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Well, November is here. That means winter can’t be far behind. Glad I don’t live in Buffalo though. Time has come to reevaluate my business choices. I have already taken the website maintenance site down as it was just doing nothing anyway. The site is still there, but all the content is now gone.

I also removed all the content from the recording website. It was just sitting there, taking up web space. I may pull both down or just forward them to the main site (this one), which is the only one that has generated any income in the past few years.

Next up might be the removal of the airbrush forum site, No one is using it and takes money and work to keep it running.

And, finally, I may give up on the shop. It’s been getting harder and harder to get work done. Ever since I got sick and my partner did his best to destroy the business while I was home recovering, it has been an adventure, to say he least. With all the new rules regarding sprinklers and fire suppressors, it would cost almost $200,000.00 to set up a shop to spray and I just don’t have it.


I’m not a fan of fall. It means winter is not far behind. Winter never used to bother me. I worked all winter wearing just a thermal sweatshirt over my clothes. I did towing at all hours in all weather. I enjoyed shoveling snow. The cold was just another thing to deal with on the job. Ever since I got sick, the cold bothers me. Even if it’s 50 degrees, I’m cold. Cold, wet, snowing, freezing rain, ice storms and the rest… You can keep it. If I could afford it, I’d have a winter home somewhere warm.

That said, I don’t ever give any real thought to leaving NY. If it gets worse though, it may be something to consider. I have a friend who wants me to open a shop in Miami. I have to admit, I have given it some thought, especially during last winter.


So, it’s August already. It feels like I was just out shoveling snow yesterday. But, I digress. Still working on getting work space. Looked at several buildings, some for rent, some for sale. Nothing worthy yet, except for one building for rent in Westbury. It went before we could make a deal. A previous prospect who was unsure, became sure….

I can’t tell you how much work I have turned away while looking for work space. I get phone calls and emails daily from people looking for custom work and looking for me to do it. I’ve even made a deal or three to go to the customer to do the work. I can’t operate like this normally, but in a few instances, it is possible to get the job done this way.

On a personal note, I am also still waiting on a kidney transplant. Many changes have happened, but there is not much new to report. I will update if and when things change on that front.

July update

It’s been a fun month so far. Let’s see, it started on June 27th, when I had surgery on my arm. The next day, there was a music festival in Rockaway, so I went. I guess the combination of the heat, dialysis the night before and the anesthesia was too much, but it was still a good day.

After resting the rest of the weekend, Monday I awoke dizzy and light-headed. This normally happens after dialysis, but I hadn’t had that since Friday night. Tuesday was the same, but I managed to get through the day only needing to rest more than usual.

Wednesday was another story entirely. I had plans to visit my aunt in Brooklyn. My sister Debbie (and my 11 year old nephew) showed up as we were going together. She took one look at me and said “we’re not going to Brooklyn”. Instead, we headed to the ER where they determined I was anemic. They gave me an aspirin, sent me home and suggested I see my regular doctor. My sister and nephew went home and I went back to resting.

I had to go to dialysis again that night. When I arrived, I told them about the ordeal and they took a blood sample and my blood pressure. My blood pressure was dangerously low (it’s normally dangerously high). I didn’t get the blood results until the next morning.

Thursday was worse. I woke up seriously disoriented and dizzy. I was awakened by a phone call from the nurse practitioner at dialysis. She told me to hang up immediately and go to the ER. My numbers were that bad. This time, I went to a different hospital (with my other sister, Patricia) as that’s where my nephrologist is associated. They did many of the same tests as the other hospital. There really needs to be a centralized computer system for medical records. I had to endure all of this crap twice in two days. It was determined I was anemic (duh). No surprise there, but this hospital took it much more serious. I was bleeding internally. An endoscopy was scheduled, I was told no eating or drinking, put on IV, etc., etc., etc…

It turns out I had a bleeding ulcer, caused by my medication. More medication added to the list. Oh joy. After 2+ days in the hospital, I was sent home again. This time, I actually felt better.

I am now in the process of getting all of my doctors on the same page. This is not an easy task.

Aside from all of this, I had a checkup with the surgeon who worked on my arm last Friday. I popped a stitch and it had to be fixed. That was the least of my ordeals in the past two weeks. I have been having issues with dialysis again. Too long and boring, but I’ve had it…….

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th and a full moon. We should do ourselves a favor and stay inside tonight…

All kidding aside, another week has gone by and I have nothing new to report on the shop front. I am really starting to lose interest in looking.

I will post once again, I am looking for a legal body shop in eastern Queens or western Nassau county that is looking to rent all or part of the shop. I do not need a big space (for now), one or two bays will do just fine. My work will not interfere with your business, I will not steal customers from you as I will not do collision work. I can add to the services you offer your customers. You can now offer your customers full custom paint services, including airbrushed graphics and murals. You can offer them radical customizing, such as Lambo, suicide, gullwing doors, top chops, sectioning, shaved handles, reversed hoods and trunks, power actuation of all moveable parts, and more.


84 Caddy

Caddy DTS 3rd Brae Light Kits

Looking for a shop

If anyone knows of a shop available in Queens or Nassau County, please let me know. You can contact me using just about any page of the website. Thanks. I’m looking to spend around $2000 per month.

Shop update

So, we found a building in Oceanside. We were looking at a place in Westbury, but it was too small and the current owner wasn’t sure we could paint there. The place in Oceanside is industrial and it is zoned for body work. Major difference. Also, the place is huge compared to that place in Westbury. It has 2 offices (1 could be a small showroom), plus a loft for storing parts. We may need to get a forklift, but that’s a future problem (and not a bad problem at that). The only current problem (also not really a bad one) is this building is not for sale, we would be renting. We are currently hitting the owner over the head to try to get him to lower the rent, at least for the first year. If this works out, we could be in there and working by June 1st.

Born under a bad sign

Well, this past week, I found out another possible donor backed out and the house where I live is being put up for sale. My luck not only runs bad, it comes in groups. I’m not going to worry about it, I’m used to it at this point.