DAY #471

19 Volunteers
3 Contract Carpenters
3 HVAC Technicians
2 Contract Plumbers
1 Contract Electrician
1 Electrical Engineer
1 Construction Consultant
1 Salem UU Volunteer
5 Visitors
Link to Nov.30 slideshow here 

The insulation work completed today was a real challenge with volunteers having to crawl into small spaces as they worked around HVAC ducting, soffits, pipes, and nooks and crannies in the east end. Baseboard backing was added to rooms in the south end, and having those plywood panels will help maintain the integrity of the bottom of the sheetrock walls. Several volunteers worked at taping and mudding the east wall of the sanctuary and finished corner joints.

nov30 south entry-tIt was extremely cold throughout the building in the morning, and quite cold and breezy for the crew working on adding the 1/2 x 2-1/2 inch lap decking on the south entrance. It looks terrific from the street, but is even more impressive as you stand underneath and get a kink in your neck as you look up. It was especially impressive at 4:30 PM to look south and see the sliver of moon and a jet stream reflecting a red sun.






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There were trips around town in an effort to find a specific size of wrench for tightening bolts on the south entrance and they were finally located at Sears, requiring a special trip at the end of a long day. There was lots of paperwork completed. We take so many things for granted – like electric lights. It was so dark in the project office at 4:30 PM that the photo cell on a calculator refused to light up! A meeting was held with the electrical engineer to discuss light fixtures. We can hardly wait.

We have a lockable door on the corridor door to “Steve’s Clubhouse” on the southwest corner of the building. We have had a lockable door to the outside all along, but only a sleazy plastic “door” for a couple of weeks and the wind put forth a hefty draft since parts of the Clubhouse are open to the outdoors. The solid door has made a big difference in helping to keep the west end 2 degrees warmer — much appreciated in the restroom. Makes it less of an outhouse experience.

The plumbers cut and moved some threaded drainpipe to accommodate block work. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. One volunteer decorated the tree and cut sheetrock. Photos were snapped. Several people wrote on the sign-in sheet that they had moved lumber onto the roof. One simply said, “Roof Stuff.” Thanks to Kirk Taylor who delivered fresh sign-in sheets to see us through until next year. He has supplied these sheets for all 471 days we have been on this job. It’s very helpful to have the consistency in style and know we don’t even need to ask for the coming month – they just appear as if by magic!



“This place was as cold as a meat locker.”

“I will do one more thing.” “Allergies going crazy.” “The wild turkeys are back.”

“I did major supervision and returned borrowed items.”

DAY #470

16 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
1 Electrician Owner
2 HVAC Technicians
1 Concrete Owner
1 Virtual Construction Consultant


For another “officially” closed day, things were hopping at the BUUB, with more volunteers than many official days. Scaffolding arrived to facilitate being able to reach the fabricating of the roof for the south entrance. Each contractor and volunteer was given a reminder about safety. This is especially important because the temperature is expected to drop in the next few days, and the building is COLD. Tomorrow work moves outside and some will be like doing a high wire act. Everyone is asked to stay focused on the job, stay happy and safe. This will be the last of the outside work.

Two volunteers continued adding lights and decorations to the holiday tree and it is looking better all the time. It sure smells good! There was sheetrock taping and mudding in the sanctuary, some work on bazaar items, food delivery, kitchen cleanup and dishes washed. A second door frame was prepped with sanding and putty. There was a trip to the City permit office to discuss the plans for the berms. One volunteer spent most of the day on paperwork and in meetings with the HVAC, electrical, and concrete contractors. One carpenter brought climbing harness and rope to use while working on the south entrance roof — not needed today, but will keep it handy for tomorrow.

Thanks to those installing insulation – which meant crawling around in tight places to reach above the floating clouds in the sanctuary and social hall. No easy task. Hot coffee and hot food are our favorite things. I forgot to mention the impromptu donation of a lovely vegetable tray on Friday. The last carrot was consumed today.



“Tomorrow we deal with truss tails.” ……”What happens if you dream about mufflers all night? …..”You wake up exhausted.”

“It was cold working in the building today, but I had a lot of fun taping and mudding, and I will be back tomorrow to help Chuck.”



Last night, after hours, Ed Zack came by the BUUB to be sure things were locked up and lights out. As he left, and was turning from Chambers to 13th, he witnessed a car/bicycle accident. He blocked the intersection with his vehicle and administered first aid to the woman bicyclist and called 911. He got her stabilized until the EMTs arrived. All that Red Cross experience comes in handy!

DAY #469

9 Volunteers
4 Contract Masons
1 Contract Electrician
1 Contract Electrician Supervisor
3 Mieli Construction Flag Snaggers
1 Virtual Contract Consultant


El Viejo called this morning to report a crow sitting on the skylight in the project office. This report is turning into a bird checklist!

For a day more or less “officially” closed, we had an assortment of activities. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. One volunteer began decorating the holiday tree, with the following report: “I got it started… nicely wrapped at the top. The place to begin has an orange tape hanging from the place to plug in the next one. The lights next to the wall need repair. The scissor lift is right where it needs to be with tools there to remove bulb sockets if needed — though we also need single replacement lights.” (If you are past the time in your life when you decorate a tree and have ornaments to donate, bring them to the BUUB.)

Two volunteers did taping and mudding sheetrock in the sanctuary. They also installed metal corner protectors. One volunteer reported hanging a door. Others worked on installing insulation in some of the more difficult spaces requiring odd shapes, awkward angles and lots of cuts. There was also de-nailing some of the odds and ends of lumber that formed the temporary framing on the south entrance. Once it is cleaned up it goes straight to the storage area on the southwest corner.



If you would rather give cash than shop for warm clothes for the BUUB Christmas tree, consider this option….Dave Franzen — who shared the following from Lara Howe who posted on the freecycle listserv.

“Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can make a difference. That’s what a man told me one day as I gave him a 6-pack of socks I’d just bought for my husband with the cash I no longer had. I’ve been handing out new socks when I can ever since. This year I ask my fellow Holiday Marketeers as well as my Oregon Country Fair Family to join me by purchasing (made in USA please) socks to donate to the Egan Warming Centers. Bring sock donations to Dana’s Cheesecake, or my booth (#217). If you can donate cash for us to buy socks wholesale please take the money to the Vendor Lounge which is located just beyond my booth and ask for the donation jar for the Sock Drive. Socks don’t suck but not having them does…” (BRING SOCKS OR DONATION TO THE BUUB TREE AND WE WILL GET THEM TO DANA’S CHEESECAKE BY CHRISTMAS EVE)




I am including information that Todd Woodward sent to CHAT earlier today. Since it involves Information Technology and the BUUB, I thought it would be helpful to share it with the people on this list. I apologize to those who already read it on CHAT.

Howdy y’all,

If you have an interest or know of someone who has an interest in information technology (IT) please let me know. I’m researching the possible and potential formation of an IT working group for UUCE, and want to gauge interest and expertise among us.

The goal is to create a working group of IT people who can help document, maintain and support UUCE’s IT infrastructure (current and at the BUUB) and provide continuing guidance and consistency. The other goal is to save money instead of having to repeatedly bring in IT people from the outside, especially to fix minor issues or to fix things that could have been prevented proactively. There’s also the possibility of being an IT resource for members of the church, such as Q&A. And the last goal is a selfish one: I don’t want to be the only go-to-person regarding IT issues. 😉

Please let me know! I would greatly appreciate it.
Todd D. Woodward

DAY #468

2 Volunteers
4 Visitors

One volunteer was the lead volunteer and the other was our recycling guru. Since it was basically a half day for work, the main activities focused on more tool roundup and repair, reorganizing, and having a more efficient system of utilizing extension cords. Over the past month, about 20 extension cords had been hooked up to get lights for sheetrockers, or power to the far reaches for power tools, etc. Some seemed to have no past function except to provide something to trip over.

The recycling guru is meticulous in ferreting out metal strapping bands, cardboard, and various types of plastic that get carelessly tossed into the large trash cans and sometimes make it to the dumpster, but she is beginning to get everyone trained a little more as time goes on.

The holiday tree stood tall and only drank about two inches of water overnight from the wash tub it is sitting in. When I stopped by about 3 PM, the box of lights and decorations was waiting for someone to come decorate the tree, but we have plenty of time to get that done. The reason we got the tree as early as we did was to help out the property owner who needed it gone. It is a lovely tree and we are happy to have it for free.

This afternoon, five wild turkeys were in the parking lot! Another new bird for our BUUB list! My son who is a birder, told me tonight that he does not remember seeing them that far into town. They might have come for the acorns falling from the oak trees. Let’s hope they don’t start roosting on our skylights….

Tomorrow, the BUUB is open for business from 8 AM to 4 PM. A hot lunch will be available.



“This church has people who have a vision for the future but are realistic. You support stewardship, not only with money but with your resources and time … a bunch of locusts.” — paraphrased from Rev. Forsey’s sermon this morning. I hope I captured the essence.



DAY #466

13 Volunteers
4 Visitors
2 Contract Painters
1 Contract Sheetrocker


Several volunteers worked on the South Entrance trusses, covering them with plastic to protect them from the weather. The contract sheetrock foreman came to collect their tools because they are basically done. The painters did the chapel and corridors, which basically completes the finished walls. There were no people applying insulation today.

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Photos above: Saturday, November 26 – Ed Zack and Ian Shideler weatherproofing the trusses and beams.

The main activity inside related to cleaning up messes. Lumber was de-nailed and moved to storage, extension cords untangled and moved to the old boiler room, all empty 5-gallon paint buckets rounded up and moved outside where a diligent volunteer scrubbed them out, so they are ready for reuse. There was lots and lots of cleanup and rounding up tools to get them back to the carts in the sanctuary where they are easily accessible. And after things were picked up and put away, the floors were swept.

Impromptu chicken noodle soup and mac & cheese, salad, and great cookies were delivered and consumed. The dishes were washed.

Nice to have two young people who, along with their mother, moved a large stack of lighting fixtures from the back hall to storage in the mezzanine of the boiler room. Then they emptied all the trash and de-nailed lumber. All the vacuums were cleaned up so they are ready to use. The side panels of all the rolling carts were removed.

Just as light began to fade, Bob and Margaret Kaeser arrived with a 19-foot douglas fir tree that was donated by an Elmira resident who is not even a member of the church. It was wrapped in a shroud and getting it through the back door was like giving birth to a baby. It was bulky and long. It was transferred to a rolling cart to get it from trailer to the chapel – but the rolling cart kept balking and refusing to come in the north door. Finally, with orders from El Viejo four people wrestled it inside. I opted to snap pictures of the operation instead. By the time it was positioned into place with the aid of the scissor lift and anchored to the beam, it was pitch dark, and the job was completed by flashlight.

After church and the discussion on Right Relations tomorrow, if you find yourself with a free afternoon and want to help decorate the tree, come on by the BUUB. We have lights and ornaments from last year. Once it is decorated, everyone is invited to bring adult size socks, scarves, hats, gloves, jackets, sweaters, sleeping bags or blankets for under the tree. It might be a good idea to wrap them in plastic to keep them clean. The Church will have a tree as well, and will be happy to have children size hats, gloves, and scarves. The newsletter will have the details.

