The crew is loading the crates with all of their tools so we can send them down to New Orleans for next week. I’m excited about this job — sustainable building is what I love most and the house plans are an interesting challenge.
I’m worried about some of the crew. It’ll be completely different from what they are used to — from the design and technologies of the build to the sub-tropical temperatures. In the summer the temperatures in New Orleans average about 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit but can get up to 120 on some days, with very high humidity. And it’s hurricane season so we have to keep watch on that as well. I have a feeling it will be hardest on Pinky. She’s very close to her family and I’m not sure she’ll be able to make it through the entire summer. I can see a change in her already and hope she can stick it out.
I’ve arranged for the crew to bring a guest down for a visit while we are there. I want to try to keep everyone happy and I think having family and friends visit will go a long way. This will be a grueling summer. But it’ll be a little easier for me since I have my kids Amanda, Sherry and Mike Jr. working with me.
I’m looking forward to a change of scenery too. I love helping people in Canada, but it’s time to help those in need in Louisiana. They were let down by a lot of people after Katrina. I hope this project will get the ball rolling on some positive change down there. It’s overdue.
It’s been a crazy process putting all of this together. We have to ship all of our tools down, rent equipment while we are there but also plan for 18 people to fly down and stay for almost three months. That’s a long time for some people to be away from home — like my construction crew, while others — those in television production, have done this many times before.
Our hotel is about a 15-minute drive from the building site in the Lower Ninth, so we’ll have to map out our route through the city and find the building supply stores too.
That leaves me wondering whether or not I’ll be able to wear my overalls down there the whole time…