I always admired the craft of Carpentry. As a sophomore in high school, I was reluctant to enrolling in a class where an ‘egg’ or ‘doll’ represented your child and preparing myself to become a housewife was just not my cup of tea. At Hayward High School, I was given an opportunity to be in a Woodshop Class. My first, certainly not the last, time ever being the only girl in the group. My instructor was very helpful, and surprisingly, so were my classmates. I fell in love with Carpentry and enjoyed perfecting my work. Twelve years after graduation and being in business management I knew I wanted something different. College was an easy repetition of high school and I needed to just get out into the world and get my hands in some dirt, literally.
If you love your work, you never work a day in your life”
No matter how much I tried to stay quiet, I was approached and stared at least ten times a day. I had to learn to explain to my peers that we are in a fish bowl and the only one that stands out in a conversation at work is me. So not to be rude and hope they understood it was time to work and not waste the company's time. Dealing with sexual glares and advancements was not going to be easy but that sensitive girl had to stay at home every day. Not having transportation was the main cause of losing my job, but a month later I was given the opportunity to work for Pacific Structures under the watch of Bob Figone, The Superintendent for the Indigo Project. After four months of the best hands on training I could have ever received, unfortunately my body caught up to me too soon. Usually a carpenter's time in the trade varies from twenty to thirty years before retiring. So, my first year I already pushed myself so hard and developed arthritis in my legs. My knees were the first to swell followed by my ankles,calves, thighs, and feet. I was missing too much work and the medication would cause me to be tardy from sleeping through alarms. Carrying heavy mains and going up and down those stairs with heavy bags on my harness did affect me.
"The Best Revenge is Success"