The digital camera in the bright blue case HAS BEEN FOUND! It was in the styrofoam container with the clean blue rags.


“With those skylights, every room is a cathedral.”

“I took masts off the ships of the desert” (aka rolling carts used to move trusses on Wednesday)

REMEMBER: Only one service tomorrow – 11 AM

DAY #466

9 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Painter
1 Board Member
8 Visitors

Here we go again! We are “officially” closed and we have more volunteers than on some of our “official” days. It’s amazing how day after day, open or closed, volunteers show up to work in a cold, dark, dirty, dangerous building. Sheetrock finishing was taking place on the east wall in the Sanctuary. One crew tended the new beam trusses, doing work in the dry, sunny weather that could not be done in the rain on Wednesday. Today presented an opportunity for the trusses and beams to dry out and to sand and prime the steel rods so they wouldn’t rust and stain the beautiful wood.

TOMORROW: Clean up carts, put tools away, insulate, do finishing on sheetrock, weatherize the beam trusses, sweep, pick up clutter.


I sent photos of our new south entrance structure to Ellie in Vermont, my brother in LA, and a friend in Portland. Their comments were interesting:

Ellie has been on SHARE for a couple of years and is on our 400 Days email list. She has not been to Eugene. This is her observation: “i realize i have created a picture of the BUUB in my mind out of whole cloth. i would have sworn i knew just what it looked like and now i realize i totally made it up.”

From my brother: “Very impressive. Looks like it might actually look like a church when you are finished. “

From a UU friend in Portland: “VERY GOOD! Judie This elevated roofed-entry is a wonderful addition to your structure….it’s the perfect welcoming configuration!!!”


The following chart shows the membership of all 59 UU congregations in the Pacific Northwest District, how many Chalice Lighters they have now, what percentage of their members are Chalice Lighters and what their percentage was in 2008. You will notice that Eugene had only a 6.22% in 2008 and we are now the highest percentage of any of the congregations with more than 300 members. We are at 43.46%….which is wonderful. Being the competitive person that I am, I hope we can get our percentage above 50% so we can get a bold heart instead of a smiley face. (This is lined up better to read on the email listserv.)

I am offering a special offer to anyone on this list who signs up to become a new Chalice Lighter between now and December 15. When you become a Chalice Lighter, you will be asked to donate $15 no more than three times per year. The grants support growth projects in the district. If you sign up, I will invite you to my house for a Dutch Baby Breakfast (aka German pancake). If you would like to become a new Chalice Lighter, either call me 541-335-1637 or email me Our percentage is actually a little higher, since we have added some new people.. We only need 14 more!


Congregation | Members Chalice Lighters | % Participation 2008 | Participation %


# Congregation has an Ambassador (47 congregations)

♥ 50% or more participation (11 congregations)

☺ 30% to 50% participation (24 congregations)

Florence# 17 16 94.12 ♥ 38.24

Olympic (Port Angeles)# 1999 2006 68 62 91.18 ♥ 44.88

Magic Valley (Twin Falls)# 27 24 88.89 ♥ 31.82

All Souls (Lacey) 2007 17 15 88.24 ♥ 66.67

Umpqua (Roseburg)# 2000 2007 57 47 82.46 ♥ 43.66

Klamath Falls 1999 20 15 75.00 ♥ 50.00

Juneau# 37 27 72.97 ♥ 65.22

Community (Tri-Cities)# 60 37 61.67 ♥ 59.57

Free Church (Blaine)# 1992 2008 51 30 58.82 ♥ 44.83

Pacific (Astoria)# 23 13 56.52 ♥ 63.64

Rogue Valley (Ashland)# 1991 2009 187 97 51.87 ♥ 54.86

McMinnville# 43 20 46.51 ☺ n/a

West Linn (South Park) 20 9 45.00 ☺ 21.43

Eugene# 336 146 43.45 ☺ 6.22

Anchorage 189 82 43.39 ☺ 47.15

Evergreen (Marysville)# 1992 1998 156 67 42.95 ☺ 53.60

Hillsboro (Washington County)# 1992 2008 186 79 42.47 ☺ 31.67

Port Townsend (Quimper)# 1996 2009 311 127 40.84 ☺ 39.06

Freeland (Whidbey Island)# 2005 2010 80 32 40.00 ☺ 28.57

Ellensburg (Kittitas Valley)# 41 16 39.02 ☺ 87.50

Bellingham# 2010 287 107 37.28 ☺ 15.08

Vancouver# 2007 218 80 36.70 ☺ 41.00

Hood River (Mid-Columbia)# 67 24 35.82 ☺ 35.85

Oregon City (Atkinson)# 2011 192 66 34.38 ☺ 4.41

Bend (Central Oregon)# 131 45 34.35 ☺ 20.18

Mount Vernon (Skagit)# 1997 62 21 33.87 ☺ 12.96

Seward 9 3 33.33 ☺ 20.00

Kirkland (Northlake)# 1994 2001 130 43 33.08 ☺ 46.74

Fairbanks# 2004 95 31 32.63 ☺ 30.10

Yakima 2002 92 30 32.61 ☺ 36.47

Westside UU Cong. (Seattle)# 2000 2009 173 56 32.37 ☺ 30.99

Bainbridge Island (Cedars) 2003 128 39 30.47 ☺ 30.88

North Idaho# 23 7 30.43 ☺ 20.59

Grants Pass# 46 14 30.43 ☺ 6.25

Woodinville# 1994 2008 174 52 29.89 30.91

Shoreline# 1996 2003 121 36 29.75 31.78

Portland (Eastrose)# 1990 2004 99 28 28.28 24.47

Boise# 1998 2006 257 71 27.63 23.14

Tacoma# 206 56 27.18 12.50

Bremerton (Kitsap)# 217 57 26.27 31.34

Portland (West Hills)# 138 36 26.09 2.20

Friday Harbor (San Juan) 12 3 25.00 16.67

Portland (Wy’east)# 1996 58 14 24.14 23.40

Moscow# 1997 154 34 22.08 15.08

Wenatchee (Cascade) 111 23 20.72 15.00

Coos Bay-North Bend (South Coast) 30 6 20.00 20.00

Olympia# 2002 253 50 19.76 17.65

Des Moines (Saltwater)# 1998 181 33 18.23 10.17

Salem# 1999 224 39 17.41 18.35

Seattle (University)# 837 125 14.93 3.76

Spokane# 368 45 12.23 5.32

Edmonds# 1995 325 33 10.15 9.06

Bellevue (East Shore)# 642 45 7.01 3.61

Kodiak 16 1 6.25 0.00

Waldport (Central Coast) 34 2 5.88 6.06

Sitka 18 1 5.56 0.00

Corvallis 293 14 4.78 3.82

Portland (First Unitarian) 1041 43 4.13 3.14

Vashon Island 67 2 2.99 3.70

Non-member, CLF, etc. 51 51


District totals 9793 2535 25.89 18.08



# Congregation has an Ambassador (47 congregations)

♥  50% or more participation (11 congregations)

☺ 30% to 50% participation (24 congregations)



No Volunteers Today (At least none who signed in)

Husband Ed and I stopped at the BUUB about 5 PM full of Thanksgiving dinner, just long enough to pick up the sign in sheet. I hope everyone had a wonderful day. I learned late this evening that others were in the building to borrow tables and chairs for a dinner party with more guests than chairs.

I thought it would be fun to list some of the highlights of the past year. I enjoyed going back over the 400 Days journal and being reminded of the many things we have accomplished and the funny things that have happened. So here goes:

We found Betty Hosokowa’s hammer! It had been missing for months.

The chimney in the old boiler room was dismantled in record time.

Rainbow Optics came to pick up the huge glass fronted display case.

124 people came to an open house and we smashed toilets! Ben Weber discovered that open front toilet seats form UU – giggle, giggle.

Last Thanksgiving, 24 people came for a potluck dinner the day after – Norma Landy and Lexi Miller were winners in the croquet tournament.

Quote of the Day:

“I had to find a job for a woman with a broken leg.”

A sister circle became the Chairitables and cleaned the 50+ blue padded chairs that Gil Osgood had carefully dismantled. Then they cleaned the 18 gold chairs!

An anonymous donor delivered a 30 foot holiday tree – it smelled wonderful….we decorated it with ornaments and then added hats, gloves, sweaters, scarves, socks and blankets that were donated to St. Vincent DePaul.

The Breakfast Club and friends went caroling in the neighborhood then came back to the BUUB for hot chocolate and cookies and sang carols as they held hands in a circle around the tree.

80 people attended the day after Christmas potluck and we had to keep bringing in more and more tables and chairs.


For those of you who get The New Yorker the latest issue has the perfect cartoon and is the source of today’s quote. It features a couple talking to a contractor who is holding a set of plans in the middle of a remodeling job. He says: “Worst-case scenario? The renovation goes three years and two million dollars over budget, one of you bludgeons me to death with my own hammer, and you both get the electric chair.”

Warehouse space was donated and we prepare to clear out as much stuff as possible for storage so we have room to move around.

There was a pizza party to honor Mike Epperson who will be leaving Eugene tomorrow.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Thankfully the temporary furnace system at the BUUB is providing a reasonable amount of heat – at least enough to prevent frozen pipes. I did notice, however, that all the people working were wearing their coats and hats, so the temperature inside was not what we would call “comfy.”

The forklift is parked in the lobby.

The fork lift was liberated! How many UUs does it take to liberate a fork lift? Twelve.

There seems to never be enough carts with wheels.

The concrete for the new addition was poured and it was a perfect day for it to dry, with El Viejo on hand after 5 PM to make sure no deer or raccoons walked through and left their footprints. He may still be on watch!

A crew of five began tearing all the siding off the north side of the building at 4:30 PM and had it completely stripped, de-nailed and stored inside, with the new concrete quartermastered and tools put away by 7:30 PM.


“Feeding the volunteers is like a swarm of locusts……or being at a frat house.”

There are in excess of 2,000 bricks to be cleaned.

Late this afternoon I wanted to do some sweeping but the brooms and dustpan were nowhere to be found. I looked in each and every room, and finally mentioned it to one of the framers. He said “oh, the brooms are on the roof, let me go get them.”

A sign was attached to the vault – Tornado Shelter.


“The last time I was in the BUUB, the restroom was still in the east end of the building. I went there – no toilet….I looked in every room trying to find it, and it took forever. They need to tell old ladies where they put the toilet.” (Just in case you need to know – right now it is in the southwest corner of the building!)

Martha Osgood was taking photos from outside the BUUB – “The roofers thought she was from OSHA!”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: A jingle submitted by a volunteer:

Hail, hail

The bio-swale!

It’s got plants and water

Doin’ what they ought-er…

Keeping puddles out,

Giving floods the rout.

