The Bride of the First House (bride) wrote,
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How to Pitch a Tent... the Husband Guy and Wife Girl Way

weather: partially sunny
outside: 23°C
mood: laughing
music: Placido Domingo - Carmen, Blumenlied (Bizet)

So, a little background first: we have a 4-car garage, but my car is the 5th car in the house. My car went in the outdoor car port. This wouldn't be a problem except the neighbours have a cherry tree that leans over into our car port. This would be the same physically abusive, angry, fruit spitting, bird doot flinging, son of a pit. And I cried that time we had to wash my car over and over again because the cherries just would not come off.

About a month ago, Husband Guy bought a Coolaroo gazebo/tent thing to protect the car. He finally got around to putting it together just now.

  • take all parts out of the box and lay them out on the back lawn

  • put the steel rods of the rectangle roof rim together

  • try to put together the prism part of the roof

  • fail

  • ask the Wife Girl for help

  • fix a rod that popped out

  • succeed in putting rods in place for the roof

  • fix a rod that popped out

  • tighten all joints

  • fix a rod that popped out, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot

  • put in upper leg rods in all four corners

  • fix a rod that popped out, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot

  • put in lower leg rods two at a time in the four corners

  • fix a rod that popped out, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, fix another one that popped out in another spot, ...

  • start putting the roof canvas on anyway

  • dodge bees (somehow, the canvas has some slightly sticky stuff on it that must've smelled like something to the bees because we were flocked by half an army of drones)

  • pull canvas over frame

  • fix a rod that popped out

  • dodge bees

  • pull canvas over frame

  • fix a rod that popped out

  • dodge bees

  • tug corners in and hook into legs

  • fix a rod that popped out

  • fix a rod that popped out

  • fix a rod that popped out

  • tug last corner in and hook into the last leg

  • dodge bees

  • bees finally realize there are no flowers to hump and leave... except the one drone that either had brain damage or was in denial and kept hanging around to try to get his flower...

  • move the whole structure so that two of the legs are on the grass - two of the legs will have to be tied to cinder blocks with rope because they're on concrete

  • pound two pegs into grass holding the gazebo by ringlets in the leg... the second leg took a while because there was a big rock or something solid directly underneath. The peg still sticks about an inch out of the ground...

  • put cinder blocks on top of each

  • bring out rope to tie the other two legs to the cinder blocks

  • cut rope

  • realize neither of us were Scouts

  • send Wife Girl inside to Google for knot tying

  • Wife Girl learns to tie a Figure 8 Knot online

  • Wife Girl goes back outside and ties the two legs to the cinder blocks

  • start cleaning up and discover that Coolaroo gave us a cheap canvas golf bag

  • puzzle over golf bag

  • put everything in golf bag and take it all inside

  • decide that we deserve bubbletea tonight after dinner

=P

Tags: habitation, husband guy
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