Truer Than Fiction

My not-so-eventful, everyday life.

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Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

Sunday, May 21, 2006


Yesterday we got up early so that we could go over to the church and help with the church clean-up day. The main task at hand was to take back the parking lot from the jungle that had encroached into our spaces slowly but surely over the last twenty years or so. We arrived about a half hour late, but everyone seemed to just be getting started, so it was all good. Over the next three hours we managed to take back the entire parking lot.

There used to be tons, and I mean tons of vines growing all over the trees and bushes that line our parking lot, to the point where it was almost hard to tell there were trees and bushes there. Thanks to a power trimmer, some hedge clippers, a hack saw, and some back breaking labor by about fifteen people, you can actually tell things were purposefully planted here. You can now see individual trees and bushes, and you no longer have to worry about stuff scratching your car when you park.

We also managed to find some interesting items in the course of clearing the rampant vegetation. Among these items were three eight-foot lengths of PVC pipe about four or five inches in diameter, a pair of flip flops that were now paper thin, a newspaper from the 1940s, the top section of framing for an automatic door, and (I kid you not) the front grill of a pickup truck. My pastor was convinced that if we dug a little bit deeper we would probably find Jimmy Hoffa. I'm inclinded to agree.

It took us about four hours, but the effort was definitely worth it. You can now see the fence that surrounds the lot, and the overall look is a lot cleaner. My back is definitely not happy about yesterday's work (holding a power trimmer over your head for extended periods of time = SORENESS), but there's definitely a great sense of satisfaction in a job well done. A job well done where you did most of the work with your own two hands just makes it that much more gratifying.


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