Sunday, September 09, 2007

We aren't finished yet

We painted the lighthouse from about 7 AM until 4 PM yesterday. A huge thanks goes out to Ken Kramer, Marianas RC&D Coordinator. He helped me all week coordinate today's rather large event. He was also the first volunteer to show up and the last volunteer to go home today.

Thank you, Ken.

We managed to apply a layer of primer on most of the Lighthouse and got a layer of paint on about two rooms worth of walls. We're not finished. We have to go back in a week or two.

Here is the lighthouse before we really got started:

Saipan Navy Hill Lighthouse...and here is the lighthouse at the end of the day:

We are about half way done. We're going to have to go back and add a little more primer and then paint over the whole thing with a final coat of paint. Here are a few more pictures:









The money for the paint was donated by the Marianas Visitors Authority. They donated $10,000 to Beautify CNMI! about a year ago, but it wasn't until this week that I was spurred to action.

There were two things that made me finally get off my butt and paint the lighthouse. The first one happened last Saturday when Dr. David Khorram's daughter, Nava, handed me an envelope full of dollar bills and coins totalling $49.02. She told me that she had collected the money at school to pay for paint for the lighthouse. I felt so guilty.

The second thing that made me decide that it was time to paint the lighthouse was one of the music videos from the Fiesta Pop Music Festival. The video was shot at the lighthouse and the whole structure was just covered in graffiti. It was time to do something about it.

So I asked MVA for $2000 of the money, sent out a few emails, and over 50 people came out to help today.

Thank you, Everybody.

There were too many of you for me to remember. If I tried to list everyone, I would only get it wrong.

So again, thank you, Everybody who volunteered time, money, supplies, and resources today.

Like I've already mentioned, we are still not finished. I think we are going to go back two weeks from today. I'll keep you posted...and I'd love for you to help.

In much more important news, Wild Bill's Men's Soccer Team won the Tapachou Derby Consolation match against the Bangladeshi Sports Club to take 3rd place in the NMIFA Men's Summer League. Here we are after the game:

Spicy Tofu!


Bruce A. Bateman said...

Good on ya, Angelo!

I'll try to get my butt up there and help during the next painting session.

Ken & Crystal said...

The before and after pics look fantastic! Bravo to all who participated and helped to organize this event!
Ken and Crystal Pierson


you guys did a great job!

keep up the great work!

Tony said...

This is incredible work, mate. Well done to you and all involved.

Just out of interest, the graffiti pictured in the before shots is pointless.

It reminds me of that picture you took in Japan where someone had graffiti'd the word 'GRAFFITI' on a wall. Almost genius in its simplicity.

What's the most entertaining peice of wall rubbish you've ever seen... you must see alot!

bradinthesand said...

right on! sounds like everyone is really proud of what our soccer team accomplished! thanks all!

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Brad, how did you manage to comment within 60 seconds of Tony's comment?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Japanese Graffiti

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I took that picture of Japanese Graffiti on the day that I first visited the Sea of Japan. I took some really great pictures that day. If you haven't scrolled through my archives, here is the link:

My blog has become bogged down in politics and other silly things. When I was living in Japan this blog was a travel blog.

I'm looking forward to getting back to that style of writing on my trip to Indochina.

I find it much more interesting that making fun of Harry Blalock.

Budsaipan said...

Dude,I stole your lighthouse picture. hope you don't mind.

I used it so I can coordinate my next graffiti...I posted my plan on my blog, check it out...

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Wow. Do you want to put the final coat on?