May 7th – My valve cover is ready to be tapped for a new 5/8″ vent, I got to drill it out at Raul’s with his drill press.


May 8th – Found a set of good condition clear side markers though the SoCal Evo group. Makes the overall car lines look cleaner in my opinion. Can’t wait to get the rest of the Evo 7 body work done.


May 9th – Cabbage and onions frying and softening up for yaki soba


May 10th – My 1/2″ NPT to 5/8″ barbs for my valve cover vent project showed up. Not sure how I’m going to fit these as they’re bigger than I had expected.


May 11th – Starting to prep the valve cover for a new coat of paint, letting some aircraft stripper do its magic. Trying to stay busy since I was worried that Zab wouldn’t make it back to LA because she accidentally missed her first flight.


May 12th – Relieved and super happy, Zab was able to get a later flight in and we were both starving by the time we got back to downtown so almost nothing better than getting more LA Cafe food to quench that hunger.


May 13th – Mugi… in heat again. I can’t decide if I will find her a partner or just get her fixed finally. It’s sad for me to think that if I don’t later I won’t have any other legacy from her.


April 30th – The lights are finally all painted and the lenses polished and UV sealed. Took much longer than I would have thought, but along the way I ran into a few snags, plus the perfectionist side of me made me redo parts of the painting and polishing a few times until I got it right.


May 1st – Lights installed and looking good. Couldn’t get the clear side markers installed though since my old pair had really discolored while in storage.


May 2nd – Long day of presentation preparations, just watching the daylight fade again after work.


May 3rd – One of my favorite Japanese snacks, just something to help me get through the last of the presentation preparations, though they’re always better with beer.


May 4th – Now that I have a little more time I can get back to trying to finish up more of the Evo projects. Now on to color sanding and polishing the clear coat on my old lights to get them ready to sell.


May 5th – Out at Raul’s watching and sort of helping him with the new livery install.


May 6th – Old lights are all sanded and polished up.


April 23rd – Finally after a few mistakes and repaints the housings are looking good and are almost ready to reassemble. Not sure if I’d want to try this again for any lights, though it might go faster now that I know some of the challenges in doing these. It would probably also go more smoothly with an air brush or paint gun instead of spray cans.

April 24th – Stayed home since I wasn’t sleeping well again. During the day I kept hearing helicopters only to find out the LAPD were in a stand off with a gunman in a building not far from me.

April 25th – Sometimes really not sure what to do anymore, feeling like it doesn’t really matter how hard I try. Just been trying to show Zab how I care about us but it’s not easy for her to see.

April 26th – Getting back to editing more of the color negatives I’ve developed recently. Anytime I’m having more challenges I try to stay focused on projects.

April 27th – Long day, just trying to relax and make some rice and bulgogi.

April 28th – Trying more long exposure shots with Arista to see how it does. This time I tried to push it out beyond a 45 minute exposure. It’s challenging since vibrations through the tripod can easily ruin the photo. It seems like even this time there were slight vibrations since some of the buildings are a little out of focus when viewed full size.

April 29th – Go time, finally resealing the lights before finishing the lens polishing.