This week was by far the best. I had finally spend enough time at the shop that I was just another guy there, and didn’t have the “new person” thing going on anymore. Lots of cool cars came in, and we did some interesting work. But Thursday, oh Thursday, I had an unbelievable amount of fun. That was the track day that Eddie had gotten me signed up for, but I’ll save the details for a second.
Car i cleaned
Moving the M3 for a custom steering joint to be built
My final week at OHSU with Dr. Hansen was a short one due to Memorial Day on Monday and having Wednesday off once again because it was essentially pointless for me to be in clinic that day because of the completely insanity of the day’s schedule.
In my final week of the senior project I was only able to come in on Tuesday because I had hip surgery on Wednesday. The middle schoolers finished up their survivor Olympics unit and the younger kids continued through their baseball unit. Christy, who I forgot to mention is the name of the P.E. teacher, decided that they were ready to play an actual game of baseball instead of just doing throwing and catching. So, she explained the rules of baseball to them and also gave me a refresher on the rules. We played with a whiffle ball in the indoor soccer facility.
My final week working at West Coast Sailing was very busy indeed. There were lots of projects to work on, yet I still had a good deal of fun working in the warehouse. Every week has been getting busier and busier as the main sailing season gets closer. The warehouse is currently full of boats, and it would be very hard to fit any more boats into the limited amount of space available.
The fourth and final week at Splash included several creative test shoots (!!), or photoshoots that Sheldon/Ryan/Rebecca/Holly brainstormed to fancify their portfolios. Because May was a slow(er) month in terms of the number of jobs Splash recieves, they each scoured for inspiration and assembled two or three visionary shoots to complete. Rebecca was talking about a fitness shoot that incorporates moving water and emphasizes body movement and Holly was getting excited about shooting some dancers.
This week was quite short for me. I was only in the shop Monday, Wednesday, and half of Thursday, so not too much happened. The previous week, a customer had drove back down to Portland after breaking his Lotus 2-11 on his third lap. He had said that oil had just exploded out the right side, and that he was close enough to the pit to just drive in. We thought that there may be some big issue with the oil system, and maybe the motor was badly damaged because he drove it with no oil in the system, so we left it untouched through the weekend. This car is pretty cool.
An old bug we had to send to a VW dealer for special treatment
This week I spent most of my time putting together my presentation. I didn’t actually go to my project due to outside reasons; one being my back was in too much pain to work with horses. I did my final test with the horses and spent a lot of time on excel with my brother. He helped me set up my graph for my project and I started putting everything into a PowerPoint. My graphing system took at least 2 hours alone, and then to be able to format the graph exactly how I wanted it. I kept thinking about what the main things I got out of this experience was.
Week four was amazing! I had such a good time and I found myself when they handed our phones at the end of the week and put us on the bus to go home hating myself because I realized how busy my life was and I wished I could have just stayed at Outdoor School forever. that "Back to reality" song would have been quite appropriate. Alas, I am back, but I am so glad I went! Best time ever and I couldn't have asked for a better week (only maybe multiple weeks!).