August 21-27, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #46
Contact phone numbers
New York 315-279-6711 // Toronto 416-907-5758
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: our land line in CR has changed;
we are now integrated into the compound network.
Pictures: 114-116 advances; 106, 117-120, and
Permit: We have it!!!!! We finally got it on Thursday
but Wow —what a process and over 8 mo...
New Construction: We're gearing up the workforce and currently have
about 50 people.
114, 115, and 116: The white finish coat is on the
walls and sanded and the lighting valences are
nearly finished in two units. The interior and
exterior window moldings are also finished. The clay
tile for the upper of three roof structures is on site
and is being installed beginning Sunday. The kitchen
cabinets and bathroom vanities are being made as
well as the closet cabinets. The window contract has
been let. Prime coat of paint will be applied on two
units this next week and possibly on 115 towards the
end of the week. Following that, will be the ceramic
floor installation. The cana brava is being installed
on the front terraces.
Unit 106: Virtually all the blocks are laid for the
ground floor. Structural columns and the collar tie
are yet to be finished. Electrical rough in on the
ground floor is nearly finished.
Unit 107: This unit is now finished, cleaned, and
Units 121, 122, and 123: We laid out these units as
per the site plan drawing. Reality was very different
than plans. They simply didn't work. We reviewed our
options and came up with a very good solution. We are
now working with the would-be purchasers of 122. They
had made some decisions based on the planned
orientation; now that it's changed slightly, we have
to review those decisions. We have torn down the
original building and have started the excavation of
the 123 and 121 sites. We have to move a warehouse
before we are clear to excavate for 122 but before
that, we have to have a dry place to store our wares.
That will take a week to have the roof on 120.
Units 117-120: We have restarted work on these four
units. The terrace roof is being framed. Framing for
the upper roof has started as well. Welders are
working Sat. afternoon and Sunday to advance us such
that we can work during the rains we've been having in
Marketing: We closed on Unit 111 and received a
commitment on 122. Progress payments on other units
are occurring as per plan.
Telemarketing campaign: I'm told they couldn't work
their way through the UNIX system problems so have
reverted back to the Windows platform.
Next Project: We decided to pass on making an offer
on the 35,000 acres we loved so much. It could have
swallowed us instead of us swallowing it. The owner
came back to us with the possibility of dividing the
lot into a chunk we could handle. Unfortunately, my
partner had some personal issues to deal with (illness
and an inflamed tooth) before he returned to Canada
so we really didn't get a chance to discuss it much.
However, I've since walked the land again and reviewed
what might work. I'll be doing a pro forma on it this
Weather: It's rained nearly every day usually in the
late afternoons and evenings. Most of the time, very
hard...We're gearing up for September and October —thus the importance of getting the roof on 117-20.
Boat: The "Lita-B" passed the survey and the sea
trials. I'm moving the remainder of our personal
belongings off. I expect the deal to close later next
week. I'm reminded two best days of owning a boat are
the day you buy it and the day you sell it. It's been
fun, great in fact, but now it's time to move on.
The parrot: We've been having a problem with the
ballast on a florscent light in our kitchen. We had
one of the electrical tradesmen in to work on it. I
was out doing things and left Lita to look after
things. Canuk, the German Sheppard guard dog was on
the terrace. She went off to her gym class but before
doing so, she assured him that Canuk wouldn't hurt
him and she cautioned the tradesman NOT to talk to
the parrot, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. She was very
specific about it. (Lita has been trying to teach him
a few new words and didn't what the moron in her
confused.) As Lita had said, Canuk was fine but the
parrot, drove him nuts the whole time with his
incessant yelling, cursing and name calling. Finally the
repairman couldn't contain
himself any longer and yelled, "Shut up, you stupid,
ugly, mean, nasty bird!"
To which the parrot replied, "Get him, Canuk!"
(That's a paraphrased joke! The parrot's not that
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon