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20 October 2009 – Crackin’ Wise

Today had an easy, guided feel, like driving a good two-track dirt road. It was a holiday, Kenyatta Day, as I mentioned. But the guys preferred to work. We sang the national anthem with putty knives in our hands. . Oh God of all creation Bless this our land and…...

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19 October 2009 – Left Overs

We finished up the paving slabs a few days ago, once we got our system down it was smooth. Here are a few snapshots from then and today. Tomorrow is a holiday, Kenyatta Day. The 10th was Moi Day. Were playing through on this one. . After Gilbert and I…...

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13 October 2009 – About Sixty Reasons

This morning I tried not to swear, out loud or to myself. Pretty good success with the former, and fifty-nine failures with the latter. One for each of my, as of today, mounting years. Work was unhinging me. Once I thought the top of my head was going to blow…...

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4 October 2009 – Karai

When it comes to construction, things are usually pretty straightforward here. We dig, we stack, we shape, we hoist, we level, we pass heavy things one to another. We obey the laws of physics, as much by inclination as constraint. Take the karai, as an example. [singlepic id=2008 w=320 h=240…...

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11 July 2009 – The Grey Line Walking Tour

Hello ticket holders, I’ve been married to this property for so long now  that it’s easy to forget that you might be a little confused about what’s what, or more accurately, what’s where on the property. So, I thought it might be fun to take you on a “walking tour”…...

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6 July 2009 – How The Light Gets In

Howdy from California, This just in from Monte, who is still out and about in Croatia or Montenegro or Modesto. . . How The Light Gets In [singlepic id=1983 w=320 h=240 float=] . That’s a photo of my last sunset in Kenya, this time around, as it was slipping through…...

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7 June 2009 – Everybody Must Get Stoned

Hello friends, Most of you know by now that Monte–Martin–as he is known here is back. Fresh off an Italy trip with his mom, and here until we both leave in late June. And since you’ve been good, we have a special blog-double treat for you. Not only do you…...

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30 May 2009 – Purlins

Hi, It’s Madaraka weekend here. It celebrates a half-way stage in Kenya’s independence. And our building structural independence took a big step when we got all the roof stuff glued together. Here’s the story in brief. Once the trusses were in place, we welded the purlins to them. Our purlins…...

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20 May 2009 – Very Big Triangles

Hello from all of us here, I think my laptop is acrophobic. The minute I started talking about a mid-flight  disposal, it started apologizing and attempting reform. Babysteps, but it might be the leg up I need to get through the next month’s Mac-stuff. I’m so far behind in posting…...

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8 May 2009 – The House of Several Gables

Happy ocho de Mayo, A good many things have conspired (successfully) against getting this little slice of project life up here for you to see: a very busy building schedule, the fifty things that spin off of that, a built in aversion to this kind of work when other things…...

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