For a walk down brain-memory lane I recently downloaded the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics” from Audible.com. After listening to it on the IPod, I feel somewhat refreshed and yet perplexed at the same time. It should be noted that while Zen is in the book title, it really has very little to do with the actual religious practice of Zen. You will need to read it yourself to understand the authors take on the subject.The book points out that one can be in-tune with a mechanical thing…such as a motorcycle, by observing and listening (amongst other things) and anticipate mechanical issues before they happen. 

As an engineer, a natural “in-tuneness” is a requirement to maintain and troubleshoot most mechanical and electrical components. My question is, how do you do this when you can’t fix “the thing” because you are basically prevented from doing so…either by glue or technology that specifically prevents servicing? A barrier, that despite your knowledge or training, no amount of intuition will solve your problem. So, after time the engineer quits caring. He or she has to. Then, we all stare at “the broken thing”, point, and say in a unison chant…”yep…it’s broke, we’re waiting for UPS to bring us a new one”.

Despite the engineers calling and desire to “fix stuff”, engineers just get over it. Sad.

Troubleshooting and fixing much of the equipment today is really more the physical experience of carrying the gear to the dumpster. Not much Zen in that. 

On that happy note, I remind myself and you that we do sell replacement gear. So, after your trip to the big green can, give us a call. And go ride a motorcycle while you are at it!

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