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Friday, February 5, 2010
Welcome Candace Morehouse
Everyone Comes Into Our Lives For a Reason: How Full Throttle Was Born
Many years ago, I met a man through Match.com. After our first date, things progressed pretty quickly. We had a lot in common and we soon developed a deeper relationship. He moved into my house and we began planning for the future.
His dream was to become a motorcycle mechanic and own his own dynamometer. After graduating from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix and getting job at a custom bike shop, he convinced me to start a business together – Dr. Dave’s Mobile Dyno. We found a used mobile dyno, got our operation outfitted with custom bike ramps, computer, tools, canopy, and all the items we would need to travel around the state attending motorcycle events and poker runs.
One of our first regular gigs was showing up at bike night on Wednesdays at a local bar. For $20 we would run any of the patrons’ Harleys on the dyno and give them a printout of their horsepower and torque numbers.
At the time, I was working at a hotel as the office manager for the executive committee. For my day job I wore business professional dresses and heels. At nights and on weekends, I became Nurse Candace to my boyfriend’s Dr. Dave, jetting carbs and performing tune-ups in addition to running the dyno software.
We were vendors at events nearly every weekend. Friday night after getting off work we packed up our equipment and headed out of town. We would work outdoors all weekend and camp out overnight, then head back home on Sunday afternoon.
It was a grueling schedule. The work was dirty and physically demanding. While the bikers attending the events wandered around drinking beer and dancing to live bands, we took apart Harley engines and provided performance tuning. While all the biker babes strutted around in tight jeans and low-cut blouses, I wore an ugly ‘uniform’ of a man’s polo shirt and Dockers along with work boots and a baseball cap.
It didn’t take long for the adventure and excitement of taking the dyno to motorcycle rallies to wear off. I began to dread weekends and even more the Mondays I had to return to work at the hotel with grease under my fingernails and little rest.
When our relationship ended, so did the business. We sold the dyno, Dave moved out of the house, and we went our separate ways. I got remarried and moved out of town.
One day I was playing around on Facebook and I did a search for Dave. Full Throttle had just been released by Champagne and I wanted more than anything to find Dave and tell him this book was dedicated to him and our experiences together (although I made the fictional account much more romantic than the reality!). I did find him, and he responded. He was impressed to find out I was an author and after telling him about Full Throttle he responded that “everyone comes into our lives for a reason”.
This is so true. And everyone who comes into my life eventually winds up as a character in one of my books. Friends and family members beware!
Want to win a free eBook of Full Throttle? Simply leave a comment on this post and I will pick the winning name tomorrow February 6th and announce it here so be sure to check back with us.
Full Throttle can be purchased as eBook or trade paperback at www.champagnebooks.com/books