Now let’s hear that shout:


Now back to the present. Tomorrow the BUUB is “officially” closed, but there might be someone there off and on if you have family who wants to see inside. Saturday we are open and seeking volunteers – 8 AM to 4 PM.

DAY #463

12 Volunteers
3 Contract Carpenters
2 HVAC Technicians
2 Contract Electricians
1 Contract Consultant
4 Visitors

There isn’t a day that can begin to compare with the awesome day we had today. Over a three hour period, Mark Doonan, Jake Walsh, Steve Van Der Veen, Oso Harper, Al Hutt, Myles Knebel, and Ed Zack worked in a downpour and foot deep mud to install the six trusses for the roof of the south entrance. Anna Sontag and I stood on the front sidewalk with cameras clicking away to document this incredible event. The crew arrived at dawn and began the final preparation for moving those six laminate trusses from the social hall to the front entrance and outside.

Each truss was positioned onto one of our rolling carts, held in place with side boards and was carefully rolled through the opening to the south. Once outside, a harness was attached to the peak of the truss and two guy ropes were attached. The fork of the Grade-All was slipped through the harness and the whole truss was raised up and over the roof to the waiting beam. As the crane on the Grade-All was raised higher and higher, men pulled on the ropes to help move the truss into position so it could be slid into metal brackets. I arrived a little after the first truss was put into place, and because of how it was positioned, it was one of the more tedious to get into the brackets. With the two men holding the guy ropes, two other carpenters stood on scissor lifts that were fully extended to help guide the truss into place. Two other men were on the roof to observe and be ready to insert and attach boards to keep each new truss all lined up and stable. As those boards were attached, the carpenters bolted and screwed the truss to the hardware.

While all this was going on outside, another man went in the building to fetch another truss on a rolling cart. I was amazed to see how easily one person could move those behemoth trusses. Once outside, it was his job to get it harnessed up and to tie on the guy ropes.

As the morning wore on and the rain came down in buckets and the mud and puddles got deeper, the crew continued working away, laughing and joking all the while, seemingly oblivious to getting soaked to the skin. One worker used a short length of board to “scrape” the water and mud off his bright yellow slicker. These guys were having fun!

One by one the trusses emerged from inside, and each seemed to have its own personality. Truss Number Five was a “breach birth” because it got hooked up backwards and had to be carefully swung around with mere inches to spare. From my secure spot on terra firma I was constantly amazed at their agility while standing on the roof and fully extended scissor lifts, all while wearing bulky tool belts. By the time it was time for the 6th and final truss, the Grade-All had been backed up as far as possible without running into a wall. Thankfully, it didn’t get stuck in the mud today. The crew is adept at tossing things to each other and being able to catch them, be it a wrench, screw driver, or a hank of rope. I heard later that after dropping tools over the years, they have gotten much better at the tossing and catching.


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First truss installed.


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a truss coming out of the building

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Finishing touches
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Coming in after a long day setting up the trusses.

As I stood there in the rain, considerably more comfortable than those working, I got very emotional watching our beautiful new building taking shape, and thinking how incredibly fortunate we are to have such an experienced and dedicated crew. I was filled with pride to be part of this great project. I wished that all of you could have been out there with me cheering them on. Anna and I were honored to be part of the experience. I’ll be babbling on about this event for days.

nov22 hard long dayWhen we all went inside to find hot coffee and a snack or two, I took more photos of all the wet coats and pants. When I came home I put together my first ever slide show with music and was able to take it back to the BUUB before the crew left, and they enjoyed seeing their handiwork from a different perspective. I will take my laptop to the BUUB on Saturday and let it run so anyone who stops by or comes to volunteer can check out this amazing event. Come on down!

Lest you think that was the only thing going on today, there was more. The electricians were working in the storage room, the HVAC installers worked away, insulation was installed in the corridors, and Chuckie was back doing miscellaneous chores. Good to see him! The “Doorman” came in to check on his doors, only to find that once again, one door that was all finished had been used as a work table and had large gouges in it, so he had to fill the holes and repaint the door. He hopes he doesn’t have to redo any more doors.

Thanks to the women who came in to do a deep cleaning on the kitchen and toss outdated food that could not be held over until Saturday. Two tubs of dishes were washed. We weren’t expecting the crew to be there past noon and hadn’t made arrangements for lunch, but since they worked so hard all morning, a last minute run was made to Subway. Soon after they all headed home for a hot shower and dry clothes. Mark Doonan flew to Michigan for Thanksgiving this afternoon – I sure hope he hosed off all the mud before he got on the plane.



“Ring, ring, ring” — “You best get over here, the trusses are going up!”

“Conceived, motivated, activated and manifested in love – from love, in love, with love, for love.”

How one BUUBster described the day: “Wow, that really looks different from how it seems from where we were.”

REMINDER: The BUUB is officially closed Thursday and Friday. One of the contractors will be working on Friday but will probably have the door locked. The BUUB will be open on Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday. Monday we return to hours as usual – 8 to 4 PM. Bring your visiting friends and relatives on the weekend. If you find you need to work off some turkey we could use the help.

DAY #462

9 Volunteers
5 Contract Sheetrockers
2 Contract Electricians
2 Contract Masons
3 Contract Concrete Finishers
2 HVAC Technicians
1 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Consultant
1 Acoustical Engineer
1 Concrete Truck Driver
1 Contract Excavator
1 Crane
2 Dump Truck Loads of Rip Rap Gravel
6 Visitors


dec10 stuck in mud3Things were a little beyond exciting this morning. There was a “jag” (load of lumber) being picked up on the forks of the Grade-All and being carefully moved to the roof near the south entrance. As the beam of the crane extended, the leverage increased and the back wheels were lifted off the ground. (Photo right.) There were observers on the roof and observers on the ground. It was obvious from both the roof and the ground that the whole load might slip off the fork and land on the roof causing major damage. Time stood still, no one took a breath……but at just the right moment, our contract consultant behind the wheel firmly, but gingerly leveled it out perfectly and it stopped one foot above the roof. He slowly inched the lumber to the roof and the tires went back down and all was safe and secure.

nov22sistered beamsThe next major project was setting the four beams that will support the trusses. It looks like two beams, but they are “sistered” together, and are actually four. (See photo right.(They are the main lintels. — A lintel can be a load-bearing building component, a decorative architectural element, or a combined ornamented structural item. It is often found over portals, doors, and windows.) There again, the Grade-All did the heavy lifting from outside, as one of the carpenters guided the other end inside. He had the scissor lift cranked up as high as it would go. As you might have noticed, there was a lot of wind today, so some of the work got delayed. Thankfully there was no hard rain. Once again the crew was knee deep in MUD. The trusses were adjusted and readied for installation tomorrow. I will be back there with my camera and witness the drama.

A concrete truck pretty much fills up the parking lot. Many wheelbarrows of fresh concrete were pushed through the mud as caps were poured on some of the walls, a small concrete pad was filled, and blocks were installed on the swimming pool with the 3 meter and 1 meter diving boards and wading pool.

One volunteer updated tile research and made arrangements to purchase it tomorrow. Insulation was installed in the corridors and all the wood was gathered up from outside and inside from the dis-assembled south entrance framing. De-nailing of those boards began, and the cleaned lumber was moved to the southwest storage area.

The electricians worked in the northeast storage area and there is an actual light switch in the old boiler room that turns lights on and off. A near term goal is to get some lights hooked up on ceilings. Right now, the old fluorescent light fixtures have long cords attached and are carried around the building and leaned against walls. Makes for odd working conditions with animated shadows on the walls. At least the kitchen has lights!

Phone tag ended with a person donating a holiday tree to the BUUB. Extra pairs of thick cotton socks were brought in to replace wet cold socks for the crew if needed. Some tasty lasagna was delivered for lunch, the kitchen got cleaned and the dishes washed. The volunteers and contract crew really appreciate the variety of food that arrives daily. I sometimes hear what it was,or I am able to figure out what was brought by checking the crock pot or dirty dish tubs, but usually there are only scraps left. Thank you Break Room Dancers and suppliers of juice and snacks for keeping our work force happy.

Our lead volunteer was driving west on 11th when the power steering disappeared and he had to fight the wheel to keep it on the road. Luckily he was only three blocks from the auto repair, and by quitting time the vehicle was repaired and back in the parking lot.



Spoken to a crew member caked with mud “Do you think just because you are wearing camouflage pants I won’t notice how muddy those boots are?”

“It is muddy out there! Thank goodness there was no heavy rain today. We were very lucky.”

This explains why our consultant was so cool and collected while operating the Grade-All this morning — “Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.” That quote was posted at the bottom of one of his recent emails.

DAY #461

12 Volunteers
3 HVAC Installers
3 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians
1 Concrete Delivery Driver
1 Excavator
1 Gravel Delivery Driver
1 Light Fixture Deliver Driver
1 Sheetrock Supervisor
1 Contract Consultant
6 Visitors


The main event all day focused on those massive, totally awesome trusses to support the south entrance roof. Twenty foot long rods were threaded and installed in the six trusses. This was no easy task – so rough they broke one threader and had to finish the job with a different tool. All of the temporary framework on the south entrance that held the plastic “roof” was dismantled and dis-assembled. When I arrived at 4 PM there were workers on the roof in the pouring rain, getting things cleaned up. The Grade-All was working away moving a 34 foot glu lam beam into the building. One end was roped to a scissor lift and pulled into the building as several dollies and a bucket were used to support it. All but about a foot fit inside. It will be the main north south bean to support the trusses. Lots of photo opportunities today, but I expect tomorrow things will be more dramatic. I hope the crew was able to get into warm, dry clothes — they looked wet and cold at day’s end.

Representatives from the Little French School were at the BUUB for a tour and are meeting this evening with members of our Board and Rental Committee to discuss a possible lease of some space.

Concrete was poured for a south entrance feature and a pedestal for the southwest entrance. A load of gravel was applied to the front “yard” to give a more firm base for moving the Grade-All as it moves heavy beams and trusses. There was some concern that the Grade-All might get stuck in the mud again, but by golly, it was parked in the north parking lot at 6 PM. Good news.

A large shipment of light fixtures was delivered before noon and moved into the building. Volunteers just about finished putting up sheetrock on the east wall of the sanctuary and sanding was done. Insulation was installed on the north wall of the corridor near the south entrance. De-nailing of boards was begun.


Food was delivered (and consumed!), kitchen cleaned and the dishes washed.


There was a discussion about the proposed week long closure, and some adjustments have been made. The BUUB will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. It will be open on Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM, Sunday from Noon to 4 PM, and regular hours of 8 AM to 4 PM on Monday and Tuesday. The reason? We have people who will be in withdrawal without being with their BUUBsters, we know many of you will have friends and relatives visiting for the holiday weekend or the Ducks game, and we want you to be able to come inside and show off all our beautiful handiwork and brag about all the work you have done. There will be NO gourmet lunches supplied by the Break Room Dancers – we have given them the week off, and the regular dishwashing crew also gets time off. We hope volunteers will come and help with additional cleanup, insulation, and sheetrock. The professional sheetrock crew is just about done, so it will be possible to do a major clean up job.

