We’ll be having another racing team work weekend to get the car ready to run. The new clutch got here last night and Hal has already started disassembling the exhaust and power-plant frame so we can get the transmission out. After work today I think I’m going to start on it. The seat also arrived yesterday, it’s 2″ thinner than the first one and appears to fit appropriately. We’re going to need AJ to weld up some sort of frame attachment for it and then get the steering column fastened to the dash bar.
The robotics projects are on hold for now because we have to get the car done and get through the race before I can really focus on the logistics of what I want to accomplish. I’m also still waiting on deliveries of hardware and lots of this stuff has to come from China and Japan so it seemingly takes ages to arrive. The race is March 18-20 in Wilcox Az, so after a physical recovery weekend I’m probably going to start on the automated mail delivery project (a.k.a. Project Pee-Wee-Herman), hoping to complete by end of April.
At least the work on the back yard resurfacing project is finally done! I’ll have to upload some images into the gallery when I have time, and maybe do some before & after comparison shots. There is a narrow side strip around the pavement which needs to be cleared out and filled in with some packed desert sand. Our contractor is drawing up a plan to lower the sliding gate a little and motorize it so we can stop having to open and close it manually. I’m so lazy I want my mail brought in automatically and my gates to open & close at the press of a button. Life is good. :)
I mounted the bedroom television to the wall last weekend and recovered a remarkable amount of free space in the room. It feels so much more roomy that I’m sorry I hadn’t done it sooner. At some point I’ll have to do the same thing in the living room, but I don’t want to make too many changes or Hal and the cats will forget which room is which. :) Eventually though, I’ll get this place into some sort of recognizable shape and style so it stops looking so much like a combination toy-store & frat-house.
The weather is so beautiful at this time of year that we’re leaving the doors & windows open day & night with the hvac shut off entirely. I updated the front page of the main site with a photo that I took at sunset from the backyard a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure I remember it being this warm so early in the year since I’ve lived here, I wonder if that means the summer is going to be especially warm? Time will tell, right?
Anyway, that’s pretty much it for this year so far. I’ll get those photos & videos uploaded as soon as I can. :)