A New Year, A New Gear
Well, it’s the beginning of a new year and around this time I like to think back on the past year and try and remember what happened. 2017 was a bit of a bastard to us in one really big way. Early in the year, Todd broke his fibula and tibia playing hockey, which according to all the doctors “is bad, mkay”, so he was out of commission for a long time. Because of this, we cancelled our trip to Greece and had to rethink a lot of our plans throughout the year.
Candice: LET’S GO TO ALL THE MUSIC FESTIVALS THIS SUMMER!
Todd: Do I have to walk at them?
Candice: Oh. Right.
A few weeks later.
Candice: LET’S GO TO THE TRAMPOLINE PARK IN TORONTO!
Todd: ARE YOU KIDDING ME
But every cloud has a silver lining, and with Todd’s time off, he was able to focus on the coffee company and have a very successful year. As the wifey, I couldn’t be more proud of him and have watched excitedly from the sidelines as his business grew from a couple local stores to over 12, with hundreds of pounds being sold monthly.
So I guess that’s my point with this blog post, we have to focus on the good in our year and make the most out of the bad. It’s all about progress. Small minor gains that will eventually lead to big results. Like when you’ve been working out for three days in a row, and start looking exactly like the Hulk. Or when you have been staring into your cats eyes for a solid 4 minutes, and you realize—yes, she does love me the way I love her. Progress.
In the past month or so we’ve seen progress. Major progress. But let’s back up a little bit. BEEP BEEP BEEP.
Something we’ve been concerned about since the get-go is how reliable this bus is. Being a farmer, Todd learned his fair share about big machinery, and has generally known a good amount about vehicles in general, but buses are a whole other basket of goodies. I mean, the hood opens up like this, for god’s sake:
So ya, busses are weird. Don’t even get me started on all the buttons that the driver has to deal with. They are literally infinite. You would have to be the Dumbledore of bus wizards to know what they all mean. Also, don’t go pushing them all at once… we learned the hard way that the bus does not like that and goes bonkers if harassed in such a way.
Anyway, we took our bus to the local mechanic and wouldn’t you know it–he gave our beauty a clean bill of health. No need to replace anything, the engine is totally fine as is (it’s a 6L International Diesel engine if you care), and we can easily install a flying wingsuit upgrade to take her to the skies. Oh no wait, that’s the plan for 2080, not 2018.
So the guts are fine, but now let’s get to the exciting bit–how the inside is coming along!
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Looks like fun right? Except for me doing this outside (click play on vid) →
Ya. That manly groan (sexy right?) pretty much encapsulates how that job was going at that particular moment. What am I doing, you ask? Well legally we can’t have the bus looking like a school bus. It would be kinda weird and creepy of us anyway. So we have to remove all the high-vis reflector tape from the sides and top (there is a TON of it, unfortunately), as well as the stop-sign arm and a few other things. Luckily I found a really good way to heat up the tape with a torch and then cut away at the glue with an exacto knife. It went a lot smoother after that. Once that’s all done, we have to paint it any other colour than school-bus yellow. We’re thinking maybe white, so it won’t capture too much heat in the summer.
So there you have it folks. You’re all caught up for now on the bus. Until next time…