Yes, indeed. Things are definitely moving right along. The outside of the shipping containers look pretty much the same, with the exception of some more walls cut out and two of the three skylight holes cut.......but the inside is really coming together. The framing (metal) is finished, so now you can walk around and tell where the closets are, the bathrooms, bedrooms, etc. and it is looking like a real house. I've been spending quite a bit of time standing in each room....and standing....and standing....and smiling...and thinking....and smiling some more. I can't identify some of what's happening, but a lot of the electrical and plumbing work has been done. There is decking on the roof, so that is taking shape. Lots of mud and strange litter around the construction site.....empty high energy drink bottles, deli receipts, donut boxes, malfunctioning space heater, three gloves and two Ghiradelli chocolate wrappers. A pretty high class operation, all in all.
We're still getting calls and emails generated by that flood of media attention, but this batch is not your basic hometown coverage. Steven from a publication in Atlanta called WASTE AGE, aimed at the solid waste and recycling industry, interviewed Jason on the telephone and then talked to me. He seemed to have an exceptional grasp of what was going on with this project, asked some really great questions, but did NOT offer to feature me as a centerfold. Vicki from AMERICAN PROFILE, an insert magazine in Sunday Papers of smaller towns, called to see what this was all about. We talked for quite a while on the phone and as it turns out, she has also interviewed a man in Halfway, Missouri who is a human cannonball and lives in a geodesic dome. That was a highlight. And Monday, Elizabeth called to talk about the possibility of featuring this house in WEND, a publication in Portland, Oregon that "is a forum for real people, writing real stories about real adventures and real environmental issues.......realizing that part of going off the beaten path means making sure the path doesn't get beaten." (www.wendmag.com) Check it out. It sure makes sense.
Michael reported today that Jason went to Forsythe to get a load of re-cycled cedar that will be used on parts of both the inside and outside of the house. I'm anxious to get the story behind that adventure.
This time last year, most of my excitement was centered around encounters with pit bulls on the front porches of truants or watching the miracle of Tero Ant Killer in action. I'd say I've bumped it up a couple of notches, eh?
There has been nothing mundane about this entire process so far. Each conversation I have, each field trip, each comment I've listened to or word I have read, and each person who is involved, has been absolutely alive with uniqueness. I love every minute of it.