Trust in the Trusses!
Never in my mind has walking away ever been an option. But it seems that most of the public have had a bit of doubt as to the reality that the Rock Cafe would actually be rebuilt. I discovered this yesterday as the crew with the help of Jimmy Miller’s boom truck and the experience of the operator, David Henniger were lifting the trusses into place. We had several of my friends and others st0pping by to express their excitement and voice their concern that they didn’t really think this was going to happen. I’m thrilled to say the day was extremely easy and we even squeezed in some time to celebrate Martin Luther King day! David, Terry, & Mark have been working on the trusses for a few weeks. They are built extremely tough!! Not to bore everyone with details, lets just leave it at the trusses are up making the Rock that much closer to being ready to open by late spring.
Template for the trusses
Mark being himself-perplexed at Terry's skills :-)
The trusses on the ground. No one in the town was very excited until they started getting into the air!
Trusses getting off ground headed over Rock wall
Woo Hoo-Safely over wall and being lowered into place
Easy Easy...don't hit Mark in the head
Terry putting trusses in place
David couldn't help but get in the air ... this truss scared me & Blaque(friend of Alexis) because we were standing close when it fell on scaffolding! No danger just loud bang
This is the stand by crew. Most of the day this is what they did but when we needed them it was great to have them. Surprise...like normal with our teenagers! They are Alexis, Levi(in hat), and Blaque!! Thanks for your help even though Blaque moaned about being cold.
Levi & Blaque moving trusses to be easily strapped to boom truck.
Blaque bored literally between job duties. He does have jokes though! Alexis loves them.
Terry's family came for a site visit today. His youngest, Brody, laying down on the job. It's hard to oversee your dad working! You need a break from it.
Both moms, myself & Shelley, thought our boys would be really impressed with the boom truck activity. But the sand pile won out!! Landon. Brody, and Paul all played here practically ignoring the truck.
Landon & Paul abandoned the sand pile once I told them about the fort in the cane! They spent the rest of their day making it homey.
Mark hard at work...so is his work easy or does he do hard work easily??
Once David got up in the air - the trusses went up quickly. The stand-by crew stood below and hooked up the trusses to boom truck, moved scaffolding, handed nails out ect.
The stand-by crew on duty running errands. Lex got out easy. Levi & Blaque did most of the work. The little their was for them to do. But it did speed things up quite a bit.
So – Since the passerbyers seemed so impressed with the erection of these trusses. I felt this story best told in pictures. The sum of it is that we felt great that it went so smooth and this project can really start moving now. It’s beginning to be so much fun and have an everyday Rock Cafe feel to it. Except for the fact that I’m not making money I’m spending it- I could do this all the time. I am loving the people I’m working with and the days seem to pass quickly. I hope anyone reading this feels free to stop by and spend some time with us.