Bay Area Miata Drivers
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by Tony
Thoughts on my future.
Entry # 1 (3,276 Views) Posted on April 4, 2012
The Start of An Idea
I'm not a writer. I'm most definitely not a reader, either. I find myself wandering off into my head whenever I try. Regardless, I felt it is time to share my thoughts about a simple idea that dawned on me at MRLS - a career in Miatas. Simple in saying, yes, but complex in many different ways. At the time of writing this I'm still kicking around this idea, trying to bounce it off as many people as I can. A Miata group is probably the best way to get as many opinions as I can. 
As a few of you know, I was an automotive technician years ago. For a brief period of time cars were all that I ate, slept and drank. Why'd I stop? I was burnt out. 8-10 hours a day working on boring commuter cars to come home and work on a muscle car another 4-6 eventually took its toll. Enjoying a third of the day would do that to anyone. I guess that explains why I dropped out of my career and hobby. This kind of fire can't be extinguished, though. You can only reduce it to smoldering ashes, eventually rising again. Okay, enough of the Phoenix references! 
Now that years have gone by and jobs have come and gone, I find myself looking for something more. Something engaging, challenging and goddamn fun for a change. Ever since I bought my Miata a few years ago I've had nothing but goddamn fun... after hours. Where to start, though? Seems there is a shortage of Miata employment opportunities in Northern California. There also seems to be a shortage of quality Miata workmanship, but that's another topic and a niche I hope to fill in the future. Getting ahead of myself! 
I've still got alot to learn as far as mechanics and Miatas are concerned. I've got the basics down, even some of the more complex jobs, but that's not enough to call myself a 'specialist'. I'm going to talk to my local Mazda guy come next week, maybe work out some sort of after hours deal. Or maybe even work out some sort of full time job deal. Did I say job? I meant career. 
Well, that's all I've got for now. See you next time. Same bat-channel, same bat-time.
Comments (newest first)
2012-04-13 09:09:08 from slo-one
As I get older and I think back about opportunities I had, but didn't take, I do have some regrets. Always go for the dream!
2012-04-12 19:03:43 from fastgirl
Tony, go for it. There is definitely a serious shortage of Miata mechanics, much less good ones, and you are right, you'd have to broaden your base, but I believe there if a definite market for someone who really knows the car well and can treat people well, that also really drives one! Good to hear your thoughts and dreams.
2012-04-09 12:45:45 from Tony
Thanks for the offer, Cossworth. Right now I'm going to use some of my contacts to see what's available. Ideally I'd like to work with just Miatas but I know that's not entirely possible. I guess I can settle for just Mazdas, lol. 
And Nick, thanks for the encouragement. Ill do my best and report back!
2012-04-07 08:38:24 from Crossworth
Hi Tony: 
My neighbor recently bought a shop in Fremont. They re in need of a Mechanic, not sure if its full or part time. Contact me, Crossworth if you are interested. 925-34 eight-272one.
2012-04-05 22:31:47 from nick
If anyone can do this, Tony, it's you. Keep us posted.