In the November 14, 2011 edition of the UUWorld Weekly, UUCE was again mentioned under – The Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene, Ore., received a Trashbuster Award for its work to recycle a range of materials from the 18,000-square-foot building it is renovating. (The Register-Guard 11.12.11)



“We cut a lot of threads today.”

“Where there is a will there is a way….all those trusses are ready.”

A woman was installing insulation, and I said, “I see you are cutting angel food cake!” And she replied: “No matter how much strawberries and whipped cream you put on it, I would not eat it!”

“I love wielding a razor sharp 30-inch machete in the dark.”

DAY #460

– the same one who didn’t sign in yesterday or today
2 Visitors
2 Sign in Sheet Picker Uppers

We stopped at the BUUB on our way back from a visit to Sylvan Ridge Winery with some of our UU Birding Group. We have a couple of non-UU men who go with us every Tuesday, and one of them is the chemist at the winery. He invited us to tour the back rooms to see how it is all done. Fascinating…. Anyway, on the way home we went to the BUUB to pick up the sign-in sheet and see if anyone had volunteered. There was a UUCE member and his wife running boards through the planer to make part of the Advent display for the Lutheran Church.

One of the Bazaar sign makers has become much more aware of what the signs look like for other church holiday bazaars. We had a discussion about them at church this morning, and determined that even though the Catholics and others had signs made professionally, they were small like real estate signs, and ours are BIGGER! You wouldn’t think we would be so competitive. But just in case you haven’t seen our BIG signs, and haven’t read the e-Bulletin, Order of Service, Newsletter, or Share…

We are having a Bazaar on Saturday, December 3 at 40th & Donald from 7:30 AM and 4 PM. There will be soup, chili, all kinds of hand made items and gifts selections. Donations of handmade items or food may be dropped off at the Church on Friday, December 2 from 4-8 PM or before 9 AM on December 3. This is our second annual holiday bazaar — last year we had gobs of fun and hope to make this year’s event even bigger. All money from sales supports the church general fund.



Last night I sent “The ABCs in the Life of the BUUB” to my brother and told him news was a little slim and I had to do something for the blog. He wrote me this morning and said:  “You keep that stuff up and the board is liable to have you committed.”

DAY #459


A goose egg

The ABCs in the Life of the BUUB

Arrived. BUUB Center Deserted. Everyone fled. Great Housekeeping Inspired Judie. Knowledgeable Laborers Missing. No Other People. Quiet! Retreating, she thought: Unlimited Volunteers Weren’t X-pected. Yours, Zelda


If you live within the Eugene City Limits, you probably received a copy of the Stormwater Connections newsletter – very timely. On page 7, there is an article entitled “Bioswales: Sand and Gravel Have Timeless Applications.” This will give you a general idea about the importance of treating our stormwater and how the swale, or rain garden, will look when established. Yesterday I mentioned that we will have the stabilizing material applied to our exposed mounded dirt prior to Thanksgiving. There is a well established bioswale at the EMX station in downtown Springfield.

Husband Ed and I did in fact stop by the BUUB this afternoon after visiting the New Zone Gallery where Jim Ellison had a show of his watercolor and mixed media paintings. Very colorful and fun. The BUUB was indeed quiet except for the hum of the heaters. We checked all the rooms for leaks (to see if the crows had pecked any more holes in the skylight covers) and everything was dry as a bone. As I entered the kitchen and turned the corner to get the sign in sheet, I tripped on a metal folding chair that had been left in the aisle. It sure made a clatter on that concrete floor. A dark brown chair does not show up in a totally dark room. No harm done. Also, the flashlight that is normally on the counter near the door had been moved to the top of the refrigerator. There were lights burning at various spots in the building, but we hesitated to unplug or flip breaker switches because we didn’t want to disable the heaters or cut off the electricity to the folks living in the RV in the parking lot.

Oh, and guess what? Those six trusses lined up in the social hall still look like a million dollars. They are sooooooooo cool.

Thanks to the Czar of Momma’s Table for making last minute arrangements to cancel food for the week the BUUB will be closed and for all the wonderful cooks and providers of snacks who so cheerfully switched dates so there will be the usual fine tasty food and treats.

If you are reading this on the church website, we apologize for some of the photos disappearing last night next to the blog. Our server had technical difficulties that sent some of the photos into cyberspace.

DAY #458

16 Volunteers
1 Contract Mason
2 HVAC Technicians
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
1 Harvey & Price Owner (Fire Suppression)
1 Contract Consultant
1 Candee Cole visited!
7 For Chinese Dinner


One high school volunteer always manages to write a different kind of entry on the sign-in sheet. Today it was “performing.” That’s great – and really is to his credit because he always performs every job assigned with energy and a smile.

Several people worked on large format road signs to advertise the church holiday bazaar on December 3 – plywood was painted, stakes cut, lettering done, everything assembled and at least one put into place on the corner of 13th & Chambers. I missed it on the way in, and on the way back by that corner after Chinese dinner, oncoming headlights and rainy weather required me keeping my eyes on the road so I didn’t get to see it.


The BIG NEWS of the day was the SIX BIG TRUSSES finished and assembled and moved into the social hall. They fill up the room. They are beautiful and show what the roof line will be for the south entrance. The raw material for the trusses was measured and notched and cut over the past two days. Threads were cut on 15+ foot long steel rods and they will be used to hold the trusses together. Let the drama begin next week when the trusses are put into place. Should be a great photo opportunity.

To make room for these behemoth structures, everything was moved out of the social hall. Seems there is no end to “moving stuff”, but then that’s what you get at a construction site. It’s as Jake Walsh told me a year ago – “In construction, if something is handy, it is in the way.” We have sure learned all about that over time.

The trusses
The trusses

Judy Sawyer, our faithful volunteer coordinator, discovered Mark operating the Grade-All in the east parking lot and said, “How come you get to play with all the fun toys?” Mark invited her to take a turn driving and she declared it to indeed be fun. She managed to get the forks under a pallet of bricks, but decided that was exciting enough without moving them from one place to another. On Monday, yet another piece of earth moving equipment will arrive to prepare the ground for the stabilizing mulch that must be applied prior to Thanksgiving.

A team of volunteers scraped, swept, and vacuumed the floors. No end to that project. This afternoon I noticed a thick layer of sheetrock dust on the new black printer and checkbook cover. Insulation was added in the east men’s restroom and baseboard underlayment was installed in several rooms. With the wiring installed in the east corridor, insulation can now be installed in the ceiling. We once again thank George Struble for coming down from Salem to help.

Food was delivered, kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. An ample serving of stew and other goodies was put into a care package for delivery to Chuck Wagar as he recovers from a ‘frozen’ shoulder probably caused by all the sheetrock finishing he has done. We wish him a speedy recovery.


WEEKEND HOURS AT THE BUUB: No official work day on Saturday or Sunday – working in a cold, drafty, dusty building all week has been hard on the crew, and everyone is encouraged to stay home and rest so you will be ready for two and a half days of intense activity next week.



The trusses – “First one is the hardest. We did one yesterday, and five today.”

“Are those more beams? I had to look up to be sure the ceiling beams were still there! (And then realized immediately, of course, that if the beams were down, there would be no roof left….)”


Fortune Cookie: “You will be successful through innovation and determination.” (I sure hope so.)

DAY #457

18 Volunteers|
3 Contract Masons
3 HVAC Installers
1 Contract Electrician
1 Contract Electrician Supervisor
3 Contract Carpenters
5 Contract Sheetrockers
1 Concrete Pumper Truck Driver
1 Contract Consultant
7 Attend BPOC Meeting

Concrete was poured into the pillars for the south entrance and the beams will be set tomorrow. The framers were busy shaping the beams today, cutting notches and holes. The masons were setting block on the east side – pillars for support, etc. They are waiting for additional blocks to do the finish work and that will end their portion of the job. There are seven pallets of blocks that need to go back to the supplier. The blocks needed are a certain size and shape for the finishing.

There was a tremendous amount of floor scraping, sweeping, and vacuuming and it made an appreciable difference in cutting down the floating particulate matter. It may have seemed like drudgery, but is important work. Signs were made for the bazaar and baseboards were installed. The electrician worked in the kitchen area, but also finished up work in the east corridors which means sheetrock work can begin in earnest in that portion of the building.

There was significant work reinforcing skylights. One had a leak and while up on the roof the crew discovered additional small holes courtesy of the local crow population. It seems they mistake the plastic covering the skylights for glass and think they can crack acorns on the surface! I guess we need a human scarecrow up there…..What? No volunteers for that job?

In an effort to deflect a lot of questions to our consultant, Mark Doonan, volunteers are asked to check the yellow sheet next to the sign-in sheet for a list of jobs for the day. And if you have questions about what those jobs entail, find Ed Zack in the morning and Judy Sawyer in the afternoon for details.


NOTICE: Because of the Thanksgiving Holiday and travel plans for contractors and other paid staff, the BUUB will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 23 and reopen on Wednesday, November 30 at the regular time. I know those with keys might think they just have to go in to be sure everything is ship shape, but we won’t need lunch or snacks or the regular dish washing crew to come in. (Goodness only knows what I will do for the blog.)

The sign-in sheet today was interesting to read: Scrap and broom, scrap and broom, scraping floors, scraped, swept, and vacuumed. Not clear if the first two were scrapping with each other, but I suspect they were scraping the floors and using a broom. One person stopped by to supervise and get out of the rain! And there was some sheetrocking done in the sanctuary.

Several people have been working on getting finances entered into spreadsheets and for some of them the process has been a bit of a challenge, especially going way back in the records and to match up entries to specific project numbers.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. I arrived too late to get much in the way of a quote for the day.



“The lunch crew was discussing the affliction suffered by some carpenters when they wear a tool belt but forget to wear a regular belt to hold up their pants. That led to some giggling and the observation that at one point the job might need the application of crack caulk or spackle.”


DON’T FORGET: Tomorrow being Friday, there will be Chinese Dinner at The Fortune Inn, at 5:30 PM at 1775 West 6th Avenue. I hope to have some of that Thai sweet and sour fish.

DAY #456

10 Volunteers
3 Contract Masons
3 Contract Carpenters
2 HVAC Installers
5 Contract Sheetrockers
1 Electrical Engineer
1 Contract Consultant
1 Visitor
20 EWEB Electricians (in the parking lot!)


nov16eweb replaces transformer-tIt was darker than the inside of a cow in most of the building because EWEB cut the power while de-fragging an old transformer and installing a new one (see photo right). Thanks to two generators, there was a modicum of electricity to run power tools. One lone candle lit Momma’s Table until a lantern was brought in (see photo below), and during lunch a fluorescent light fixture was hooked up. One generator was in a van, and it looked strange to see the yellow power cord trailing out the back and into the building rather than the other way around. We are a resourceful bunch.


Here is my homily – (A tedious moralizing discourse.)

