Day 250 – King of the Hammers T-12

koh12The staff level has jumped to 18, motorhomes on site to 20, eleven tents are up, perimeter fence is up to four miles, two teams have arrived onsite.  The growth is just beginning at Hammertown.  Dave Cole owns Hammerking Productions, the promoter of King of the Hammers.  We’ve been staying at Dave’s compound for a couple of weeks because it was convenient for the semi truck.  Dave is running a crew of at least 18 out here at the lakebed, most are volunteers.  Danny and Jack are old-timers, they’ve been out here for years. Matt, the Texas Jesus, (you would understand if you saw him) works for Dave fulltime, as does Shannon and Chris.  There’s a big contingent from Washington state here, Matt, Travis, Noah, and several others.  Shawn is here from Utah, Simon is here from Tucson, but the hero of the lakebed this week is Tina.  Tina is Travis’s wife and she is responsible for feeding the staff.  She is working hard to serve three meals a day to all of those boys, and man can they eat.  I got to sit next to her and listen to her schedule, she’s spending 14 hours a day cooking for this crew.

All the boys are singing her praises, the food is fresh and homemade.  I listened to them talk about how they ate last year and there is no comparison.  Usually everyone loses 10 to 15 pounds these two weeks, based on the amount of work that is being done and the lack of food.  One of the guys described it as his new year’s resolution – how do you lose weight after the first of the year – work at the hammers.  Tina has changed all that, these boys are eating better then they eat at home.

It’s been interesting listening to the radio, Dave is doing a great job running his crew, he thanks them profusely and from what I can tell, they all feel well appreciated.  I’m proud of him, it is awesome to see people be appreciated for a job well done.  Building Hammertown isn’t an easy task and these people are working hard for everyone to enjoy the race.  Only 12 more days, stay with me and watch this community grow.

Oh, and the petition I asked you to sign yesterday, we made it – 25,000 signatures in just 12 days -thanks to all for your help.

 

 

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