First I need to thank each and every person who has supported us through readership, spreading the word and purchases. Without all of you, Ocean Air Cycles would be a crazy guy making pictures and stockpiling esoteric bicycle widgets on the California coast.
This whole venture has been a process in learning and growing as a business offering products and services I believe in. Aside from customers I never could have made it this far without the love and support of my family and friends as well. Some aspects of the venture have exceeded hopes and expectations, while others like actual sales vs. projected are more of an element of stress. Stress can be a good thing, pushing for better solutions and systems, but it can also wear you down. The last three months have been a roller coaster and twice the stress outran my health. Once around the time that the first Ramblers of the Summer were heading to new homes, and again in the last three weeks. Having a three-year old in child care, fighting off germs is nothing new. Generally I just push through, and I did for the last two weeks, was getting on top of it Sunday, and then while processing pictures to promote the kerchiefs, I realized I looked about as good as I was feeling
Even with all of the above mentioned support, OAC is primarily a one man show, and when the man is down things screech to a halt, no sick days or things stop. With the impending birth of our next daughter (any time in the next two weeks) I had to stop, lay down and focus on getting better, fast. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this one. My voice and throat are still shot, phone calls will have to wait until next week. But I am catching up on emails, direct apologies to those waiting for Ramblers, and all that. If you have been waiting for a reply, I may have missed something, please do not take it personally and do not hesitate to ask again, your patience is appreciated.
Things should be back to normal by next week. Projects like hats, shirts, neck buffs, kerchiefs, wallets, scarves and some other surprises will all get back under way so we have things in time for the holidays. Like wise, there are a few bought Ramblers that need to get to their new homes and another 35 or so that still are looking for their future owners.