Waiting to happen

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

Would you believe I dropped a steel bar on my head at the gym Friday? It could have been worse. Kinda teaches a guy to pay attention.

I had a productive weekend anyway. It’s the change in the seasons. I always get active when the seasons tick over, doesn’t everyone? There’s a pressing need, it seems, to complete tasks we set for ourselves before the season passes that would benefit from the task.

For example, I want to make a shade garden on the northwest corner of the house, kind of against the deck. Well, it’s a pretty impossible situation because it gets blasted by the sun from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or so, so I need to create shade. Anyway, that’s a complicated way of saying I need a fence along the deck, which will also create a bit of privacy, a sort of outdoor room feeling on the deck. That means cutting four by fours, bolting them vertically to the deck, buying and cutting lattice, three-quarter inch quarter-round, bladdy blah blah.

I should be about finished just when the last leaf is falling off the trees—way too late to plant a shade garden this year. I guess I’ll be ready for next spring.

I also visited Brad Bynum’s housewarming party. You can tell a lot about people by the way they make their home. I can tell that Brad and Sara are two multitalented people who are going to make their own way. Lots of interesting folks there. I almost blew the whole party up lighting the grill. Unlike the steel bar incident, I didn’t get covered in blood, but I was lucky enough to singe Brad’s handsome beard.