Jim Porter: Hilarious construction humor (if there is such a thing)
Special to the Sun
I know I am dating myself, but it was at least 30 years ago, at least, when I stumbled upon these so-called “Construction Definitions.”
I have no idea where these came from, but I doctored them up and added a few of my own.
While these definitions definitely have a “woe-is-me” whine, they remind us that construction is a tough business. Representing contractors is even tougher.
Contractor: a gambler who never gets to shuffle, cut or deal.
Bid opening: a poker game in which the losing hand wins.
Low bidder: a contractor who is wondering what he left out.
Engineer’s estimate: the cost of construction in heaven.
Architect’s estimate: half the engineer’s estimate.
Project manager: the conductor of an orchestra in which every musician is in a different union.
Subcontractor: a musician in an a cappella group.
Critical path method: a management technique for losing your shirt under perfect control.
Delayed payment: a tourniquet applied at the pockets.
Construction lender: one skilled at applying tourniquets.
Completion date: the point at which liquidated damages begin.
Liquidated damages: a penalty for failing to achieve the impossible.
Change order: seldom signed request from owner for free upgrades.
Plans: a good idea at the time.
Diversion of funds: a contractor who finally pays his subs and suppliers before the owner pays him.
License board: “I’m from the government and I am here to help.”
Punch List: a free long-term maintenance contract.
Owner: a dreamer with a champagne appetite on a beer budget.
Inspector: another immovable hurdle in a race to the finish.
Warranty: a one-year period that has no end.
Auditors: people who go in after the war is lost and bayonet the wounded.
Lawyers: people who go in after the auditors and strip the bodies.
Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter Simon licensed in California and Nevada, with offices in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno. Jim’s practice areas include: real estate, development, construction, business, HOAs, contracts, personal injury, mediation and other transactional matters. He may be reached at email@example.com or http://www.portersimon.com.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User