Like officially, I’m a licensed registered nurse now. I passed my board exam, and I’m ready for practice. Now on to other news.
I received this motorcycle from my uncle as a graduation gift. I will be restoring it and it will be my main rider next season.
I’m excited to finally have a regular sized motorcycle and one in such good condition considering the age. I’ll post updates here as regularly as I can. But there is other big news!
The car is “red” again! After 5 years, I removed the livery in preparation for some restoration. The vinyl pulled up a lot of clear coat, but it this gives me an opportunity to give this old machine a refresh.
I can’t stand seeing this rust, but I wanted to get to it before it got any worse. Also, it’s about time I treated the car nice. After all, it’s given me so much joy over the past 13 years. I’m planning on getting the paint work done early spring time.
There are more plans for some general upkeep and upgrades in the works, but I don’t want to talk about it until they are a little more concrete.
There’s a real moment of tranquility when you’re on track. It’s hard to explain, but when you’re in it, you’re in deep. You’re so focused on the task at hand that literally nothing else exists, and for how loud, hot and possibly uncomfortable it is, you feel peaceful. Maybe peaceful isn’t the word, but it seems to fit the best. Everything else is quiet, and I love that feeling.
Of course it can be stressful. But even when things doing go perfectly, those moments of tranquility make it all worth it. It’s what keeps me coming back for more, a large reason I’m still so attached to this car and continue efforts to keep it alive and running. It demands so much of your attention while you’re in it, and it involves so much of your physical, mental, even spiritual capacity. I get a similar feeling while training, when everything in a workout clicks and my focus is spot on, but it’s so inconsistent, and at the end of the day, it’s still not the same. That’s why after all these years, driving is still my favorite thing.
I suppose people that have a similar level of passion as I do for things other than cars and driving can understand what I’m talking about. And I really hope they do, because it’s fucking great.
It’s been a while. Nursing school has been keeping me super busy, but I got to drive this summer for the first time since I started school. It was refreshing, and the current state of the car is telling me that all this school mumbo jumbo is all gonna be worth it in the end. The car is in rough shape, it’s gotten tired, and it’s showing, but once I finish school, it will be time for a long overdue overhaul.
Since my last check in, not much has changed with the car. Just a new Memoryfab seat/PCI seatrails and a new Personal Grinta 330mm to update the cockpit. And a small chargespeed facelift for 2019. I’m sure I’ll check back in soon.
We opened up shop! Mykee from Scrape Artist started a new business late last year focusing on large format printing, apparel production, vehicle wrap, and graphic design. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this, as having our own shop space has been something we’ve talked about for almost a decade now.
So with the new resources made available to me by Full Frontal Graphics, I’ve found myself able to produce some items I’ve had on my mind for a while now. I’ve always liked the idea of making shirts and new stickers for Geeky LURV, I’ve actually had designs lined up for print for years now, but I’ve grown as a person, and as a designer. My tastes have changed and I’m not as happy with the stuff I’ve made lately.
So I’ve decided to start a new project. I’m not looking to rebrand, or ditch the blog. I’m just looking for a change of pace artistically while being able to bring business to the shop.
I’m also not looking to build an empire or anything. I just want to make stuff I would like to wear and see, and would hope that enough others would also like to wear and see. Something that’s a little more obvious about being about cars and the spirit of competition.
Last night we were able to print a test shirt for the new brand, and it feels exciting to know that I get to have my hand in every step of production of my merchandise.
So late last year, I broke my car again. This time at Gingerman doing something cool instead of driving home from a whack car show. Probably bent a valve, cylinder three is dead and the motor isn’t knocking. A quick peek down into the cylinder didn’t show any damage to the piston, so I got a new head to slap on.
Originally, I was planning on taking a break from car life until I was completely done with nursing school. But I couldn’t stand my car sitting in the garage broken for that long. I’m still not going to be racing or anything, but I am excited to be able to drive the Civic to work, or cruise it when I need to clear my head.