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Book Summary – The Oleanders of San Leon
Performing with rock and roll legends. Sailing the high seas. Digging for buried treasure.
It’s all just part of the adventure for Andy Upchurch.
The Oleanders of San Leon recounts how Andy, a passionate musician and sailor, decides that building a house would be the perfect next great adventure.
He possesses no construction skills, but that doesn’t deter him. With an enthusiastic nature and an optimistic outlook, he purchases some rough, tangled land on the Texas coastal prairie, rolls up his sleeves, and gets to work.
The story is written with a pervasive and underlying wit, tongue-in-cheek humor, and drama that’s either real or imagined. Clearing the land becomes an epic battle between man and jungle and digging the holes to plant the house pilings becomes a hunt for pirate loot in Andy’s wild imagination. Using a nail gun is more like wielding a weapon in the hands of a musician who is more comfortable with pianos.
Going from living on a sailboat to building a house on solid ground, Andy doesn’t really grasp what he’s about to get into, but he will learn—sometimes the easy way, but more often the hard way! The undertaking is full of uncertainty, but he perseveres. Finally, the last nail is in place. Andy christens the house “The Oleanders,” and the adventure is complete.
Filled with hilarious moments, the book is interspersed with stories, snippets, and a yarn or two. It is not a “how to” book that one would buy to learn all about building houses. It’s merely the story of how one person, who definitely marches to the beat of a different drummer, did it.
If you have ever wanted to do something you thought you couldn’t, find your inspiration in The Oleanders of San Leon.