As many of you know, I’ve been on the move quite a bit lately. At the end of June last year I attend an AMOC event based around Lime Rock Park up in Connecticut. Since last year’s event, I’ve been to England twice, Japan three times, and back to Lime Rock for this year’s event. This weekend I’ll be in Washington, DC, and at the end of the month I’ll be at an AMOC event in Victoria, BC, Canada. I’m also looking at hopping over to Germany and Poland in the next few months, too.
Going to Japan is, honestly, therapy that I desperately need. Trying to figure out what I’m doing with Redpants has been the challenge of my life, and it has been anything but easy. Between it and my catastrophic attempts at a personal life, I’ve dealt with incessant anxiety and some rather serious depression. Running off to Japan helps keep my head on straight. My last trip was also a way to treat my dad to the trip of a lifetime - we celebrated his 57th birthday, cheered the remission of his near-terminal cancer prognosis, and I was able to thank him for raising me despite the incredibly challenging life he was given.
My trips to England have been to visit a couple companies out there that have products that those of us outside the UK have demanded for years but haven’t yet had access. One of those companies is Aston Installations, who offer integrations of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and front and rear cameras (among other things) for your Aston Martin. Until now, everything they’d done was made mostly-bespoke for each car. Now they’ve created installation packages that allow them to sell the parts needed so they don’t have to do the job themselves. I went over to England and took a videographer with me and we filmed videos showing an overview of the installation, and we took a bunch of pictures and notes so I can create step-by-step installation guides. I’ll be offering these installation kits in my online store soon!!
The other company I visited was GMR Designs. They offer something many of us have wanted for years: SUPERCHARGERS FOR THE V8 VANTAGE.
That’s right! Just as Aston Installations have streamlined their products into something that can be delivered to the customer, so have GMR and I’ll be offering them soon! Pricing is still being finalized, so stay tuned for that. We’ll have thorough documentation so your mechanic of choice can do the job, with remote tuning included so you don’t have to worry about that, either. I drove the GMR demo car last year and loved the supercharger setup so much that I wanted to bring it to the US. The overall package has been improved since then and I think this is going to be a big hit for us V8 Vantage owners.
The Big Change
It’s become painfully clear that the way I’ve been running Redpants is entirely unsustainable, both as a business and for my health and well-being. The bottom line is that I’m the problem. As the sole person in it, Redpants is held back by me, the demand on my time, and my inability to do everything that needs to be done. I turn away tons of business simply because I don’t have the capacity to manage the extra orders I’d get.
I’ve felt this way for a while but have been trying to hold on for as long as possible because I know I have to make a serious choice: Completely change Redpants… or… kill it entirely.
There’s no in-between. No grey area. Redpants has grown far beyond my ability to control it given how I’ve been doing things. My neat little home-based business is bursting at the seams and I need to set it free. It can’t survive the way it’s going and if it goes down this way, it’ll take it with me. I have a few options in front of me and I think I’ll be in a holding pattern for the next couple weeks due to a major life-impacting event that’s set to happen. How that event plays out will determine my next steps. Either way, things are going to change in a major way.
Loss of Emails
As I said in my last blog post, I found out that a ton of emails I’d sent out were not actually sent. If you think you were affected by this, or if you need to reach me by phone, please call me: 208-830-2309
I don’t have my phone on me during my working hours at my grown-up job, which are 2-10pm EST (M-F). If you want to reach me before or after then, please feel free. I’m usually available:
8am-2pm EST Mon-Fri
10pm-1am EST Mon-Fri
If I don’t answer, please leave me a voicemail and I’ll return your call as soon as possible.
As always, thank you all for the incredible ongoing support!!
The glitch that has plagued me just happened again, and I was able to capture it. Take a look at this screenshot that I took.
As you can see, the email in the picture is waiting to be sent. The thing is, I’d already sent it. Not only did I send that email, I also sent two more emails after that. After sending those emails, I moved on to another browser. A short while later I went back and saw the draft email open as though I’d never sent it, and the system error notification at the top of the screen (that yellow bar up at the top of the pic).
I tried clicking the “Send” button to see what would happen, and nothing changed - there was no reaction whatsoever. The only way I could change anything was to close the browser entirely and reopen it. Before doing this, I took the screen shot (the pic above). After taking the screen shot, I closed and reopened the browser and checked my emails… The email draft in the pic above didn’t even exist. The email I was replying to was sitting in my inbox as unread. The emails I sent afterward weren’t in my Drafts or Sent folders.
It was as though I’d never opened that email, responded to it, or sent off two more emails. None of it was there at all.
Apparently this has been going on for at least a couple months, if not longer, so you can all imagine just how many emails have been lost. I had a few people ask how emails can just go missing and I didn’t have a great answer because I hadn’t actually been able to capture the issue until now. I hope that clears it up, and I’ll be making some changes on my end to work around the issue.