june 3rd. 2007:  tomorrow is the start of the fourth final week in the boons!  wow a year goes by quickly.  but its gone and there isn’t much left to do up there but the crying.  the jungles are in full bloom, the birds including the loons, are all back in country and to make it complete, thursday we saw our first moose!  times two.  there were two of them standing next to the tree line, yearlings, gawking at us while we gawked back.  their big ears were whirling around whacking the jumbo bugs flyin every which way.  including next to us!
the mosquitos are fast and big up there.  so its out of the bush for now.  if you do go in there you need to cover every thing otherwise they’ll carry you off, one at a time. 
i thought for sure this was the year a forest fire was going to burn that place and everything around it to the ground!  but we had rain up there and maybe that will keep it off. 
there are a ton of kooky stories coming from up there but i’ve saved all those for another website and another blog!
and i should have taken more pictures but of course i didn’t…
and i booked an art show for july and need 50 new paintings but of course i have only 15…
so.
there will be some late nights and early mornings while we try to fill the quota.
and a little bit of time with the remaining troops.
otherwise…
she’s a run for the finish line.
with all remaining hands on deck!
 
june 9th:  so many stories and so little time…  but here is the front page headline: fire torches teacher residence, building decimated…
yup!  what really happened was a fire burned out one of the apts. in a 4 apt. complex.  the fire trashed the joint.  burned a hole clean up through the ceiling, the rafters and the roof: one sky light!  no deaths.  but one torched apt.  there wasn’t a teacher living in that residence.  it was taken by, how do the folks up there put it…  squatters…
so the squatters started the fire one morning and trashed the joint.  okay fine.  no one is dead and this is good cause there are children living in there, possibly in the apt. below, also squatters…
but the bad news is, there are two teachers living in the other two residences and those apts. were trashed due to water damage!  i mean totally boogered.  so the two teachers are living on the street. 
then much to our amazement, people came in and stripped the place clean!  took the stoves, the fridges, the cupboards, the sinks, the furniture, even took the doors and the windows!!!  i mean its totally stripped clean!  even took the siding off the outside of the building! 
so what was a brand new building 6 years ago is now nothing but a swiss cheesed shell…
i use to live in the apt. under the one that burned.
i am so glad i am not living there now cause i would have lost all the paintings i had in progress for this upcoming show!  i mean that would have been a disaster!  but who knows, over in my building, there is just me and three bands of squatters…
that is a dangerous and spooky situation.
i’ll keep you posted.
just 15 business days remain.
 
june 16th, 2007: not much to report from the boons.  pretty much working one 15 minute session at a time.  last week though, with the temperatures at a balmy 36 degrees and no air conditioning, we hit the beaches during those afternoon sessions.  that worked out alright.  checked out our island hideout and it was amazing to see the water level up at least two feet!  our sandbar and easy crossing was more like going to ranger school!  we made it, through a storm of leeches…  ugh. 
can’t stand leeches… 
as for that teacher rez, which was cleaned out, its only a matter of time before that becomes play time for all the wall kicker outers, graffitti artists and who knows what all, as that one goes into further decline!  tisk. 
that’s a lot of tax payer money wasted!  cause the DIA is a federally funded outfit…
 
june 30th, 2007:  safe at home base!!!  whew!  i’m not going to lie to you, its getting very spooky up there.  times are seriously going from really bad to nightmarishly worse.  i’ve included a few pictures i took friday morning at 5 a.m., of the mangled shell which was once the teacher residence.  as predicted, but it takes no fortune teller to see that one coming, the kids got in there and booted out the walls!  i photographed the place and put them in my fighting in hell album.  cause that is what that residence is now.  a walk in hell!  that building is trashed.  didn’t take them long, just 6 short years to run the thing into the ground.  my old apartment, which was not a bad little one bedroom hideout with a view of the trees, is nothing but fully and completely trashed.  there aint no way anyone is going to make use of that one. 
anyway, all that stuff is behind us now.  in front of us: the good times with family and friends. 
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