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Leslie is a journeywoman electrician who works within Westchester County, New York, Fairfield County, Connecticut, and the five boroughs of New York City. Leslie has worked within the construction industry for the past 17 years. She is also an evening OSHA instructor/writing coach working part time for Empire College. Leslie recently graduated and received an MBA with honors at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She lives with her two sons, Tom and Johnny, in Lake Carmel, New York. Leslie enjoys spending quality time with her sons such as snowboarding and visiting haunted houses throughout New England. She also enjoys cruise ship traveling around the world, renovating her home, and spending time lifting weights in the gym.
About The Book
Genre: Self Improvement
Publisher: Self-Published at CreateSpace
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Buy it: Amazon
Strap on your work boots and put on your hard hat. Let me take you on a sheetrock dusted journey to see what it is like to work within the construction industry. The work is hard, the environment is unforgiving, and the jobsite can be either extremely hot or cold. Almost 17 years ago, I stepped foot into a male-dominated work environment. Despite the lack of a warm embrace, I pushed my way into this world to learn the trade. I showed my many mentors that I wanted to be here and was ready to learn and work. After some grit and sweat, I worked my way out of my apprenticeship to become a journeywoman electrician. I earned a great working reputation within my trade and some aches and pains along the way. I work with guys from all backgrounds and all walks of life; and a few females that share my goal to be called journeywomen. Construction workers do not care that you do not feel up to the challenge that day. You must suck it up and get the job done! You will witness what it is like on a weekly basis to work within my industry. Every story in this book is real. The names of my co-workers have been changed to protect the innocent….or the guilty! I must warn you that this book is not for the faint of heart!
10 Things Reader’s Would Be Surprised To Know About You
- I grew up on the southern Oregon coast in a town called Coos Bay, Oregon. I joined and entered the military two weeks after I graduated from high school.
- There is a plaque that is still up on the wall in the gym announcing that I still hold the record for bench pressing the most as a female. Apparently, no high school student has broken that record yet.
- Due to being 17 years old, my dad had to give consent for me to join the U.S. Navy. I learned that I was mechanically inclined from taking the ASFAB exam. My two choices at the military processing center was to either become a construction electrician in the Seabees or an airplane mechanic on an aircraft carrier.
- I won the ironwoman challenge title in U.S. Navy bootcamp out of 87 other women in my company. I was on the rifle team as well.
- I played the trumpet from 5th grade up to 11th grade. I changed high schools my senior year so I decided to not play my last year. I had consumed myself with practicing and taking it very seriously in middle and high school.
- Despite being a construction worker, I am a very laid back and easy going person. I don’t like to get worked up about things or stress on them too hard.
- I am a single woman and rather old fashioned when it comes to dating. I like to date one guy at a time and prefer for him to make the moves and pursue me. I have no interest in dating fellow construction workers. I prefer to date men in a totally different field.
- I married a man from the U.S. Marines while we were stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We married and relocated to New York. He died in a motorcycle accident 3 days before my birthday and I buried him on my 21st birthday.
- I can actually say I worked while pregnant in a trench spinning rigid pipe. I did not tell anyone I was pregnant until I was almost 6 months along. I worked outside in January until I was 31 weeks along back in 2005. My coworkers thought I was crazy and had a lot of respect for me due to my strength and determination to not quit.
- I have owned a house since I was 20 years old. I have demolished almost every wall in the house. I do my own framing, sheetrock, electrical, and painting. I do not like to mess with cement or taping. Everything else is fair game.