Tuesday, January 27, 2009

the Airstream: an update

So last weekend Ed and I drove to Salem to pick up our Airstream. We drove up to Eugene, and stayed with some friends on Friday, and on Saturday morning on the way up to Salem we stopped by Corvallis. An old friend of mine's dad has a deli there and every few years I pop in to say "Hey, where is Ali?" As it happened she was living six blocks away and sprinted over to the deli for a quick hug, then we were off.
This was the first time I had seen the Airstream, the guy at the shop went over what they had fixed and what still needed to happen. It was overwhelming, to say the least. But then again I have been overwhelmingly overwhelmed for the past few months, that sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.
And then we drove back to the farm. Where there had been more gravel spread out over the pad where our little home now stands (We had gravel delivered). And we've had Dan the handyman come by to scope out the project. I was able to release A LOT of aggression taking a hammer to the interior. Well, mainly a screwdriver, and I pulled out all of the hideous vintage 1974 furnishings and decor. Tomorrow I'll take a picture of all of the junk I pulled out and all the the work we've done, and I'll post it for your viewing pleasure. And then we began tearing up the rotted floor. That was lots of fun.
So tonight our airstream stands, half clean, half torn up, with working lights, refrigator and furnace. That's a hella of a lot better than I was expecting. Dan the handyman said he'll have the thing in living condition by the end of the week, and I can't wait to sleep in there. It's actually really cute, or it will be when it's done.
Then also, we are going to build a "carport" over the Airstream, for protection (there is one leaking window that would be rather pricey to fix) and the carport will be used in our water-harvesting program.
Then there is a 16' x 16' slab that we are going to build a room over. This will be used as a office/studio (Ed plays guitar and harmonica).
Then add the fire pit and picnic table, and the little area will be sweet and cozy.

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