Well, not more than an hour ago, I was reminded that it was my turn to write the treasured piece of prose, the “midweek St. Andrew’s update”. No problem. Buildings & Grounds has stories that the Disney Channel wants. We recently put in quite a work day – I will just tap into that. The holiday work day team included our neighborhood lumberjack, Alan Scholl, & his mate Jeanie, Jen from senior management, Suzanne Malloy, Bob and Carole Shapiro, Stephen Lee, Helen & Merlyn Cummings, Ann & Michael Padden-Rubin, Melinda & Shannon Gerow, and Charlotte Smith. Dana Monk, also on site setting up the cornucopia, provided encouragement.
We trimmed the trees, washed windows, trimmed the trees, emptied gutters of pine hay from the trees, trimmed the trees, patched the gutters, hunted cob webs, cleaned, painted the banner frame, and trimmed the trees just a little bit more. By this time, we had filled the green bins several times over and generated a considerable pile of branches from the trimming. No worry, we can just run the trimmings up to the dump where they will be recycled. We just need a truck. And that is where the story gets interesting.
If you are lucky, you have a truck. Even better, you have a friend and they have a truck. Suzanne has a friend with a truck. So she called Alan the lumberjack to coordinate collecting the large mound of branches. But she ended up on the phone with Tony Gonzalez, a welder in Carpinteria. He and his truck were busy on a job in Ojai. To cut to the chase, two days later Tony goes to St. Andrew’s at 6:00AM with his truck and a trailer, picks up the majority of the considerable pile of branches and runs it up to recycle at the dump. Suzanne, upon going to St. Andrew’s to begin moving the pile find but a fraction of branches
Season greetings from your friends at St. Andrew’s Buildings & Grounds,
Porter Spencer, Chair of B&G