I worked all day today, mostly at a picnic table.
Some of my clients feel the need to put their plans on the largest size paper they can possible use. That usually is not a big problem because at home I have a big plan table. When I’m working in the van, 24 x 36 is about as big as I can handle and 11 x 17 is best. The job I am working on here is on 30 x 42 paper. That is impossible in the van, hence the picnic table. I don’t mind working at a picnic table, but if there is any wind it is difficult. Did you ever try to turn a page on a large plan while the wind is blowing? It’s like raising a sail. So I resorted to lots of heavy objects to weigh down the plans and had to move them back and forth as I turned pages. But I really can’t complain. I am working and lots of people are not.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I worked again today. I should not have complained about the conditions yesterday. Today it was cloudy and rainy and cold. I still have to work with the large plans so I put out the awning and put the picnic table under it and put on my jacket and went to work. The only consolation is that there was no wind. It was not terrible, but I had to keep taking breaks to warm up my hands. I can work in a jacket, my face is protected by hair, but it is impossible to work in gloves. Anyway I finished the project and we will be leaving tomorrow for Philadelphia. Wait, I just got an email asking me to do another job. Okay, I will get the plans printed in Wilmington Delaware, the closest Fedex Office (Kinko’s) and we will find a place nearby to park for another couple of days while I work again. I am confident that we will be able to visit Philadelphia soon. If you know any of my clients, ask them to hold off a few days while we have some fun. There I go again complaining about having work while many have none. Shame on me! It is 8:00pm here which means it is 5:00pm at home. That is cocktail hour. I am pleased.