had so obviously been a great inspiration to Davey, who watched with amazement
as the great man dusted off significant projects with the greatest of ease.
But that sinking feeling – and of course the bubble-popping realizations uttered by Kowalski – pointed to a not-so-bright future as a welder for the vast majority of us.
Even with a burning desire – pun intended – could the average Joe last 40 years in the trade like Berardo had?
And still, arc welding's ultimate dark side beckoned through the facade: Berardo's eyes appeared like footballs, enlarged behind what seemed like quarter-inch thick glasses.