As I sit listening to the Elf soundtrack, I can’t help but think about all of the eggnog I’ll be drinking, all of the gingerbread cookies I’ll be eating, all of the times I’ll be watching A Christmas Story, and all of the work I won’t be doing after our project in Corinne Jones Park is complete. As has been said before, we continue to make monumental progress day by day in the park, and the end is definitely in sight.
Utilizing the divide and conquer method, we took butt and kicked some names today. Nick drove up to Columbia with a bed tied down to his bed, and returned with a truck full of bright shiny steel. Joseph, Richard, and myself were put in charge of re-straightening the formwork for the remaining pads to prevent any pour mishaps, Keith began cleaning the blocks to begin sealing them, Sara worked with David to determine the best method for some signage to be applied to our structure, and then returned to help Lindsay, Julie, Alex, and Tyler finish sealing the remaining trusses (and boy, do they look FRESH).
Right around 10:30 the concrete truck arrived, and everyone had surprisingly already finished what they were doing to help frantically shovel, float, trowel, and brush the pavers. Luckily we didn’t even have anybody take a spill as we teetered between the pavers trying to get the perfect finish. Compared to the previous pours we’ve done, I would say this one went exceptionally well and fast. We didn’t have to battle the setting sun, or rain, or even those dang “no-see-ums” (also known as sand gnats), and we finished within our designated time frame. I’d say we finished our last pour just like experts, right?
Overall, I would say today was an extremely productive day, even though we only worked from 8 to 2, an unusually short day for us at Studio V. Now, the only thing standing between us and the finish line are a few louvers and bench slats, a little pile of tumbled glass, and a couple pieces of edging. Bring it.
Hasta la vista, baby.
PS – for clarification, a few louvers convert to roughly 157, and a little pile rounds down to around 2 tons.