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Making it happen.

October 26, 2015

I've been very lucky to meet many people from all socio-economic categories throughout the course of my career and life. There are people in our world making a living and volunteering at all aspects of life that keep society moving forward and helping others in big and quiet ways.

We've got a new project going around the house and am pleased to be meeting more people in my local area. These guys are great examples of those that build the homes that much of humanity builds their lives around.

They are the foundation of our addition and will provide the foundation upon which our family and friends will build many memories upon.

RogerRoger is one of the men preparing the footings for piers on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2015. Roger happens to live across the street and down a few doors.

These guys are all hardworking men of tenacity, skill and kindness. Roger, above, just happens to live across the street and over a few houses.

They are up well before dawn to be in place and working before the sun comes up.

Jeff, above, makes me think of another hardworking man from our previous neighborhood.

Ernie, whom I met in Galesville, Md., spent much of his life on Alaska fishing boats and Maryland barges. He walked the street like a man that has spent his years working hard, and playing hard. Such a distinctive walk he has, you could spot him from a distance as he walked through the shadows.

The hands of men like this are as big and strong as their hearts. 

Returning to the current project...this is hard work in Florida weather.

With their years of experience, I've no doubt this home addition will last 100 years, like the existing part of the house. And we look forward to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren stopping by to say - "my grandfather helped build that way back in 2015."

Joe and Mitch round out the crew building the pier foundation.

Thanks to all for helping us expand.