Friday, November 13, 2009

Everybody's working for the weekend.

When I was in art school, (if Sallie Mae calls for me, the last you heard was that I'm dead), I once did a photo project in which I re-enacted the time that my dad almost cut off his own leg with a skilsaw. During the class critique, my nemesis said, "It's great because you are obviously in a 'construction' costume. Because nobody would ever mistake you for a construction worker." DAMNATION!!! Apparently my good looks and charming nature have outshone my blue-collar roots.

Well, regardless, those winter winds are blowing and if I want to avoid another snow-induced moped shed collapse, I must rebuild it; stronger, larger, and better in every way.

I mentioned in a previous post the UMMU, the unemployed moped mechanics union. Well, again my brother in the union offered to help me with this project and we have been working really hard.

Here is what the old shed looked like:

And here we are on day one of "project shed".

Phil decided to dress as if he were sneaking into a janitors office.

At the end of day one we had accomplished a lot. We had deconstructed the old shed, leveled and set a new floor in, rebuilt much of the rafters, and painted the wall panels.

Today, day two, we continued in earnest. We framed up and installed all the walls:

...and we installed the rafters.

At the end of the day I really had to force myself to stop. We are so close to being done but if I continued I would have burnt myself out. Soon though, my moped shed will be done, beautiful and keep little mopeds away from the rust devil.

In the next couple of weeks, Rosanna and I will be leaving for Palm Springs to work at PSIFF. I just got word from a little bird that there might be a moped trip in Joshua Tree. I'm so excited!


  1. Who's that handy guy in the janitor's outfit?
    -Responsible Jane

  2. wow, that is looking really good. definitely a step up from what I saw when i went over to "check on things" last winter while you were in PS. I mean, I could happily live in that well built structure.

  3. I wanted to test its structural load bering capability, so I did 15 pull ups on each rafter, and they all held.

  4. Wow, I should commission yous guys to help me rebuild my moped roof. It started falling apart about 8 months ago and I've been too lazy to do anything about it.