It's a weird thing to start putting irons in the fire this time of year, but there are a couple of ideas that we have been kicking around that fit in perfectly right now.
The basic level mechanics class is progressing nicely. We are looking at 4 nights of 1 1/2 hours each night for a total of 6 hours of instruction. The class will be starting the week after Christmas. In addition to the 6 hours of hands-on and classroom instruction, you'll get a repair manual to help you remember everything, an exclusive t-shirt available to participants only and big discounts on tools and equipment for outfitting your home workshop. This will make a great Christmas present for yourself or the budding mechanic in your life. Please email me if you are interested.
Other simmerings are the MS365 Project. I was talking with the Sandman in the shop on Saturday and mentioned what I was wanting to do, and boom, out comes his wallet and he hands me a $20 bill and says "consider that your first donation". Sweet! I've got to get it together and get a donation site picked out and maybe build a website to explain what I'm trying to do...
As I finish writing this, it is dumping rain outside. The rain has come down pretty steadily all day which leads me to think that the dry 'cross racing we have been having this season will be coming to an end with the race in Statesville this weekend. The holiday break is always a mixed blessing when returning to race after such a long break. You just don't know what is in your legs until the whistle blows, your heart revs and you start pedaling. Sometimes you fly, sometimes you go backwards. The key is to always have fun.