I’m forced off the road for a week waiting for parts to arrive for a mobile service appointment. Frustrating? Sure. It can be. Not having availability of something in todays world is a constant source of frustration. I would think that with the amount of Teslas being manufactured, having a well set up supply chain for parts would be a primary necessity, especially when they are as simple of parts as a wiring harness and charge port door. But once again my thought process doesn’t match up with reality and I need to wait for parts. Living in my car adds another layer of complexity to the situation as I am (usually) not in an area long enough for parts to be sent to. Knowing this, I had to find a place to stay to get the work done. Luckily, I had stopped at my parents house for the holidays and I could use that as a partial home base. Little did I know that my time waiting would be spent finding valuable life lessons in places I never would have expected to learn them.
A few years ago, my father retired and as most retirees find out, once they retire they need something to keep them busy. My fathers solution to this problem was to start playing the upright bass. A music college dropout turned business man, it wasn’t too much of a leap to get into this hobby and over time, he had built up a collection of beautiful old instruments. Interestingly, he then was faced with a problem that was quite similar to mine. His instruments were such a niche, that there were no tools or parts to repair them with. The only option was to hire a luthier to do any repairs, or at least that’s how it seemed.