Friday, April 20, 2007

Vegas Bound (Which is Not To Say Bound in Vegas)

Coffee in the Austin skyline mug, "So Long, So Wrong" by Alison Krauss & Union Station on iTunes. Not an accidental song choice this morning there--I decided I wanted to start the morning there. Well, start the morning is a bit of a stretch as I just got back from reading "Edward Fudwupper Fibbed Big" by Berkeley Breathed to J's pre-K class. Tough audience. I finished the story, left the book and fled.

Preparation for Vegas continues. I took the car in for an oil change and complete go-over this morning. It isn't even a year old yet, but 4,000 miles (more or less) over mountains and fully loaded in a week (more or less) is nothing to sneeze at.

The hardwall saga continues... When I picked up the one 3 mm panel of pvc yesterday I was amazed at how big it is. I had the middle row of seats in the back of the minivan (when will Honda make ALL the seats fold into the floor like Dodge and Chrysler?!?) so I couldn't just slide it in, but now I am wondering if 10 sheets will fit. And if they do, the floor is not level; it's all bumpy with latches for seats, rises and dips. Maybe I should build a platform for the rest of the stuff to sit on instead of on the hard walls. Or maybe a sheet of plywood underneath the panels is enough support for them. Or maybe I should consider cutting down the panels from 4X8 to either 2X8 or 4X4. Cut down they would be easier to pack, move, store and hang. But would the extra seams detract significantly form the walls?

The main reason for even doing hard walls is how good the hanging panels look against them as compared to how they look hanging in front of curtains. With the hard, flat walls, the light reflects better and makes them really sparkle. It isn't a night and day difference, but it is noticeable. The hard walls also look cleaner and make me look more professional. But they are heavier and more of a pain to store. What to do, what to do!

Right now what to do is get down and get another load in the kiln. The new stands from Elliott Metal arrive today and I have to meet the driver off I-85 to get them (free shipping with a little effort beats paying UPS any day!). The day is filling up. Monday I will be Live From Joe's where I will be working on my new catalog and artist cards.


Bill Paley said...

How about tying the hard walls to the roof of the vehicle? Or strapping them to the sides?

Brenda Griffith said...

Oh yes, and let's just watch me sail off into the sunset when the wind catches them and lifts us off the ground!