Blog #40

hybridblogIf you both don’t mind, I’d like to skip a few years of the business. I can’t seem to remember the years we were adding little improvements to the Model 24 scooters. Nor can I find JP’s little black books to assist the memories so we’re going to be winging it for a while. I do remember what I thought about selling a hybrid scooter .
The guys at the shop worked on it for quite sometime.The longer it took, the more I wondered who would want a vehicle that could go that far and further if you made pit stop at gas station to fill’er up. Didn’t sound too practical for women as one has to pull start the little generator on back. Most of us aren’t that energetic. The positive side, you always had a fairly quiet power source for a few of your necessities if your house power goes off. It surprised me to see how many were purchased that first year. I asked a few hybrid customers and it seems most wanted to have it as a spare backup. In Midwest, it’s an insurance policy against power outage for their home.
I think only time will tell how good the idea is and with the crazy weather as of late, indicator may edge to positive side. I can tell you some things I do like about it. It is fairly quiet when it runs and it only takes 3/4 of gallon of gas. Some think it is an electric motor and then switches to a gas motor. Not so. The generator simply recharges the batteries as you go along your way. No gas motor in the Palmer Hybrid.

Blog #39

The older I get the more I feel It’s a quick trip from Nursery School to Nursing Home. As a High school boyfriend once said, “tempus fuggits”. I couldn’t figure out if that was lack of education or comic wit. Looked for him at last reunion. He had vanished. I shall remember him as Tommy Fuggits.
Before I create another hornet’s nes†, We didn’t spend too much time in the doldrums. We had new projects to think about. Always trying to improve the product includes the accessories. Our list continually changes by expanding and updating. For example, our first telephone holder was big as a half quart of milk container. As phones got smaller so did our phone holder, and then we configured a small charger for cell phones.{I have no idea what we can do for Apple’s “Dick Tracy” Wrist phone).
Also because some people who were not handicapped needed to use our scooters, we decided to make a TCV Model that has a Vin # for registering and/or licensing if needed, and can be used anywhere a low speed vehicle can go. We have been very fortunate that our customers are considerate enough to ask permission to use it in certain places they go. Once in a while, a store will allow it inside if customer cannot easily transfer to their provided chair. Some Wounded Warriors deservedly get to go places that are restricted to others. And to our knowledge, none have ever abused that exception. They will always be heroes.

Blog #38

Well, #37 stirred up a hornet’s nest, so Hi Ho , Hi Ho, It’s off to work I go!
Seems to me we had an almost perfect vehicle when the guys were done tweaking it. It ran so well and so quietly . We had dealt with the weather problem by making the enclosure. Since the windshield was poly carbonate, it neither cracked nor broke. Sales still did not climb much as magazine and journals, where we advertised, were losing subscribers. Also some previous advertisers were now spending elsewhere. That meant an increase in price for those of us who did advertise. The big change was the internet. Marketers saw what was coming down the pike. More and more people were shopping on line. This posed a quandry for our marketing. The majority of our sales were to the elderly. They were not computer users in general except for email. They were less trusting of the online advertisements. They preferred companies with real location addresses rather than just a URL. And some were scammed on their first attempt to purchase something online. It was frustrating. Learning how to navigate the computer, giving their personal bank or credit card info to a form rather than a person was an iffy experience for mature customers. Now we had to continuously improve and update our website and pay for the site, the work and time it requires. Add to this the higher ad costs in our usual magazine placements where sales were declining. Woe is us for a brief time.