We are as prepared as we’re going to get. In all honesty, we’re more prepared than I expected us to be.
The last few days have been a blitz – there’s been more than enough progress to warrant a post, but I literally haven’t even had time to put one together. I’ve been working 8-5, then heading straight out to Brian’s place to work on the RV until midnight or one, then home to crash and do it all over. I’m exhausted and I love it.
Talking to Robert yesterday, I mentioned I feel that projects like this trigger the best possible feedback loop in me. The work that we are doing is hard, but fun in and of itself; however it is much more fun knowing, as I do why we’re doing it. The goal – PAX and the CCST, in case it’s not ridiculously obvious – would be amazing, memorable experiences on their own; they will be made more better simply by knowing what I put of myself into making them come to fruition. If somebody asked me to come up with a thesis for my life, I could do worse than to ponder times like these and reply “productivity that makes you enjoy life.”
Am I boring you? Apologies. More progress:
The big flat board in that picture is half of the plank that holds up the newly installed bunk bed. That gorgeous box resting on it has brought more unbridled joy to r2p than almost any other single thing we’ve done. Here’s why:
It’s ridiculous. I mean, everything we’ve done here has been ridiculous, knowingly so, and we’ve reveled in it. This really takes it to a whole new level.
On the one hand, there were already two TV’s in the RV – we just added a third. The new one doesn’t hook up to awesome speakers (I plan to add a small set of dell computer speakers tomorrow if there’s time), it doesn’t do anything magical. It’s a television, just like any other television… it just happens to hover over your head, when you’re lying in bed. If that doesn’t sound awesome to you, I have to admit to being confused why you’re reading our blog.
It is just downright impossible to lie down in that bunk, look up at your 360 home screen, and not start grinning like a goddamned fool.
I’m going to cut this short because, no joke, I could spend another half hour writing florid praise for our genius (credit where due – Brian’s idea), and anyway hopefully you get the idea.
Our RV to-do-list is just about clear. Brian wants to add a few hooks to the grill so that he can hang cooking utensils for easy access, and that needs to get done this afternoon. We also have some exterior decorations that we had prepared for PAX East planned to get on the RV before we ran out of time. Hopefully there will be time for that before we leave. It will always be a bottom-priority item, so maybe it’ll just be something we plan to do forever. Time will tell.
What we have done, since the last post:
* Put some finishing touches on the lower bunks. We added facing to the frame, a small hole to each plank that makes it easier to lift (to get into the storage underneath), and casings which will hold the vertical supports for upper bunks.
* Built one set of vertical supports and an upper bunk, installed it all above one of the lower bunks.
* Bought and customized a speaker grill for our subwoofer cabinet, drilled a hole into that cabinet, and installed the grill.
* Built a monitor box for under the upper bunk, installed under upper bunk plywood.
* Installed all the electronics in the RV and tested everything.
As I type, my last load of laundry is drying. All that’s left to do is finish packing and then pick up the perishable supplies that we need. In about eight hours, Brian and I will hit the road. It’s taking all of my effort not to end that sentence with eleven exclamation points.