So Very Tired – Day 3

Hey, this is the morning of day 4 but I didn’t say anything about day 3. It went really well and we had a rehearsal in the evening in which we had to do some lift cues. I’m just letting you know I’m still here. I’m just busy and tired so I’ll catch up with my emails asap (I’m not ignoring you!). I should have plenty of time tomorrow to catch up. Oh yeah, someone asked about the weather, it’s been fine so far. The highest it’s been yet is 86F but it’s been lower most of the time. Today it’s very cool at the moment; plenty of cloud cover to keep the sun out.

By for now,
Matt

Day Two

What an creative title! I couldn’t think of anything else. I woke up to the sound of an alarm clock (not mine); waited for it to stop and then went back to sleep. A very short while later it went off again but others woke up so I forced myself to stay awake. I didn’t feel too bad considering how little sleep I’d had.

I grabbed a nice cool shower and then made my way down to breakfast. This morning I had Frosties (no, I’m not advertising) and chocolate milk. After brekky I checked my emails and then made my way down to the site. We continued where we left off yesterday by sanding down all the rusted metal and then repainting it. This took most of the morning, there’s a lot of rust. After that, I moved on to sanding down the top part of the stage so people didn’t trip over it. I was doing this for almost an hour when lunch came around. I can’t remember what I had for lunch but it was very nice and wasn’t cereal. I also had a dose of chocolate milk.

After lunch we had are daily work crew lesson. Tyler gave it today and it was great. After the lesson it was back down to the site to continue my sanding.

There we go! Looks a little messy because parts are burnt (it smelled great and looked cool though!). We then painted over it to make it look a bit better.

After the sanding, I moved on to general stage repairs. This involved changing hinges (you can see two of them in the sanding picture) and screwing down any of the loose boards and other general work to improve the presentation of the stage. Dinner came around real soon, I don’t know how the time went.

Earlier today we learned that we would be needed down at the site because there was going to be a rehearsal. After dinner, we went down to the site and finished clearing up and got ready under the stage to move the pieces when the cues were given. The cues were given from Kay to me and then I relayed them to the rest of the group. This became much easier when the AV guys found us some wireless headsets.

Most of the guys working under the stage (including Ed) didn’t know how to unlock, move and lock the stage pieces so we had to train them fast. It was a full rehearsal with core cast only but they wanted all the stage pieces moving and we hadn’t had time to practice. Everyone worked together and learned incredibly fast. Everything turned out great.

At the end everyone thanked us for our efforts and commented on our dedication and enthusiasm – this was really nice. They really made us feel appreciated and part of the pageant. It’s quite hard to put in to words really.

That just about sums up today. I’ve mentioned the most important things. Guess what I’m going to say next – if I’ve forgotten anything important, I’ll add it later.

Hello to all!
Matt

Our nice new paint job.

Starting to put up the lights.

Lumberjack or lighting guy?

HAHAHA! Smokey.

A cool action shot of Jake sanding some more wood.

A cricket bat? A baseball bat? Some kind of bat anyway. Yes, it's inside, on a table, clinging to my bag. It's probably still there now.

A stunning view of the Nauvoo temple.

Finally Arrived

After more than 27 hours of traveling we finally arrived in Nauvoo. It all started in Manchester with security – we were standing in line for over an hour which was rather boring. After security, we wait and wait and wait for our plane to be assigned to a gate. When it finally is, there is a 35 minute delay on top. Apart from that, Manchester to Philadelphia was great.

Things then took a turn for the worst! Immigration took 1hr 30mins and it seemed to drag on forever. Fortunately, we weren’t completely grilled about a 6 week stay in the US because sometimes they can be pretty awkward! After that, we were just in time to make our connection to St. Louis – no such luck. We dropped all the bags off for the connection and then went to see which gate we had been assigned.

St. Louis – 4:25 –┬áCanceled

Ah, great! Just after we’d dropped off the bags as well. Time to go back to the check-in desk. To cut a long story short, we were given reserve tickets for the 8:05 flight meaning we weren’t even guaranteed to get on. Then followed a 6 hour wait involving the consumption of pizza and cookie dough ice cream.

To cut another long story short, we only just made the 8:05 flight. Only two other people boarded after us. After a nice short flight including awesomely incredible fantastic views of thunder storms we arrived in St. Louis and met the McCandless’s. It was sooooooooooo good to see a friendly face after such a long day. They were so great to wait so long! We then had the 3 hour drive to Nauvoo. I managed to nod off a few times but not for long enough. Finally, we arrived in Nauvoo at 3am (9am 27th June England). That’s a long time considering we left home at 6am (26th June England)!

I then slept for 3 hours and woke up to numerous alarm clocks. For those of you who know me well, you know I don’t do very well on 6 hours sleep, never mind 3. It’s now nearly 10:30pm and I’m still going. I can’t believe it, I have no idea how it’s happened. Today I’ve been working with Steve Wall down at the Pageant site bolting staircases to the stage and wirebrushing rust off all the framework and repainting it. It doesn’t sound like much but it was a huge job. There’s still loads more to do tomorrow.

It’s been so great to meet and work with people I did last year!

That’s a short summary of today (oh yeah, Ed’s suitcase turned up just over an hour ago). I’ll add any important details I missed as I remember them. I’ve got some photos for you as well.

That’s all for now!
Matt

When trying to remove this bolt, we just twisted the head right off it, I didn't know we were that strong!

Steve welding the new support on. The one with the broken bolt didn't work any more (to put it short!).

Me with a big fat cable and that's Tyler.

Approx 14400 Minutes

Hi All! (I don’t know who you all are anymore!) It’s now only about 14400 minutes until I arrive in Nauvoo to start work with the rest of the work crew. I can’t believe how fast it has all gone. It’s one year to the day since I set off last year but I didn’t arrive in Nauvoo until the 19th (I think) because I spent a couple of days visiting church history sites with a family friend.

That’s about it! I’m still excited, can’t wait to get through customs and can’t wait for the ‘great’ weather. (Who in their right mind would call it great weather!) It’s supposed to be summer here in the UK but on Friday we had an entire months rain. As I look out of the window now, it’s awfully gray and I have absolutely no desire to go and sit out in the garden. Oh yeah, I try not to complain about things on here BUT… how is this global warming!? (I’ll stop right there).

Things are almost complete with my Mission papers. I only have one thing left to do and they’re off. I’m having the call sent to Nauvoo so I’ll let you know when I do (but not before my Mum (Mom for my American readers!!!)).

O.K. I think that’s all for now, I could always start another post if I think of something else. As an extra special treat, I’ll add the picture I attached to my Mission papers.

No Laughing!

Matt