I have talked about projects getting sidelined in the past, but it never really gets your attention until you come across something with a time stamp on it. It's easy for us magazine guys because all we have to do is research our archives to figure out when a certain project was started. For everyone else, oftentimes it's a receipt for a part you bought at the beginning of the build. Or a ticket from a show or swap meet that you attended. Or in the case of this month's lead photo, something that's a little more 21st century; the timestamp on a digital photo.
You see, every digital photo we take for the magazine is converted into a file that is saved either on the CF card itself or our computer's hard drive once it's retrieved. Included in the file is all the information that the camera recorded at the time, such as the various settings, date, and time. And every once in awhile, I'll go back through my images on certain builds and take a look at the date. It's kind of like a little timeline that allows me to revisit certain aspects of a build or show and figure out what was going on during that same time.
For example, I can peruse the images for a bed wood kit installation and figure out that I shot that particular aspect after I finished the metal work on the running boards but not before I purchased wheels and tires. It can be pretty handy when you're trying to pinpoint when a certain aspect of a build happened and in what order.
On the other hand, it can lead to depression, nausea, disappointment, anxiety, and an overbearing sense of laziness. These are the common reactions I have when I realize that a certain project is taking longer than it should. But that's life and sometimes it gets in the way. If it were easy, everybody would do it. And I know that in the end, victory will be that much sweeter!
In a moment like this, as I think about wrapping up the bodywork on my F-1, I can already here the excuses beginning to come to mind. But if I just cinch up my bootstraps and put my nose to the grindstone, I can clear this one last hurdle and be well on my way down the final stretch.
Now, if I could just find a few hours to spend in the shop. Well, maybe I'll wait until it gets a little bit warmer. Yeah, because Bondo wouldn't really dry when it's 65-degrees out, right? Right. The weather man said it should be in the 80s this weekend. That's what I'll do; I'll wait until this weekend and really get a jump on it. And so it goes...