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#1 electricmonk

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Posted 23 October 2005 - 01:44 AM

I was looking through Richmond City Watch and had my memory jogged from when I lived there and worked for a commercial landscape irrigation installer. Here's a few of the things I remember from the late '80's Richmond construction scene.

The Arboretum. Did a lot of work at various buildings there but the only story that really sticks out about it is one of our Cambodian workers getting chased by a goose while trying to steal it's eggs down by the pond.

Centre Court. We had finished repairing a broken water pipe that the electricians broke down by the road and were standing there waiting for the pressure to build back up when it exploded and sent a shower of mud on all the engineers and project managers. Us working class grunts got a good laugh out of that.

Gateway Center. Only worked there one day. It was god-awful cold, about 25 degrees. Only thing I remember about that site.

Innsbrook. A couple stories from there. I mostly did service calls there since most of the irrigation sytems were installed when the offices were originally built. Another irrigation company had installed the system at the Pavillion area but we had the service contract. I was sent out there one Friday morning to do some minor repairs. I did what I was told to do and left. The one thing they didn't tell me to do was to check the timers. Apparently the timers were knocked off and instead of turning on at 1am like it's supposed to do the irrigation system popped on at around 6pm. Right in the middle of a concert with a few thousand people on the lawn. I wish I had been there to see that.

Another time on a service call there I had the cops called on me. There was a leak somewhere in the system at the Wheat First Secrities Building. My brother was in the control room turning on the various zones as I walked around the grounds looking for the leak. Some one in the offices saw me wandering around the parking lot and thought I looked suspicious and called the cops. I explained to them what I was doing there and it was no big deal.

Another time there a coworker cut through a fiber-optic cable along Nuckols Road while digging a trench to lay some pipe. Needless to say there were quite a few unhappy people that day.

Westerre. We were about 90% finished working there when someone from VDOT showed up and said they were getting ready to widen Broad Street. That was the first that we had heard of that and had already layed hundreds of feet of pipe along Broad St. So we had to dig all that up and relocate it. A major pain in the ass.

At the moment that's all I can remember. Some other projects I worked on were:

Waterford
Trigon HQ
Parham Place
Wella Shampoo plant
Phillip Morris's Bermuda Hundred plant

And tons of residential projects and small commercial projects.

Anyone else have any construction stories? I have more but I can't remember exactly where they took place.

 

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Posted 23 October 2005 - 12:25 PM

I would've paid to see Innsbrook Afterhours drenched by sprinklers! :rofl:

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 07:53 PM

Richmond Story #2
I tried this posting over on RCW but I couldn’t get the pictures to fit into the story…….so, my apologies to anyone who read the following over on the ‘other side’. :blush:
Our eight year old Grandson “P.W.” accompanied me to Richmond this past Wednesday. Now P.W. is from the little town of Newsome’s, Va. (dead south of Franklin) and about the biggest thing over there is the town’s water tower. I had business in Richmond’s City Hall Surveys & Design (I got your map Cadeho !!).
P.W. exclaimed to me, as we walked from our parking spot on Broad, amongst the buildings, crowd, traffic and noise...”Grumps, we must be in New York City !!”. Oh, well, such an innocent mind. After business, we proceeded to the observation deck. Do you think that little half-pint pipsqueak would go near the glass ?? After much prodding, I got him to sorta pose for a picture or two…
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I was explaining the larger buildings to him when he stopped me on the State Capitol...
“Grumps, if that is the Capitol...well, Tim Kaine’s house is somewhere around here!!”. “Who ?” I replied. “The Governor, gosh” was his eight year old reply. “Can we go see Tim Kaine’s house?” Well, I explained to him that we still had much to do, that he wanted to see Cold Harbor, our old family farm place and quite a few other things. He insisted that after our appointed tasks, we MUST see Mr. Lee’s statue AND Tim Kaine’s house !! Well, I’ve been married long enough to follow simple instructions....so, after all our tasks were accomplished, off we go to see Mr. Lee and a drive around Capitol Square. On the slightest ofwhelms, I turned the ‘ole Dakota into the Construction Entrance and was promptly stopped by a Capitol Guard. Before I could say a word, that little half-pint squirt leaned across the seat and told the guard that he needed to see Tim Kaine’s house. Now here’s where it gets neat…….The guard adjusted his Smokie-the –Bear hat, stepped back in his shack and re-appeared with a certified and stamped slip permitting us to park in Legislature Parking. Well thought I, “This is real nice !!”. :thumbsup: After a few pictures of statues and a stroll to the mansion, I propped the camera on the brick wall in front of “Tim Kaine’s house” and was proceeding to click a couple shots......
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P.W. strolls to the gate guard’s shack, where this monster of an officer emerged. Without one moment’s hesitation, P.W. informs the guard, in no uncertain terms, “I need to see Tim Kaine’s house...and I’d like to see Tim Kaine” !!!! (At this point...my compliments to the Capitol Guard.) That gentleman clicked his heels, gave a two-fingered Scout’s salute and asked P.W. to wait right where he stood. The guard made a phonecall and returned to P.W., opened the little green, wooden gate and permitted us in. I’m in total awe !!!! :thumbsup: P.W. proceeds to the FRONT DOOR and KNOCKS !!!
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No one answered the door, but instead of returning to the drive, he camps-out on the front steps.........
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After a few minutes, I finally worked up the nerve to suggest to him that he try again. This time, as his little hand grasp the knob and his left was just about to knock....the door opened and pulled him in !!!!
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He (we) were greeted by a Mrs. McCabe who spent the next hour escorting the two of us about the Mansion !! P.W. got to meet Mrs. Kaine, and the dog. ‘Tim’ was kinda busy over at the Senate and she didn’t know what time he’d be home for supper………P. W. returned to Newsome’s, totally unphased- yet, I’m the one that was impressed !!!
AND....it wasn't until I was back home in Courtland that I realized, in MY excitement, I had failed to take any interior pictures !!!

