Sawdust, Sneezes, & Spackle

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Island Life, Preparations, Slider, Work | 2 comments

Tasting party staff!

Tasting party staff!

I know you, our dedicated blog reader, are disappointed that we haven’t been posting regularly. Well, in all honesty, we’re probably going to continue that trend. We’ll try harder, though. I promise.

Life hasn’t been too exciting lately. We’ve been working on the brewpub pretty much all day, every day. Recent projects include deconstructing, cutting, and sanding about 3 million pallets; sneezing and wheezing as sawdust takes over our space; attempting to clean bathrooms with no running water; hauling buckets of water from home; caulking, spackling, and painting everything in sight; sneezing some more while sweeping up sawdust yet again; and injuring our backs, hands, and feet while performing the aforementioned activities. We’ve been subsisting mainly on egg-bacon-cheese sandwiches from the bakery and pizza from Brothers Pizza next door.

It’s not all bad, though. We’re getting a lot done, and even though it seems as if the work will go on forever, we know it won’t. Or at least we keep telling ourselves that. Since we’re downtown all day, we get to meet all kinds of interesting people. Sometimes it’s hard to get much work done because people stop by all day long, asking about what we’re doing, when we’re opening, and just wanting to chat. One older gentleman even came by and brought us sodas! Everyone is super positive and supportive, and it’s great to feel like a real part of the community.

We’ve been able to contribute to society a bit as well. For the past year or so, we’ve seen a dog with a giant tumor on her stomach hanging out on the plaza. When we started working on the brewpub, we saw her almost every day, and we knew we wanted to help her. Unfortunately, we’ve been super busy, so we put it on the back burner. We decided that once we had some free time, we would figure out a way to raise the money to take her to the vet. Well, as luck would have it, some volunteers with Animal Rescue of Rincón (ARF) had noticed the dog and decided to do something about it. We let them know we wanted to help and donated a little money towards her surgery. After Plaza (the dog’s super-creative new name, haha) had the 3.5-pound tumor removed, we picked her up from the vet and nursed her back to health at our house. She is such a sweetie!

ARF does a lot to help the animals of Rincón, but they don’t have a shelter; everything is done with volunteers and fosters. They try to find homes for as many dogs as possible, but there is a significant number of satos (street dogs) here, so it’s not an easy feat. In order to help more animals, they’ve begun to catch dogs, vaccinate and spay/neuter, then release them. We released Plaza back on the (you guessed it) plaza, where she lived before, and she’s healthier and happier than ever! When we work at the brewpub, she often comes over for food, water, and snuggles; and she loves to lie inside while we work. We’re so happy that she’s in better shape! If you want to help, please consider donating to ARF. It’s a wonderful all-volunteer organization that is making great strides in our community.

Well, that’s your update for now.