It’s been our first full week since we bought La Kiva and we have been busy. I found the original plaque that had been affixed to the long table shown in the above image. I remembered it and was thrilled to find it. It says the table was assembled in Terlingua of Redwood that is 3,500 years old and was from the Russian River in California and weighs in at 1,000 lbs.
Of course the first thing you have to do is set up all the utilities, for without them, nothing works. Telephone, internet, water and electricity are a good start. The mail service may well say “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” In truth they don’t say that, it’s actually a translation of Herodotus from around 500 BC but whatever, it’s still a valid sentiment. The mail carrier can’t even aspire to that unless he has somewhere to deliver to, so a trip to the post office to get a post office box was in order. Yay. Good news. The kind lady at the Terlingua post office had kept the old PO Box for us so we are still PO Box 146. The same with the people at Big Bend Telephone Company, they were super nice and they gave us the old number back so we are still 432-371-2250. While the telephone people were here they also hooked up WiFi so now we have a fast (12 meg down 1 up) WiFi system. One of our visitors suggested that we make it so that when anyone logs on, the message reads “Buy a beer and we will give you the password.” Though he used more colorful language than I did. I smiled but decided we are not going to do that. The WiFi is open to all, we just ask that you be responsible users and don’t use it for any illegal or improper activity and you all know what I am talking about.
The existing septic system seems to work fine but the regulations have changed since it was built. The old system was grandfathered in and as long as it stayed in the family, no changes were necessary. There was a sale and we purchased La Kiva and not being family that was a triggering event. So now we are required to upgrade the septic system. Irritating and expensive as that may be it will be nice to be assured we have a sound system that will handle our needs going forward.
Other things were triggered by the sale and one of them is the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act). We must make La Kiva handicapped accessible. I feel certain that it has always been handicap accessible in the past and that a few strong, friendly arms would have got anyone inside. That won’t work with the inspectors though as neither customer access nor the restrooms were compliant, so, we will have to build new restrooms and do some work on the ramp leading to the patio entrances. It’s not all bad, it will improve access for the delivery drivers at the same time and we will retain the old restrooms just as they have always been. Access to the Cave Room may still be a bit tricky and I hope they don’t ask me to put in an elevator from the dungeon to make it ADA compliant.
All in all a very good week and we feel as though we have been able to make good progress. Thanks for being such great people and for all the help and support. After many years of travelling we feel we are finally home and that is a good feeling.