Went to the Counting Crows concert last evening. Once I got past the indignity of being frisked upon entry and walking past the $15 beers,we found our seats and settled in to wait for the concert to start. About 5 minutes before it starts, a couple sits in the seats right in front of us. My wife notes that the young guy is tall and she can't see, so we switch seats. End of problem? No. Concert starts and these two STAND UP. A lot of people stood up as the band started, so we sat there. After the third song and nobody else in the place is standing, I tap idiot on the shoulder and ask him nicely to sit down, they're blocking the view of the many rows of people behind him. He tells me to "F off". Now he's in his twenties with a little blonde on his shoulder and I'm 56 years old, no doubt his parents age. So I grab the little jerk by the shoulder and tell him to SIT DOWN NOW or he will be very embarrassed in front of the little girl. He looks at the old crazy guy, gulps and sits down. Concert already ruined since I've already left my confrontation comfort zone and my blood pressure is up. My wife is flipping out. Little jerk doesn't move for the remainder of the concert. Looking across the aisle there's some little twit girl who has stood up and is dancing. She does this the entire concert totally blocking the view of those behind her, and the guy she's with just sat in his seat. Nobody on that side said anything so she did what she wanted, oblivious to how she affected everyone else who had paid to enjoy the event. How do these people exist? Just thinking about themselves and not the slightest courtesy to the people around them?
A good day! This morning I drove the Tracker to the post office to mail a few parts to folks. I come out and there's a little girl pointing at the Tracker. "Daddy look, can we get one like this?" I had to smile. Now I'm sitting here posting while listening to the Counting Crows albums... need to study up since I'm going to see them tonight at the PNC Arts Center in New Jersey! Need to get in the right frame of mind!
That's great news. Above is the ancient Exacto brand battery power drill I've used for most of my adult building career. I never use a pin vice, I use this baby for lots of modeling tasks. I don't know what I'd do without it, so I'll be getting one of these Tamiya tools to see if I like the hand position better.
Hey Rob- The public makes allowances for differences like the car being an SS. You probably would've had that same problem with a kit! Or he wished he had an SS and now he does. How many times I've seen someone hold up a model and say, "This is just like the one I used to own... except mine was a 4 door, and had a 6, and was green". The great test... send him the info on the diecast. When he balks at spending $55 on a replica of his old car, you'll know just how important the whole thing is to him!
I enjoyed your assessment of this third world people mover! That was the downfall of the communist regimes.. their cars really sucked! I know you are Canadian and I believe I have some Canadian market brochures for the Lada. I don't believe we ever sold the cars here in the USA, and we were probably ticked off at Canada for allowing them on our continent! I will say that as big a laugh the Yugo was here, again they were a cheap no frills car that would soldier along if you were nice to it. My back door neighbor had a Yugo that he came into under unfortunate circumstances. Back then they were advertising them for $99 a month five year leases. He co-signed for the lease on one for his daughter's shiftless boyfriend, under the promise that he would use the car to get and maintain a job. That didn't work out all that well, and our hero soon repossessed the Yugo from now ex-boyfriend. He did mention that he'd rather pay the $99 penance than have that guy around, so I guess it was cool. So once having possession of this little turd, he decided he had to drive it to get his money's worth. And drive it he did, as his daily commuter car. He admitted that it did the job for the five years of ownership without major mishap or breakdown. He said he actually got to like it. Then the lease was up. The leasing company first offered him the car for a large amount and he declined. He told them to come and get it. They reduced the price several times and he still didn't want to actually own this car. Then it happened... the lease company actually abandoned the car. They never picked it up.
Most of the general public, even car people, have no idea the time and efforts that go into our models. One time I took my wife's brother up to the model room for a look. He looked the finished models in my case, then he walked over to my closet of unbuilt models, and asked if we had time to "put one together" before dinner. When I opened a box and showed him what was inside, he did a double take. He admitted that when he saw my models he thought the kit came all painted and detailed, and I merely had to screw a couple of parts together. Our work looks like diecasts to a lot of people. And you know, sometimes that's good enough for a lot of people. I think while the public underestimates the work we do, at the same time we've gone way off the deep end. We immediately assume they're asking for a full blown contest model, when a diecast or a simple box stock build the same color as their own car would make them very happy. One time our department secretary asked me about a 1968 GTO for her husband for Christmas. I found a $15 diecast in the same red he had. The only thing I added were scale license plates that matched the photo she loaned me. You'd think I gave them a million dollars. They were very happy!