Good Riddance to 2018

The latest on-goings and goings-on as this year finally goes away.

Occasional Closures

I'm pretty good at letting people know when Redpants will be closed - there's a banner at the top of the screen with the dates for closure, and I usually have a notice on the home page and advanced warning in a blog post. It's rare that I have to close up shop - generally it only happens if I'm out of town. When I get back, I get any orders that came in while I was gone packaged up and shipped within a day or two.

That being said, yes I'm back from my trip to Japan, but I am going again next month. So, Redpants will be closed Jan 8-15, 2019. Any orders received during that time will be shipped out as soon as I get back. I also have another trip to Japan with my dad at the end of May, a trip to England mid-August, and pending trips to California and the Philippines that haven't been finalized yet. I’ll post notices as each one of those gets closer.

Contact Methods

I do have a Redpants Facebook page and Instagram account but I really only use those as a means for posting updates (e.g., when I make a blog post). The messaging platform for business pages on Facebook is a huge pain, and I’m rarely on Instagram. It’s far easier to manage emails. If you need to contact me, please do so via email: rich@redpants.lol or use the Contact page. I appreciate every ‘like’ and ‘follow’ Redpants gets on social media, but please stick with emails for contacting me.

Even then, I do get tons of emails. I try to cover them all as quickly as I can. If you don’t get a response in a day or so, please feel free to email me again after a day or two.

Exterior Lighting Saga Continues…

As of this morning…

“We have the whole lot assembled but all the lenses will need repolished, its almost impossible to assemble without getting something on the lenses. So that’s the hold up right now. Hoping to get it shipped for you shortly after the holidays.“

I’m hoping that I’ll have them by the end of the year, but if not then it should be shortly after the new year. I hate to do this because it’s caused so much trouble for me over the last several months, but at this point I don’t have a choice… I’m opening the listings for pre-order again. This is sort of a make-or-break moment for these products, among other things, and I’m stuck between a rock and a hard spot.

Red V8 Vantage for Sale

My red V8 Vantage project car is for sale. The BC Forged HCA383 wheels have been sold, so it’s back on a set of OEM 19” 7-spoke wheels and OEM Bridgestone tires. I’ll be updating the page for it tonight or this weekend to reflect its current state so potential buyers know what they’re getting, along with current pictures. I’ll also be doing a full service on it so that it’s ready to run as soon as someone takes it. Asking $42,000.

(Not a current picture.)

(Not a current picture.)

Good Riddance to 2018

Rather than rehash all the shit I've deal with and continue to deal with this year, I'm going to give 2018 a giant middle finger and put on a Good Riddance sale. I've put a bunch of stuff in the online store on sale.

I think it's been pretty clear that 2018 has been completely shit for me. I was recently told by a close friend that it's sometimes hard to read my blog posts because it's often too personal when I get into non-automotive topics (ie, my own drama). I've gotten tons of amazing feedback from people about the things I've discussed, but I do agree that it takes away from the purpose of Redpants: Aston Martin parts and information. But given the response I've gotten and the fact that it's a great outlet for me to vent, I'm looking at other ways to continue posting a personal blog and I think it'll be well-suited for my Redpants Unzipped website. That is, after all, much more of a lifestyle website so personal topics may be better placed there.

If Redpants continues in 2019, the content in the blog will be much more focused on technical information rather than the personal stuff I've been posting this year.