okay, so i never did get a photo of the ice cream i made. it turned out pretty darn good but i put waaay too many chips in it. it was quadruple chipped and you might think that’s a good thing but it was actually overboard. anyway, now i know.
i put in a long day today. i was at lowe’s shortly after 7am and at work working on the fountain by 7:30. then the plumber came to troubleshoot the pipes. then his snake got stuck and he called GRU in for help. GRU guy came and we found a sewer manhole cover we didn’t know existed right there in the garden. after cutting 3 irrigation lines, we got the manhole cover off and lo and behold a 20′ deep pit that is the city sewer. the plumbers snake was all twisted up in there so they freed it up and we made another appointment to have a look with the camera down the pipes tomorrow morning. at some point during this, the cooler repair guy shows up to troubleshoot the cooler that is down. he makes some progress but makes an appointment to come back before we open. i notice that one of our pumps is out, that sends water to the garden but that’s a good thing since we cut 3 irrigation lines anyway. so i got a call in to the pump master for a new pump and told him to bring it when he brings the pump for the fountain, tomorrow.
then the guy shows up who is supposed to give us a quote on garbage and recycling collection. the new company in town trying to win our business. then my wife and daughter show up for lunch. then i finally get back to working on the fountain for many hours. ran out of materials around 3pm and back to lowe’s and back to work on the fountain.
finally after 5pm, i get this shot of the fountain. pretty much finished. it is my hope that tomorrow, or thursday early, i can pipe the water feature and crank her up. i feel like tv20 and the gainesville sun should be there. actually, i feel like the new york times and cnn should be there. anyway, maybe i can get it on film for my satchel’s movie.
on another wavelength today, we unveiled the satchgrant program. i put the poster on the door about our new grant program for non-profits. the link is now online here. before lunch we had our first applicant. how does that happen? how did the non-profits already clue in to the satchgrant when the program has only been up and running a few hours?? wow. i think there is a need for funds these days for charities and i imagine that funding is harder and harder to come by. anyway, i am excited about this new opportunity to serve the community and give back. if business stays good, we may be able to expand the program after the first year. currently, there are will be 8 grants awarded per year for up to $500 each.
alright good people. you know the inside scoop for real now. you know more than my wife knows. you know all the inside workings of the machine. it is well oiled. it is humming along… fountains, grants, and snakes in sewer pipes… we do more than just pizza.