Contigo's final inspection was scheduled for this afternoon. After all the various inspectors — plumbing, electrical, health, etc. — sign the Job Card, the City Building Inspector comes through to pass judgment on the entire project. It's a big deal.
Yesterday, we got a last minute email from the architects explaining everything we still needed to do to pass. My task was to drive to our sign maker's shop in Dogpatch to pick up various required signs and decals, including the address numbers.
The signs we needed for the building inspection were ready, but I had ordered one more that we would need to pass the health inspection: the "employees must wash hands" sign. The sign makers told me they would call me when the new sign was ready. Inspection was scheduled between noon and two, so at 11 I decided I couldn't wait any longer and drove to the sign shop. There I learned that my graphic designer had sent the wrong type of file, so the hand washing sign wasn't ready. They were waiting for her to send the correct file.
At 11:45 I couldn't wait any longer and dashed back to the restaurant with the other signs. It was just after noon on a week day and parking is usually a cinch. Not today. I drove around and around trying to find a parking space. My heart was racing.
Twelve minutes later I finally found a spot two blocks from Contigo. I sprinted over to the restaurant just in time to see my contractor pulling away in his pickup.
What the...? It was only 12:15. Immediately my mind concluded that inspection must have been postponed. After all that's gone wrong, all the delays and mistakes, the miscommunications and changes, I expected disappointment. After more than two years of planning and a year of construction, my glass-half-full disposition has been nearly shattered.
Fortunately, my contractor saw me. He pulled over and I dashed across the street.
"Where are you going? What happened? Did inspection get postponed?"
"The inspector showed up an hour early. Believe it or not," he said with a relieved and astonished smile, "we passed."
We still have a few more things to do post-inspection, but one of the biggest hurdles is now behind us. The Cava will be flowing at my house tonight!