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Thursday, March 27, 2008

'Cause Baby, It Ain't Over Til It's Over

As of this evening, the long, enervating saga of The Drywall Installation will be over-and-done - for the moment.

Because, you see, there's still LOTS more to do.

It's just that, with rehearsals for our next show scheduled to start up in the space this weekend, we've simply run out of time to complete the project all the way through to the bitter end. But, at least the major installation work has been completed, and with a bit more painting left for this evening, we'll be at a stopping point where we can put the project on-hold for a few months.

But, as is usually the case, there's still a lot more to it than even that. Between now and next Friday, when we have our monthly late-night cabaret scheduled, we have to:

- finish painting the ceiling

- dispose of all the scrap drywall, boxes, refuse, empty applicator tubes, dust, and other accumulated garbage from the past couple of months

- clean the stage, the seats, the hallway, the lobby, the bathrooms - basically everything now requires a deep cleaning to get rid of as much of the gypsum dust as possible

- move all the tools, equipment, set pieces, and other sundry items of value from our lounge back into the stage area

- disassemble the platforms we built to accomodate the drywall hangers

- Install some sort of rudimentary lighting system, including hanging pipe in the ceiling, instruments, cable, circuit boxes, and control panels

- Re-install our sound system

- Fix a major electrical problem that has cropped up in the past week

And there are probably a couple of things I'm missing that should be part of this list.

Oh, right. Plus, we've got our 21st Birthday Party coming up on the 12th, so we want everything to look clean and shiny for that as well.

But, you know, no pressure or anything.

Accomplishing all that will get us through the next few weeks, during which we'll need to install a more robust lighting system for the remaining shows in our season.

Because on top of all this we also have shows to put up.

After the season is over in late August, we'll be able to revisit the sound baffling project in what I've officially designated "Phase II-B" (having now split the project into two sub-phases, with Phase II-A representing work completed to-date).

Still, most of the heavy lifting has been accomplished - and I'm still here to tell the tale.

However, next time we try to pull off some crazy/impossible scheme like this, I'm going to have to insist we not do it whilst I'm in the middle of tax season.

Seriously, between taxes, managing this project, work, and trying to maintain some minimal semblence of a social life, it's all just a little too much to juggle at one time. (And believe me, the "social" component was the first candle-end to get snuffed out.)

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to a bit of a breather, which at this rate should happen sometime around late April - if I'm lucky.

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