Early on April 29th, Vince opened the gate to mow the back yard. A routine event for a Saturday morning, but the hinge on the 100-pound rebar iron gate broke. The gate crashed to the ground. BAM!
Luckily neither the cats nor Puppy Girl was going through the posts of the gate at that time. Vince stepped back in time, too.
Well, not literally in time. It was still 2017.
Now We’re Breaking the Law!
The weather in California has been up and down this spring. One day it’s 100 degrees and two days later it’s 65 degrees. Nonetheless, kids had already texted us to come swimming. Our gate is locked because that’s the law, and besides, we don’t want kids swimming unsupervised.
Vince panicked. Who would come to fix it? He remembered a sign for a business down the street. Cruz-Ta-Welding, so he drove down to the shop. Juan Cruz greeted him, and Vince shared his sad story.
Juan said, “Sit down. I’ll finish my breakfast, and follow you back to your house.”
Minutes later he and another welder drove up, and within 1/2 hour they finished. Amazing service, wouldn’t you say?
Juan Cruz loves the United States. He came to California from Mexico thirty years ago. He’s been in business in Woodlake for sixteen years and has six employees.
“I love it here,” he told us. “I love the system. If you work hard, you will grow. I don’t believe people can’t find a job. I’ve worked hard. Picking pears is the hardest. They are so heavy. Picking grapes is hard too.”
What’s the hardest job he’s ever had as a welder?
“We moved an entire factory from Visalia to Iowa. We had to dismantle all the equipment and put it back together in Iowa.”
Cruz-TA-Welding did a great job for us, and he serves the community as well. We opened the Woodlake Valley Cultural Museum a year ago. Cruz-TA-Welding donated all the labor to fence the building.
Thanks for all you do for Woodlake, California, Cruz-TA-Welding.
If you live in this area and need a welder, we recommend him, and so does the Woodlake Chamber of Commerce.
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What’s So Great About Woodlake, CA?
Woodlake, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, only 40 minutes from the Sequoia National Park, takes pride in its little town. Founded in 1912, today it is the smallest incorporated town in Tulare County. Residents primarily work in agriculture where the average annual income is $32,559, half of California’s median. Even so, a few years ago Woodlake High School Foundation was recognized as giving out more in scholarships than any community its size in the United States.
You Can Help Woodlake Thrive
- Support the Woodlake High School Foundation with the purchase of Images of America Woodlake. You can buy it directly from the high school and 50% of the purchase price go to the Foundation (100% of the profits).
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- You can support the business community and join the Woodlake Valley Chamber of Commerce.
- Support this website, Traveling and Blogging Near and Far and Always Write. I have started a Blogging and Virtual Assistant Training Program at the High School. At the end of the 20 hours, I either need to hire the students or let them go. So far my blogs have not produced any income. But with the help of my student assistants, I’m hoping we will. I’m going to use 100% of the income to invest in their future.
- Enter the Traveling and Blogging Near and Far sweepstakes to get a free book.