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B.A.T. Flat

November 28, 2010

It has been a busy holiday weekend. One year ago, we were gearing up for our big party. This year, we are sprinting towards getting an occupancy permit. We accomplished a lot, even took a break for some turkey, thanks to our U.City neighbors, so there will need to be a few posts to cover it all. Right now, finished eating leftovers, we’re too tired to document all of the progress, tonight. But, we realized we have much to be thankful for, our moms must be praying double hard! After all, we did joke about calling this blog: Things for Mom to Worry About.

I was out doing a recycling run and picking up lunch this beautiful, sunny afternoon. I pulled out of the park on the way to Bread Co., and felt the pull of the wheel and heard the telltale flappy sounds of a flat tire. I pulled over to the curb and confirmed what I suspected.

Flat tire

Now, this sounds like a huge bummer, but in fact, the timing of this is something to be very thankful for. Over the past year, and particularly in the last weeks, the B.A.T. has been working double time. The B.A.T. has carried our auction and salvage goodies, moved our construction stuff, and been borrowed by several friends. Even this morning, we picked up a truck load of lumber and decking for the apartment. These runs have happened at all hours of the day and night, in all kinds of weather and deadlines. This flat occurred on a sunny lunch run, a few blocks from B.A.B.. It was even the curb-side tire. I can’t begin to think of how many times a flat tire would have been a catastrophe.

Instead, I rolled down the window to enjoy the fresh air, called Tom and listened to the radio while I waited for him to come to my aid. It was a nice little break.

My Hero

OK, so it wasn’t all sweetness and light. Tom had to rig the jack with a concrete block, but it all worked. Luckily, we keep a ready supply of blocks in the truck. Though we had visions of a tire-changing-“A Christmas Story”-F-U-D-G-E-fiasco, the lug nuts remained in their place. The spare was functional and I went on my way. We suffered a late lunch.

We have a lot to be thankful for.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom Peterson permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:25 pm


    So thankful that you were okay Sue, with the flat tire.

    I think I am going to put you and Tom at the top of my daily prayers!!

    You both are so patient..


    • Tom permalink*
      November 30, 2010 4:10 pm

      thanks mom

    • Sue permalink
      November 30, 2010 4:15 pm

      Maybe we should get you some knee pads to help you through our construction adventures!

  2. Joanne Cooper permalink
    November 29, 2010 12:34 am

    I’m not sure if you got my earlier post about the Jacoby cartoons you found (I just signed up for your blog). Please take the cartoons to the Missouri Historical Society and they may be able to tell you what church window documents that you have. Also, you were wondering about the cartoons you found that were labeled St. Stephen’s Church. The St. Stephen’s on Wilmington; those windows were designed by Russell Krause and crafted by Emil Frei Studios. My husband and I own a stained glass business, Art Glass Creations, and I am interested in what you find on the Jacoby cartoons. Thanks!

    • Sue permalink
      November 29, 2010 9:51 am

      Hi Joanne-
      I’m glad you found us. We have a a great deal of information on Jacoby Studios thanks to William Oppliger. I have a stack of marketing pages that he sent which list Russell Kraus as one of their window designers, and shows a photo of the workers. The sheet I have on Saint Stephen’s Church does not list the designer, only the building’s architect, A.F. and Arthur Stauder. The design does have some similarities to his other works, however. The cartoons we found are from the church on Wilmington, just a few blocks away. They were made by Jacoby, not Frei. I promise we will post more about Jacoby!



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