Unanswerable questions spring to mind…how does one replace every single outer beam and column in a four story home without it falling down like a pile of matchsticks? How does one remove and return a single pane of 12’x12′ glass without it breaking? How does one just remove posts from under the corners of a once-cantilevered structure without the whole thing tipping over?

Magic. Must be.

We just had our first meeting with Patricia (show planner) to discuss structural repairs and take our first gander at Tamara’s (magician’s assistant’s) drawings for the contractor (magician). Four pages of “replace beam at intersection of g.l.(s) a & c, replace beam at intersection of g.l.(s) b & c, replace column at intersection of g.l.(s) 5 & c, replace column at intersection of g.l.(s) 6 & c….” Ack. Maybe we should have just knocked it down and rebuilt. As far as I can tell, every last column and beam needs replacing.

I am now in need of a magic elixir to untie the knots in my stomach.