It’s hot. It’s damn hot. Not so dusty, but damn hot.
“I’ve seen a lot of people with that thousand-yard stare,” Logan said this morning. “Watch yourselves out there.”
The temperatures in Gerlach reached the mid-90s, but it was well over 100 on the desert floor. The wind was blowing, so if you could find some shade, things weren’t too bad. But shade is something you have to search to find. So bring some of your own when you come.
THE NIGHT SKY
We went out to catch the tail end of the Perseid meteor shower, hoping that the dark desert skies would give us a fine view. But the night was a bit dusty, and the light pollution from the city already has changed the night sky dramatically.
We started out at Point One and saw the lights from the what we believe to be the Hycroft mines glowing in the distance. Then we went down to the other end of the city to catch the quarter moon sinking behind the hills.
The moon is waxing, which of course is a good omen for the building of the city. It’ll be full on the 20th, before y’all get here, then start to shrink again. It’ll be a quarter slice again the night the Man burns.
THE MAKING OF THE SAUCER
They’ve started hanging trusses out at the Man Base, on the way to transforming the thing into a flying saucer. It took a delicate dance of cranes to accomplish.
Joe the Builder and Chaos were watching intently as Bruiser nestled the giant piece close enough to be attached to the base. Devo was running interference, and Goatt and others were in scissor-lifts ready to jump in to drive the screws.
After the first lift, which they call “picks” in the lingo, there was talk of what went right, and what they might want to try next. There are 12 more to do.
RAISING THE ROOF
There was an old-fashioned barn-raising yesterday at the Ghetto, where most of the DPW makes camp and hangs out. An all-hands call went out to help lift the sides of the facade into place. Niko was the major domo, and of course there was the promise of PBRs to sweeten the deal.
A bunch of people showed up, and because there was so much help everything went pretty smoothly. Niko said it reminded him of his Amish days, and Customer Service was just happy to have the big lift done.
They’ve finished the rigging for the Center Camp Cafe, and this is the best time to see the grace and simplicity behind the structure.
“There was a lot of talk at the beginning about being able to see” the wires, Marcia was saying. Marcia has a hand in many things, including the decor of the cafe. “It eventually became a safety issue,” she said of the decision to decorate the cables that hold the giant tent in place.
King Pole, the crew lead for the Center Camp Cafe build, was amazed as he snaked the cables through narrow spaces and saw the shape of the Oculus emerge. “I’m a visual learner,” he said, “and I’ve been studying this for months. But when you start to see it all emerge, it’s beautiful.”
That it is.
Soon the Decor crews will come in and do their thing to make the space as welcoming as possible for the throngs who will seek shade and rest from the Black Rock Desert. But the Rod Garrett design is a work of art in itself.
AND FINALLY, THE LESSON
Somebody, we won’t say who, gave Coyote what they thought was a compliment the other day. As Coyote was swinging his custom-made sledge, the observer said, “Hey, nice going, old man.”
Coyote was on him in a flash and wrestled him to the ground. We’ll be honest and say that Coyote had the benefit of surprise on his side, because the other guy was a pretty big dude. But nevertheless the point was made.
“Gotta do it at least once every year,” Coyote said.