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October 20, 2015

It seems that the second day after heavy exertion is the worst, especially after sitting at our desks all day. Tom e-mailed me the weight from the dumpster folks this morning, justifying our soreness.

Tom was worried about the weight. The truck groaned a lot but it was able to life it.

Tom was worried about the weight. What would we do if it was too heavy for the truck? The truck groaned a lot but it was able to lift it.

We knew the first dumpster would be heavy; that one was full of bricks and concrete and came in at almost 12 tons! The second dumpster was much larger. He spoke with the dumpster company today. He wrote to me:

“Yesterday, their pick-up truck was straining to lift the dumpster, and its tires on the pavement were super scrunchy as it pulled away, as if it was overloaded. Today they told me their “safe” load limit is 15 tons; ours… 17.26 TONS!”

Doing the math, the BAB Warriors each could claim to have literally chucked a TON off the roof!

For some reason that got me thinking about a great song that is prominent in one of my favorite movies, Joe Versus the Volcano. (I can often relate to his “Brain Cloud” diagnosis.) The song is Sixteen Tons. The chorus is:

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store

Change sixteen to seventeen, company store to Big Ass Building, and that pretty much sums up what some days feel like at the BAB. That lead me to another part of the movie. At the end, Joe and Patricia are standing at the edge of the volcano, about the jump in and Patricia says:

Nobody knows anything. We’ll take this leap and we’ll see. We’ll jump and we’ll see. That’s life.

That pretty much sums up the BAB adventure.

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