What we aren’t so resourceful about lately, is finding a way to motivate volunteers. Oh yes, we do have our faithful few who can be found on a regular basis. My lists at the beginning of this blog are misleading. A close examination of a list of ten might show that one dropped off food, another writes this report, and another does the dishes. We appreciate the exceptional food options that arrive day after day and all those who diligently and happily clean the kitchen and wash dishes. All of these jobs are important, but the daily total needs to be closer to 20-25 if we hope to be in our new building by April. Unfortunately, I don’t have a magic wand to present a list of specific jobs because much of it is the ongoing background jobs that make the work being done by the hired help more efficient. In the very near future we will be cutting grooves in the concrete floor, grinding the floor, and installing tile. But in preparation for that there is one heck of a lot of cleaning that has to be done. We have baseboards to build, stuff to move, and hourly sweeping. Until we get more volunteers, you will keep hearing me harp on this subject.

nov16snacks by lantern-t

Every day I have a treasure hunt trying to find what is new. I got to cheat today because I was at the BUUB twice. In the morning there was great excitement about the installation of large steel columns for supports in the south entry. There was much shouting and relief when it was finally in place. It was heavy and awkward and could have done major damage if they lost control of it. Every worker was on hand for the job and nobody got hurt!

The visitor was Bob Dougherty from the Vet’s Club who came to inspect the flagpole and make arrangements to get it moved out of the BUUB tomorrow.

Sheetrock was installed on the east wall of the sanctuary, insulation added in the east restrooms, some de-nailing (or extracting) nails from the old door jambs, work on signs for the bazaar, baseboard installed in Rooms 1 and 2, and clamoring to the kitchen when the smell of hot pizza wafted throughout the building.

One crew headed to the roof after hearing the weather report calling for wind and perhaps as much as two inches of rain. They worked at reinforcing the temporary skylight coverings. For those who pray, put in a good word for NO snow over the weekend. After the steel was in place for the south entrance, some of the temporary framework was removed in an effort to close up the gaping hole where cold air and rain could enter.

The wood from the concrete forms for the east pillar bases was torn out and is ready for de-nailing. Several people worked at finding and counting all of the fire suppression sprinkler heads in the attic and downstairs. The plans called for 299, and the count found a total of 340. Thanks to those who crawled in the attic and spent the day on the scissor lift with their neck in a painful angle.


LOST: A small, (wallet size) blue camera case and digital camera that was last seen on a shelf in the kitchen yesterday afternoon. If you have information about its whereabouts, please see Dave Franzen. (See, I didn’t put an apostrophe in its…..I am very good.)


After a long day in a cold, dark and dirty building, the last thing you want to have happen is get the Grade-All stuck in the mud by the south entrance…..but by 5 PM, after working in the cold, dark and dirty outdoors, it got unstuck. The Grade-All is an overgrown fork lift. It had been used earlier in the day to transport the heavy metal for the columns.

There was food delivery, kitchen cleanup and dishes washed. Insulation was installed – around pipes mostly. The recycling guru was hard at work – she can ferret out every item that could ever even remotely be recycled. A wireless printer arrived, was programmed and is ready for use.


Commenting on the dark kitchen: “There was a single candle in the kitchen all morning….and it was very low burning.”

“The hot pizza was appreciated. We had lots of fun at lunch sitting around the table. The block guy has a great sense of humor and is very funny.” (Turns out he plays golf with Al Landy. Maybe that’s where Al gets all those cornball jokes to use when he is the MC at church events.)

DAY #455

12 Volunteers
2 HVAC Technicians
3 Contract Carpenters
3 Contract Masons
5 Contract Sheetrockers
1 Contract Consultant
1 Buddhist Representative


Thermostats were installed on both of the large heaters in preparation for the predicted colder weather. A generator arrived to provide electricity for power tools tomorrow when EWEB installs a new transformer.

“Sheetrock coming, just give us a minute.” Judy Sawyer and George Carroll.

Lunch will be pizza since there will be no source for crockpots or the microwave.

Baseboards were put in place and will eventually be in every room. Today it was mostly in the corridors. Sheetrock was installed on the east wall of the Sanctuary and the leftover rigid insulation was returned to Jerry’s. The south entrance had more preparation for the massive glu lams and a large piece of equipment was on site to move the glu lams into the building where they will be cut to shape. They are huge!

The deadbolt on one of the outside doors disintegrated (is worn out like most of us), and it happened late in the day – the local locksmith had nothing that would fit, so barricades for the door were fabricated until a new deadbolt system arrives. The Doorman worked on door and door frames.


Mark Doonan in the project office.

There were more meetings with the City fire marshall and permitting office for a review of the fire suppression approved plans. Phone calls and more paperwork were top priorities. Efforts to get equipment working presented some challenges. There was de-nailing and lots of sweeping. Food was delivered, the kitchen quartermastered and dishes washed

Michael Maretich, treasurer and secretary of the Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute had a tour of the building and enjoyed getting to see our new digs!

Tomorrow air pots will have hot coffee, and there is plenty of work for volunteers….come on down!



“It’s dark in here!” (In the office at 5 PM)

“Is there going to be a day after Thanksgiving potluck at the BUUB?”
“Sorry, not this year. Because of the level of sheetrock dust that could play havoc with allergies and the fact all the chairs and tables are in deep storage, we aren’t having a dinner.”

DAY #454

14 Volunteers
3 Contract Masons
2 HVAC technicians
1 Concrete Truck Driver
3 Contract Carpenters
1 Contractor Consultant

East entry pre-cement

It was a concrete day – the bases for the pillars that will hold the glu-lams for the east entrance were poured and the block masons began the wall to support the beams for the roof over the porch/veranda (I will think of a name for that portion of the building yet). It required digging two by two foot holes and building forms before the concrete truck arrived and it required leaving room for stakes next to the holes. The pads included conduit for lighting. Everyone was working on the pouring and finishing of the pour pads.




nov11_insulation_flying_clouds-tIndoors, the southwest corner janitorial room was insulated, the music director’s office was insulated, baseboards were begun in the corridors, and sheetrock work was started on the east wall of the sanctuary. One carpenter worked on the soffits covering the flying clouds in the sanctuary.

Photo: from the audio visual room looking into the sanctuary…the wood frames on the ceiling are the flying clouds over which acoustical fabric will be stretched.


Meetings were held with the City fire marshall, the City land use office and the code and permit offices. Most of this related to the fire suppression system. Prints of plans were picked up and delivered.


Food was delivered, table and floor cleaned, and dishes washed. The homemade bread pudding was tasty – I managed to get a small corner of it.
Photo right:  project office.
Arrangements were made for picking up a generator to use on Wednesday when the power is turned off between 8 AM and 2 PM. I expect lunch will be served under a skylight rather than in the kitchen.

Garry Ehrlich put together a small album of pictures he took while building a model of the BUUB and has posted it on his PictureTrail website. The URL is for anyone who wants to see what went into making this beast. Check it out!

Good news – Mark Doonan’s dad got a pacemaker first thing this morning, is feeling decidedly better and hopes to leave the hospital tomorrow.

My inappropriate use of it’s when it should be its – I know better – bad habit – know it drives the English majors bonkers. I will work at being more careful.


  “Nothing concentrates the minds of the BUUB crew like hearing that the arrival of the concrete truck will happen any minute.”

“When we heard it was close it was like someone kicked over an ant hill. You do not keep the concrete truck waiting! When it arrives in the parking lot, you better be ready.”

DAY #453

19 Volunteers (mostly Breakfast Club)
1 Contractor Consulant
57 Visitors for the Open House

The Breakfast Club volunteers worked on cleaning up inside and outside, which included the east parking lot. They put up dry wall spacers, moved 4×4 lumber, scraped drywall mud off the floor in Rooms 1 and 2, rounded up drywall scraps, and the “Tribe” did a “bunch of stuff.” As always, rides on the scissor lift were a hit. I saw little people pushing the rolling magnets, picking up nails and screws. Much chili, soup, juice and snacks was consumed.

nov11_tools_of_sheetrocking-tChuckie toiled away up in the air installing sheetrock and applying mud (see photo right). Several people served as tour guides. The visitors were indeed of the “57 Variety”, mothers who brought their sons, and sons who brought their parents (from Indiana). Some who visited had never been inside the BUUB. Some not since we began the remodel who were genuinely shocked. Lots of questions, lots of laughter, much interest, traipsing in and out and under tarps and plastic walls and over the outstretched tangle of orange, green, and yellow extension cords. The noisy heaters were silenced for the occasion, but the buzz of a power saw and scissor lifts backing up creates enough background noise to require shouting to be heard. The music blaring in the kitchen was decidedly not classical. The kitchen was cleaned and dishes were washed. Spacer boards that will hold baseboards in the corridors were nailed into place this afternoon.

One regular volunteer suggests that perhaps the framed photograph in the only bathroom might be inappropriate to have hanging during an open house. Entitled “Expose Yourself to Art”, it features the Mayor of Portland, Bud Clarke, in a pose with an open trench coat in front of one of the female bronze statutes in downtown Portland. Bud was a one of the kind mayor to be sure – didn’t own a car, rode his bicycle everywhere, owned the Goose Hollow Tavern. He was a strong advocate for the arts and participated in this great spoof in 1978. The poster quickly became a collector’s item. In 2010, the trench coat was sold as part of an estate sale!

Lots of Light.

As announced during Candles of Community this morning, Mark Doonan’s father, who is here visiting for a month from Michigan, has been at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital since Friday after a trip to Urgent Care. A recent adjustment in blood pressure medicine caused an irregular heartbeat and low pulse, so he is undergoing tests to determine the best solution. We wish him a speedy recovery.

I talked to Ruth Duemler and learned that the old fiberboard shelving from the BUUB that went to Occupy Eugene was used for the kitchen and medical stations. There are sheetrock scraps available at the BUUB for anyone with a small remodeling project.

NEEDED: Does anyone have a gas fired generator that could be used at the BUUB on Wednesday, November 16 from 8 AM to 2 PM while EWEB installs a new transformer on our power pole? Please let me know if you have one to loan – Judie at



“Does this dishwasher still work?”– “Yes, but there is no exhaust system and the chimney is blocked off.”

“Why does the drywall not go all the way to the floor in the restrooms?” “Because it has to have concrete board to hold tile.”

“What kind of material will cover the framework on the flying clouds in the sanctuary?” “Acoustic material.”

“I love the natural light in this room.”





Chuck working with sheetrock on the sanctuary ceiling. His neck and shoulders must have been very stiff after a day of this!





This is the north door entry. Kitchen is to the right with plastic over the window to keep dust out and a bit of heat in.

The kitchen.









DAY #452

7 Volunteers


By the time I stopped by the BUUB to pick up the sign-in sheet, the volunteer crew was gone and everything was locked up tight. The sheet indicates there was more “moving stuff”, sweeping, dish washing, repairing tools, doing paperwork, making new keys and working on the heaters. Several people installed and mudded sheetrock in the sanctuary.

