The last two weeks have been very busy in very many ways. The next two will be equally so, and the finally we will be taking off in the Alfa for a nice trip!
1. Art work: April was a good month. I'm starting to see sales as valued in gallons of diesel fuel! April will fill the tank at least twice.
May was a dud, but I did however receive an order for two sculptures, a Gnu and a White Buffalo. I started them, and will be scrambling to finish and ship them before we leave. Their sale should cover much of the diesel fuel for our trip up to Crater Lake.
2. Painting and safety equipment: Although Craig did consider safety equipment, he decided against it. He finished painting the area he could reach while seated on the walkway, but has now decided to hire someone to do the highest part. Today he is once again climbing up and down on his 20' ladder and working on the lower part of the walkway itself.
One painter came by this morning and will be sending us a bid via email. He gave us two options. Do it thru the painting company he works for at a higher price, or have him and his son do it on a weekend. Since the company has insurance and workman's comp coverage, we will choose that option. What we could save by having them do it on a weekend would be a small drop in our liability bucket if there was an accident! A second painter is coming to look at the job Monday.
An end to this project may be in sight!
3. Toad: Blue Ox and AirForce One are installed and we have towed the Accent. We still have issues with just where we will be hooking up when we leave for our trip. I'm sure once we get used to doing it, finding suitable hook up spots will become second nature. It's just that everything new is so scary! Any words of wisdom on this subject will be greatly appreciated!
4. Alfa repairs: The back corner fiberglass work came out beautifully. The entire back end has been repainted and we are still waiting for a new light glass and a new SeeYa decal. The front spoiler looked pretty good too, but unfortunately we re-damaged it going out of the parking lot of the Hitch Shop. The spoiler is just badly designed! It is way too low. Scraping it on the ground was not anyone's fault. Craig was driving as slow as he could. Some Alfa owners have the spoiler cut off. For now we will not have it repaired again.
Since the Alfa is over at the repair shop anyway, we decided to have them look for the cause of the increasingly annoying "whistle sound" in the cab area we have been hearing when we drive. It has been getting louder.
The report was that the windshield on the driver side has shifted out of the gaskets around it to the degree that it presented a danger of falling out! EEK!
That windshield was cracked and was replaced as part of our purchase in September. We called the dealer, who referred us to the glass installation company, who told us to bring it back and they would fix it. So we made an appointment for Friday morning and drove the 30 miles up there. Although we were told it would probably only take a few hours, we decided to tow the Accent. It was good practice.
It turned out that was a good idea because the glass installer decided to reset both of the front windows. When finished he told us we could drive it, but we should be very careful of going over bumps because the goo was still soft. When asked how long it took to cure we were told "two days."
We knew there are some pretty rough areas on the roads between there and San Jose. We didn't want to damage the seal, but there was no place at the glass company to leave the Alfa for the weekend. What to do?
The La Mesa dealership where we bought her is a short distance from the glass company. We first tried to call them, but got only voice mail connections, so we just drove over there, explained our problem, and asked if we could park her there until Monday. Permission granted. None of the people we had dealt with last fall were around. Since we had not had a good rapport with any of them, we were glad! They said something about being sure we came back on Monday because they had a lot of rigs coming back from a "show". We didn't leave the keys, but will go up there as soon as we are done talking with the painter at the house!
So that's where we are! Hope all is moving along for the rest of you.