It's sunny and warm, spring has sprung, and I for one am totally stoked. Why? Well, first of all pitchers and catchers report to spring training in a few days, and by the time you read this the baseball season will be in high gear. But it’s not just that the best game ever invented in the history of the world celebrates its season opener, it’s the time of the year that it represents: spring. Yes, sweet, sunshiny spring.
I know most people think of New Year's day as the start of the year; the day to turn things around, lose a few kilos, or finally tell your boss to take a flyin' leap. Myself, I just see it as filler time. For me, spring is the real start of the year and I don't mean to take care of all that other crap I mentioned, either. I’m talking about stuff you want to do. Stuff you look forward to doing. Stuff you physically can't do during the winter while freezing your heinie off in 15-degree-below-zero Duluth, Minnesota.
And just to clarify, I’m not talking about the honey-do projects. Everyone has those and, yes, they have to get done, but I just see those as a gateway chore to getting to what I really want to do: busting out the welding torches, dusting off the roll-away and floor jacks and getting busy on cool car projects.
Hopefully, while you were sitting around drinking beer, watching the second best game ever invented (Football), and significantly adding to your gross tonnage, you were flipping through stacks of manufacturers catalogs and planning your future weekends.
I know I was.
Spring is the perfect time to start these projects. Why? The obvious reason is the weather and the extended amount of daylight of course, but it’s also when the calendar lines up a nice string of three-day weekend holidays that spread out nicely 'till the first week of September.
I like to think of the President's Day holiday as the kickoff for project season. I know you folks in cold-weather states are gonna start balling about how that is the coldest time of the year, but it’s usually when we get a sweet unseasonable heatwave here in So Cal, and it’s my column so stifle yourselves and listen up. Besides, there's no crying in project season.
Now, I'm gonna pass on a little knowledge to you first timers so you don’t get in over your heads. Start off the season with something inexpensive and easy to do. Maybe some interior/exterior detailing. And I’m not talking about a five-minute splash-and-dash hobo spritz-and-dry with your new Sham Wows you got for Christmas neither. I’m talking about a comprehensive full detail: Clay bars, wax, polish, the works. Put a cherry on this starter project with some snazzy new mats. If you absolutely must turn a wrench and install something, treat yourself to a nice cushy GT Steering Wheel. (I’m verbally authorizing that in case the li'l woman questions the $148.50 on her Visa)