"How did you think of this?" is a question that we are usually asked.
If you really must know, this is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...at
least as best as I can recall.
One fateful day in August of '97, I had been invited to a neighbors house to have
a few adult beverages with a few friends. As I arrived, the conversation quickly focused around a vehicle
that I had recently acquired. The vehicle was an old Chevy pick up with a big block. I sold parts from the vehicle
for days until the last remaining piece was the seized big block sitting on the garage floor.
We openly discussed what someone in my position might do with a big block Chevy
that had no home. The one comment quickly came "Hey, why don't you make a lawnmower out of it?' Thinking of my sprawling three
square feet of lawn in suburbia, I instinctively replied "No, I don't think so." I
recanted,"Besides, It was done already, remember the movie Moving and Neighbors?"
I felt there must be a better use for this thing. I sat quietly for the next
fifteen minutes or so thinking of a time when I had the need for some excessive motive force. As these stories
go, this is the part when I jumped out of my chair and said " I got it! A snow blower!" The group fell silent and the
ring leader and owner of the home said " Uhh, ...what?" I said "A snow blower, think about it, you could have eight cylinders
that will easily fire in the cold, I could build hollow handlebars for the coolant to circulate through to keep me warm, it
already has a block heater in it, a charging system and electric start...and the physical weight would be an asset when scrambling
for traction and not crushing my manicured weed infested green real-estate."
No one in the group agreed or even remotely shared my view point. The negative jeering
and laughing that followed got so deep into my skin, I threatened my buddy with "I am going to build one and burry
that truck of yours!"