February 10th, 2006 – by: bede17
I can't believe it's Friday already.... crazy! I'm afraid I don't have much to write about on the work front... I've done the same thing each day for the past week- sanding. At first it was frustrating because it didn't seem like I was doing anything productive... you sand your heart out only to have another layer of fairing compound added the next day, which you get to sand again... repeat that a couple times. But a week into it I can finally see some progress and a method behind the madness. It's actually quite fun once you get into it, and I'm sooo bummed my ipod isn't working right now or I would be even happier to sit on deck sanding for 7 hours each day. And yes Mom, I am wearing eye protection, ear plugs, and now a respirator which has made such a big difference.
port side salon
The Thai workers refuse to wear them so the boss is hoping that we will make them "cool" by wearing them in the yard. I don't think they're going to have much luck with that, but if it helps.... the visible progress on the boat is really cool to watch, and I have a little routine now. Every morning before work starts just after 8 I go down below and look around the boat and try to pick out all the new things. I don't go in again in the day at all, but wait for the next morning to be surprised. The cabins are almost done I think, at least cosmetically. The wiring is being put in now but the bunks are pretty much in place and the cabinets and wall planks are going in. I've already picked out my ideal bunk hehe.
mmm raw meat
More things are happening on deck too, like the benches that are going in next to the forward scuttle (??). It's hard to explain without a picture, so I'll take one tomorrow or next week when they are done. On Tuesday I spent the morning getting Boomer's computer back from Hewlett Packard, which was a bit of an adventure. But this time I knew the deal because I had dropped it off last week. I've never seen the skytrain as packed as it was on that morning. Normally there are packs of people that cram into the train so you barely have elbow room, but that morning some people didn't even make it inside the door! I don't know if I can convey the significance of that... these people are determined to fit if it's the last thing they do, so imagine it being that full! I only had a few stops to go so it wasn't that bad, getting out of the middle of the train at my stop was a bit tricky though.
cook your own meal
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights I had dinner out with a few of the guys on Thong Lor street, which is the main street that intersects our block and turns out to have some of the best dining around. Each night we walked a couple blocks until we found a new restaurant that looked like fun. All four were Japanese mainly, and I had noodles of some variety at all of them and they were soooo good. At one of them we had a private room with little BBQ pit things in the table and the guys cooked their meal in front of them. We never could really figure out what we had ordered each time, but they all turned out to be really good. I think the only other thing that stands out from this week was Tuesday night (??) when we watched America's Funniest Home Videos on DVD.
Winston and Eliot "cooking"
I had the DVD on my Christmas list and one day it came in the mail, but with no note attached as to who sent it! So if it was any of you, thank you!!!! I LOVE it!!!! I mean I love that show normally, but for some reason everybody was in a really good mood when we watched it and we all laughed hysterically for an hour, it was so ridiculous I can't even describe. I had tears pouring down my face most of the time, which I know isn't that unusual for me, but I haven't laughed that hard in years. The worst part was that when I went to bed I couldn't fall asleep because I kept remembering the clips and cracking up. At one point right before I went to bed I remembered something particularly funny and started laughing so hard that Eliot came from the other room to ask me if I was ok because he thought I had fallen and was crying or something.
dogs sleeping under a truck at the yard
So I guess this is one of those "you had to be there" stories, but man was it a funny night! Right now "The Royal Tenenbaum's" is on in the background and people are slowly trickling off to bed. We're sooo tired today, but psyched to wake up at 6:30 tomorrow! And no, I'm not being sarcastic, it's seriously sleeping in compared to 6 am. As for tomorrow- more sanding!