Tuesday - Butch and Jamie added more ties to the quagmire on the north side of the shop in order to keep the telehandler above ground. Don had a date at the gate. No, really. All because he phoned, you know, one of those 1-800 numbers. So he spent a pleasant part of the morning with a cute blond gal - who left her mark all over the entryway to the Museum…In paint and in flags. Now we know the rest of the story - exactly where our telephone line is buried - right under the middle of the road. Ivan got the lifts checked out and all the parts and pieces ready for the big lift. Then he and Butch ran into town to get more hardware for the project as well as the eavestrough needed for the north roof. All was ready to start lifting the trusses into place. Except we forgot to check with Mother Nature who decided it was a good day to blow the cobwebs out of the site. After two valiant but vain attempts to put 20-foot sails into place, we conceded that the wind was just too strong to have any semblance of control of a truss 30 feet in the air. And Mother Nature kicked us again by ripping one of the tarps off the Comboose 306 so the rest of the afternoon was spent getting that back on and secured. Tomorrow will be a better day.
Wednesday - It was indeed a better day. Ted finally popped the cover on the cupcake cake held over from his belated birthday and did his best to promote a two for one deal on the cupcakes. He and Don completed the shut down of the water system and the wash car for the winter. Mother Nature was over her PMS and provided an excellent day for Butch, Ivan, Lukas, Phil and Jamie to spend a productive day installing trusses. Seventeen of the 26 trusses were completed. It was hugely rewarding to see some actual progress after so many days of virtually invisible preparation work. And a further benefit, Lukas got some hands on training and experience on the telehandler, which was almost as much fun as playing with trains!
Thursday - Another beautiful fall day for a roofing project. Don maintained the unending supply of coffee for the day and kept tabs on the project progress. Butch, Ivan and Jamie were the project short crew today but managed to complete the truss installation and get a start on the fascia and purlin installation.
Friday - The great weather continued for playing on the roof. Butch, aka Spiderman, and Ivan, aka Monkeyman, spent the day admiring the view from atop the roof as they installed the remaining fascia, eave blocks and purlins while Jamie, aka Sleepy, dozed away the day in the cozy cab of the zoom-boom. Don continued the quality control inspections on the project.
Saturday - a busy, busy day at the Museum. Herb and John B. had some quality computer time together, Jim got the wash car set up for use this winter, Don moved the dozer into position for the winter, Hans did some cleanup, archival and supervision work, Phil completed the crating of the NAR neon sign, Barry, Lukas, Kyle and Jamie did some more cleanup in the Dunvegan Shop in prep for moving the lifts into the south bay next week and cleaned up a lot of odds and ends as well as removed the garbage from the shop while Butch and Ivan continued the roof work and got the first two metal sheets installed. Unfortunately our track record crashed today with three incidents, all separate in case you wondered. A bent up man lift, a wrenched back and a twisted ankle made the day less than stellar. So tomorrow is a day off to recoup and regroup before we are back on Monday to give thanks that volunteers can still keep on working and earn the double time and a half pay.