~paper wasps, hanging out on the front of the Airstream~
Airstream Note to Self No. 5:
Prior to extending the braces that hold up the Airstream awning, check the tracks for paper wasp nests.
Actually, the eclair-baking postdoc (who is being challenged, in a culinary sense, by the lab's recently inducted senior graduate student, who brought a to-die-for pumpkin cheesecake to last night's celebratory bash for the lab's newly minted Ph.D.) who was helping me extend the awning (last Thursday) was the most at risk for being stung - but fortunately none of us were. After the awning was raised and the wasps were flying around, I brushed the nest off the track of the awning - and interestingly, for the past several days and nights the wasps have collected at a spot on the front of the Airstream. They aren't bothering anyone (and paper wasps are beneficial, you know) - so I thought I'd leave them alone as long as they leave me alone.
Airstream Note to Self No. 6:
Remember to look up in the Airstream forums what to do with a badly mildewed awning.
As for the awning itself, it's in excellent physical condition except for a bad case of mildew. I need to read up on the best way to handle the mildew (which I fear will require taking the awning down) - which might be a bit difficult. But not to state the obvious, it'd look alot better clean - I do like the color.