"Where the heck have you been?"
Honestly, 2017 was an unimaginable blur in life that welded together some of the happiest, stressful, frustrating and saddest times all into a year that, in the end, I was happy to see off with my beloved family around me. In the end, there was A LOT that happened in 2017 that took precedence over car building, but believe it or not, progress was made on a particularly complex element of the Boss project as you will see in a later post. However, as a quick catch-up, 2017 went something like this:
- I Got Engaged!
- Wind Storm
Early Spring brought a substantial wind storm to the area that managed to do significant damage to my house roof (shop was good!!). End result was a load of expensive repairs required. More later.
- Coupe Tuning
- Bathroom Remodel (Finished in October)
- Crushed Shed (First casualty of wind storm)
- New Roof & Gutters (Second casualty of wind storm)
The second casualty of the windstorm, we had to have the entire roof replaced on the house, and while we were at it, replaced the house gutters and added them to the shop! Bottom line = $$$$$$
- Introducing: The Dodge Demon SRT
After almost 2 years of my secret day-job life, I was proud to have been able to enjoy the launch of my latest “baby”. After extremely confidential work, our FCA SRT Engine Group was able to enjoy the launch of our Dodge SRT Demon! Currently the quickest production car in the world and the highest output V8 in history, the lists of “firsts” in this car are indeed impressive. But perhaps most entertaining and rewarding is watching this production car heft the front tires clear of the track surface on production tires! Yes ladies and gents, THIS is what I do in my “day job”.
- New Tractor
- Niagara Falls with Family
- Daughter’s Wedding
- Mom’s New Knee
After years of suffering with painful, failing knee joints, my Mom finally decided to have her worst knee replaced in mid-September. With outstanding preparation on her part and equally excellent surgical prowess from her surgeon, Mom’s knee replacement was textbook-perfect and her recovery truly impressive. In just a month from her surgery, she was done with rehab and discharged from physical therapy. And here, at just three months after surgery, Mom is already planning the replacement of her other knee! Lack of pain is evidently a remarkable motivator!
- Mom & Dad’s 50th
- Well Tank & Main Gas Line
- Lost My Grandmother
- New Grandchild on the Way
As it seems to have always been in our family, blessings come in the most unexpected ways and times. On the heels of losing our beloved “Omi”, our son informed us that he and his betrothed were expecting a child, our fourth grandchild. So where loss had dominated the mind and heart, a new life will arrive and be celebrated in the summer of 2018!
- Shop Tool Re Org