Well today I called Sarah Kingston, she is the valuer that is going to look at the Boniface on Thursday, I guess she is the next significant hurdle since she could value the business below where I have pegged it and cause a mortgage issue.
Sarah was great, loves the island and Ventnor is her favourite town! She is going to view the premises then we have a call scheduled to discuss my plans and how I will grow the business. All sounded incredibly positive and kinda makes me think I’m not as mad as I think.
I’m hoping that I get a good steer on Thursday so that I can hit the big red announcement button next week, its getting tough keeping quiet.
Todays task was to strip a compressor that had been tripping a breaker and making a noise, all of the expertise pointed at a Vv or piston failure whilst my own diagnosis was fan end bearing failure on the drive motor. When we confirmed my diagnosis I was talking to the suppliers Engineer who asked the standard ‘have you been here before’ to which his colleague answered ‘gav has spent more time in this factory than you and years before in the old factory’. Its then you realise just how ingrained this odd lifestyle is and how long you have been in it.
Looking around the test cell and watching 20 year old machines on test next to the latest designs, knowing the Engineering detail and looking at the modifications that we have fought and battled for over the years. All reminds you of the comfort that you feel when your secure in your knowledge, machines are fantastically simple unlike human beings and over the years I have come to know some of these machines and these suppliers like family.
There will never be a call to use a 40mm spanner or megger test or to connect test supplies to motors suspended from a crane in the pub, large boxes of my tools will languish in the cellar or the office as they do in my fellow publicans premises ( thinking of you here Dave)
Rounds of meetings and modifications to write tomorrow and try and get hold of the bloody planning department to fight the outbuilding rules!