$35M Flags

Oh my.  Long time, no blog.  Lots happening.  Pulled a hammy playing flag football.  I only mention that because I’ve moved 3 times already to get comfortable enough to write 5 sentences.  Getting old is new to me… relatively.  In my head, I’m really good at flag football.  So, running at full speed, while juking, is super normal for someone my age… with a sprained ankle, sore neck, and busted shoulder.  Good times.  Ibuprofen.

Rough electric is done on the 3rd and 2nd floor (North building).  Framing is continuing on the 1st floor (North building).  South building just got engineering plans put into bidding and fabrication.  Have to cut some steel beams, lay some footers, and redo joists.  We’ve framed what we could over there.  Now, we just need to shore up the walls and drive a truck through it.  It’s a rebuilding month.  Luckily, the school is big enough to spread the focus around.  We just finished saw-cutting concrete to put bathrooms and kitchens where they were never intended.  Plumbers start laying down the piping tomorrow.

Crys and I visited the new park across from City Hall a while back and loved it.  We wanted to find out who designed it and what contractors they used.  I found out today that it was a $35M project with a designer from NYC.  We’ll take two.  So… Crys is busy designing the playground.  Got in touch with a few amazing people to get it done like we want.  Last time, our playground was built in less than a week, so timing should be fine.  Lots of ideas floating around, but I’ll save it for your tour.

I have to tell you, though… walking around this building feels pretty magical.  With only some framing done, I can see it coming together.  I can see the end.  I can see the walls and hear the music.  I can see you parents walking around and kids laughing in their classrooms.  The whole project just feels right.  It’s a feeling I’ve never had before about anything.  This is the ultimate in our personal and professional growth.  Again, a very big thanks to all of you who have supported us from day one.  Your sense of direction and social calculations haven’t gone unnoticed.  We can’t wait to show you what’s in our heads.

Had a great phone call with Ron Takiguchi at City Hall today.  Guess what… we’re approved.  Let the permitting begin.  Should be able to pull permits tomorrow and start inspections.  They have really been great so far.  We are going to need to fill out some additional paperwork, but it isn’t holding up the permit.  First on the list?  Grilled cheese and beer… and wine.  Cracking Champagne over the side of the building to come later.  With friends.  On the roof.

The Parent Education League is having their preschool fair on Sunday, November 3rd.  You can sign up and/or get more info by clicking here.  We’ll be there with bells on… and a helicopter.

Today was a full day.  We designed and ordered folders, envelopes, bags, t-shirts, banners, pens, and a pet mule.  We are going to put a temporary office across the street at some point soonish.  Now, you’ll be able to stop by and say hi.  Helen will be there to answer questions and shoot the bull.  Oh yeah, Helen… you have to wake up before 10am again.  It’s “go” time.

On a quick note, we’re toying with the idea of enrolling our enrichment program to families attending other schools in the area.  We’d be offering morning and afternoon sessions, too.  More to come later.  Kinks being worked out.

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Today is my Nana’s birthday.  I talked to her for a bit in the middle of my “not enough hours” busy day.  For that time, my world stood still.  Nothing else mattered.  Just her.  Just family.  Just simple.  Just truth.  Just my roots.  Just love.  Just happy.  I wish more of that for some people.  It’s not that life is short, but it passes you by.  I lost the last 3 years of my life to distractions.  That’s the worst feeling ever.  You know what the best feeling ever is?  Knowing that I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.  Mushy hippy goodness.  For those of you grinning, go hug your kid.  For those of you frowning, press on.  Night, night.  Don’t stop.