June 15, Kuya Obet arrives to plan the location and proper placement of the Mindanao Bob’s Deluxe BBQ Grill, which will be referred to as “The Grill” for the rest of this post. First item was his pay; P 450.00 per day and P250.00 for his gofer, plus their lunches, which was agreed to by both parties.
Measure and plan, plus work up a list of building materials, after viewing all photos Bob sent to me. Kuya Obet smiled at the pictures and gave them the “Thumbs Up” (Kudos to Bob, Jun and Jun-Jun from Kuya Obet)
Due to prior commitments Kuya Obet will start on Tuesday June 22nd. I am starting my quest for a nautical steering wheel, today. I found one inside my house, but alas it was too small, and besides it’s a clock.
Same day, I jump into my trusty old car, and head to beautiful downtown Dinalupihan. For just before the town there are many wood working shops, and if you can describe what you want, they can make it. I stopped to see a guy I’d dealt with in a past, a young man named Romacris, (I didn’t name him, I just hired him) we talked about the wheel and he even had a couple in stock, yea but they were much too large. So I showed him the size I wanted, and picked out a hardwood called Yakal (again I didn’t name it, just picked it out) it was quite heavy and nice to look at. We came to a mutual agreement on the price, and he was going to try to have it done in four days, I stepped in and said that I won’t need it for a week, the smile lit up his face, his first Kano, that didn’t want it yesterday.
June 17th located the Red Brick store; I bought a sample of each size to show to Kuya Obet for final approval, I always defer to the expert.
Whoa Nelly; while taking the picture of the 2 bricks on my bar I observed that one the right was almost twice the size of the one on the left. Now, I might not be the sharpest knife in the box, but with only a 3 Peso difference in the price the large one is the way to go. I think Kuya Obet will agree. I will still get some of the small ones for fill and trim. But the lions share will be the large ones.
Next I’ll go see my medal fabricator guy; I’ve been dealing with him, for over 10 years. And we argue every time we get together, my wife and his, both laugh at us, as they know we really do like each other. Then we’ll have a couple of beers and joke about it. His wife said that we’re both “thick heads”, I wonder why?
Monday June 21st. Digma Hardware delivers materials needed to start. I’ll provide a cost breakdown at the end of part II of this saga. I can smell the charcoal burning in my mind’s eye. (I don’t know what that means?)
I also received a text today from Romacris the woodworker, that the Ship’s wheel was done, I will pick it up bukas.
Tuesday June 22nd. Kuya Obet started to day, at 0800 hours, by 10:00 hours it was all ready framed in, and well underway. Drove to the shop of Romacris and picked up the wheel, noted it was very heavy and now I must put a Counter weight on the other end of the stainless steel rod.
22nd June, midday, of course it had to rain, would I expect any less?
Part II next week.