holy crap, what a long day

For a Saturday, I have really been on the go.  Got up at 6 and left just before 7 for a 50-mile bike ride, 2 hours 46 minutes to Pleasanton and back.  Ate a high-protein 2nd breakfast and had no time to rest before heading over to Northgate to help Erik with his Eagle project.  He’s building a pergola for a garden by the back of the school.  So far I have not had to do much of anything except pay for the materials (about $1,000 so far), but today was my turn to really contribute.  There is a dumb rule that boy scouts — even older ones working on Eagle projects — are not supposed to use power tools like electric saws; I have a circular saw, so I am to be the one to cut lumber to size and make notches in the beams.  One would think it would be good to teach scouts how to safely operate power tools, but that would make too much sense, I guess…

Anyway, I spent about 5 hours helping Erik.  He did all the work to make pencil marks on the lumber where cuts and notches were needed; then we transported the lumber back to my garage, where I used the circular saw and a hand-held jigsaw while he helped by holding the boards steady.  We only got about half of the crossbeams done, so there is more work to do tomorrow.  Plus, some of the notches were just a bit off, so I need to spend more time widening them.

After that I rushed off for a visit to a Hospice patient, who is a very nice 97-year-old gentleman who was dentist, including an Army dentist during WWII.  We had a very nice visit reading and discussing news and current events.

On the way home from that, I fought the parking lot and crowd at Whole Foods.

Whew!  I could use some rest.  Sunday I will probably do 3 more hours of work with Erik but also try to sit around and relax.  I have Game of Thrones — on the 2nd book about about the 7th hour of Season 1 on blu-ray, yippee!



About goldenbearflyer

Robert Martz is a writer who doesn't make any money writing, so he keeps a day job in finance. He lives and works in Walnut Creek, CA. He began blogging in 2011 as a way of taking responsibility for and finding a place to put his thoughts and feelings. He loves to eat, cook, and travel. He volunteers, practices yoga, runs, bicycles, hikes, and explores nature with passion and a child-like sense of wonder. He is inspired by his amazing friends, doers and other writers. Check out another of his blogs at http://goldenbearflyer.webnode.com/.
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