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Unclassified Info: Project done! Bring on redevelopment!

March 07, 2011

I’m not sure if the business is always as brisk at Michael’s craft store as it was last weekend. I am not the arts-and-crafts type, so I rarely venture there.

But right now in Glendale, and around much of California, it is “Mission Season” — that hallowed time of year when fourth-graders turn to their groaning and reluctant parents to help them build models of one of the California missions that helped define our state’s grand history. This season runs concurrent to the “Days of Father Junipero Serra” — the lesser-known season where parents all across the land pay for a year of sins with paint stains, utility-knife cuts and burns from hot glue.

And so we found ourselves wandering aimlessly around the aisles of Michael’s in search of materials to build San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, which was, for those of you not partaking in Mission Season, the second of the California missions and the burial site of Father Serra.

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After gathering two types of foam core, glue, various mosses and what seemed to be enough sculpting clay to build everything full-scale, we headed home to follow the blueprint my daughter found in the back of a library book. Aside from a couple of compound angles along the roofline, which almost required the hiring of a subcontractor, construction was a relatively simple process.

We had the walls glued together in less than half a day and with minimal blood loss. We might not have suffered any injuries, had we opted to stick with the recommended dried lasagna noodles as roofing material, but we were feeling rather bold on this day and decided upon different materials.

I told my daughter we might have to fight for the roof. Since we were building her model at my house, which sits in the Rossmoyne area, we could be forced to tear down our unapproved renovation at the whim of the Design Review Board. I shudder to think of the red-tape nightmare we might have faced, had we opted for solar power.

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