November 11th, 2006

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What I'm asking myself today

At what point do I decide that it's just not worth it, cut my losses and go back to climbing and aikido?

Today's breakdown: Flexidrive. Snapped in half. For those who don't know, the flexidrive is a long, tightly coiled stainless steel spring-like thingy that transfers the rotation of the motor spindle through a flexible tube to the drive cogs on the handpiece, which then (through a series of ingenious bits and bobs) changes the rotation to a back-and-forth motion at the comb and cutter end. Anyway, this thing spins at 3200rpm. Until it breaks. Then it doesn't spin at all. And you pack up your gear, apologise profusely, drive off down the road, stop somewhere and bawl your eyes out with frustration and disappointment.

So I've done a bit of hunting around, and found a company in Australia who make a similar plant (Tecumseh seem to have stopped making them and have a totally crap net presence anyway). No price. I can only wait to find out if I can get one and how much it will cost.

On the upside, I finished the job for the guy I let down last weekend, and started another before it broke.

And then there's this:

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I think I'll wait a day or two before weighing up the pros and cons of continuing with the shearing. Right now I'm having Office Space type visions involving my machine and the lounge room window.

On the upside, I am now full of coffee, sitting here in a sundress and will spend the afternoon playing with EL wire and listening to psytrance.

There's always something good. ;-)
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