Folk Music at the Avalon

We had tickets for a Friday evening folk music performance at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD.  One of the performers was a college classmate that we have not seen since then.  We planned to drop by the lot and inspect the progress on our way.

We left work a bit early and caught the Rte. 50 traffic on WTOP: slow across the Severn River Bridge but moving well after that.  We avoided the Severn bridge by driving across Annapolis; this was not entirely painless as many other drivers had the same idea.  Once on Rte. 50, traffic moved well.

It was a pleasant Summer evening, and Chestertown was lively with people out and about.  Something to look forward to when we are moved out there.

The excavation and footers were all done as expected.  I took lots of pictures (of course!) and exclaimed as I note the locations of the rooms.  My wife was not as excited, but pleased with the progress.  We only had a few minutes to spend before heading to Easton.

The performance at the Avalon was delightful.  The musicians came out to the lobby afterward.  The college classmate remembered my wife’s name; she was amazed.

Footers

Yesterday the builder told me that they would pour the footers today, and next week the foundation walls will go up.  Today he confirmed the footers by E-mail.  The downpour we got at home last night apparently missed Chestertown.  I want to try to get pictures this weekend.  My wife said “It’s just concrete in the ground.”  Maybe, but right now every step is a big one.

Groundbreaking

Today the builder broke ground for our new house in Chestertown, MD.  This is a momentous occasion for us, the culmination of over four years of planning.

Almost every man has an attraction to heavy equipment in operation, but nothing beats the thrill of watching them excavate for your own house.  I was ecstatic!  They were a bit late getting started; it was stinking hot, a sweltering day at the end of a string of them, unusual even by late May/early June norms; and I was sweating like a pig; but nothing could spoil the mood this morning.

It was also wonderful watching the teamwork: the builder, the excavator, his helper, and the backhoe operator, all carefully choreographed, every one knowing his part and enough about everyone else’s to keep the whole process moving forward, seemingly without a hitch.

We had just signed the papers for the construction loan yesterday afternoon, and celebrated by driving out to the lot and photographing the layout stakes newly set by the builder.

I’m taking lots of pictures, of course, but I have also decided to capture the progress in this blog.  Good or bad, setbacks and all, it’s going in.  As I said, we’ve been working on this project for over four years, with roots going back even farther, so in between the real-time updates I’m going to recount the past steps that led us to this point.