Cade Beverage of Farwell can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. The electrician and father of three boys enjoys cooking for his family and hosting family gatherings. Beverage and his wife, Heather, escape to motorcycle rallies on their Harley-Davidson every chance they get.
Why did you become an electrician? I grew up on a ranch and I felt like I wanted to get into an occupation that would be a little more profitable; where I could get some holidays and weekends off. We actually get off at noon on Fridays, so I get a two and a half day weekend. It’s a pretty serious perk. It’s just a little more time to spend with the kids and enjoy the family.
Tell me about your family. Between the three boys we have a lot of activities going on. My wife gets kind of “boyed out” sometimes. She says “Too much testosterone,” and makes us all go do something on our own. With little boys there’s always some kind of bodily function being discussed and there’s always somebody around with some kind of wound that needs to be tended to. I swear there’s not a day that goes by I don’t walk through the living room or dining room and there’s not blood spots on the floor.
Your job is hazardous. Have you ever been in a serious work accident? Most of my accidents happen at home. I never get hurt on the job. I had the two little ones with me one day — I was building a shed — they were helping me hold 2-by-4s together. They couldn’t quite keep them where I needed them, so I put my hand on them to hold them in place and shot the nail through my pinkie and nailed it to my ring finger and I was stuck. The boys’ eyes got as big as saucers.
What are some of your goals? Our goal right now is to build a house. We bought a house that needed a ton of work. We remodeled it room by room. For about two and a half years we lived in a construction zone. There would be an air compressor in the middle of the kitchen or extension cords strung down the hallway. It’s done and it’s on the market. We’re going to buy a piece of land somewhere so we can have a shop and a big house for the kids to grow in.
Do you take family vacations? For spring break two years ago we took the boys to Disney World. We took the kids to the coast, ate oysters and went to Orlando, Fla. We stayed there for a week and toured Universal Studios. It was a good time. The Christmas before last we took them to Daytona Beach, Fla. and went deep sea fishing. When we went, it was record cold, 45 to 50 degrees. The kids refused to let the cold keep them out of the ocean. They were out there in their swim trunks with their boogie boards and they would be so purple and their teeth would chattering — then they’d run and get in the hot tub and get warmed back up — then go ride the waves some more.
Do you enjoy being a father? I love it. My kids drive me insane, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love hanging out with them. I usually get home first and start dinner while I’m waiting for my wife to get home. The boys will come in and sit at the dining room bar and tell me about their day. They’re pretty comical.
What’s the most important thing you think you can teach them? Just teach my kids how to work. I’ve had the boys working with me in the attic, under the house — wherever I am, that’s where they are. When my youngest was 3, all the other boys were gone, and I was trying to put up trim. At 3 years old he was holding pieces of trim in place while I nailed it down. When they grow up they’ll know how to work. My parents never hired help on the ranch. There was a time when we ran 36 sections of land and there was just the three of us. Once we brought in 3,000 head of cattle in about a 14-day period. We doctored more than 300 hundred head a day. I was about 12. I worked from before the sun came up till after the sun went down all summer long.
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CMI staff writer