30 December, 2009

All In A Day's Work

Today was the first day back at the bulkhead project. The guys filled about a hundred bags or so and just barely had time to position them in the canal before the heavens opened up and brought work for the day to a halt.
More Bags In Place
You can see they're making their way well into the boat-slip area. Probably a bit slower now, as the water gets considerably deeper in the area compared to the canal. The canal being about 5 to 6 feet deep and the boat-slip area roughly about 10 to 12 feet deep. Why that is I have no idea. But, it definitely is harder for the guys - at least with the initial positioning of the bags.

Even with the rain and all, there was a significant amount of progress today. Work started late as they had to retrieve the 'machine' as they call the mixer, so nothing really started till about 10:00 AM or so.
Another View of the Progress
Tomorrow should see even more of the bulkhead in place. I'm very happy with the progress so far. We even talked about the possibility of putting a parged face on the wall as the last finishing touch. I have yet to talk to John (the Contractor) about that, but we'll see how it goes.

The other thing that I almost forgot to mention. Doug came over to help supervise the bulkhead project, only he also brought over a short case of Red Stripe from Jamaica. Purchased legally from the Family Supermarket downtown.

Dan had come over shortly thereafter, so the four of us all polished off the Red Stripes Doug had brought. Of course, we weren't much use after that. It was just as well that with the rain, the workers had finished and left for the day. The doggies were a little upset that I had left them on the leash after the workers had departed. Bigger bones tonight with undoubtedly make up for that lapse.

Man, not that Red Stripe is a great beer, or that Belikin is a bad beer... just that we have a bit of variety now. What a treat. Thanks Doug. That was really nice.

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