27 March 2009

I Love The Smell Of Sawdust In The Morning

So, when Jen got home from work yesterday we went to the neighborhood hardware and lumber store. For those of you who may not have ever been in a Costa Rican hardware store, it's quite different than a Lowe's or Home Depot. First of all, the people who work there know what all the stuff is that they sell. Second, it's set up like an auto parts store in the States -- a long counter, and several rows of shelves behind it where all the stuff is kept. You tell the knowledgeable and friendly (yes, even with my limited Spanish, I could tell) person what you want and he brings it to you.

We went to pick out some lumber with which to build a desk for my computer and also a bed. Most of you know that Jen has a wee li'l car (the Purple Hatchback of... oh, wait I'm not allowed to say the name), and we were buying boards that were between 3.5 and 4 meters (11 1/2 to 13 feet) long, so that would have been a bit of awkward hauling. I noticed that they had a cutting station set up in the back of the lumber yard and Jen asked the nice dude if he would cut the boards to length and he said sure, and we managed to figure it all out and get it done without any 8x10 color glossies with pictures and arrows and a paragraph on the backa each one and also with me only having to say "No comprendo" once.

So, anyway, here's the Pile O' Lumber after we got it home:

Then it was time for dinner, which was Green Food -- and very good.

So, this morning, afore Jen headed off to work, we went back and got some nails and bolts and stuff, and then I got to work:

And before long, viola! I have a computer desk:

Some time over the next couple days, we'll get me a chair and then Whoa, Nelly! I'll be ... sitting there doin' stuff.


Jennifer said...

Hey. I thought those bolts were for my bed frame.

Also, that looks really good. Can't wait to see it.

Steve said...

green food?
I'd rather eat the lumber LOL
(but you two have eaten with me so i guess thats no surprise)

ouyangdan said...

That looks great! I love building things. It sure looks like it'll hold stuff!

How long are you going to be there? Not my business...tell me to bugger off at will. :)

Dusty said...

Beeuteefull Bob!

Nice clerks, imagine that! ;)

Sandy said...

Bob, isn't it a fun experience watching and listening to Jen converse with the natives? She almost looks like a different person, don't you think? I loved that. Sounds like you like it there. I'm glad for you. Actually, I'm a little jealous. :-(
Nice job on the desk.