke about other situations that we either witnessed or experienced as well as various current events. If you are looking for the first part of the discussion, look for Part A in the podcast platform of your choice. For more information, head over to the website at: http://www.ConstructionTales.com.

S1, E42: Part B- Working On The Railroad With The Tools As A Chick!
Season #1, Episode #42: Part B- Working On The Railroad With The Tools As A Chick! :

This is Part B and the last half of the discussion. Head back into the podcast platform of your choice and look for Part A and start the first half of the discussion. *The names of my co-workers have been changed to protect their identity.* For this podcast episode, Leslie decided to share with you on how she shifted, as an apprentice, to begin working on railroad projects for most of her career. Prior to working on brand-new deck jobs, commercial renovation projects, and railroad platform phase projects, Leslie was being groomed for low voltage projects. During the first few years of her apprenticeship, Leslie was becoming a “data fairy” and needed to switch it up. As a female in a male-dominated field, Leslie knew that she needed to both push herself and leadership to allow her to step out and work on the hardest projects as an electrician in order to become more well-rounded. The worst thing for Leslie was the fear of not obtaining the necessary skills during her 5-1/2 year apprenticeship. Without the necessary skills, a worker ends up always becoming the first person on a layoff when a job winds down and requires less manpower. Always being on the first layoff translates into not having enough financial means to feed your family. Leslie shares some job stories that are either/both funny and scary in nature from working on the railroad and outside. For more information, check out the website at: http://www.ConstructionTales.com

S1, E44: Part B- Tramping In Cali!
Season #1,Episode #44: Part B- Tramping In Cali!

This is Part B of a 3-part discussion with my friend and fellow journeyman electrician, Brian Reyes. Brian works on photography, in his spare time, under his website that is entitled, “Photacular Imagery”. For the past few years, Brian has been signing the visitor book as a traveling Local #3 IBEW NYC journeyman out in unions throughout vast parts of California. The union traveling term for a visiting electrician has been known as a “tramp”. Therefore, Brian shares with me about the vast cultural differences between New York and California and his traveling stories and his struggles to find simple home comforts such as New York style pizza. In this podcast episode, I also discussed with Brian about his work adventures with fellow traveling journeyman; many were also from the Bronx, Texas, Chicago, and many locations throughout the Midwest and even Californians. Additionally, I asked him to share some of his funniest and scariest stories during his +20-year career as an electrician. This is the second part of a discussion that I had with Brian. If you missed the first part of the discussion, look for Part A in the podcast platform of your choice to start the discussion. Look for Part C to finish the final third of the discussion. Check out my website at: http://www.ConstructionTales.com for more information.

S2, E46:
Season #2, Episode #46:

Season #1, Episode #41: Part A- Working On The Railroad With The Tools As A Chick!:
S1, E41: Part A- Working On The Railroad With The Tools As A Chick!

This is Part A and the first half of the discussion. Once finished with Part A, go and look for Part B and finish the last half of the discussion. *The names of my co-workers have been changed to protect their identity.* For this podcast episode, Leslie decided to share with you on how she shifted, as an apprentice, to begin working on railroad projects for most of her career. Prior to working on brand-new deck jobs, commercial renovation projects, and railroad platform phase projects, Leslie was being groomed for low voltage projects. During the first few years of her apprenticeship, Leslie was becoming a “data fairy” and needed to switch it up. As a female in a male-dominated field, Leslie knew that she needed to both push herself and leadership to allow her to step out and work on the hardest projects as an electrician in order to become more well-rounded. The worst thing for Leslie was the fear of not obtaining the necessary skills during her 5-1/2 year apprenticeship. Without the necessary skills, a worker ends up always becoming the first person on a layoff when a job winds down and requires less manpower. Always being on the first layoff translates into not having enough financial means to feed your family. Leslie shares some job stories that are either/both funny and scary in nature from working on the railroad and outside. For more information, check out the website at: http://www.ConstructionTales.com

S1, E43: Part A- Tramping In Cali!
Season #1, Episode #43: Part A- Tramping In Cali!

This is Part A of a 3-part discussion with my friend and fellow journeyman electrician Brian Reyes. Brian works on photography, in his spare time, under his website that is entitled, “Photacular Imagery”. For the past few years, Brian has been signing the visitor book as a traveling Local #3 IBEW NYC journeyman out in California. The union traveling term for a visiting electrician has been known as a “tramp”. Therefore, Brian shares with me about the vast cultural differences between New York and California and his traveling stories. In this podcast episode, I also discussed with Brian how he first broke into the trade as a kid who went to school in the South Bronx. Additionally, I asked him to share some of his funniest and scariest stories during his +20-year career as an electrician. This is the first third of a discussion that I have with Brian. Look for Parts B & C in the podcast platform of your choice to finish the discussion. Check out my website at: http://www.ConstructionTales.com for more information.

Season #1, Episode #45: Part C- Tramping In Cali!

This is Part C of a 3-part discussion with my friend and fellow journeyman electrician, Brian Reyes. Brian works on photography, in his spare time, under his website that is entitled, “Photacular Imagery”. For the past few years, Brian has been signing the visitor book as a traveling Local #3 IBEW NYC journeyman out in unions throughout vast parts of California. The union traveling term for a visiting electrician has been known as a “tramp”. Therefore, Brian shares with me about the vast cultural differences between New York and California and his traveling stories and his struggles to find simple home comforts such as New York style pizza. In this podcast episode, I also discussed with Brian about his work adventures with fellow traveling journeyman; many were also from the Bronx, Texas, Chicago, and many locations throughout the Midwest and even Californians. Additionally, I asked him to share some of his funniest and scariest stories during his +20-year career as an electrician. We even got into a brief discussion on the the evolution of thick skin, a survival technique, that was used to navigate racist old-timers. This is the third part of a discussion that I had with Brian. If you missed the first or second third of the discussion, look for either Part A and/or Part B in the podcast platform of your choice to start the discussion. This is Part C that is intended to finish the final third of the discussion. Check out my website at: http://www.ConstructionTales.com for more information.

S1, E45: Part C- Tramping In Cali!
S2, E47:
Season #2,Episode #47: