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24 November 2009 – All It Takes To Get Tanked

We finished the floor about a week ago, and are getting ready to start the polishing. We’ll use Lord wax mixed with kerosene, and a rag, and go at it for some days straight. But for now, here’s the end of our getting here story.


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The shovels and pick axes didn’t spend the week getting rusty.


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Got a couple other things to tell you, but it’s late.


Happy Thanksgiving if we don’t talk before Thursday,




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    Peggy says

    David — Previously I have used some of your situations as examples to show that Math is needed in everyday life. (As if your life is “everyday”!) And now every Physics teacher can use today’s story to show why their science lessons have relevance.

    The floor is looking so great, and the work of the men is incredible.

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    Karen & Rod says

    Hello Brother David –

    It’s true and amazing work you folks have accomplished. We miss you and hope you too have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Looking forwrd to Christmas in Stockton!

    Our Love, Rod & Karen

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    Pat says

    An English Prof turned “construction wizard”! Your metamorphis is paralled by the magnificent work you’ve accomplished halfway around the world in Kenya! I trust your Thanksgiving will be filled with peace!! Enjoy the day with your family of close friends in Kenya and rest before the final leg [3 weeks] of this trip’s work! Everyone is looking forward to your safe return! Happy Thanksgiving my dear Friend! Have a blessed day! Patric

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    david says

    Hi Peggy,

    I was just thinking yesterday how I would be lost without math in my current situation, and I was marveling at how easily it comes too me in need. I have remembered (simple) formulae, and such stuff that must have been tucked away in some unassailable pocket of my generally very assailable noggin. It’s like busting out and speaking Latin, which I also studied, when unexpectedly bumping into Cicero at Nakumat.

    I’ll send you the next installment soon.



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    david says

    Hi Pat,

    Brit and I are off to Joel and Mary Ann’s for Thanksgiving dinner. They both send their love as do Trevor and Jane. It’s just another Thursday here, so work will carry on as usual.

    I’ve never thought of myself as a construction lizard…oh, wizard…even less so, but we’re hangin’ in there, in large part thanks to your construction flow chart, the “magnificent CFC!”

    Love to all,


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    Michael Carlbom says

    David ! Can’t wait for you to get back to the States. The back part of my house is sinking fast. Need foundation work. All kidding aside , work well done as usual. Have a nice Thanksgiving and hope to see you when you get back.

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    david says

    Hi Rod and Karen,

    I hope I’m not missing out on one of your famous smoked turkeys today. I am, in any case, missing both of you. I hope you and Bob and Patti and Joe are convening the southern contingent today around the table. Christmas in Stockton sounds very very good. I can’t wait.

    Love to you both,


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    david says

    Hold on Michael! I’ve got our crack foundation anti-sinking team on the way, picks and shovels in hand. We’ll be there before you know it, shoring up your sagging thoughts.

    Billy, Tom, you and I. For sure. Xochimilco.

    Thanksgiving love,


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    Marjie Butler says

    (I’m a Shamrock wife)
    The floors are beautiful. Amazing how things can be accomplished. I am interested in the process and why the water at the end to create the finished product? Wow, loved the dig too! My husband, Ray and I are thinking of you and the school there and hoping you have much success this trip.

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    david says

    Hi Marjie,

    Concrete or mortar has to be cured with water, so it doesn’t dry out too quickly and crack, and this floor finish needs a lot of it, so we just submerge it for a week or so. Thanks to you and Ray for the kind thoughts and good wishes.


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    Ed Richardson says


    What a job of moving the tank in place, let alone upright! You guys are something else, strong, persistent and outrageous!

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.


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    david says

    Hi Ed,

    Great to hear from you. Yes, we had a very nice Thanksgiving with good friends here, missing only our loved ones at home.

    The tanks, and the six others just like it, are big bulls to wrassle around, but we’re nothing if not stubborn. And in the face of limited options, self reliance has a reoccurring nativity.

    Love to you and Dottie. see you at Christmas, I hope.


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