Up and At ‘Em Jim!!!

“The Ring cannot be destroyed, Gimli, son of Gloin, by any craft that we here possess. The Ring was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there can it be unmade. It must be taken deep into Mordor and caste back into the fiery chasm from whence it came.”….Lord Elrond speaking of the quest before the Fellowship.

Welcome again friends of Middle Earth to another edition of the Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog! I hope the winter months haven’t been to harsh in your neck of the woods. The first half hasn’t been to bad up here in New York.

Going to go out on a limb here once again. I mean why not? I’m building  a Hobbit House.

So the quest that I just mentioned. I mean let’s face it. We’re all on some sort of quest in one way shape or form. Specifically I was thinking of the quest we make everyday going to work. You know get  up, get out of bed, hit the road, yada, yada, yada. Just a quick personal story.

The other day I woke up with a start! I shut my alarm clock off, got up, put on the coffee pot, brushed my teeth, shaved, did my morning excersizes and headed out the door. Like every other day. I pull out of my driveway and start heading down the road with the radio on when I hear. “Good morning out there, and welcome to this beautiful Monday morning! It’s 1:30 AM. WHAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me! I slam on my brakes and put the car in park. I’m thinking something’s gotta be wrong, how could it be 1:30 in the morning? Why don’t I feel tired? I look at my car clock…It’s 1:30! I check both my cell phones….It’s 1:30! I can’t believe this is happening.

My head whirring I turn my car around and head back home. I walk in the door and head to the living room to try and get a couple of extra winks when this apparition of a wife of mine appears out of nowhere and makes me jump out of my skin. I wasn’t expecting her to get out of bed. I was trying to be quiet so I wouldn’t wake anyone. I mean she really scared the hell out of me. She says, “What are you doing????” How am I supposed to respond to that one. All I could muster was, “I really don’t even know what happend.” Then, thankfully, I was able to go back to bed until 4 AM which is my usual wake up time. Then I got up put on the coffee pot, brushed my teeth, shaved. (I’m only kidding about that part, I just got up and went to work.)

So Jim what’s up with that story?

Well the moral of the story is when you hear your smoke detector beep, change the batteries right away. Turns out this lady’s voice comes on when the batteries are getting low and says, “Jim wake up and change the damn batteries you old fool!” You wouldn’t think a smoke detector would say something like that. But it did. I’m only kidding, It just said “Low Battery.” Anyway this voice woke me up out of a sound sleep and sent me on my quest. It woke the Editor up as well. Later on I find out the Editor was up the whole time and was wondering why I was traipsing around the house at 1 AM with my boots on. Thanks for cluing me in on the time dear.

Something is wrong with me. Just can’t figure out what exactly.

I guess I gotta keep up with those smoke detectors for one.

Oh right. Yeah I forgot this is a construction blog. Since I’m away this weekend I’ll show you a couple of pictures of the job I’m on. 220 Central Park South. (For your information some hedge fund guy bought three floors for 250 million dollars.) Hard to believe. I wonder if he might be interested in buying a Hobbit House?

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Cantilever stripped on 9th floor.
Cantilever stripped on 9th floor.

I don’t know if you remember this but we put all these massive I beams off the edge of 8 to form out this 5 foot projection to the East.

Moving on up!
Moving on up!

Just really started getting it into gear.We’ll be pouring a floor every 4 days from here on out. Then three days a floor once we hit 27.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!

Jim

 

 

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