If you happen to talk to me today you may find me a bit cranky. I awoke at 3 am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I ended up getting up. I’m already feeling sleep-deprived and the day has barely begun. Were I a lesser man, I would have been a no-show today! Go easy on me. I think part of my problem was thinking about the mass of work left and the frantic pace we are going to need to achieve to pull it off. Had the cold weather extended a bit longer we would have had a better chance. It may be time for me to remind everyone who the boat promising guy is – that would be John but I’ll certainly take messages for him. The fairing on the Legacy hardened and is being shaped and faired now. This stuff is HARD and is being faired with a 24 grit grinding disk. It is also thin enough to avoid cracking as high build ups of filler tend to do. And here is the custom battery box that was build last week compactly holding the golf cart batteries. Notice how tightly the batteries sit in there – no sliding around for these boys. Carlos and Izzy are getting real tired of these two boats! Each one gets rolled 5 times – 3 coats of barrier coat, 1 coat of a hard bottom paint and one coat of ablative. They are working on the last coat right now but have plenty of more boats to go. At least the scenery should be different for those. I decided to use black as the first coat of bottom paint. Since this is a hard paint it will always be there and not slough off. Also since it will be covered we only went with a 50% copper since the higher the copper content, the thicker the paint. We don’t really need the protection in this coat since it will be covered by a high quality ablative paint. If you see the black, you need a paint job! We were feeding the scrap metal guy this morning. He has been chomping at the bit. I know scrap metal has value but if you have to pay someone to drive it to the collection center and pay for the gas you’d be lucky to make a nickle or so. Anything Can Happen Friday Fun Pranks for April Fool’s Day: On most computer monitors, if you turn the brightness control all the way up and the contrast all the way down, the screen will appear to be blank. Do this to your victim and they will drive themselves crazy trying to “fix” their “broken” monitor. Take a few pages from the inside of last week’s newspaper, and substitute them for today’s issue. (Sports pages work great, or comics–whatever is the victim’s favorite section!). Tell a friend that you know a great trick. Put your hand palm-down on the table and balance a full glass of beer (or any liquid) on the back of your hand. Bet your friend that they can’t balance a glass on both hands at once (with your help to put them in place). As soon as you have the glasses balanced, stand up and walk out. They will be trapped and will have to spill the beers to escape. I love bad photo work in ads (like the one below). See more here.