- 1:44 PM, Monday,
June 9th, 2014:
- The Friday night
car-show at Bob's Big Boy has been a tradition forever
and one I was excited to take part in... in fact, why
am I writing this? Video blog...
- What a crazy
- So the
WHOLE story (which I couldn't include
because I simply didn't have video of it) was that
Friday when I took my car out, I left it in front
of my house for literally 30 seconds while I ran
back inside and I come out to find a cop car
behind it and two cops getting out. It's funny, no
matter what - you always think you've done something
wrong. Ends up? They just wanted to take
pictures of it. LOL. So we talked for a bit, I gave
them my cards and went on my way...
- ...only to have my
car EXPLODE on my way there. Ended up just being a
cracked hose to the radiator but the sound was
horrifying and of course water and antifreeze
everywhere. A dude came up to me and figured it
out quicker than I did, and I was able to
simply move the hose up about an inch and reclamp it.
Luckily there was enough slack for that.
- Once at Bob's I
sat and talked to some guys and got the news that
Burgundie's dad had died. Strangely I was friendly
with him far longer than Burgundie was so I was
getting her information from his Facebook page
while trying to keep kids away from the car. Bizarre
juxtaposition for sure. Found out they found him
slumped over the wheel of his car in front of his
house. Most likely heart failure. Poof. Life is crazy.
Still in his 60s.
- And then Roger
Sterling is looking at my car. Wait, what? I did a
double-take and he hurried to put on glasses and I
said "Am I really supposed to act like
I don't know who you are?" and he ignored that
and admired the back of the car then started to walk
away. I came up and said "Brother, I can't
not shake your hand" and he shook it and smiled and
just ran (literally) back to his car with his buddy.
It was very surreal.
BUT DAMNIT I WANTED TO TAKE A PICTURE OF HIM IN THAT CAR.
OH AND THE MAD GOLF GOLFKON
HOLE! WAIT! DAAHHHHH. Too much I had to say with
- The guys who were
there were very cool and gave me the "1" spot
since I was the new guy. It came in handy as
there was room for the swarm of people around the car
at all times. With no car next to the driver's side it
gave people space. And as you could see from the video
- it really was non-stop and intense. I do feel it's
kinda of douchey to bring a movie car to a car show
because people are attracted for all the wrong
reasons... however, I met a ton of people that
I do legitimately believe will contact me for
rentals. For that reason alone (and my ridiculously
close proximity) I'm gonna have to do several more of
these. They did indeed tell me about the trophy night
the following night and I showed up hoping for what
turned out to be a really big trophies..
- You had to pick a
category and "Custom" was the only thing I could
even be considered as. And in fact for most of the
night I was the only guy in the category until
the dude in white in that picture saw that and thought
"Well, certainly this is the category to be in - only
1 other car".
- And although not
really custom? It was a gorgeous '56
- He overheard me
saying I didn't think it was in the right category and
that pissed him off something fierce as he listed
everything he had worked on on the car... and
I even said "Then technically, wouldn't all of
these cars be custom?". It was not going well so
I just let that be. As I mention in the
video - it does feel cheap for me to drive up in a
movie-prop car and steal the thunder from these
vinatage cars that are clearly amazing.
- Yeah but tough
shit I won anyway. HA. Fucker. Sorry, I got
annoyed because he was actively pushing people to vote
and the crowd around my car just took pictures far too
excited about it to even realize you COULD vote.
So then I started asking them to vote and, well,
I eventually won. But be sure, this won't be happening
again. I mean, maybe I'll go in 2015 'cause it
would be cool to have a 2015 trophy, but I will
not be doing this every month. The fuck am
I gonna do with trophies? This will go outside in
the car-port but make no mistake I am not entering
this in car shows and competitions to wag my dick
around to other cars. That isn't even remotely what
this car is about. I mean obviously it's about making
a living first and foremost - but even if it were just
a hobby? It's not appreciated by these car owners and
I understand that! IT'S A MOVIE-PROP.
- ...but a
ridiculously awesome one:
- And then to end
the weekend wouldn't you know it? That cop that pulled
up outside my house? Texted me that he was having an
80s Theme Party and he wanted to rent the car.
- How incredible is
that? A paying gig on top of everything else? Wow. And
he was smooth about it, didn't tell anyone and then
- In a cloud of
smoke the Time Machine shows up. Everyone walked up
from the back with a collective:
"WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?" I'm actually bummed I never
get to surprise my friends like that. LOL. It was
awesome. And of course someone was dressed as Marty
for the party...
- How excited was
THIS guy when he saw the Time Machine. LMAO. Very cool
- So yeah, after
this weekend I looked at Talya and said "This is
gonna work. Well." No longer does it feel like a
longshot to make a living at this - it feels like
something that will be in our family forever. I got
such joy out of seeing the real fans of the movie and
showing them all the bells and whistles. Explaining
the history of the car, showing people the original
parts. It was indeed a performance and your enthusiasm
sells the car even more. My acting and hosting chops
kicked in and I really did enjoy the time talking
(when not freaking out because people were all over
the car). But I have to admit, I'm handy enough
that there's very little I can't fix on that
thing if it were ripped off. I will need some
parts from time to time I'm sure, but you can get
those several places and the worry is never that
someone is gonna rip one of the rare parts off... it's
that someone is gonna break something holding a part
up, etc. and it'll have to be patched. You can say
"don't touch" all you want - but it's a car full
of fucking buttons. It's nearly impossible. And kids?
They lose their minds around it. But as I said before,
this is gonna work - and it's gonna work in a big way.
- Now if I can
just keep it from breaking down. Uggh. Stalled 3 times
on my way home, probably a fuel filter or fuel pump
issue (though those were both supposedly replaced) and
my 97th job as a mechanic starts tomorrow.