#4 wrldcoupe4

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 09:21 PM

Wow Eddie! That's something else! Maybe cadeho needs to bring a little kid along when he takes pics so the cops won't bother him :rofl:

Really though, that's something else!

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 10:45 PM

Yeah I have some cousins... but they Bébé's kids! We'd never get that close or into the Governor's Mansion. The only time I've been inside was at Arthur Ashe's viewing. I don't even have a close pic of the front of the house! Yeah I need to borrow my cousins.

Cute illustrated story Eddie! I am going to have to go to the observation deck now that they've finished.

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 11:23 PM

it's awesome up there!

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:25 AM

Hey, EDDIE

That's a delightful picture story. That kid's got balls. Betcha someday he'll be a resident of Tim's house. :yahoo:

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 02:49 PM

Richmond's prime purveyor of art and owner of the Reynolds Gallery at 1514 West Main Street believes that Richmond is "the most significant art center on the East Coast except for New York City."

Here is the story from today's inRich:

http://www.inrich.co...11-18-0078.html

#9 Downtowner

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 07:37 PM

Burt my grandmother has alot of big art stuff in New York but not so sure its still there. My grandmother had some paintings at a gallery in Chelsea. She's been painting since the 60's and has sold paintings to some big time wealthy people in the state of VA. She's sold paintings to the former owner of overnight trucking Harwood Chochrane and a very wealthy man in southwest virginia that owns a coal mine names smiley ratliff. He has a Rolls Royce for every day of the week.

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:39 AM

Theatre IV and The Richmond Ballet are among recipients of Virginia Arts awards.

From today's inRich:

http://www.inrich.co...08-06-0034.html

Edited by burt, 06 August 2008 - 08:42 AM.


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Posted 10 September 2008 - 02:41 PM

I'll bet a quarter our friend source has visited this pictorial site with some frequency. :) There are about 23 pages of images from the city's past with an occasional 2002 update.

http://richmondthena...and-Now-21.html

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 07:41 PM

I as well...

Remember Gene from RCW? He helped in there somewhere with the Fulton related section.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 11:02 AM

I as well...

Remember Gene from RCW? He helped in there somewhere with the Fulton related section.


Speaking of RCW, whatever happened to scottb?

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:11 PM

Speaking of RCW, whatever happened to scottb?

Trust me, he's around and probably reading this message right now.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:17 PM

We miss you "Scooter Pooter". :silly:

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:33 PM

He's around... see him at City Council, in the paper, at the various Richmond blogs. Who was it that was fighting him anyway?

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 04:51 PM

I as well...

Remember Gene from RCW? He helped in there somewhere with the Fulton related section.


I remember Gene. He was my contemporary and we chatted frequently at RCW about Louisina Street, the Star movie theater and other Fulton landmarks.

What I mostly remember about Fulton was the streetcar trestle connecting the end of East Marshall Street to Government Road on Fulton Hill. When I lived in Ginter Park as a kid, we would take the trolley from the junction of Chamberlayne Ave and Brookland Park Blvd for a 14 cent round trip via North Avenue, the First Street viaduct, Broad Street, the Marshall Street viaduct across Shockoe Bottom and the trestle across Fulton Bottom.

The Marshall Street viaduct was directly above the City Jail, and there was an elevator from the viaduct to 18th street.

I hope Gene is still around.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:35 PM

He's still around on some blogs. Ryan told me he was trying to get ahold of me and I did e-mail him but had not heard anything back. I know I saw him on Fulton's blog.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 07:12 AM

He's around... see him at City Council, in the paper, at the various Richmond blogs. Who was it that was fighting him anyway?


Partially me. :whistling:

Edited by Shakman, 12 September 2008 - 07:12 AM.


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Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:16 PM

I'll bet a quarter our friend source has visited this pictorial site with some frequency. :) There are about 23 pages of images from the city's past with an occasional 2002 update.

http://richmondthena...and-Now-21.html

:) yeah, I've looked at it many times.




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