Eliot and Jay hard at work
The past 2 days have been fairly busy. Yesterday was pretty discouraging though because due to the language barrier we had to completely redo all the drilling and tapping of the approx. 60 conduit pieces. We had almost finished them that morning when we discovered the problem, so we redrilled and retapped all 120 holes (2 on each). That took up allllllll day. But finally we finished and it was nice to come in this morning and know that I don't have to do that again for a while! For anyone that doesn't know, tapping is basically creating the grooves that a screw screws into. It's a fairly slow and tedious process, as you have to perfectly line up the tap and be very careful to keep it steady while you turn it.
the toilet.... don't ask
So today we started putting the pieces on the mast, a process made about five times longer than necessary by the well- meaning but distracting Thai workers, who would come over to talk to us every time we got ready to drill. But we figured it out by the end of the day and got a bunch done, so tomorrow we will hopefully finish the process on the last couple pieces of the mast. I also spent an hour sanding some more on deck, which oddly enough felt like the most productive part of my day. We're still at the point where not all 6 of us are able to actively participate in each process, so a couple people end up watching and waiting for a spot to jump in. I'm sure this will change next week, and of especially of course during the rigging process coming up.
The progress on the boat this morning was really encouraging. I only went on once, just before lunch I think, but they had the walls of two of the cabins up in the forward area and it's starting to look like a real living area. We just need bunks now! Our work day is only from 8-4, but we spend an hour each way commuting which can eat up a lot of time. I spent my morning commute curled up in the corner of the cab in my sweatshirt (the AC was freezing!!) with my ipod on, it was really nice. If we leave any later than 4 we get stuck in 2 hours of traffic, so we make sure we get out in time to make it home at a reasonable hour. After showering and a few drinks for the boys we usually all head out to dinner somewhere.
post lunch lounging
Last night we ate at the most random "Mexican" place ever. It was a teeny hole in the wall place set back from the main road, and only about 8 items on the menu were Mexican. The waitress gave 2 of our 7 people menus, gave them 30 seconds to order, and then started to walk away! So finally when we managed to get her to come back we all ordered our dinner by number, and hoped the right thing would show up. I got a grilled cheese and french fries, which I figured was a pretty safe bet. It was, so that worked out, but some of the guys weren't as lucky. I'm hoping to go somewhere local for dinner (I'm being spoiled by dollar meals) and maybe get some noodles, I haven't had those in a while.