Thursday, December 24, 2009

We're home!

The workers were back today at 8 a.m. and worked quickly to attach all the facia, gutters, and downspouts. They worked nonstop to get finished. Mario was back with his three little boys and they again worked tirelessly, one painting welds and two moving tools and fetching screws, etc., for the workers. I asked Mario if he paid his little boys. He just grinned and said yes, but I asked him if I could give them something for helping. He said yes and just before they all finished and left, I asked the boys to come over. I told them I appreciated them coming to help their dad on our building, especially because it was their Christmas vacation. I was impressed with how hard they all worked and then gave them each $20 for their help and to make their Christmas extra special. They all thanked me and wished me a Merry Christmas. It was so nice to see young boys neatly dressed, working without whining and staying busy all day, never complaining about the work or wanting to go home. I hope the work ethic Mario has instilled continues with them as they mature.

The last thing they did was to make two "X" shaped cable tension braces. They work to steady the structure. We had a lot of neighbors suggesting they thought it was moving a little too much. We had 35 mph winds and two workmen on top walking around. Well, duh. By the time they were down and the braces in place, very little movement was discernible.

I had a Canadian visitor from Pleasant Valley who I wanted to tell to leave this morning. It's not unusual to be the talk of the park when you put something like this up. But today Mario and his men were stringing the cable tensioners. It's not anything you should be standing underneath. And this man seemed detemined to talk to one of the workman, a man who does not speak English. He was attempting to talk and when the man didn't answer, he continued following him and touching his arm, etc. Normally one of the little boys would have come to the Mexican's rescue, but none was available, so I walked over and explained that Angel didn't speak English and asked if there was something I could help him with. He rudely said, "Why? I'm not holding up progress or anything, am I?" I was quite taken aback by this nasty demeanor especially because I was not confrontational. I thought I might suggest he step back as well because no one should be standing under the cable tensioners. I told him no he was not, but that Angel would not respond because he doesn't speak English. The man then asked if the building was mine and I said yes. He then asked me if I was rich. I just looked at him. He said I didn't have to tell him but that he was Canadian and if he had put up such a building, he would be rich. Then he launched into something about the Canadians in the space program. . . . It kind of went like that until he said he had to get back. He seemed to have some problems, mental and physical. . . some sort of tremors. From the way he digressed, I'm not sure what his problem was, but I am glad he chose to leave when he did. I was about ready to ask him to leave.

While Mario was working on the cable tensioners, he was using a woven wire to place around the cable end. This woven wire would grab the wire and when tension was applied, it holds the cable end firmly in place. Terry had never seen this and it is very neat looking. The finished building is quite impressive, we think, and very neat underneath and outside. We are very pleased. The workers finished at 2 p.m. and we were back "home" by 4 p.m.

I had made lasagne this morning, so Mom baked it at her house and when we took a break from setting everything back up, we had supper with Mom and Dad. A perfect end to a perfect day.

Till next time. . .

Dale

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is a very impressive building. Not sure what I expected, but it is BIG:) Will be anxious to see the next installment too. Glad you are back home and warm:) Have a Merry Christmas and a good New Year!

JanC

Janice said...

I agree with Jan - impressive and BIG! What do the neighbors think? What else are you doing with it? Inquiring minds want to know. Happy New Year!!!

Dale said...
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Dale said...

There are other canopies in the park, another one on our street. A lot of people put them over their park models because it saves on A/C. The sun down here is brutal and when it gets to be 117 degrees here in the summer, it is murder on your roof. The neighbors only get concerned if it looks too flimsy, but ours is a commercial structure and it ain't moving.

Dale

Dale said...

Well, on the opposite side from the motorhome we will be building a Texas room that will start at the back of the pad and come forward about 20 feet. It will be about 12 x 20. Then there will be a golf cart garage on the back with a small workshop for Terry. We may set some sun screens on the side opposite the motorhome. We will be here every winter since it is the best winter weather we have found and will give us protection from the Texas sun.

The only problem we are finding now is the noise. Who woulda' thunk? The A/C units exhaust straight up and it sounds like a freight train outside. We are experimenting with sound deadeners. Something has to be done. It's annoying to us and we have one close neighbor on the motorhome side.

Dale