Clearly, fame hasn't changed my co-pilot in the slightest. In the interest of proving that I too am still the same old dude despite all the recent exposure, here is a post that has absolutely nothing to do with The Arti-- well, you know.
First off, an update on where things stand location-wise. I'm still hanging out in lovely Annandale, NJ with my brother and his family, enjoying perhaps the baddest driveway-turned-front-yard in the land, not to mention plenty of quality time with three groovy nieces. I'm also still focused on wrapping up a few upgrades to the Chinook before leaving here (more on that below), while staying rather busy with a steady flow of arranging and orchestrating work.
I took a break from all of that yesterday, however, to meet up with longtime blog reader and new Chinook owner Michael:
Apparently, I qualify as some sort of authority on Chinooks, so Michael made the trip up here from southeastern PA to have me explain the various inner workings of his new house on wheels. Little did he know that his was only the second Chinook I had ever stepped inside (including my own), but I played it cool and all went pretty well. I am, however, more than a little miffed that his Chinook's rear suspension, despite being four years older and around 50,000 miles more experienced than mine, feels noticeably better. The nerve.
Moving on...with the floors finished a week ago, I have since turned my attention to finally giving myself a good permanent workspace in this rolling home of mine. After many days of measuring, cutting, staining, polyurethaning, putting the whole together, taking it apart to fix a boneheaded mistake or two, and then finally putting it back together again, my bro and I wrapped it up earlier this evening, and I couldn't be happier with the results:
The genius of this design lies in how the keyboard rests on a sliding drawer, so when I'm not in music guy mode, it simply pushes in and locks into place, thereby becoming an all-purpose desk/table, like so:
The whole thing feels very sturdy and ergonomically set up, and perhaps best of all, the cost of the whole project came in comfortably under $100 (not counting the keyboard and bench). Of course, the real test won't come until I can put this baby through its paces over a couple of days, and as luck would have it, a pretty big pile of orchestrating work started to arrive today. The next project on the agenda is a modest solar upgrade, but with rain in the forecast over the next two days, I'll very likely just stay "home" and see how this desk design holds up under the gun.