I used to live in New York City. I designed homes for the tycoons of Wall Street; Park Avenue, Scarsdale, Greenwich. It was great fun. And, after years of saving up for a down payment, I was just about to buy my own little place in Fleetwood, half an hour north of the city, when the economy fell apart. Architects are like canaries in a coal mine when the economy slows, and true to form, there were massive layoffs in firms all over the country. Devastation of the profession. So, I decided to try to find something else to do for a while. I bought a 23' school bus and I'm on the road to see if I can figure out what that might be.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I have a habit of buying more of a fastener than I need for any given project, so that I have a good supply on hand for the next time I might need it. Before I left Massachusetts, I organized in little 6 mil poly bags I ordered from the internet for the purpose, dozens of sizes and varieties of metal bolts, Phillips and slotted, nuts, washers, lock washers, sheet metal screws, wood screws, Phillips and slotted, pop rivets, screw eyes, toggle bolts, and other bits of hardware (about a third of which is in the picture to the right.) After a stopping point on a project, I like to straighten up all of my tools, and sort any stray hardware back into their pouches. This morning, I re-sorted the hardware that had been left spilled on a Sterilite lid for use during the recent push. But, my usually joyful hardware husbandry felt lonely and futile, today. I thought about the house in Fleetwood I didn't get to buy. I thought about how this is clearly a replacement project. It's just a bus/camper, but it's my territory. I live here, wherever here is at the moment. What will I find out west? (If it's an endless series of creepy paid camp grounds and WalMarts, I'll be very disappointed.)
Despite some despair, I completed my sorting, noted which bits need replenishing, and I'm off to Home Depot to get wood for shelves over my windows, and I'll restock the hardware supplies too. Who can travel without at least a couple dozen wood screws in each of sizes 1 1/4 x 8, 1 1/2 x 10, 2 x 12? And some 6-32's, 10-24's, and 1/4-20's in a variety of lengths, with nuts, washers, and locks?
Got milk? Got Screws?