Sunday, October 24 2010
I had a meeting out on Route 212 on the way to Saugerties with a business colleague with whom I have been working for nearly a year on a speculative set of websites. I haven't been paid for any of this work, though there is a chance (a better chance, one hopes, than one has playing the lottery) that these sites will make money and perhaps be bought up by some larger entity, resulting in some sort of pay day down the road. I've been down that road before, so I know enough not to have any hopes, and on some level I'm just going through the motions. I'd started on this project during a period when I had little work, and I've kept at it despite frantic periods when I've had as many as three other clients pestering me to have things done yesterday. Hopefully now we're coming to the end of this project, a day beyond which money might possibly start to flow. in the meantime, though, it's me working for free and causing Gretchen to ask questions such as, "So, did you tell him you can't work any more unless you got paid something?"
I made an excursion to the Home Depot after my meeting and bought a bunch of treated lumber so I can get started on another greenhouse project: building a deck-style surface over the flood-prone eastern third of the floor. This floor will include a hatch giving me access to the well and anything else down there. Once that floor is in place, I won't have a compelling need to retain the cracked shale comprising the eastern greenhouse floor, allowing me to expand the well into a genuine cistern (or, perhaps, the entrance to subterranean catacombs). Interestingly, I noticed that treated two by six lumber is much cheaper than standard 5/4 by six deck planking. And since it is also much stronger, I decided to use that as the decking material for the new greenhouse floor.
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