Sunday, August 09, 2009

Looming Deadline


It's Day 7 and in just under 2 hours, we are supposed to wrap up construction and landscaping and turn the keys over to the producers of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Will we make it? Too close to call at this point.

The head electrician is missing 4 critical light fixtures, the landscaper is dealing with a literal sea of mud, the interior of the house is like a hornet's nest after the stick went through it. Craziness.

The first thing I did upon arriving is to get the Prius stuck in the mud trying to park. Luckily, one of the crew was leaving in his four-wheel drive pickup truck and he had a tow rope. He towed me out and to high ground. I thought maybe things had dried out a bit since yesterday. Silly me. It's worse. Volunteers are spreading bales of straw all over in an attempt to mitigate the foot deep mud.

The view above is of my work station in the Builders Commonwealth construction trailer. I'll post more photos when I can legally do so. It appears that this shoot will be the two-hour season premier for the show which is pretty cool.

Tomorrow is the "Move that bus" segment and I will have to leave directly from the site and hit the road to Rochester and the Mayo clinic. I put my original appointment off so I could work on this show. I will start the day off with an insanely early CT scan and then kill several hours while waiting for my next appointment. Hopefully, I will finish up early enough to make it all the way back to Duluth. Then I plan to collapse for several days.

This past 10 days has been so intense that I have not been able to even get to the mail. It sits in a growing pile on my desk. I gave my Blues Fest pass over to other family members to use and have not heard a note played. This afternoon there is a family reception for a couple of newlyweds that I will most likely miss as well. I apologize for all of my transgressions. What can I say? I am a Hollywood slut. Get me on that camera!!!!

All of this stuff has taken a bit of a toll on me as well. I have about a half liter of fluid in each knee for reasons that are not clear to me. I walk like I have a stick up my butt and I can't bend either knee more than about 30 degrees. My cough is still present which is something that makes me nervous. I don't want to have to stop taking this experimental chemo drug. We'll see what the scan shows on Tuesday.

Well, I had better get back to "work" and see if I can help them make the deadline. Tune in to see if we do it.

6 Comments:

Blogger Kristie said...

I admire your dedication to this project and helping others despite everything else you've got going on. I hope you've scheduled some good rest once you get home from the Mayo, and that all the news is good.

You're a good man, Charlie Brown.

3:36 PM, August 09, 2009  
Blogger lime said...

egads! the grueling hours and miserable weather have to be taking their toll on everyone. here's hoping a few days of collapsing and your knees and lungs stop their revolt.

3:37 PM, August 09, 2009  
Blogger Phaedrous said...

Well - it's a bit like Woodstock. There is mud and confusion and communal spirit. The major thing missing is some really great and unique music, but I guess you can't have it all.

The sense of community has been absolutely wonderful. That is not something to pass up on the path we walk.

P.

12:15 AM, August 10, 2009  
Blogger Phaedrous said...

Well - it's a bit like Woodstock. There is mud and confusion and communal spirit. The major thing missing is some really great and unique music, but I guess you can't have it all.

The sense of community has been absolutely wonderful. That is not something to pass up on the path we walk.

P.

12:16 AM, August 10, 2009  
Blogger Phaedrous said...

Well - it's a bit like Woodstock. There is mud and confusion and communal spirit. The major thing missing is some really great and unique music, but I guess you can't have it all.

The sense of community has been absolutely wonderful. That is not something to pass up on the path we walk.

P.

12:16 AM, August 10, 2009  
Blogger Phaedrous said...

Well - it's a bit like Woodstock. There is mud and confusion and communal spirit. The major thing missing is some really great and unique music, but I guess you can't have it all.

The sense of community has been absolutely wonderful. That is not something to pass up on the path we walk.

P.

12:16 AM, August 10, 2009  

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