'We don't do that type of work, we're a CHRISTIAN machine shop!'
So went a phone a conversation I had with a local machine shop here in the bible belt. I'm sure you are wondering what in the world I am talking about. Well, as you may know, I am not very thrilled with the religious right in this country...especially down here in Mississippi. The level of hypocrisy I see around here is astounding; never before have I seen so many people call themselves Christians then go an do the exact opposite of what they SAY they do.
Recently, I have taken on a new project in my garage. For those of you just joining us, I am trying to build a 1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster. I found a frame and assorted parts and bought them with the intention of building a motorcycle from scratch. The main bearings and the cam bearings were in real bad shape so I had to replace them. If you don't understand, the main bearing is the thing that holds the crankshaft and flywheel in place so it can rotate and push the pistons up the cylinder...basically it is the heart of the engine and they needed to be replaced.
I bought the new bearings but I have neither the tools or the expertise to try this at home. So, I pulled out the phone book and started trying machine shops and motorcycle shops in the area. The answer I received the most was 'Sorry, we don't work on bikes older than 1988...' I was becoming very discouraged until I tried a machine shop down the highway from where I live. So I give them a call and a lady answers, '---- machine shop, how may I help you?'. 'Yes, I reply, I was wondering if you do bearing work. I have an engine case for a 1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster and I need the main bearing pressed out and a new one pressed in. Can you help me?'
After a moment of silence, the nice lady comes back with a disdainful tone in her voice, 'We don't do THAT type of work.' That left me with a question I had to ask, 'Well what type of work do you do?' This nice lady's voice then turns even more disdainful and with a very arrogant air she answered, 'We are a CHRISTIAN shop, we only do precision machining...we don't work on...motorcycles!'
I was taken aback by this response...whatever could she mean by this?! So, I replied to her with, 'I'm sorry, I didn't realize Christ hates bikers and bike builders...I didn't know this was such an un-Christian activity...I'm so sorry I wasted your CHRISTIAN time.' and I hung up.
I guess that lady has never heard of the Christian Motorcycle Association or various other religion related motorcycle groups. Well I will just have to burn in hell when I die...'cuz I aint givin up my bikes!!!