May 13th, 2007

Hijinks Ensue

New pet hate:

People who mishandle and damage rented DVDs, then send them back for the next renter to deal with. The last three disks I've got from Amazon (all episodes of the same TV series) needed polishing before they would play properly, and even then there were sections I had to skip over because they kept stalling the player.
Working on it

Minor update

This past week I've finished the first stage of flatting down all of Fenchurch's primer-filler, applied fine surface filler to all the scratches and things that were too deep to flat out, flatted down most of the fine surface filler, redid the masking paper and tape on the body shell (the old stuff was peeling off), and sprayed etch-primer on the bits where I'd sanded through to bare metal on the body shell and several of the external panels.

While I was redoing the masking-off it was warm and dry outside, so I opened the big garage door to ventilate the place a bit. Within half an hour a bloke had wandered in off the street wanting to talk about old cars. "They don't make Minis like this any more do they?" he said. "It's a Morris Minor Traveller," I replied. "Yes, yes, I know." He continued asking stupid questions for a quarter of an hour: "it'll be an antique soon won't it?" "Is it owned by an Englishman?" "Is that your windscreen?" Eventually culminating with, "I used to own one like this, Ford Escort it was, doors fell off, I bet that'd be worth a bit nowadays wouldn't it?"