March 13-18, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #75
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
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Pictures: no pictures
The STORY: Lita's 50th. Birthday party and closings.
Weather: boringly beautiful and sometimes windy.
Units: 119, 120, 121:
Units 119 is completely finished and 121 is in the
final stages of cleaning and 120 not far behind. Both
121 and 120 will be finished next week and 121
furnished and occupied.
Landscaping: The new swimming pool gates are
installed and painted. They look nice. We continue to
focus on those areas of the garden that didn't take
and are installing some irrigation systems which will
help improve efficiency and the plants will benefit.
Electrical System Upgrade: some behind the scenes
progress but at our end, nothing new.
Transition: Paul continues to demonstrate his
experience and developing business integration systems
and records keeping. From my perspective, this is a
significant contribution and I can't be happier that
he's picking it up and dealing with it competently.
Lockers and Locker House: installing the steel rebars
and tying all the various structural elements together
takes time but is absolutely necessary to produce a
good finished product.
Marketing: The long term lease on 112 didn't pan out;
they had too much furniture and needed a larger
house. Too bad, as they looked like they would be
We closed on 117, 118, and 119 this week. We are
preparing to close on 121,122, and 123 this next week.
We have a person from Chicago interested in purchasing
a unit. He's trying to make up his mind which one he
We met with the owner of the land
we're interested in. Surprise, surprise, he's the
same owner of the land immediately to the east of us.
He had approached us 6+ mo. ago on the sale/purchase
of that property but while I was interested and while
his asking price was reasonable, it was too early and
just too much land-we couldn't afford it.
We expect to meet with him again this week and to
outline an offer to purchase. Since we have basically
agreed on the terms, this will be more of a
confirmation. We want to confirm the availability of
water and electricity prior to making that offer and
even though the offer would be conditional on
confirming that availability, we want preliminary
info. that it can subsequently be confirmed. In
speaking with the City Engineer, we could be in a
position to be moving dirt in about three months.
This would dovetail nicely with the completion of work
at Los Jardines.
We're beginning to talk about warehousing our building
materials, equipment, and tools. Warehousing will
take the form of a old trailer or a shipping
We had on site, a salt-of-the-earth Midwestern guy and
his Columbian wife staying on site. They were here
only a couple weeks and were absolutely great
neighbors. They participated in our parties, we went
out to dinners several times, he baked several
desserts which were simple but delicious. He and his
wife were interesting people; we'll miss both of
I developed and distributed invitations to Lita's
5hth. birthday party. Saturday I spent shopping and
cooking curried squash soup, roast beef, and pork.
Sunday I got worried that I hadn't cook enough so went
out for 4 chickens and another larger piece of pork.
I had asked the maestro de obra's (site
superintendent's) wife to cook black bean soup. We
had 7 loaves of oven fresh San Francisco sour dough
bread, 4 gallons of soup, a potent fruit punch, fresh
fruit-pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon
along with two fantastic deserts and coffee, Writing
Sunday night, I find nothing left. We had around
50-55 people, played games which humbled us all and
Lita recruited some guys to sing and dance the hula
hula. Lita got lots of wonderful gifts, lots of
perfumes, creams, purses, exotic flowers, an orchid,
etc. I think she had a really good party and had fun
and everyone else did as well. I think it is
something she will remember.
> From my part, I organized it well, the two girls I
hired to help prepared the food, serve, and cleane up
made a big difference as well as everyone chipping in
with the balloons, music, karaoke, and yes, I had
lots of help tasting the punch which was actually
really easy to make-guaro, rum, grapefruit juice,
apple juice, and orange juice. Add a few hibiscus
flowers to all and.
We have another friend from the marina arriving
tomorrow. Joe and Phil who arrived on Saturday will
leave again on Tuesday.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon