Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Port In The Storm

This project is good for the soul. Sure it gets crazy from time to time, but it also provides a place to focus when life throws a curve you might be having a hard time handling.

We almost lost my mom a couple weeks ago, and just Thursday, my brother-in-law got hurt on the job. My mother is alright for now and Robb is banged up but he'll heal. My sister's husband though has lost his father, his best friend, and a favorite cousin in just the last 18 months.

Our family has always been blessed in that we've had to endure few hardships or losses of loved ones over the years. But recently we certainly seem to be having our share. I guess this is life. Hard to admit, but my generation is now at the age that mortality raises it's hand for attention. We try hard to ignore it, but it's not going away.

During the traveling to hospitals, and between the hushed phone calls and quiet prayers, it has been a real respite to get a phone call or an e-mail about our coupe. 'da Hui is always a welcome break of fun and mischievousness. It clears the head and allows us to remember that this car is a privilege and we should savor the build from time to time and not just pine for it's completion.

We'll be wrapping up the Naked Milner build here in a few weeks. And once we've exhausted our efforts to be included in our favorite magazine, we'll have to decide how fast to proceed with tearing it down for paint and chrome. We have a few invitations to attend Graffiti related events, but I'm sure they want us in our yellow outfit. We'll have to see.

So as we re-install our newly re-built T-10 and mount the final few goodies that will insure that we're 'Graffiti Respectable', I want to take this moment of rare introspection and thank those of you who have shown an interest in our project, and raise a cold one to the bruddahs of 'da Hui.

And for all you clone builders and Graffiti nuts that we have fought with, bid against, and railed about? Well...we love you too. Thanks for keeping it interesting.

Aloha Nui Loa

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