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Fixed stuff and Taxes

January 08, 2011 by Yugen

Jim Lakey Rev. Jim Yugen Lakey
Yokoji Zen Mountain Center

Fixed stuff and Taxes

Our local mobile mechanic—Dave Vasilis

There is always a lot to do at the beginning of the new year. In the office we have to fill out what seems like an endless amount of forms for various government bodies regarding a number of different taxes. There are new files to make, old files to store away, book keeping to be wrapped up from the previous year, pledges to write up, tax letters to be sent out... it goes on and on. Really. Graham and I have tackled a good chunk of it and we'll take care of the rest next week. Rakusan did most of the book keeping last year so I'm a little out of practice in certain areas and Graham is still learning the ropes (although he is learning them very quickly and efficiently, I might add), but between us we got through it without too much pain and woe. I generally prefer working outside to being in the office so I get a little restless when there is lots of office work to be done, but this week it has been pretty cold and somehow sitting in a nice cozy wood-burning-stove-heated space didn't seem so bad after all.

Dave Vasilis, the man who has been patching up many of our vehicles over the years, put the Dodge snow plow back together today with a new clutch and related parts. There seems to be a new hole in the radiator which Dave will patch up for us, but apart from that, she is fully mobile once again. We learned from last winter that it is much better for us to have two functional snow plows as we have had so much trouble with them both, so we are now back in that position of relative luxury, or at least we will be once the radiator has been pulled out and patched up.

This week has been rare in that more things have been fixed than have broken down. Tom, our local plumber, came out and put in new copper piping to replace the PVC piping that had frozen and cracked in the laundry room, leaving the practice house (where most of the residents live) with no hot water. Jim Prall and Travis went around and looked at the propane heaters we have been having problems with and found the problem to be an assortment of blocked pilot orifices, wonky wiring and air trapped in the gas line. So we have gone from 4 broken heaters to a full fleet of heaters that are, if not shiny new, at least functional, which is all most folks ask for in this weather.

Jishin has gone on vacation until the end of the month, so we have Jonen taking over in the kitchen during her absence. Ilene Doestsu Van Gossen is also helping out on certain days. We had Chuck up today volunteering and Chigen is up for the whole weekend, too. It's great to have people who are willing and able to step in and help out during busy times. For me, it makes the sense of sangha much more vivid, when people come and join in with the work and with the schedule. I value this place so highly, it means a lot to me when I see that others do too.

We did a little work on the road today and will do more tomorrow, so it is currently passable and will be even more so by tomorrow afternoon, so please come up on the Sunday as usual if you would like to - the forecast is good and the road is fine.


  • Doetsu:

    08 Jan 2011 19:08:06

    Yugen, John & I plan to be up there this Sunday. We can help Jonen and Chigen in the kitchen if they need us. We value Yokoji very highly also. We may not be able to be full time residents but we truly appreciate all that you and Tenshin and the residents, (as well as everyone else in the sangha), do to make Yokoji a true community. I don’t think I realized just how much I love Yokoji until I had to be gone for over a month.

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