Our ship runs a-groined. Sept 10, 07.

Man down!!! Man down!!! Fearless pack-leader has pulled a muscle in his groin. And before you go thinking he has a much more exciting night-life than you ever imagined the mid-west could offer... he did it 'on the job' sometime in the last day or two. After holding his nose and forcing a pill down his gullet (it's easier to get Po to take her pills) he finally relented to take Ibuprofin (I know... I would have been asking for horse tranquilizers... but different strokes, right?) and hopefully he's starting to heal. He kept working yesterday to take full advantage of Bob being around, but they kept their tasks to lighter-fare, and today he's taking it easy. We did make a trip to deliver the 'pie-b' however. Rich took in the pie with a thank-you card, and apparently the receptionist or whatever at the Y was very happy to see the pie (and where better to be thrilled to see a pie, than at a health club?) and promised to make sure that the guy got THE CARD. Rich warned her that the card actually made reference TO the pie... so hopefully she'll be able to restrain herself. :) I'm sure he'll share. Yesterday was not really a thrill a minute... the Scraper Girls (like the Laker Girls but with even better legs) continued to peel their way along the wall - and actually made great progress. It's now turning into a bizarre process of scraping, heat-gunning and using the rotary sander - but why should THIS stripping be any different than the usual hell involved in the process? You can see why it's a necessary task however, from this picture... this was the 'test' area that we did for one of the paint treatments... and when painted on top of the UN-stripped walls... it peeled off like so:

AFTER A SUMMER OF GOLFING, JANICE SHOWS OFF HER HEALTHY BRONZE SKIN. gold-lame.JPG

Sadly, it didn't all come off that easy... and Aunt Cheryl kept at that thing like prisoner trying to tunnel out of Sing Sing with a plastic fork.

MAKING THE LOBBY MORE A-PEELING peeled-mess.JPG

Rich and Bob decided to tackle the side door in the lobby which leads to the alley. It had been nigh-on impossible to open and close, and it wasn't at all easy to fasten, which could be a long-term security issue. It also would be nice to have it open to help circulation as we begin working more lengthy hours in foyer.

To begin with, Rich started to plain down the areas of the door that needed to be trimmed down in order to facilitate a better fit.

BOB WATCHES RICH GO PLAIN CRAZY bob-and-rich.JPG

RICH DEVELOPS A NEW-FOUND ADMIRATION FOR BEAVERS plane-rich.JPG

Ok Rich will probably totally censor that... but beavers chip wood, right? Right?? Totally innocent comment. Yeesh.

And then the boys got to work on improving the security of the door:

THE POLISH SECURITY SYSTEM door-hole.JPG

Um.... well - that was the theory. But the hardware got jammed inside the door and they had no choice but to remove the whole lock in this highly scientific surgical process. BUT - they then installed a metal plate wrapped around the door and it looks dandy. Although it looks pretty good to me, they also have some loftier 'facing with tin' plans for the dor's future... so we'll all keep our fridge magnets poised in eager anticipation of that :) Why not just replace the door you say? Well - even though you CAN go into Lowes and buy any number of doors... they aren't this BIG. All our doors are very big - and they have to be custom made to replace them... and that's really pricey. For the front doors, it was worth it. But the alley don't need the wow factor. The only people who go down there are a) po to pee b) drunks to pee (so not kidding), c) Sucky McAsshole to take pictures. And we ain't doin' him any favors. Grrrrr. Grudge holding, party of one...

So that was pretty much yesterday... Cheryl apparently is a glutton for punishment, cuz rumor is the fam will be making a return visit. Hopefully be then the bathroom will back on schedule. Pleeeeeaasssseeeee. No word yet on the bank finalizing the deal to close... they're draggin' their heels really, cuz they arleady said they'd be ok with the plumbing costs. Honestly - as long as the deal doesn't fall through - the longer it takes the better... there's only so much stripping I can handle in one week :)

Everyone send positive healing thoughts to Rich's groin. Hey - not THAT positive, you pervs.

xo JO JO.