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Monday, April 14, 2014

Lighting The Torch.

With no small amount of fanfare we have put flame to wick and set in motion the beginning of a mighty legacy. 
Okay.  Maybe I'm overstating things a bit.
But, as  Elijah left his previous employment, and he didn't bother to have anything in the hopper to fall back on (ARRGH!), I wasn't going to just let him lay about waiting for another opportunity for blind luck to drop in his lap.  We decided that at the very least he could while away his hours learning the family biz from the ground up.  Either he will eventually take over  for me, in some fashion, and keep this little experiment going for the next generation, or we will keep him occupied on something other then his IPhone until he does find his true calling.
To that end, I will haphazardly be having him dabble in a variety of the chores required for keeping everything running smoothly! 
First off!  GRUNT WORK!! He's out running errands right now...Heh, heh... But when he gets back I will get him going on some of the computer work I do each morning that takes up an inordinate amount of time, freeing me up to do the whole "Bike Building" thing.  Hopefully, I can get him to come out of his shell, acquire a personality for customer relations and a feel for the biz.
The mechanics of it will take time.  But I'm not going anywhere for a long time.  I'd go stir crazy without the job!
Yesterday, was a load of fun!  Casual house time, And Mommy and Daddy actually got to play a game uninterrupted!  Then we took the kids out for a long walk and some ice cream at "Fritzee Freeze".  Surprisingly, minimal whining about the walk!  Surprise, Surprise.  They sure did sleep good!  After Kaleb and I cleaned the kitchen and fridge and found a way lot of leftovers,  it was decided, Jambalaya for dinner!  Once again, a huge amount of thanks to the Lady Snowbirds for their donation last week of a HUGE allotment of leftover "Sonny's Barbecue" from their "Going Home" party at the rec center!  SERIOUSLY, you want some good Barbecue?  Hit "Sonny's" N, Palm Harbor · (727) 785-5585.  LORD that was good! 
Saturday was, in a word, INCREDIBLE!  I didn't realize until the end of the day (which actually didn't happen until almost 7 pm!) just how busy we had been.  I had two special order, full rebuilds that needed doing, so I wasn't keeping track of everything.  But when all was said and done we sent seven rides to new homes, and the two bikes we bought for the day, ended up selling even before I did them as special orders.
That, with the repairs, made for a blistering day!  COOL!  So, with the expectations of an equally busy week, I need to get a move on and get some more bikes built!
Talk ta ya all soon!


  1. Steven-

    It will be interesting to se how Elijah does in Bike Shop World. As we discussed the other day, seems as though there are only two kinds of bike shop owners: Really good ones and really bad ones. I do think Elijah has the potential to be a really good one, if this is what he wants to do. I consider it a noble calling, and in the years ahead, I suspect a vital one.

    Carpe spoke wrench, kid.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement! I can only hope he absorbs the teaching and does something with it.

  3. I've got high hopes for that one.

    As long as he doesn't show a weird inordinate interest in used golf balls, I'm sure he'll do fine.

  4. OH...MY....GOD!! I'm laughing my sides off!!! You saw an opening and you went there! HILLARIOUS!!!

  5. I'll be here all week. Try the prime rib.

    And trust me when I say that those of you that don't get the joke are far luckier than those that do.

    I'm sure sorry I do.