Wow, what fantastic day! Several really kool guys showed up to work on the range, bright and early, even bringing their own tools an stuff!
We spent a little time meeting the new guy, Mark Brown, who had never even shot with us, yet had driven over an hour to get to our little range just to help fix it up a little, as well as Matt's wife and two strapping young boys. Then me, Mark, Matt Saenz, and Rich Woods went down and looked this over and did a bit of planning on the best way to share our labors, and got cracking!
Turned out Rich was pretty good and measuring, tearing down, and prepping the worksite, and Mark seems to be a good at handling the other half of anything bein cut, lifted, or screwed down, while Matt was fearless up on the ladder, and drilled an screwed things down with tireless, yet unerring accuracy (plus his being the tallest gave the reach needed to do things more efficiently than the shorter guys in the crew could. I was mostly best for lookin for stuff we needed, running up and down with the quad to get more tools, water, and other stuff (yes, its called the "gopher") and trying to seem more important by trying to plan our next moves. All in all we made a pretty fine work team.
After a few hours of sawing, hammering, drilling screwing, wiring, and sweating, we had made a HUGE dent in the job, and over half the new roof was on! We took a meal break, stuffing down some ham sandwiches, watermelon, fresh picked strawberries and chips, graciously prepared by the wimmin-folk (Mat Saenz's wife Christine and my wife Andrea had gone down to Fallbrook and picked a peck a strawberries earlier in the day).
A bit more work after lunch break and we had "got'er'done" The new roof is all metal, and some eighteen feet longer than the original, allowing a space for couple more benches without us being too cramped.
Its hard to even find the right words to say thank you enough to such fine guys, but I'll keep trying as I get the chance.