The frame and body are now in storage until Sept. when I can get it back
in the bike shop again. The space that once housed the project has been taken over by
about 110 repairs. We repair between 30 and 50 bikes a day!
Sehr Performance Machine will start back on the motor soon but racing season has
them pretty bogged down with "gotta have it right away" jobs so I told them mine
could wait a while - but not too long! I'm ordering the new BDS electronic fuel injection.
Right now I'm working with the helpful people at BDS to make sure to order the right
system for the engine. I'll show you pictures when it arrives (I'll wipe off the drool
first). I'm laying out the dash board and instrumentation and getting ready to finish the
rear differential to make it pretty, but mostly I've been SANDING! Yuck!
I have about 16 hours in so far sanding and buffing the frame and
it looks like I have a few more before it's perfect. The frame is stored in an old garage
(circa 1928) not far from here so I go over when I can and sand for an hour or too. Wet
sanding in 98 degree weather with 90 percent humidity in a stuffy small garage gives new
meaning to the term "wet sanding" but I need that time away from retail to keep
Sanding, Sanity, and Situations:
After 30 years in retail I think I'm starting to crack. Unless you've spent some
time on the business side of a retail Counter you won't know what I'm talking about so
skip ahead and don't bother reading this. It doesn't matter what business it is, working
with the public can drive you insane. I have a hunch that most of the psycho serial
killers throughout history were in retail. As hard as you try to be fair and avoid
conflict you can still end up getting reeled into situations
that you can't escape.
For example; It's time for vacation and dad is packing the afternoon prior to
departure. He gets the kids bikes out to take along and notices that little Johnny's bike
doesn't roll, or stop, or turn. Johnny's sister Jane's bike is missing parts (stolen by
Johnny to "fix" his bike) so we suddenly have a situation. Dad loads
the bikes up in the van and brings them to the bike shop. "I need them fixed while I
wait!" he says. The bikes are in bad shape and will require a couple hours work and
we are already wondering how we'll get the repairs that we've promised the others before
him finished on time. We politely tell him we can't get to them before we close for the
day. Of course now we've ruined his family's vacation and we are the scourge of the earth.
Fortunately not all people are like this or I wouldn't have survived in retail for 30
years but maybe now you get the idea why time alone sanding doesn't seem so bad after a
day with the public.
Situations like this can happen at home too. Take for example when your wife or
girlfriend asks you "Does this outfit make my butt look bigger?" Don't EVER
answer a trick question like this. I've found it's best to create a diversion. Simply
spill or break something at that exact moment or pretend to become violently ill but DON'T
say yes or no! You've now been fore-warned. ;)
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Keep the shiny side up!