• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 148 (A Neighborhood Project)

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    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 67.68 miles)

    Day 148 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I had every intention of going for a run today but Justin and I got distracted with a neighborhood project.

    We spent the day building street arches with our neighbors.

    We live on a small, quiet street. We’ve met our neighbors, but we’ve never really spent time together. Everyone works and life gets busy.

    A neighborhood project was just the thing to bring us all together.

    Research was conducted to determine the correct height for the arches to let large trucks through (think garbage and UPS trucks). Justin and I contributed money to the pot.  Someone purchased supplies and rented a two-man auger.

    Early Saturday morning we all met in one of the driveways and the fun got started.

    The guys drilled holes three feet deep at regular intervals along each side of the street.

    The guys then set three foot sections of PVC pipe into the holes and surrounded the pipe with concrete.

    While the guys dug the holes, the women candy striped twenty five sections of PVC pipe with red electrical tape. Each section was 25 feet long, so we went through a lot of electrical tape. The electrical tape makes the arches more visible during the day. It also adds some festivity!

    Our street isn’t a main thoroughfare and doesn’t see much traffic, but our project generated a lot of curiosity.

    Cars stopped in the middle of the street while the guys used the auger and tried to hire them. People thought they were a hired work crew!

    The women were all in favor of renting the men out for $500 an hour.

    After drilling ten holes the men were less amenable.

    For lunch I made a run for pizza and beer.

    Everyone took a break and pulled up a lawn chair in my driveway. We sat and ate together, the topics of conversation morphing from the arches to family and football.

    After lunch someone used their garage workshop to make joints to join the sections of PVC pipe together. We bolted the PVC sections together then wrapped each arch in Christmas lights.

    In the end we had five giant poles wrapped in red stripes and Christmas lights.

    It’s a good thing we had as many people as we did. Building these things was quite a process.

    Today’s silver lining: A great neighborhood project and a chance to get to know my neighbors.

    I can’t wait to see the arches when they go up. We have to wait a few days before putting them up to make sure the concrete sets, but I think they’re going to look great!

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

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    xoxo, Meghan

     

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7 Responsesso far.

  1. epbj says:

    That’s Awesome on many levels! Please add a photo?

  2. Tina Smith says:

    That’s really cool! And an awesome neighborhood project. I second on the request for pictures!

  3. Mom says:

    You guys aren’t going to get in trouble with the City are you? It looks wonderful.

  4. Cindy Smith says:

    We’ve discussed doing that here also. Maybe we can chat one day about what we would need to make it happen. Also waiting for pics!

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