Got lucky with the weather Wednesday and Thursday. I needed to get home in a hurry for a zoning board meeting Wednesday. The southerly kicked in, so I rode the express.
Thursday morning I needed to get to town early to cover for absent coworkers. Presto, the wind had shifted, so I got the boost again.
It all went in the crapper this morning. A tropical downpour sent streams rushing down my driveway. The torrent overcame my roof drain system and put a pond under my workbench.
Complex jobs pile up in the workshop. My one co-mechanic seems to have quit without notice. It's under the guise of a vacation right now, but I know he's had enough of the craziness. Since he has other employment options, I'm not surprised his patience has run out with this one. Stinks for me, because he was good with a wrench and learned new procedures quickly. I can't fault him for wanting to escape, though.
One project at a time I ease them through. Finished assembling a Co-Motion tandem today. It took up a lot of space in the shop. It's weird working on something with its ends that far apart.
Next up, a tuneup and extras for Captain Corrosion, a phenomenal crud generator. On the other stand, another mechanic fought his way through a Crank of Death and brake replacement on an undistinguished Schwein someone wants to take on a plane to Australia. What, they don't have crappy beater bikes in Australia? Ours is not to reason why.
Against this backdrop (and plenty of other stuff in the pipeline) came all the emergency flat repairs and broken spoke replacements.
We had spotty coverage in the front of the house, so one or the other of us kept having to leave a workstand to babysit browsers in the clothing department or ring up purchases. At full summer volume the place really needs one person on the front end and two in service. In the brief periods when repairs slow down, one mechanic can be a floater to back up the sales force. When things are really rocking we can keep a person busy at the register, one on the bike sales floor and two at work stands.
Then in about a month it's all over. But don't wish your life away. The summer is like a racing season. You don't want to break yourself down with constant efforts at 75 percent. You have a duty to rest so you can go hard when the pace picks up. Try to enjoy every phase.