My garage is getting a new roof this weekend. This is largely due to the efforts of my brother-in-law (it’s still so new to use that term), my sister, and my nephew; I’m just paying for it, both for supplies and to them for their time. After Day One, the old shingles are off (had two layers, so they had to be torn off), new tar paper has been installed along with new fascia and weather barriers, and half the new shingles are on. We’ve also been scraping the old paint so we can repaint it, which is badly needed. Tomorrow we’ll finish the roof for sure, and paint any new wood; whether we can get the rest of the painting done depends on time, I think.
After the two-day Ann Arbor seminar, spending two days on the garage project is pretty taxing. I’m going to have to go back to the office just to have some time to relax… except of course I’ll be picking up the pieces from being gone for two days, so there’ll be no relaxing till next weekend.
Speaking of Ann Arbor, the rest of the seminar was just as interesting. Remember how I said a digital web press was as big as my house? Well, the traditional web presses, the ones that use plates not electronic files, are as big as much bigger, two story houses. I was consistently impressed at the complexity and hugeness of these machines, and how they usually take only 1 to 3 people to run. We got so much “swag” in the end, I should take a photo so you could see how much. I’m glad I wasn’t flying back home.
The Ellis Paul concert was fine. He very bravely asked the audience for song suggestions during both of his sets. I have to say he handled the people shouting out song titles much more gracefully than I would have. He was also debuting new songs, which is probably not unusual for his shows given how prolific a writer he is. While in line before the concert I ran into another local singer/songwriter, Steve Deasy, and I gladly hung out with him at the show.