4:30am...for FUN?? YES!
Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
19Trip End Nov 15, 2012
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* Riinng!!* - "N triple C, this is Davey."
Colleen: “Davey – Davey, we can’t find Travis. We’ve been waiting at the van for an hour and he hasn’t shown up!” Colleen: “No, he didn’t tell anyone.”
Davey: “………Okay …… Wait for a while and a I’ll call you back…...”
Here’s where things could have gone wrong, as Davey was just about to call our Unit Leader, Jen
April 2nd marked a team member’s 21st birthday, so needless to say we celebrated at the local Irish pub – responsibly! as we did have to work the next day.
That Monday also kicked off Micheal’s and my two-week dash of CAP events, giving presentations at a couple high schools, setting up an informational table at a local college, and attending a big service day up in Penobscot at a JobCorps Academy with fellow CAPers from a nearby Buffalo team as well as a couple staff members from campus. That was quite an interesting experience, as we walked in the doors to hear “And let me introduce the NCCC team!” and had to walk promptly to the front, bags and all, under the eye of an audience numbering about 320 people! Up till then, we’d been presenting to classrooms of 8-10 people. Luckily, we didn’t have to speak, just stand there looking pretty, and then were able to talk to anyone interested afterwards and help fill out applications
We also began a demolition/weatherization project at a very… interesting site that week. Let me tell you a story…
The worksite was originally designated for a “simple” weatherization project – foaming, caulking, etc. - when it was discovered that the kitchen had very little insulation in the ceiling, and zero insulation under the floor. Reallly, just boards then dirt. Nothing else. The homeowners told us that the original house had been build in 1791, and then a second floor added in the 1840’s. Finally, a second section had been added on around the 1890’s for a stable for the fire department. The husband’s ancestors had lived in the house next to it and kept slaves (I think the Underground Railroad came into the story somehow too). Did I mention Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house – author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin - was just down the road? Needless to say, the 2/3 day weatherization project for this sagging, ancient house suddenly became a week-long demo/insulating project
Wednesday the 4th, as the Cosmo Club was hosting a club meeting and we needed to exit the building over supper, one alum that I had gotten in contact with invited us over for a delicious dinner. She had been in NCCC with class 16 at the Denver campus and shared some of her experiences with us.
Then came Easter weekend
The team hiked Cadillac Mountain that morning, the tallest mountain in that region of Maine at 1530ft. After a quick lunch, Most of the team headed over to relax on Sand Beach while a few of us scaled The Beehive, a mountain only about 520ft but with steel bars set into the rock to climb up in some spots! Breathtaking! We spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach or walking the coastal trails before heading in to spend time in the nearby city of Bar Harbor and eat dinner. It was a much needed recreational day for the team.
Easter Day dawned beautiful. In fact, it was a rather beautiful week. Palm Sunday the weekend before, with it’s anticipation, and, a couple days previously, Good Friday Mass. I don’t remember how long it’s been since I first saw The Passion of the Christ. I do know that it has been three years since I finally understood – and accepted- what the words “see the nail marks in my hands and feet…peace be with you,” truly meant
Easter was also my day to cook! So I had planned a meal of a few dishes we eat back home: baked ham (yes, I did actually bake it! 3.5 hours??), cheesy potato casserole, stuffing, veggies, rolls, salad, and a strawberry jell-o with whipped topping and bunny marshmallows (courtesy of my mom) on top. I think the team enjoyed it. :)
This past week I’ve spent my workdays at various sites. At the new build in Brunswick cleaning up tile grout and painting doors and window frames, cleaning drywall and cutting window trim siding at a “rehab” of an old house – the entire house had been tilting sideways about 6 inches. I finally got to spend a day with Tedd – two “d”s, one for danger, he says – picking up donations for the ReStore. Most of the team at some point have ridden with Tedd in the truck. I’d heard he was an interesting character, and true to word we chatted about everything from past jobs/life choices to mentalities of non-profits to a new common language that’s been created (Esperanzo, or something??). Fabulous guy, though, and always on the go! We joke about how we’ve never seen him eat; he seems to run on coffee and his own rolled cigarettes
Yesterday, Saturday, our POLs (Project Outreach Liaison officers) set up a community Day of Service at Popham Beach State Park. There actually weren’t many community members there, as it was a bit of a last minute event, but we did invite a few alum, three of whom joined us, as well as Rangers Chuck and Bryan. We spent the morning pulling out an old snow fence and replacing it with a post and rail fence that would hopefully also keep visitors on the designated pathways so as to not destroy the shoreline vegetation preventing erosion. Afterwards, we grilled out with the alum on the beach. One of the alum, Gifford, had some crazy stories about his adventures in Antarctica after his time in AmeriCorpsNCCC. He’s studying snow and ice at Dartmouth currently. We also had time to explore the old Popham Fort, which had begun to be built during the Civil War to protect the Kennebec River leading to Bath, where ships were built. It was never used or completed, but still a cool historic site.
Mama Bird (Jen) will be arriving tomorrow - just in time for Meatball Madness Monday – and will be spending a couple days with us to check out the work site. So today the team has been spending time working on paperwork and our project debrief that we’ll be presenting upon our return to Maryland. This is our last week in Maine!