Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Bluesmobile About Ready to Roll!

I spent a good chunk of Memorial Day weekend finishing all the major work on the Bluesmobile... I've loaded some more pictures to the flickr album here! Only a few very minor detailing touches to do and then she'll be ready for her official "christening", hopefully as soon as next weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Extra, Extra: C Turns 9!

Yesterday "C" (a.k.a. "Buster Blues!) turned 9. I stayed home and we had a terrific family day, very fun yet very low-key. We went swimming, then out for a nice dinner at our favorite family restaurant, Pizzeria Uno's, then home to open presents. He'll have a small birthday party this weekend; I shouldn't and won't complain but for the life of me we couldn't get him interested in a "big" party or event! He was certain he wanted a party with just three or four of his closest friends, and extended family, and he wanted to have it at home. Well, saves us some money at least!

It's going to be a very hectic weekend though, got several errands and one (potentially unpleasant) medical appointment tomorrow, then C's party on Saturday, than an early college graduation brunch for The Momma's brother in northwestern MA Sunday morning. (Those who know us realize we don't do "early" well, especially when we're going somewhere a couple of hours away!) Also for C's party we have to go pick up a couple of C's friends in New Hampshire Saturday morning, and bring them back afterwards in the afternoon... yeesh! But at least they're all fun events so it'll be worth the extra work.

One year ago this week we were at Disney World for C's 8th birthday... we'll be heading back there this fall and we're already counting the days until that trip (136). Kungaloosh!!

Bluesmobile, Phase III

Things have calmed down to some extent at work, and should continue to get better over the summer. Maybe I'll actually start updating this thing more often again! (But no promises....)

Work on the new Bluesmobile has been going well, and you can see the latest "in progress" photos here.

Most of the big work is done, excepting some large graphics on the roof, but there's a couple of days' worth of detail work still to complete, and I want to try to get more severe "weathering" done as well. Now if only I'd get some warm, dry weather again! It looks like Memorial Day weekend may be nice (though still over a week away so no placing bets), hopefully I'll be able to get a lot done then. My ultimate deadline remains my trip to the SHORE LEAVE convention in early July... only about 6 weekends away now, 5 considering this coming weekend will be a bust.. That seems like it won't be a problem but the bad weather has certainly pushed me closer to the deadline than I'd like... and I really want her done sooner so that I have time to get her nice and dirty!

Also of interest, a couple of weeks ago The Hey's wife said she saw a Bluesmobile clone driving around in Rhode Island. The license plate? "BLUES2", same as my MA plate! Quite the coincidence! Then just last week Towaway found an article in a RI newspaper about that same car, which led me to their web site. The story of their "Blues Mobile", and a link to several pages of photos, is here. I'll have to take a drive down there sometime once I get mine all finished, always fun to meet kindred spirits!