Unlike Vern who is a big guy and at times seems to possess a superhuman strength, Darell is of smaller build. Yet the crew calls Darell “Superman,” because what Darell doesn’t have in size, he makes up for in attitude. There is no task too big, no tub too heavy, no pile of tile too high, and it amazes me how Darell’s faith in his ability to overcome and to get a task done makes him such a star apprentice.
Here’s what Amanda, our green demo project manager, has to say about Darell:
“Over the past couple of weeks I have gotten the pleasure of working almost exclusively with our intern Darell . He has been helping me at our deconstruction project down in South Buffalo. Darell is probably one of the easiest people to work with and to direct that I have come across. He learns quickly, takes direction well, and always asks questions. He makes sure that he knows exactly what his task at hand is before he does it. Also, I never find him sitting idle – he is always busy and helping the project move forward.
Deconstruction can be a physically challenging task. At the end of the day we are usually covered in dirt, exhausted, and, because of the heat this summer, drenched in sweat. Despite all of this I have never once heard Darell utter a complaint about the work and his great attitude keeps me in high spirits.
Darell is consistent, hardworking, and fun and has made my job a lot more enjoyable since he has been working with us.”
I agree–no matter the task, Darell will try his hardest to complete it. His most often heard phrase? “We got it, miss. No worries.” And when Darell is around, it’s true, I don’t worry. I know whatever I ask of him, Darell will do with care and see to it that the little but important things–like locking up at the end of the day or putting down protective plywood before flipping tubs–are not forgotten.