Other volunteers were at the BOB (Beautiful Old Building), attending the Coordinating Council meeting and the Newcomer’s Orientation. Some even managed to get a free lunch! It’s always a pleasure to get acquainted with newcomers and share stories about our journey to find and remodel our new church home. Unfortunately, it is also a reminder that I haven’t created any new drawings for the illustrated journal in over a year and the book storing copies of this daily blog is terribly outdated.

What a pleasant surprise to see two photographs on the front page of the today’s City/Region section of the Register-Guard featuring our church and new building for receiving a Trashbuster’s Award. A copy of the article is tacked on the BPOC bulletin board at the BOB between the two restrooms. There are a few numbers in the article that are a little off, but not enough to matter. The actual award was passed around at the Coordinating Council meeting and the Newcomer’s Orientation. It will make a trip to both services at church tomorrow.

I’m told there will be a smaller than usual number of Breakfast Club volunteers at the BUUB tomorrow, but we will be full speed ahead for the open house and hope many of you will come for a look see. It will be cold in the building, so be sure to dress warm.

Thanks to Judy Sawyer who will be responsible for collecting all the compost in December and January.



In reading the blog, ‘moving stuff’ seems to be a theme.”

“Many things are on wheels at the BUUB, but many are not. It’s good to have two people working together carrying lumber.”

“We have volunteers with all levels of flexibility. Some can’t reach over their heads, some can’t reach down to lift something off the floor, so we help each other. Thankfully, there are also younger people working who can do both.”

DAY #451

22 Volunteers
3 Contract Carpenters
3 Contract Masons
5 Contract Sheetrockers
1 Electrical Engineer
2 Lighting Architects
1 Contractor Consultant
9 Visitors
1 Register-Guard photographer
17 for Chinese Dinner


The higher the block pillars are built in the south entrance, the more visible they are from 13th Avenue. The pillars will be inspected on Monday and are scheduled to get steel reinforcement on Tuesday.

We are almost done installing the rigid insulation on the east wall of the sanctuary. The “angel food” Roxul insulation was installed in the Music Office. Sheetrock work continued by volunteers on the sanctuary ceiling, and the professional crew made headway in the chapel and west corridors. It was another day of moving stuff around. An additional “dog house,” aka temporary storage shed, was fabricated just west of the kitchen door. It has an assortment of tools and furniture moved from the warehouse. Wood was moved and recycling done.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and swept, and dishes done. A heads up – the person who picks up the compost regularly will be out of town in December and January and we need someone willing to take responsibility for taking the compost home OFTEN. Actually, we need someone to take the compost at the BUUB and at the BOB (Beautiful Old Building). Most of it is coffee grounds. We hope someone will volunteer for this job. Thanks to Marti Berger for visiting with her nephew Gabriel who will begin working as a volunteer on Monday.

A school teacher came to volunteer on her day off, a church member brought three people for a tour, several people were there to sweep and move materials and do more recycling. Others were working on paperwork, spreadsheets, and trying to get the internet connection working. Finally, the internet is working – or was at 4 PM – so I hope that continues. One volunteer worked at locating and counting each and every sprinkler head for the fire suppression system and match them with the bid drawings. He is only about 1/5th done with that job.

The Chinese dinner had the most participants ever, and we were treated to a special sweet and sour fish entree compliments of the owner/chef. It was very tasty. Lots of lively conversation and nobody wanted to go home. We had to pull three tables together to accommodate everyone. The fortune cookies were entertaining and will be used in our Quotes of the Day section.

Tomorrow SATURDAY, Chuck Wagar will arrive at the BUUB by 12:30 PM if there are people who would like to volunteer. And remember, on SUNDAY, the Breakfast Club will be at the BUUB from 12:30 to 3:30 Pm to volunteer. There will be an OPEN HOUSE to give everyone in the church an opportunity to visit the BUUB and see the progress made on the remodel. Be sure to wear sensible shoes – no open toe or high heel shoes – there are extension cords stretched all over and corridors are covered with plastic “doors” to control heat and cold. Because of present status of the remodel, we are not going to “gussy up” the premises. If you wear black, be prepared to find sheetrock dust on your clothes.


NEXT WEDNESDAY: EWEB will be installing a new transformer to service our building. The electricity will be shut off from 8 AM to 2 PM, so things requiring power will not be operating. (There are plans to rent or borrow a generator to operate power tools, but the coffee pot will be cold and microwave not working.)



“We are feeding lots of people. I used to be able to fit all the dirty dishes in one of the large tubs, but now it takes as many as three.”

Fortune Cookies: “The rainbow’s treasures will soon belong to you.” …..”Wish upon the next star you see for luck the next day.”…..”You will soon gain something you have always desired.”…..”You will receive unexpected support over the next week. Accept it graciously.”

And in the special category department: “I went to get a pair of gloves. There were no gloves for the left hand. In the bottom of the box, buried, was a container of latex gloves, never meant for construction work, but which stated: ‘Fits either hand – not sterile.” What a hoot. I don’t think there is a sterile item in the whole building!

DAY #450

16 Volunteers
3 Contract Masons
2 Contract Electricians
3 Fire Suppression Staff
5 Contract Sheetrockers
1 Acoustical Engineer
1 Roofing Supervisor
1 Concrete Inspector
1 Construction Consultant
1 Landscape Architect
1 Register Guard Reporter
6 Visitors


nov11_typical_workday-tMany volunteers noted they were busy “moving stuff” – it was affectionately referred to as a BLUE TAG SPECIAL. Anything with blue tape on it required one of three things: (1) throw it out; (2) organize it; (3) find where it goes and store it. During the past two weeks many tools and materials migrated from their rightful place or got displaced and needed to find a new home. Slowly but surely the building is getting reorganized

(photo right).

I am particularly pleased because an earring I lost on Sunday was found. My coat collar flipped it into the north parking lot when I was trying to unlock the kitchen door. An eagle eye found it. There is another earring tacked on the wall above the microwave – it is silver with an amber/orange ball.

As a follow-up to the the Trashbuster Award ceremony, the Register Guard visited the BUUB to get more information and tomorrow will send a photographer with the plan to have an article in Saturday’s edition. The reporter was taken on the grand tour and allowed to touch recycled lumber and hear about the “high standard of craftsmanship” displayed by our volunteers. When he arrived he said it would be a “soft” reporting job on the award, but he didn’t leave until 45 minutes later, and only then because he had to get back to the office.

nov21stevesplayhouseMore lumber was moved from various parts of the building into “Steve’s Playhouse” in the southwest corner of the building. Entrances and plywood covers had another layer of plastic added in an effort to keep the cold out and heaters were set up to help cure the sheetrock work. The chapel has sheetrock and texturing continues in west end rooms and corridors..

The masonry inspector returned and we passed again. He has to return frequently to inspect a portion of the block pillars at a time rather than waiting until all of them are done. The pillars and walls of the south entrance are taking shape.

The last three solid core doors had putty applied, were sanded and painted today. On to the door jambs! The east wall got more furring strips and rigid insulation. Sanctuary ceiling sheetrock and mud were installed. The south entrance was getting its envelope insulated. Thanks to the efforts of our Social Justice Committee, fiberboard shelving was picked up and donated to the Occupy Eugene facility. Our Recycling Guru decluttered the kitchen and grounds of recycled materials. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed.

The Schnitzer Steel run yesterday resulted in a check for $324.26 for copper wire, insulated wire, and miscellaneous metal scraps! There was a total of 330 pounds in the assortment.

A number of different people were working on spreadsheets.



“I was working near the block masons on the front entrance. I had this carpenter’s pencil in my pocket, and when I pulled it out it had a big hunk of wet concrete stuck to it.”

“I heard two people say today – ‘I’m lost.” (I think it is the presence of plastic covering so many doors and corridors. It is too easy to get turned around and lost.)

“Today our Tasmanian Devil became a jackal and a buzz-killer.” (I think you have to be younger than 30 to know what a buzz-killer is.)

REMINDER: There will be Chinese dinner at The Fortune Inn, 1775 W. 6th on Friday, 5:30pm.

DAY #449

14 Volunteers
1 HVAC Supervisor
1 Contract Electrician
3 Contract Masons
3 Contract Carpenters
6 Contract Sheetrockers
1 Sign Technician
1 Architect
2 Visitors


The masons continue with their block work and the pillars rise skyward in the south entrance.

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TrashBuster Award group.

Seven UUs (one a County Commissioner) (and one former member) attended the Lane County Commissioners meeting to accept a beautiful cobalt blue glass Trashbuster Award to honor our outstanding recycling and reuse efforts at the BUUB for the category of Construction Project. It was great to hear the stories of the other recipients and applaud their efforts. A number of young children were among the honorees and one arrived on roller skates!

A volunteer took a load of metal to Schnitzer Steel and as a result there is NO MORE WIRE to strip.

Dave Franzen cutting rigid insulation for east sanctuary wall.

The east wall of the sanctuary got some rigid insulation and the old project office in the northeast corner was demolished and can no longer be identified. Boards from temporary forms and framing were de-nailed. There was tweaking of the framing for the south entrance and the fire suppression pipes were extended in the south entrance. There was lots of tool repair.

Everyone I talked to said they had spent time moving things – insulation, sheetrock, tools, etc. There was sheetrock installed in the sanctuary ceiling, with tape and mud applied. Insulation was moved to the music room and will be used in the corridor. Comcast came to hook up our internet, but we had no computer on site to give the system a test. This time the cable is encased in conduit in its final destination.


what the rigid insulation looks like on the sanctuary wall.
what the rigid insulation looks like on the sanctuary wal

The last three doors are expected to be finished tomorrow and then we will concentrate on the jambs. It has been a long process getting all the gouges filled with putty, sanded and painted and we have the Door Man to thank for that. He was there to sand and paint doors today.

Food was delivered, kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. Our recycling guru is making headway on getting everyone on board and has set up a system and schedule. New building material generates a lot of cardboard and strapping, and having 25-30 people in the building daily results in plastic juice bottles and food packaging galore.

Several volunteers worked on paperwork related to the budget. For some, creating spreadsheets is a daunting chore with a steep learning curve. Thankfully, some folks with a little more experience have offered to help input information. The main challenge is finding one system compatible with various computers.

REMINDER: There will be a Chinese dinner at the Fortune Inn, 5:30 PM on Friday – 1775 West 6th.


“You are harshing my mellow.”

“We are cleaning the building and getting there — one level at a time.”

“All the scissor lifts and scaffolding need to be scrubbed to remove the dirt and sheetrock mud.”

“The used scaffolding we purchased needs a coat of paint.”

“The attic is a mess again from the electrician working up there, cutting holes in the sheetrock, etc.”

DAY #448

18 Volunteers
4 Contract Masons
5 Contract Sheetrock Installers
3 Contract Carpenters
1 Structural Engineer
1 Architect
2 Visitors
1 Pillar Inspector
7 Attend BPOC Meeting

The block masons continued their work on the support pillars for the south entrance. They are getting pretty tall. The pillars were inspected and passed, and are filled with cement and solid. More temporary lights were hung and goodness knows it is dark by 5pm. Sheetrock was installed, taped and mudded in the sanctuary. The walls in Rooms 6 and 7 were painted.

