- 7:02 PM, Monday,
April 28th, 2014:
- As much as
I don't want to cement this into the Delorean
story - I simply can't act like this isn't
happening or that I'm having a good experience with
Videobob. I want it over with, I don't want to
get screwed and I wish I had just moved to
Dallas for the month because making thousand dollar
decisions based on texts and inference is
- As I wrote
before - I liked Danny (the builder here in SoCal) but
his turnaround was 7-8 months! So I was left with
Bob who after studying the videos of his other cars...
does good work. I've spoken to people who have his
cars and they're thrilled and in fact visit those with
cars built by the other builders and it's very, very
clear who has the better car. So I'm
- ...however, Bob
argues with me constantly. I happen to have an
eye for detail and when I originally was talking
price with Bob he broke down the cost of certain
things - and now there's a bit less detail on what all
is involved in the cost. There is a $2500 discrepency
- but the truth is? Bob should be charging more than
he is for his turnaround time alone. So I really
shouldn't bitch at all about a thousand here or a
- BUT HOW DO YOU NOT ASK?
And then he says I need new seats. FUCK. What?
The car looked perfect - BOOM another $1k (Even
though they're $600 - it's another $400 to install
- Then when
I mention details I found a bit off and
wanting to correct them? HOLY FUCK do we go
at it. Him telling me that the reason he can't even
discuss it is because of my deadline. !??!?! Brother -
you have 5 weeks WITH THE CAR. The first
night he said he could pull it off in 2 weeks adding
another 2 weeks for shipping both ways. Well my time
frame was 7 weeks including the shipping which leaves
him with 5. FIVE. So don't pull "Deadline" shit
on me when discussing stuff....
- ...then again he
IS doing this about 50 times faster than anyone
else. See the constant strugfle here?
- I mention a
simple outlet pipe for fog inside the car and
I might as well have asked to bang his wife. But
here's the thing... I've been HIM. I'm sure my tenant
who throws ridiculous idea after ridiculous idea at me
about the course thinks I'M the asshole because
I always tell him why it won't work.
- HE'S NOT PAYING ME $35,000.
- So talk me through
this shit brother. He certainly did at the beginning -
now I get this feeling that he's annoyed and
thinks I will somehow keep him from doing shows in LA
because I will be hustling my car?
- So enter:
Kids in the Hall and a show of goodwill on my part
pulling a favor getting him free tickets to the show
and the ability to meet Dave Foley. As longtime
viewers know, Foley did a video for me back in 2000
and though I am not close with him - I have
seen him since and said "hi". Gary however, is close
with him and as much as I hated to do it?
Something I've NEVER DONE with Gary because
I hate this shit - I asked him to personally
contact Dave on my behalf to get Bob and his wife into
the Kids in the Hall show in Dallas last night. For
weeks we went back and forth - absolutely stressful
and even after they were "on the list" Bob and his
wife get there? NOTHING.
- Which fucking
means I call Gary, Gary calls Dave literally 20
minutes before he's supposed to
TAKE THE STAGE to get it all worked out. It
was, here is proof in the form of a picture he posted
on his public "Bob's Propshop" Facebook
- At which point
I was ready to pass out. Because the reason I'm
killing myself? Is just to assure I don't get
fucking hosed. Now in my heart I don't believe
Bob will screw me over - but remember? We're dealing
with Karen's money. So now? THAT is what
I'm risking and I am pulling out all stops to
make sure this works. If it means pulling favors from
friends I've had for 10 years and have NEVER asked a
favor from? I have to do it. This is a $60k
investment. It's a little fucked to be doing this from
1500 miles away with a guy who you don't know who says
"You should get new seats" $1k. FACKIN FACK.
A THOUSAND DOLLARS.
I RE-TARRED MY ENTIRE CAR PORT ROOF BY
HAND WITH FUCKING CRACK SEALER to save $30 -
and now sight unseen I have to make this call
with my mother-in-law's money?!?!?!
- AND YOU WON'T JUST PUT A PIPE INTO THE FREAKING PASSENGER FLOOR BOARD
- SO I CAN FOG UP THE CABIN IF I WANT TO FOR PICTURES?
- But I guess he
could be right - it could fuck up the whole system and
I'm better off buying a second one for that... but he
can't run electric to that? You can't put that
together for me so I'm not re-modding your mod when
you have weeks more time than you quoted me that you
- It's just
maddening. And he knows I'm all in. So he now has the
power and all I can do is write long emails that
he gets angry that he wastes time responding to.
However, he responds and if you laugh off the gruff
exterior - he's doing his job. He just doesn't make
you feel warm and fuzzy. And for $35k, I happen
to believe warm & fuzzy is a necessity.
- But you know what
I'm gonna do? I'm gonna fly to Dallas and that
weekend? I'm gonna make him a commercial. A
professional one. A quick one (he has hours of footage
online and it kills his message). And it will put him
miles about the rest of the builders for 2015 and
I will do it for free. Why? Because that's the
point of life people. You help each other. You help
the loud people, you help the quiet people. You help
the people that may not help you back and you do it
because it's what life is about. That's what GolfKon
is about and why I won't accept any money and my only
goal is to raise money for charities. If I'm gonna be
fucking homeless maybe that will change - but as I've
told Bob time and again - my goal with him? Is to make
our meeting a crossroads and to positively influence
his life in a way that leaves an impact. He's
certainly changing my life and for whatever reason
it's important for me to positively influence his.
- For now of course,
all this is locked. I go back to arguing with him
about the details he constantly overlooks and do
everything in my power to get the best car possible. I
sure hope this venture feels fun again. I hate
this. I simply want to know what I'm paying for, pay a
fair price and get that. I cannot wait until this
part of the process is over.
- Less than a month