Day two of framing is complete and all walls and the roof have been constructed. The office doors were delivered around noon and installed at the end of the day.
After weeks of slow progress, this week is seeing a lot of action. Framing started today and the walls are now up. Ahu and I were quite surprised at the full height of the buildings. It's one thing to see a blueprint or a mockup render but seeing it in person is entirely different.
Today all concrete for the foundation was poured. All of the concrete tiers are, essentially, one large, monolithic pour. The concrete truck parked in the street and the crew brought in a very long hose to the site. One of the contractors had a remote control which turned concrete delivery on and off - very convenient.
All of the groundwork is complete and forms for the poured concrete foundation are now in place.
Connecting a new patio to an older patio is always a challenge. There is a bit of height differential between the existing pool deck and the breezeway between the offices. A step was necessary but deciding what shape the step would take, where it would go, and so on was a lengthy debate.
The house we live in was built in 1974. There are many traces of residents past; many years of other families living life and seeing their own visions become reality.
This sturdy old shed was well-used. We found a phone line, cable, and a solid work bench inside. Unfortunately, it had to be removed to make space for our new offices
Moving to Westlake, Texas has been great. We love everything about living here. However, we have been missing our old home office quite a bit. In Illinois we had a fantastic home office in the basement. It was large, warmly decorated and furnished, had bright but dimmable lighting in addition to lots of natural light, and there were a bunch of gigabit Ethernet ports. As fast as wireless networks are now, nothing beats a hardwired connection to move large video files from your workstation to your NAS. Having a dedicated office space also helps keep work separate from family life. Our kids generally stayed upstairs so there were few interruptions even when they were home from school.
Tough Mudder has revised a number of their standard obstacles and has introduced new ones which are very challenging and somewhat more difficult to train for. There is a greater emphasis on teamwork now as many of these new obstacles are simply not achievable without working together.
I don’t buy many paper books these days. However, for some really great ones, I do. And I get those in hardcover if I can. So today there is one that I want. Just came out today, too. I went on Amazon and it is available there for $10 off the hardcover price at Barnes & Noble. WHOA!
I lived in Illinois for 41 years. Moving from Illinois to Texas was one of the hardest things I’ve done. But it was the right decision. I’ve now been living in Texas for almost 5 months. We caught the end of the hot summer and are now in the mild winter. I thought I’d write a bit to share our impressions of life in Dallas.
I turned 40 last fall and it has now been 18 years since I last competed in bodybuilding. Through friendships I made at that time with the amazing UFE fitness competitor Melissa Hooper Francis and her husband Bryan Francis, I’ve been invited to be a judge at the UFE Furyevent in Chicago in 2012 and 2013. Naturally you would expect judges of such an event to have a fair amount of experience in the sport and, for those who don’t know me, it’s not immediately clear that I would have such experience. So, for the benefit of anyone who might be interested, I’ve decided to tell the story of my life as a competitive bodybuilder.