Not everything goes according to plan.

It was a difficult day on the project, one of those days where nothing seems to go according to plan.

It began with a 2″ water pump that I purchased from Harbor Freight this morning.

Actually it began with two waste oil tanks that I purchased as an opportunity buy.  What I did not realize at the time was that the opportunity was to clean out the tanks at our expense, and then pay for the appropriate environmental disposition of 1100 gallons of used motor oil mixed with water.

The issues with the water pump only exacerbated this painful circumstance, since it took over two hours for the project team to get the pump to work, followed by another hour of pumping, followed by another hour of rigging a stinger that would allow us to pump the tank bottoms.

The tanks ate up the majority of the day. There were some small victories today, but all-in-all I must admit that our first week of plant-making has not been as successful as I had hoped.

And so here I write this all too short recap of the day after spending the last few hours attending to a great deal of work that should have been completed earlier in the day as well as re-writing the task assignments map in the hopes that we can start gaining positive momentum. 

In reality I am aware that the first week of  a new project is often fraught with frustration and peril. The issue for us is that as a team we need to execute lightning fast, as if we’d built a processing plant out of a collection of spare parts a hundred times before.

I know we’ll get it done, and I believe we can get it done on time. 

You just wait and see!

Make it a better place,


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