… when you take a hot pot off the stove without using the handle and don’t realize it until your wife tells you.
… when you say: “Officer, I know I was weaving back and forth, but I was just trying to look at the welds on the truck beside me.”
… when, on payday, instead of going to the bank, you go to your local welding supply.
… when, at a Sushi bar, you tell your significant other, “It is so easy to use chopsticks, it is just like feeding Tig wire.”
… when you have a sunburn year round on your face neck and arms.
… when you like how argon smells and when you smell like it, you feel there’s no better lotion.
… when you see a metal bed frame and you can think of a hundred uses that don’t involve a mattress.
… when someone mentions more amps, your first thought is “thicker metal”.
… when you look at possibly moving to a new house, your first concern is can you get easy access to 3-phase power.
… when you first heard of red states and blue states, you though is was determined by the brand of welder MOST preferred.
… when a tigger is NOT a bouncy Disney character! … when 3rd degree burns are not serious enough to stop what you are doing.
… when rusty I-beams would make a good start for your next project.
… when the most expensive piece of furniture you have is a table made of 1/2 inch of solid steel.
… when your hat folds up and fits in your back pocket. … when the uniform service company complains that they have to replace more of your work shirts than any their other customers.
… when you are lying in bed before falling asleep, and the continuing vision in your brain is molten aluminum slowly wetting out as the bead moves forward.
… when your girlfriend gives you **** for calling a weld “sexy.”
… when you have made your own fork so you can eat lunch.
… when you find yourself unable to concentrate without a sharp head nod.
… when you reheat your coffee with a cutting torch. … when you’re watching TV and the person on the screen starts an arc, and you “flip your helmet down” except of course, you’re not wearing one.
… when you can’t find your lighter so you light your smoke with the oxy torch because you can always find your flint.
… when you can tell by just the smell whether it is your pants or your shirt that has caught on fire.
… when you use a nail file to cut the prison bars and you take the bars with you when you escape, after all they are steel.
… when you’re sent to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and you’re the only one in your unit to have a hot shave because you have an oxy/acetylene torch.
… when you attempt the bob-n-burn and realize your new auto dark is already down.
… when you notice that your pants are on fire but keep welding for another 3 in. to keep from having to stop and start again.
… when you get funny looks in public because you have a sunburn on one side of your face in the middle of the winter.
… when your truck has an air tank bumper!
… when you feel a hot berry digging in hard, but wont stop welding “cause you’ve “got that sucker now”!!
… when you are outside and it lightnings and you put up your hand to shield the glare.
… when you go shopping with your girlfriend and she catches you checking out the welds on everything she buys.
… when you call over your high school shop teacher ask him who made a weld on a piece of steel and when he says he did you still proceed to tell him it looks like a chicken **** on the piece where the weld is.
… when you know the real reason for wearing a baseball cap backwards and its not because its cool.
… when a friend of yours starts talking to you about a dirty movie he seen and mentions the word penetration and you start thinking about steel.