Demolishing Homes - friday 2008-08-15 0251 last modified 2008-08-18 0119
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Two days in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to take part in Hands On Disaster Relief's post-river flood clean-up work. Most of this appears to involve gutting drywall, insulation, and other structures and elements where obscene amounts of black mold took root and grew for months.

I didn't know a thing about this world yesterday. Now, I do. The folks who put this all together have made an impressive space for useful manual labor and attracted a great group of people. I've met several wanderers and independent business owners, and, what else would you expect at a volunteering site, they all rush to lend a hand.

More on all that later. We're being given a place to sleep by a local church, Cedar Hill Community Church, with meals made for us by the amazing Pat and laundry service as needed. A huge thanks, it's great going out to work and having absolutely everything else taken care of.

There's more demolition work tomorrow, if my body isn't wracked by too much soreness.



You know, you did pretty good work. Probably would have been better if you hadn't been away from Minnesota for so long. Massachusetts has worn down your hard-working Minnesotan nature.

Fact: The average Minnesotan has never heard of either Computers or MIT.

Fact: The average Bay Stater is part computer. It's science.

Enjoy your trip. It was great meeting you. Minnesota is watching you.


N.D. Hollows on August 16, 2008 11:54 PM


Sound like your off to a good start. Demo work is good for shaking off all that sitting/driving. You snapping pictures?

Troy Ellerbee on August 26, 2008 08:13 PM

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