Warm, fall greetings to you all, myFaithful Farmers!
There is no doubt every construction project comes with its challenges. This project is a huge one so, on the basis of proportions, this one would inherently have greater challenges. Given I’ve been around a construction zone a few times, I can deal with that. However, we haven’t even gotten out of the starting block. There has been no green flag, there has been no exuberant wonderment of when we’ll finish the race, hell there hasn’t even been an anticipatory bead of sweat by way of adrenaline rush. NO! We’ve just limped our way to the city building department a few times, didn’t pass go, and they’ve collected all the dough! We’ve hit a few speed bumps, slammed into a few walls, and it appeared we were finally being forced off the road when a weather advisory of Oct. 1 came into view. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in our REAR view mirror. It was dead ahead and no amount of maneuvers by the person at the wheel could get us around it . . . so, being stressed out, I headed to my diary
Oh, but wait, at the last second a sign that read DETOUR appeared and it seemed the collision that would most certainly have ended in death to our project for this year due to time and weather seemed to all of a sudden have a slight pulse. The deadline for grading on slopes over 10% grade was moved to November 1. However, just because they could, a new discretionary 10 day tree review period was enacted shrinking the grading window, making it narrowly possible to meet the new deadline. If grading is achieved on slopes over 10% and fire department requirements are satisfied, the weather deadline will have been reached, and we SHOULD receive our other permits. I really hesitate to say this, after what we've been through, but we’ll be free to begin. Weather will certainly be an issue moving forward, so it’s not likely any actual construction will be achieved until Spring 2018, but we’ll see.
I forgot to mention, there is another teeny tiny issue. Costs are projected to be way over budget, like DOUBLE! Needless to say, I’ll need to get very creative over the next few months and figure that one out.
And that, my Faithful Farmers, is where we are. There have been a lot more twists and turns I haven't shared because I don't want to bore you; however, I think you have a good idea of what we've been dealing with. During this horrendous process, I’ve had visions of doing all sorts of things: everything from drinking myself to oblivion, to throwing in the towel and selling the whole thing. During one such moment, I decided to go visit Mrs. Colonial and have a chat on her porch. I did most of the talking, and she, the listening. Together, we decided I was the only one who had the desire to make her beautiful again, and I couldn’t dare leave her now. She has waited so many years for her makeover, so a few more months won't kill her. She’ll continue to stand proud through rain and wind and all that winter will blow her direction; and I’ll stay strong and find a way to bring her all the construction glory she deserves.
If you just read the above, that means you have stuck with me, and for that my Farmers, I am truly grateful!
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