The Complaint

March 26th, 2020

The noisier, smellier, dirtier days of the Big Dig, as some of us have started calling it, occur when the big hauling truck arrives and sits idling in front of the house while the bobcat, piled high with mounds of dirt, clay, and broken chunks of concrete, travels back and forth incessantly from under the house, to the street, and back under the house again, like a determined soldier ant carrying it's heavy load high, like a gift to the queen.

On one of these days, I received two disconcerting messages. They were from a neighbor next door and a neighbor across the street. The first was addressed to me personally, the second was addressed to Black Thorn. I did not know the neighbor across the street knew about Black Thorn. Keeping our active dungeons discreet has always been high priority. Both messages were friendly, which was a relief. It was noted that all the neighbors were home and were being affected by the noise.

Feeling terrible about disturbing everyone while they worked from home, I immediately gushed apologies, explaining that I could not stop work because the house was compromised without its foundation intact. The poor neighbor across the street was forced to wear earplugs. In an effort to make amends, I sent off generous gift cards for dine in delivery and changed the operating schedule to start later in the day. With no need to go to work, people were sleeping in and we were starting too early. The result was a thank you and the continuation of a healthy, neighborly relationship. It is precisely those good, tolerant people, the curious faces I see when I check the mail, whose peace it is my utmost goal to protect. So far so good.


The Permit
March 13th, 2020
The Complaint
March 26th, 2020
The Cave
April 14th, 2020
The Supports
May 1st, 2020
The Rebar
May 21st, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 1
June 7th, 2020
First Inspection
June 29th, 2020
The First Pour
July 3rd, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 2
July 12th, 2020
The Bamboo (fun video)
July 22nd, 2020
Second Inspection
August 15th, 2020
The Second Pour
September 9th, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 3
October 10th, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 4
October 11th, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 5
October 17th, 2020
Video Tour
October 18th, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 6
October 18th, 2020
More Rebar
October 23rd, 2020
The Staircase
October 29th, 2020
The Steel
December 21st, 2020
Final Pour!
March 13th, 2021
Second Entrance
June 15th, 2021
Bathroom/Wet Room
July 15th, 2021
Rain DeGrey and Shay
August 7th, 2021