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    John Dembowski

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    John Dembowski is a Construction Site Manager. He grew up and lives again in Warner Robins, Georgia, after stints in Savannah, Athens, and Brunswick. He and his wife Vanessa are empty-nesters, who enjoy Georgia's beaches and mountains and the antique trail between the two.
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      Something Concrete

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Aug 28, 2009
      Something Concrete

      It’s 5:37 pm, the second time today I have seen that number on the half atomic clock/half weather station perched on the left corner of my desk in the site office. It’s been a long day, and there are a couple of hours yet to go before I can unplug the laptop, turn off the lights, lock the doors, and chain the gates to start the trip to the house. I was in slightly earlier than usual today to check the weather radar, doing my best Jim Cantore impersonation, deciphering the swirls in the bands of rain coming in a pincer move from the Gulf off of Panama City and from off the Atlantic near Saint Marys. Today was Concrete Day on the site, a major, critical pour that we have spent months preparing for. Rain has a tendency to screw up Concrete Day. As the boots-on-the-ground guy, the go/no […]

      Squishing Gnats

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Jul 22, 2009
      Squishing Gnats

      There are thumbprints on the inside of my windshield. Not in the middle, not down by the dashboard, but up top, where the visor would fold down to block the glare of the sun. I don’t know why, but that is precisely where the gnats like to congregate. We live in middle Georgia, blessedly at this time ever so slightly north of the legendary and dreaded “Gnat Line.” One has to be careful about geographic bragging when in such close proximity, because the gnat line is a living, breathing thing, taken to moving capriciously based on totally uncontrollable whims of climate and wind. Over the past few decades, though, it seems to me that the gnat line has generally wafted more to the south, to the point that my boyhood home and the former farm land that my current niche of suburbia is carved from are no longer subject to […]

      Mowing the lawn: I learned from my Father

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Jun 19, 2009
      Mowing the lawn: I learned from my Father

      Ah, summer!  Time for swimming, fishing, and vacations at the shore.  And, alas, when your lawn seemingly begins to re-sprout immediately in your lawnmower’s wake. Everything I know about mowing the lawn I learned from my father.  Unfortunately for me, his leading inspiration was the grounds of Augusta National. Knowing that, you can perhaps understand when I point out that there is a distinction between “cutting the grass” and “mowing the lawn.”  The former is merely inane labor, meant for the uncaring and uninformed masses, while the latter is visceral and thoughtful, nothing short of art, with a Briggs and Stratton engine powering the brush. My dad was realist enough to know that the scraggly run-of-the-mill Bermuda grass eking out a tedious survival in the hard red clay soil of sun-baked middle Georgia, grass that never saw hydro-assistance short of what the Good Lord deemed to send its way — […]

      A few good words for public broadcasting

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Jun 10, 2009
      A few good words for public broadcasting

      This past year, I had occasion by virtue of employment to visit almost all of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s radio and television transmission tower sites.  Digital broadcasting was approaching with a full head of steam, and all of the transmitter sites would require upgrades to air conditioning and electrical circuitry in order to make the new equipment hum.  Our assignment was to facilitate and oversee that work. The first thing I learned was that, while the address sheet noted that the transmitters were located in mainly rural towns, the transmitter sites were actually wa-a-a-a-y out of the listed towns.  There is a reason for this.  It is called a broadcast antennae tower.  These are located so that, should one of these ever have occasion to topple, it is located so far from anything that, when it hits the ground, those who do happen to live in the vicinity can still say, […]

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