Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Madness

What can you do in four days? Apparently, quite a bit - if you have the right people and a commitment to go above and beyond.
A request from the gardener - "My scooter won't start!"

The pre-construction meeting
We have just returned from San Quintin, Mexico and in four days our automotive students Isaias, Poli, and Ivan immersed themselves in numerous vehicles repairs - from simple oil changes to replacing the heater core in a Ford Expedition (can you say "Remove the entire dashboard please"?).
Ivan getting deep into the dash

A huge thank you to John Cornett-Ching for doing an amazing teaching job with our students. John, you are a gifted teacher and technician!
Intense study of a spark plug
Wearing the colors - thanks for the hats, Bill Smythe!
Fixing the air conditioning on the big bus - broken for almost 2 years.
A loose wire caused all that? You've got to be kidding! 
 The mechanics training took place right beside the building site of our new garage. My hat goes off to Justin, Brad, Dave, Michael, Trevor, Bob, Caroline, Nick, Craig (and don't forget Vic!), and anyone else I've missed for putting up an awesome building. These guys worked hard through the hot mid-day sun and even into the night to get the shop done. Also thanks to Tim Rivers of One Life One Chance for getting all the materials on site.
The Baja automotive training program is off to a great start, and next trip down we'll be able to use the new shop. What a privilege it is to share our knowledge with people who love to learn. It's a blessing to them, and to ourselves as well.

Rick, Isaias, Poli, John, Ivan
Celebration dinner at Denny's in San Diego

Fixing the gardener's scooter

Crew boss Justin
Th-th-that's all, folks!

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