Boxes, Busses, and Other Big Things- Meredith Oldham, Bel Floratine Custom Designs

Hello Fellow Ad-VENTURA-ers!

It has been a while since we last spoke, but I wanted to wait until today to post my blogpost because I really wanted to talk about our amazing POE field trip which we took earlier today! And wow, what a day it’s been!

There's Pam telling us about all the types of classes she teaches at ACC Riverside.

There’s Pam telling us about all the types of classes she teaches at ACC Riverside.

We all packed up in a school bus at 10:45 this morning and headed off to the ACC Riverside Campus just a little ways away. There we met Pam Powell along with some of her team in Pam’s classroom and workshops! Pam taught us a little bit about what goes on in the shop (and outside the shop as we also saw) over at her domain at ACC Riverside. The workshop was beautiful (well, maybe only to an engineering student) and Ms. Jo took plenty of photos for inspiration for our own ARS workshop which is sort of maybe in the works. (lets hope it is, because a full shop at school would be super cool!)

In the ACC classroom, Pam taught us lots and lots about workshop safety, since we’re going to be doing a lot of woodwork and furniture building in the coming weeks. Airstream interior building- here we come! We learned about the importance of safety goggles (make sure you have a pair with a Z87 stamp!), earmuffs/earplugs, close toed shoes, and general safety measures like keeping your fingers away from a fastener tool.

Here's Ms. Jo jovially taking pictures of Pam's safety procedure guidelines.

Here’s Ms. Jo jovially taking pictures of Pam’s safety procedure guidelines.

We then ate a lovely meal prepared especially for us by the house chef, and headed off on our building. We saw a few saw demos and then embarked on our toolboxes. Sanding was the first step, which proved to be very simple with a sanding block. Sierra from Vedastein Custom Design was an excellent sander, and would be happy to sand any of your woody needs. After sanding, we fastened our toolboxes together with glue, drills, nails, and hammers. There were a few minor errors (Fellow teammate Ally nailed her sides in the wrong way, Gus from Fosheimer and Filles had her wood split with a faulty hammering job) but luckily nothing to major occurred, and we all walked away with handy dandy toolboxes, which we can use for tools, Hot Wheels (if you’re Ms. Jo’s son, Max), soaps (which Ally proposed) or anything of the sort.

Here are pieces of a toolbox waiting to be assembled.

Here are pieces of a toolbox waiting to be assembled.

And here's me working on my toolbox in the ACC workshop.

And here’s me working on my toolbox in the ACC workshop.

Ta da! Here is the finished toolbox! How nice does THAT look!

Ta da! Here is the finished toolbox! How nice does THAT look!

Here's an artsy toolbox photo from when we lined up all the toolboxes on one table!

And here’s an artsy toolbox photo from when we lined up all the toolboxes on one table!

While riding the city bus back to ARS with our toolboxes in hand, I started to wonder a bit about how city buses are eco-friendly in a way, similar to what we’ve been talking about with Project Ventura and the COMET Camper. First off, think about how many people are riding a bus. What if each of those people were each in their own separate car? Think about all the extra fuel that would be needed to sustain those cars, as well as the pollutants cars emit everyday. Busses reduceCO2 emissions, lessen dependence on oil/fuel, and also actually use less fuel than all those cars would– conserving energy. Not to mention that busses are actually safer than cars!

Also, over spring break, I was in New York City where public transportation is like a dream compared to what we have in Texas. Taking the subway everywhere in NYC was also eco-friendly, and got us places quicker, since we avoided traffic. The city bus and the NYC subway experiences both make me want to take public transportation more as it’s a greener alternative to driving everywhere in your car. Studies have shown that if one in ten Americans took public transportation daily U.S. reliance on foreign oil would decrease by 40%! (source)

So help our planet and take public transportation when you can. And that’s all I have for today! See you soon with more VENTURA updates!

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