As you know, I’ve taken to calling the fire that destroyed Las Velas, the Jerkface.
I hate the Jerkface. The Jerkface is like the Barney Stinson of fires. And I would like to draw a comparison here about “getting you all hot” and then something something.
Ah. It was right there, but I lost it.
But still. JERK. FACE. It’s all jerky up in the face.
Since the Jerkface came into our lives, it has been a new reality for us. On the surface, we are floating by effortlessly, smiles everywhere, la-la-la-la. Underneath the surface, we are kicking like mad, paddling constantly, doing what we need to to stay afloat.
Not complaining or whining; just telling you how it is. Like I said, a new reality for us, and we’re simply operating in the new reality we’ve been given with as positive an attitude as we can.
So many of you, especially lately, have asked for an update and here two and a half months after the Jerkface first showed up, I thought it a good time to give that update.
Here’s what Las Velas looks like right now:
That you may recognize as the dining area.
This you may not recognize as the kitchen:
And what used to be the stairs from the office to the kitchen, is now, well, a three story hole:
Whew. A little hard for me to look at those pictures even though I’m the one that took them a few weeks ago.
We’re getting close to the tail end of the insurance process, and until that process is complete both on our end and the end of the owner of the building, not much can happen, and that’s why we still have our burned out box.
Everything we own was removed by the restoration company and is being cleaned or counted as a total loss. That takes time as well.
Soon, hopefully soon, we’ll be able to get to work. As it stands now, Las Velas will hopefully open some time in May. Likely late May. Hopefully.
It’s a word I’ve been saying so much lately. Hopefully.
It’s kind of my life right now. Hoping. Praying. Waiting. Hoping. Praying. Waiting. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
But, make no mistake — we are fortunate and blessed and lucky and we embrace that every single day and we don’t take any small thing for granted.
Hopefully (ding!), I’ll have an update soon and can tell you that construction has begun in earnest and give you a solid re-open date. Until that time, we’re just going to keep on paddling like mad.