The Americorp program on Guam sponsors college students to help them sustain themselves by offering service opportunities in trade for different kinds of sustenance. One of my first weekends here on Guam, Judy invited me, and any of the children, to help on a service project in Inarajan.
|It was 90 degrees.|
Not only was the heat miserable, but the branches had huge thorns which threatened any kind of zorrie and even some shoes. These guys were so smart. They took a couple of long, thick branches and laid them down parallel on the ground and then place the rest of the cuttings across them. Then, they just picked up the long branches to lift the whole thing into the truck.
When the truck was loaded, and they PACKED it, Judy drove with me shotgun and two of the guys in back. We dumped it in a jungle where some political figure had given her permission to dump it. Well, Judy and I didn't dump it. The muscles had to do that. Which they did by using "leverage".
|For you quilters out there, are your favorite scissors Fiskars? Well, did you know they make machetes. Oh yeaaaah. If you're going to live on an island, you gotta have a machete.|
|The closet is nice and clean now.|
|Judy made the inside a museum.|
|This is the hotnu cleaned out.|
|The bamboo gets pushed to the back. The goods are baked in the front.|
When you go up the stairs and in the side door this is what you see. The floor used to go all the way across but it was damaged by water and collapsed. Before Judy got her hands and heart on the building, there had been squatters living in there. They would throw garbage down in the hole. Squalid living. The contractor had his men sort through the garbage to separate anything that could be put to use. Can you imagine??? Gack. As Judy said, "There were hundreds of pampers down there."
|Eventually, Judy would like to put a wall around this open space, possibly with some windows that look down to below.|
|We are very grateful to those who endured the nasty job of cleaning this out. Even if they did it because they were getting paid, it could not have been enough compensation for such an experience.|
|These are more old doors that Judy had in storage. You can see what the termites have done.|
|The family had a store downstairs with a long counter like a soda fountain.|
|At one time, it was also a bakery.|