Everything not absolutely needed was moved out of the chapel so sheetrocking could proceed. There was sweeping and cleaning all day. Mud seems to find its way into the building since not everyone remembers to use the boot scraper on the way in the kitchen door. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. (All the snack containers had been emptied by the time the BPOC meeting began at 5:30 PM – I guess we need to start meeting at 8 AM right after the food is put out! Of course we could have brought out more snacks from the pantry.)

We purchased scaffolding and it was delivered today. We have previously rented scaffolding and it is spendy. Tools and materials were moved from the sanctuary and social hall into the storage area. Sprinkler pipes for the fire suppression system were assembled. Thirty sheets of 2″ rigid insulation were purchased and will go up on the east wall of the sanctuary. Judy Sawyer traveled to Portland to meet with the person who oversees all the rentals at First UU Church. She learned a lot of helpful hints related to renting church properties.

Volunteers commented on the sign-in sheet: carpentry, helped clean up, lights, mud, shims for east hall insulation, moved junk and firewood, clean, sort, insulation, sorting, maintaining the order, door jambs, door management, sweep, clean up kitchen, dishes, paperwork. Obviously, we are a talented bunch! The “dog house” on the north side of the building was rebuilt to store HVAC ducting. Yet another volunteer learned how to use a pneumatic nail gun and chop saw.

NEEDED: If you own a pickup truck (large or small), or utility trailer and could be on call, sometimes on short notice, to make equipment or material runs, please let Judy Sawyer know. We would like to maintain a list of people to call – in the past these trips have involved hauling leaves, insulation, metal to Schnitzer Steel, and numerous trips to Jerry’s. Judy’s cell number: or email her at

We have collected a few rocks and small boulders for the swales, but could use more. If you have some to deliver, stack them on the east border (near the port-a-potty).

BUILDING SECURITY: Since it gets dark early, effective immediately, we will begin locking all the doors at the BUUB at 5 PM. If you are on a cleanup crew or want to come in after hours to sweep, etc., we ask that you either show up by 5 PM, or have a key. It requires a key to leave the building as well. We have eight exterior doors and it takes a while to secure the premises. At present there are no outdoor lights, so you might want to bring a flashlight to get back to your car after 5 PM.

TOMORROW: The County Commissioners will present their annual Trashbuster Awards at 11:30 AM time certain. All are invited to attend this fun event. The county commissioners meet in Harris Hall, main floor of the Public Services Building, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene. There are 8 awards to be given, and our category is:

Construction/Demolition – Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene


“I can’t believe how torn up and wild the BUUB looks and feels even though we are closer to completion. Hallways are blocked with blue tarps or walls of reinforced plastic, heaters are humming loudly, extension cords snake across every floor, and the restroom is as breezy as an outhouse. On the plus side, it smells like sheetrock and fresh paint.”

DAY #447

17 Volunteers
5 Contract Sheetrockers
2 Contract Electricians
1 Controls Specialist
3 Contract Masons
3 Contract Carpenters
1 Office Administrator
1 IT Technician
3 Visitors

As you drive past the BUUB on 13th, you will notice the plastic that adorns the temporary roof – think tent over a light framework. It is the approximate shape of the final design. Not only does it give us an idea of how it will look, it helps keep the south entrance area a little warmer and weatherproofed for the block masons. Furring strips were added to the east wall of the sanctuary in preparation for adding two inches of rigid insulation.

More door jambs were disassembled into components. There was sheetrock mudding and finishing in the sanctuary, and Rooms 6 and 7 had paint primer applied. Half of the building has been sheetrocked and painted. PROGRESS! We should be done with the west half of the building by Thursday Noon.

One volunteer spent time with a shovel removing large clunky mud clods from the east parking lot.

There was an incredible amount of moving tools and materials around in an effort to make sure there were no power tools, lumber or rolling carts creating barriers. It is more orderly and safe. With daylight savings time it gets dark earlier, and more temporary lights will be added in corridors and dark areas. The coat rack pegs were moved from near the back door to a short wall near the pantry. It turned out when the weather turned cold and there were more coats hanging, they were in the way of wheelbarrows and the path for unloading building materials.

nov11_south_entry-tOutside there was work on the irrigation system and the swale drain (see photo right).

Energy was expended cleaning up a lot of outdoor mess left by the masonry crew. Last week one masonry crew was terminated and it was their debris that needed to be picked up.





Judie Hansen and Mark Doonan in the project office.

The project office is sporting a new rack for blueprints….neatly hanging in a row. Office Administrator Kim Harris came with an IT technician to meet with Al Hutt to discuss plans for the computer hookups, etc.



FUN STORY: Several years ago, a church member offered Tom Sears a very nice electronic organ. He wanted to accept it, but there was no place to use or store it at 40th Street and so he had to pass up the offer. Then the Scottish Rite offered an electronic organ with a nice tone but some pedal problems. It was taken home by a volunteer to get worked on. And then, guess what? The person who acquired the original organ that Tom hoped to have is coming home to roost at the BUUB. Let the magic happen!

Food was delivered by Steve the carpenter, snacks were delivered by a volunteer, and the kitchen was cleaned and dishes washed. It was an ant hill all day, just like Charlie told us Sunday. And did I mention there was sweeping?

Does anyone need some fiberboard shelves – free to a good home. They are the surplus shelves from the old cupboards the Scottish Rite had in many rooms. They are stored in the east entrance.



“How was lunch? — Great – the table was full of people and nobody was talking – they were too busy eating.” The pulled pork, slaw and beans were tasty and there was nothing left by 12:15 PM. You snooze you lose.”

“I got to use a pneumatic stapler for the first time, and that was pretty cool.”

DAY #446

1 Volunteer that I know of

He was working on smoothing out the knob on the kitchen door to make it perform better. There may have been others.

Thanks to Charlie Eckerson for sharing his thoughts about what it means to be a BUUB volunteer. Here is the content of his “Stewardship Moment” at church this morning:

“Good Morning. I am Charlie Eckerson, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene. I have been asked to share with you a little of my experience as a BUUB volunteer.

   For those of you that may not know, BUUB is an acronym for the Beautiful Unitarian Universalist Building. It is our building at 13th and Chambers that is going to be our new home. This is a huge project and a large portion of the work has been done by volunteers.

   When I first started working at the BUUB it was because it was something I thought I should do.

   That got me in the door. Now I’m swept up by this thing that has taken on a life of its own.

   The BUUB is like an ant hill with ants scurrying all over the place, with seemingly no sense of direction. But, there is some mysterious force at work here. Everyone does their thing and things get done. Whenever there is a job to be done, ants scurry out of the hole and do it.

   We are the ants, with our myriad of skills and talents, planning, financial, organizing, painting, recycling, cooking, constructions, demolition, cleaning and untold other jobs and tasks.

   And, of course, none of this would ever happen without the donor ants giving so generously.

   The most rewarding aspect of this whole experience is the relationships formed in the process. There is something special about working with someone. Toiling together with shared goals and dreams builds special bonds.

   Everyones contributions of resources, skills, time, energy, passion and love have created something bigger than all of us. Being a part of this gives me a profound sense of love and joy.

   As we come around the back-stretch and the finish line comes into sight, there is one thing we have to do. As the great philosopher, Larry the Cable Guy, would say…

DAY #445

5 Volunteers
6 Contract Sheetrockers
11 Visitors
About 30 garage sale folks
1 Architect

It was cold and breezy sitting in the east entrance, but since the garage sale customers seemed to have a hard time figuring out which door to use, I had to leave the door open. Late in the sale a guy suggested I cover up the “No Trespassing” sign. What a concept. I got there about 7 AM only to find that the main circuit for lights was not turned on. The light system changes frequently, so I didn’t know where to flip a switch. After a bit of wandering around with a flashlight, I rounded up enough 50 foot extension cords to run a line across the sanctuary floor and into the old project office. Without lights in the sales room, I was doomed. It was darker than the inside of a cow in there. We made $461.70 for the capital campaign and cleaned out some bulky items. Thanks to Anna Sontag for helping with sales, Jean Coberly for bringing me a hot latte’ and a bear claw pastry, Kathy Fitzgerald for taking a load of leftovers to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, and Mark Doonan for setting up a heater at my feet.

Advertising on Craigslist is interesting. The ad said we had surplus building materials and assorted household accessories. One woman asked if we had any jewelry? We did have someone asking to see the urinals and we sold the cart of sheetrock scraps. There are still some available. There is a shopkeeper’s superstition that it is necessary to sell something to the first customer of the day. I try to make that happen. The first customer arrived at 7:40 and indeed made a purchase. A good omen.

The sheetrock crew had screw guns, tape, mud, and texturing going all day. Their music was lively, but the building is so well insulated I thought they had gone home! Room 6 is ready for paint primer, one volunteer did vacuuming, and the others worked on sheetrock-related projects most of the day. Mark Doonan’s dad spent several hours and visited around. It was nice to meet him.


TOMORROW – SUNDAY – I am not aware of anyone being at the BUUB, but if you have a key and can work independently, we don’t mind you being there….*grin* There is ALWAYS sweeping and picking up debris.



 “Someone just handed me some quarters, and they were warm!” (My hands were cold, so warm coins were a treat.)

“Being on the other side of the wall where a saw is cutting a hole in sheetrock is like sitting in a dentist’s chair having your teeth drilled.”

“I could buy one of these for $2.50 at Wal-Mart, but I will give you 50 cents for it.”

“This is a benefit for our church. Nothing has a price on it, so if you find something you can use, we would appreciate a generous donation.”


Can you tell it was a slow news day? For being “officially” closed, it was a pretty busy place.

DAY #444

17 Volunteers
3 HVAC Installers
3 Contract Masons
3 Contract Carpenters
1 Architect
1 Fire Suppression System Representative
11 Visitors
7 for Chinese Dinner

Ooops – yesterday I said it was day #453 – that should be #443. I know you all understand….

What a day at the BUUB – because of the need to keep equipment away from the walls, there seems to be no easy route to move around the building. Between power cords strung across the floor, heavy sheet plastic at most corners to keep heat/cold in/out, and assorted power equipment and rolling carts with long boards, it’s extremely important to watch where you are going. With that in mind……

Tomorrow – Saturday – the BUUB is officially closed. The only door that will be unlocked is the east door to accommodate the Clutterbuubusting sale. We don’t have a lot to sell, so it might not take long to liquidate what we do have. If anyone has a remodeling project and needs some less than full sheets of drywall, we have a deal for you! We also have a slop sink, some ceiling fans, shelving, a teak chair, bicycle, camp stove, and two Christmas tree stands. Wow – I just got a text as a result of the Craigslist ad asking if I have any chest of drawers for sale. That was a surprise!

toilet paper run

There was a whole lot of hauling going on today – I forced decisions on whether to keep a few things stashed in the vault — like the horribly outdated paper towel and toilet paper dispensers. Insulation was installed in the east corridor, mudding of sheetrock was applied by Chuckie, high in the air on the scissor lift, wire was stripped, there was sweeping and vacuuming, food was delivered, kitchen cleaned and dishes washed.

