V. Vulgar language is common in the trade. Imagine if you worked with fire, gas and electricity everyday. One theory is those who work with tough materials become like their materials, hard, rough and raucous, similar to the tools they use that produce ear splitting sounds. Another theory is when working hard with tools and unforgiving materials you have a license to curse and swear. The culture is rife with its own language and sayings.
W. Like a warrior or soldier a welder feels like they are in a trench fighting off the enemy. In this case the tools become friend and foe, they accomplish the job or if not used wisely injure or worse extinguish you. Part of the thrill of welding is the immediate pleasure experiencing the art form created by the dangerous ‘weapons’ you tangle with. It is a curious combination of art and function that satisfies the maker.
X. Xenon is the chemical element of atomic number 54, a member of the noble gas series. It is obtained by distillation of liquid air and is used in some specialized electric lamps.
Y. Yesterday was then, I am in now. I have focused my passion and interest on welding for the last seven years. I have learned and discovered many important lessons about the medium of steel, about how to work as a tradesperson. Most importantly, I have familiarized myself with the limits and boundaries of my abilities.
Z. Be zealous in pursuing the kind of work that fits with your values. There is no ideal job, no perfect situation. In work, make sure there is something about the place, the organization, the group that resinates with you, otherwise misery is sure to follow an early excitement of getting a job as a welder, or whatever it is you do to make a living.