The End of the Road… Peeling like a Champ

I have 10 minutes until I board the flight away from this beautiful sandy wonderland. Thankfully I will be back here on Tuesday for the National Intramural Sports and Recreation conference in Tampa Bay. It will be great to be home even if it is for a short weekend in order to get a few things done and finish up shedding a peeling layer of skin.

The week has been filled with dry walling, beaching, and Wal-Marting. I was mildly disappointed to hear that we would spend the entire week on dry wall because it was something that I had done before and I felt like I had the general gist of how to accomplish that aspect of construction… how wrong I was! While I did know how to dry wall it was not a breeze at all. The mild screw ups and mis-measurements that were abundant made the work move very slowly. What took us an entire week of work would have taken, according to Rob our site manager, a professional crew close to a single day of relaxed work. Towards the end we really started to pick up on what we were doing however and John could probably have screwed in an entire sheet of drywall faster than three of us put together. When we walked into the house at the beginning of the week there were two pieces of drywall up and when the garage door finally slid shut every surface of wall was completely covered.

Wednesday night we were asked to come to a local to church for dinner and because we as a group never turn down free food they received a quick acceptance. We had a delicious meal of ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, and cake with a very gracious group of church goers. After the meal we were asked to speak to the youth group about our experience with Habitat. I felt bad for the youth group director though because he had no idea we were coming and youth group didn’t start for another hour. We chatted a little bit with him and then decided that it would be better for us to take off and said our thanks to our hosts.

On our last night in Florida we spent the last evening Venice Beach playing a really fun game of volleyball. After the rental place closed down a few people went to the shops, the majority laid down on their towels to read or take a quick nap in the sun, and I personally went down to the waves to appreciate the great power of the sea. It was a great time of reflection on the trip that our group has gone through. I sat down on the sand and chilled truly enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean.

The call has been made to board. Got questions about the trip? Leave them in the comments section below.

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  1. Peter

     /  March 23, 2012

    Great blog …. We got a great sense of what was going on

  2. Thanks for the reminder that I need to bring Skype equipment to class on Tuesday! Glad you had a great trip. I have tech updates to share with you when you get back for good.

    • Can’t wait to see these awesome tech things! I was planning to email you over the weekend about the class on tues. See via skype!


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