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Deck Dreams

One group from Camp Taconic spent an afternoon repainting the ramp behind the Habitat office on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield.
Deck Dreams appeared in the June 22, 1995 edition of Berkshires Week magazine, as The Last Word feature. Re-reading this, well, I feel it’s kind of quaint. We do have a deck now. An Azek deck with a railing + a slider from the kitchen. The whole thing ended up costing $15K. I have to laugh. We didn’t want to do it when it would have cost a lot less. But then, back then, it would have been pressure treated lumber. (And now I’d be complaining about having to clean, restain + waterseal the deck.) All we have to do for our Azek deck is find someone with a pressure washer. There is a forest of moss growing all over the thing. We never go out there. To wit. 

Bandit is long gone. Sniff. Our current dogs, which we got when they were puppies, are pushing 14 + 15, so … gosh, the 1990s. What a swell time that was. How carefree we were. How not jaded. Who remembers Harvest Crisps? Gah, who remembers Babbages? Who even remembers THE MALL?

The photo at the top is of some youthful volunteers from Camp Taconic repainting the handicap ramp at the back of the Habitat office in 2014. Now, if I had a team of ambitious young volunteers, what I could do.

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