Archive for September 25th, 2011
Yesterday, Joe, Caleb, Barron and I went to the Boomershoot site and installed Mecca, the new target production facility. A standard 40′ shipping container, I had vents, lights, non-slip flooring, and outlets installed.
The long day was made longer by the heat, sun, and the universe conspiring to stop us or destroy the project. Once Joe won his battle against the hydrocarbon gods (after three failures, he finally rolled a save and started the cat), Caleb and I had a flat, made worse by my ignoring the always-bogus tire pressure warning. Once we showed up, Mecca was placed, but there were problems: the 40′ container was 40′ long. Joe and Caleb had prepared the pad for what they thought was a 40′ container, but was in reality quite a bit shorter. Railroad ties hastily placed to enable offloading were not nice and didn’t have the slope Joe wants for drainage; Barron and I initially tried to use a Hi-Lift to enable replacing the ties, but ended up moving the end of the shipping container several feet downhill. This turned out to be a good thing; after lunch, Joe tried to drive the cat through the uphill side of the container, missing only by a few inches. Joe’s divine wind spirit was inspired by the desire to not go to the farm and get a ladder so that we could clip the pine limbs back from the turbine vent; for want of a nail, and all that.
Moving the door end of Mecca downhill had another benefit: the doors open flat against the sides of the walls, instead of being in the way. What work remains to be done is much easier: install air handling equipment, paint two sides of the exterior flat dark green, paint the roof white, install tables, solar panels, wifi gear, shelving, and the like. No more than two or three hours, at most.
Were I anywhere near this event when it went down, I’d run for cover and get the hell out of there; I’m rarely armed with something precise enough to engage someone with a rifle. We’re all fortunate he seems to have only wanted to engage cops, or there would be a lot more dead people in Issaquah.