Yesterday was one of those days that just got away from me. I was busy all day and I did accomplish a great deal, but before I knew it, it was over and time to turn in.
I was able to finish doing the pattern packets, which was a major thing. I still need to do a final proof reading on them because there were just so many interruptions that it was a little difficult for me to concentrate. I need to be absolutely sure that they are OK before I send them ahead to the wholesaler for distribution.
I began working on the next lesson for the scroll saw class and that is well on its way. I still need to do the video that I want to present with it though and I will be planning on shooting that today and getting it up on the board here. We are going to do some inside angled cuts and there are a couple of ways to approach them that I want to show. I also prepared another pattern practice sheet for people to download so that they can practice what I am teaching. Hopefully I will get it posted by tonight.
Some of you noticed that my blog here double posted yesterday. I really don’t know how that happened – whether it was a glitch in the programming or something I did. I was thinking it may have been me, but in order to double post the same blog I would have had to fill out all three parts of the form to do so and I certainly did not do that. I want to thank MsDebbie for taking care of it for me because I also found out that I am unable to delete a blog here on my own. I knew you could edit it any time (unlike regular posts which only give you an hour to change them) but I didn’t know you couldn’t remove them without help. I also was informed that some of my comments that I made on projects were double posted. Again, I tried to remove them on my own but had some difficulty doing so. Unless I am losing my mind something is goofy with the programming it seems.
I had a couple people ask about the car yesterday and I thought I would update you. My mechanic pulled the rear end apart and found that when I had the work done in Chicago, they didn’t put it together properly when they were replacing the pinion seal. Apparently there is a compressed spacer that needs to be replaced every time you pull the rear end apart. When my mechanic took it apart, he said that the spacer was the original part, and in order to compensate for not replacing it, whomever repaired the car before over-tightened the bearing, which caused the noise that I was hearing. It was something that I would never have been able to know about if I hadn’t heard the slight noise it was making.
I did call the shop in Chicago that I had taken the car to. Initially, the manager told me to bring the car there for them to look at it, but I quickly explained to him that I was here in Nova Scotia 2500 miles away and there was no way for me to do so. He then asked what I expected him to do about it, and I replied that I merely wanted him to be aware of the sloppy work that was being done in his shop, as the name of the mechanic that did the work was right on the work order.
I think that at first he thought that I was going to demand payment or something because he started out quite defensive, but when I told him that I was calling to make him aware of the situation, he seemed more open and suggested that I send a copy of the bill to him and he would ‘see what he could do’. He then stated that he wanted his customers to be happy and promised that he would look into the matter fully.
We’ll see . . .
I really don’t expect that I will get any money back from them. Even though this venture cost me money that I wouldn’t have had to spend had it been done right. I faxed him the bill on Thursday night and I was hoping to hear something from him yesterday, but I did not. I am not holding my breath. He probably figures that since I am so far away, my chances of being a return customer are nil anyway, so what is the motivation for him to make it right? I will definitely keep you posted, but I really don’t expect that I will get anything back from him. It is just one of those situations where I was stuck and people get away with doing a poor job. (By the way, it is the Firestone dealer located in Shorewood, Illinois – just outside Joliet) I suppose I am happy that no further damage was caused and I should count my blessings.
So the bulk of the day will be finishing up on the next lesson. I hope to get it posted sometime this afternoon. I hope it only posts once, too.
It is just getting light out and looks like it will be decent out today. The past few days have been dreary and humid – not really raining but so damp and foggy it almost feels like rain. It certainly isn’t much like summer weather.
Have a great day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"