Friday is payday for the contractors, so bills and workers were paid. Two volunteers hauled a load of donated rocks, and door jambs were disassembled into components so they can be put back together again. The design is tricky with narrow strips that slide into grooves, so getting those strips out without a disaster takes special patience. So far no mistakes.

The work of the block masons requires water and the truck delivering block brought in gobs of thick mud. Kind of a challenge around the east entrance. The crew was cutting block, and I can’t remember whether that is for corners or tops. They are working on pillars for the south entrance and then the carpenters can finish the roof of the entrance. Exciting to drive by and see the bones of the new entrance roof line.

We are such regulars for Friday night Chinese dinner that the owner told us he is planning a surprise for us next Friday that involves fish. We have no clue what he is planning. Some of us are so predictable that the waitress can practically place our order when we hit the parking lot. Speaking of food, Steve the contract carpenter is cooking and bringing lunch for the crew on Monday – pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, and baked beans.

By the way, if you have seen the red danger tape across one door in the kitchen, it is there to make sure nobody trips on the chunky electrical cord just inside the door opening.

One volunteer did dumpster diving to remove cardboard and pull out some items we are going to try to sell. We are shameless! One carpenter was fishing for the end of the internet wire so it can be pulled out and reconnected by the Comcast technician. You might recall that we have been without internet for almost a month because the wire was cut.



“You have to watch going around corners because you might meet a long board coming in the other direction.”

“That one crew of block masons was bovine and feral.”

One volunteer wrote on the sign-up sheet – What I worked On: “Anything and everything.”

DAY #443

15 Volunteers
2 HVAC Installers
3 Contract Electricians
4 Contract Masons
3 Contract Carpenters
1 Acoustical Engineer
2 Controls Specialists
3 Visitors (1Theatrical Director)
1 Architect

The masons were working to finish the block columns for the south entrance and the carpenters built framing for a temporary roof to give protection from the rain and to keep the masons dry. The security door was moved out further to the south for that entrance.

The warehouse is basically cleaned out of all building materials, and the space we were using has been reduced to a fraction. The tables, chairs, and pianos are still there. Additional supports were built in the “Wood Barn” aka “Steve’s Clubhouse” and the lumber is neatly stacked and stored. A rolling cart also has racks for moving bundles of boards around the building. Those clever carpenters keep crafting time and back-saving gizmos. The control specialist was wiring up one of the major HVAC units in the door room.

There was sheetrock and mudding in the sanctuary, puttying, sanding and painting in the door room, more door jambs cleaned up, trouble shooting of HVAC wires, sweeping, recycling, and pretending to be Marina as the kitchen was set up for the day. Items arrived for the Clutterbuubusting sale in the east entrance this Saturday (as in day after tomorrow), and some of the items were things we can use at the BUUB. Several people called with offers of rocks to add to the swales and two sets of sawhorse supports were donated. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed.

For those who read the Register Guard or watch the local news, you will have seen the media coverage of the Veteran who is being evicted for flying the US flag. We have been trying to sell the 30 foot flagpole left by the Scottish Rite on Craigslist without success. Today I called one of the Scottish Rite members at the Vets Club on Willamette to see if he knew of anyone who was looking for a flagpole. He immediately said he would buy it so he could offer it to St Vincent DePaul and install it at the Springfield apartment complex where the Veteran lives in the hopes that he would not be evicted.

When I talked to the Scottish Rite member, he told me he has stopped by the BUUB several times to see our progress and he thinks the work we have done is beautiful and that he uses the story of how we have so many volunteers (many of the senior variety) as setting an example for what can be done by willing hands. They can hardly wait to see our finished product.



Friday – Chinese dinner at Fortune Inn – 5:30 PM – Drop off items for Clutterbuubusting Sale any time during the day up until 5 PM – put inside east entrance.

Saturday – November 5 -Clutterbuubusting Sale – 8 AM to 4 PM. Drop off donated items between 7-8 AM.

Wednesday, November 9 – 11:30 AM – Trashbusters Award Ceremony – Come see our representative receive the award presented by the County Commissioners. These awards are given for several different categories. The county commissioners meet in Harris Hall, main floor of the Public Services Building, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene.



One carpenter advised a volunteer: “Measure your fabric seven times because you only cut it once.”

“What do you call a guy who avoids church? Cloisterphobic.”

“What was brought for lunch today? Chicken enchiladas in a computer bag…..we hacked the computer.”

DAY #452

19 Volunteers
5 HVAC Installers
1 Contract Electrician
5 Contract Sheetrockers
3 Block Masons
3 Contract Carpenters
8 Visitors
4 Travel Lane County Representatives for a Tour
2 Siuslaw Bank Representatives
1 Church Treasurer

nov2 buub lunch-t
The highlight of the day was arriving at noon and finding the entire crew in the parking lot, sitting in BUUB folding chairs in the sun, feasting on grilled bratwurst fresh off the grill and served with a variety of condiments and sides. It was a mixture of contractors and volunteers, all chatting between bites. There was a serving table with ceramic plates and real forks. What a feast!


Thanks to our prime wire pullers for providing the party. Thank goodness my camera was handy!

Insulation was installed, repaired, and filled-in in hallways and southeast rooms. Door jambs were worked on and tools sharpened. After the wire crew finished serving lunch, they were back pulling wire – one with a flower over one ear – quite festive. One volunteer did grocery shopping to fill in the blanks, another delivered snacks. The kitchen was cleaned and dishes washed. And yes, there was sweeping and recycling and dumpster organizing.

A Bazaar organizer was rounding up more materials and fabricating goodies to sell. The Volunteer Coordinator made gobs of phone calls and led a tour for the visitors from Travel Lane County. Siuslaw Bank visited with the Church Treasurer to see all the wonderful things we have done and the status of the remodel.

The majority of the crew worked at building racks to store materials and many trips were made to the warehouse to clear things out. BRING was invited to view the urinals and other building materials. Plans continue for the Clutterbuubusting Sale on Saturday at the BUUB from 8 AM to 4 PM. One contractor is donating an aluminum boat and trailer! If anyone would like to come help, please give me a call at 541-335-1637.

The Aesthetics and Logistics Task Force met this evening to discuss sequencing the move and the timing for communicating the process to groups and committees. The moving date will be determined after consulting with the minister. A representative of the Task Force will give an update at the November 12 Coordinating Council meeting. They will make inquiries about the availability of new or gently used furnishings from several businesses and government agencies who are downsizing or moving in the near future. There is the possibility of surplus items that are free.

Reminder: There will be a Chinese dinner at The Fortune Inn, 1775 West 6th Avenue at 5:30 PM on Friday.


“Would you like to have a bratwurst sandwich?”

“Have tape – will insulate!”

DAY #451

20 Volunteers
3 HVAC Installers
3 Contract Carpenters
3 Contract Masons
5 Contract Sheetrockers
1 Acoustical Engineer
1 Design Specialist
5 Visitors
1 Architect


SPECIAL EVENT – SATURDAY – 8 AM to 4 PM – CLUTTERBUUBUSTING SALE – in the East Entrance – As we began moving all the things stored in the warehouse back to the BUUB this week, we find there are numerous items that will be of no use once we move. Some are items we half-heartedly attempted to sell a year ago, some are things we realize we won’t be able to use, and some are just plain UGLY! But we know there is someone in Eugene who would love to have everything we are going to sell. If you have items to donate we would love to have them by Friday afternoon or dropped off between 7 and 8 AM on Saturday. Categories suggested: tools, outdoor furniture, storage bins, garden equipment, construction related materials, furniture. This time we are not accepting household items like collectibles, linens, dishes, clothes or books. Some small appliances or electronics are acceptable but only if they are in good working order with no broken parts. All money raised will go to the Capital Campaign Fund. If you have questions about something, call Judie Hansen – 541-335-1637.

Meanwhile, today volunteers did insulation in the corridors, sheetrock installation and mudding, applied putty, sanded and painted doors, stripped wire, dismantled door jambs, sorted tools, collected the recycling, worked on bazaar items, set up the kitchen at 7 AM, swept the floor and washed a mound of dishes and glasses at 5 PM, did office work, made phone calls, ran errands, installed conduit, moved items from the warehouse, prepped for wire, swept, and cleaned up debris. Tomorrow’s lunch will be BBQ on the veranda! Don’t think the grill is a permanent fixture – after the meal it will disappear. The project office moved to Room 3 with some rather creative rearrangement of the drawers in the two filing cabinets. A magnet pusher cleaned up screws and nails. Further securing of the A/C units was done on the roof.

Speaking of screws and nails – there was a discussion yesterday about the rhythmic noises made by the contract sheetrockers as they installed the panels. Their screw guns do not use a strip that feeds in like the magazine on an automatic rifle, for instance. Each screw is individually inserted into the screw gun. But it is a constant rat-ta-tat-tat, and as they are inserting one screw, they put another one in their mouth to have it ready to go and this is repeated hundreds of times a day without a hitch. They are extremely efficient at what they do. They installed new panels, taped and finished others, and the texturing was applied along with some primer paint.

We are officially signed up for the City’s leaf delivery program. Our lasagna garden will be so happy – I could hear it singing today in the bright sunshine.

insulators are hard on tape measures!

We seem to have worked our way through the supply of ball point pens and sharpies. If you have some extras at your house we would love to have them. You can leave them on the kitchen counter next to the sign in sheet.

A reminder – next Wednesday, November 9, at 11:30 AM time certain, in the County Commission meeting room, the BUUB will receive a Trashbuster Award. You are invited to attend.

And on the second Sunday of each month we have an open house at the BUUB from 1-4 PM. Come see all the changes – we love visitors. The Breakfast Club will be volunteering that day too.



This one written on the wall in the social hall: “(We are all) perfectly imperfect sentient specks.”

“While we were in the parking lot getting it cleaned and organized, first several people dumpster dived, or would that be dumpster dove?, and pulled sheet metal of various sorts out of the Green Sanipac dumpster that is being used for the Lookinglass School remodeling project. They loaded it in a pickup and drove away with it. At first I thought they were taking our sheet metal! but then I realized it wasn’t our garbage at all. Then, a bit later, workers came out from that building with a cart load of perfectly good two by fours and tossed them all into the dumpster. Such a shame. Such a contrast! And so on and so on.”

(Maybe we could get them to put the wood in our free firewood box! A man who is an advocate for the homeless comes daily, sometimes more than once, to collect wood and has expressed his appreciation that we offer this service.)

“Several people were hard at work pulling nails and getting ready to re-assemble the many door jambs to be replaced. To my eye, who only drops in now and again to help out a bit, progress seems evident everywhere. Thanx and many thanx to those who continue to be so dedicated.”