We’ve had a couple of days now without rain and have taken advantage of every second putting up the walls for the first floor of Gloria’s new home. Morale here has been pretty good. The crew seems happy — even though they are melting in the heat — and still joke around and have a good time at work.
Unfortunately, Corin (Pinky) walked off the job last week. The long hours, insanely hot and humid weather and location were too much for her. I had a feeling this would happen. I think she just really missed home. After a lot of talking we decided it was best for everyone to send her back to Toronto. This is a big change and I know it will be difficult for some people. Corin will be missed.
Then Kate got a call from home about her father’s health. He had to be rushed into the hospital for emergency heart bypass surgery. We bought Kate a ticket within the hour and she was home that day with her family. We’ve already heard from her. Her father’s surgery was successful and he’s on the road to recovery. Kate will be giving us updates as often as possible, and she’ll be back down in New Orleans as soon as she can.
My son Mike had a meltdown from heat exhaustion and had to be sent back to the hotel. I told him to relax for a couple of days — then come back to work. I’m a little concerned for him.
Things are starting to move now; we have the beams and floorboards in and will be starting on the walls soon. I still can’t get over this heat. You’ve heard the expression “A hundred degrees in the shade” — well it’s true!
We set up a big thermometer here just to satisfy our own curiosity and I’m shocked. It was 120F in the sun today and it’s only the beginning of July! I knew it was going to be hot and humid down here, but sometimes I feel like I am breathing in water and roasting in an oven at the same time. Sound uncomfortable? Believe me it is — especially in overalls. We are used to maybe a day or two like this an entire year back home, not every day. We’re going through water and ice faster than we can get in on site.
Still having those daily storms too. I don’t think that’s going to change much and they only make it hotter. You can imagine after the storm has passed and all that moisture starts to evaporate in the sun. You can practically see it.
Last weekend was full of July 4th celebrations. We started off by walking through the French Quarter which was packed full of people. It was not only Independence Day but the annual Essence Festival was taking place too. People were throwing beads from all the balconies and doorways. Then the crew and I walked down to the Riverwalk where Rockin Doopsie Jr and his band were performing.
All of us were invited up on stage and we danced and had a great time. The girls even got Pete and Adam up dancing and I attempted to play the washboard — pretty funny. (I think I’ll stick to construction.) After the concert we walked to the water and watched fireworks over the river. Unbelievable! It was a great night.