I didn’t drink alcohol this week. It feels good to write that this week.
Lately I have been frustrated with our local community and some of the leadership. Instead of complaining I tried to focus on what I can do with my own actions to start making a change.
Our friends are building “The Barn” across the street from Bat Country Studios which will be a home for aerial yoga classes among other things. This week I finally made time to walk across the street and volunteer my help. NüBen and I went over to help lay insulation on the floors earlier this week, and yesterday I helped clean up trash and move things around the site.
I reminded myself how much I needed and appreciated help along the way, and it made it much easier for me to take time away from the studio to go across the street and be a good neighbor. Over the next few weeks I will try to volunteer an hour when I can and bring over the team to help. We can’t wait for our new neighbors to be all settled in.
On our side of the street we have our own construction project underway. Bat Country Studios is full for now, and we are about to begin building a new bench, gas line extension, and ventilation installation. We need to get this project done before the winter, so time is of the essence.
One step that was made this week that has helped move things along was the acquisition of a new toolbox. For the first time since opening my studio, all of my tools and hardware are organized and able to be easily found. Special thanks to NüBen for helping me get the deal of a lifetime at over 50% off with a little haggling.
I’ve been on the torch a bit more this week. Stan noticed and mentioned the other day that it’s nice for him when I actually turn on my torch next to him. It’s nice for me too. Over the last few weeks Stan has been building inventory of our new mugs. Yesterday I got to prototype the next evolution of the product with Stan and we can’t wait to share the results with you.
Speaking of results I need to mention a project that is years in the making and finally came to fruition this week. My friends at Taglia Tool have finally finished our first Bar Key Bottle Opener with the DV logo as the actual opener on the device. It was important to me to find a way to have this product made in America out of stainless steel. Taglia tool is able to use waste from other projects for this product and we have some big collaborations in the works. Lots of people told me to source this product overseas for pennies on the dollar but I kept digging around and finally achieved what I set out to do.
And we’re two weeks away from the Philadelphia Cup Collectors Club at Ruckus Gallery on October 7. VIP tickets are available at myprimal.com
We can’t wait to see everyone on the East Coast in Philly to celebrate Cup Life! There are some amazing things in the works for this show and we are so excited to share all the new work with everyone.
For the last personal update this week I got back in the gym after a few years off. I’m a bit sore, and I’m committed to getting back to taking care of my body. I went for a walk outside in the neighborhood to enjoy the fall colors. I’ve been stretching in the mornings (mostly). It’s hard to prioritize health, but I’m working to bring it back to my attention.
Tonight is the beginning of Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday on which we repent for our sins and transgressions against others. I’ll be taking tonight and tomorrow away from work to focus on reflection on how my actions have affected others and how I can be more mindful of this in the year to come.
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On Sundays I reflect.