Last week I completed 40 hours of Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training. If any of y’all need a hazardous waste site cleaned up, I am your man (after 24 hours of further site specific training).
What a slog the training was. I am so not ever going back to school. The instructor was so full of himself and it could have been a 20 hour training without his often only tangentially related anecdotes. Before the class even started I found out that he thought that Obama wanted to destroy our country :dubious:. Later he revealed that he didn’t watch much TV except for Fox :rolleyes:. He had so many stories, some of them military service related, that it was hard to believe that he wasn’t full of shit. Especially when he messed up facts like putting the Exxon Valdez spill in the wrong decade and a local nuke plant in the wrong county (but that sure made his story about the fruits in Chapel Hill more interesting!).
Apparently having spent too long in academia and science research, I have been insulated from how dumb and unsophisticated the general populace is. I really try not to be elitist, but holy crap the mentality of this crew was unbelievable. First one local yokel was complaining about San Fransisco and that quickly degenerated into a run-ins with queers story contest (this was during a break). Later a number got way too much entertainment value from a number of safety videos in which people got blown up. The grand finale was during a final exercise in which “diking” to contain a spill was discussed resulting in predictable middle school type reactions.
Anybody else got entertaining off-site training stories?