Today celebrates the 30th day and 1,000 mile mark of my greasy adventures. Listeners of Adam’s Curry’s Daily Source Code are by now very familiar with the situation. I’ve been leaving Adam audio updates, which he’s been kind enough to include on his show. You can catch extracts of my “BullsEye Johnny rants” on my podcast,In No Particular Order, by clicking here.
First off, let me once again say that this veg oil thing is NOT for everyone. You do need to make some changes to your life if it’s going to work for you. Namely, you have to like talking about the technology with people–a lot. This helps when lining up your grease suppliers. As a former restaurant manager, I can tell you that nobody in that industry likes anything or anyone that eats up their valuable time they could be otherwise be using for 1) making money and staying in business or 2) sleeping. Therefore, if you are going to ask someone to change the method by which they dispose of their grease, you’d better be prepared to show them your new contraption and how it works.
For instance, today I met a nice bloke named Moe. Moe recently took over a deli in Upper Nyack, NY, not far from my house. After tennis, I stopped by Moe’s for an egg sandwich and a cup of his outstanding coffee. On the way out, I tossed my standard line, “This might sound a little crazy, but what do you do with your used vegetable oil”. This usually yields looks ranging from “Oh, no. Another psycho customer” to “What’s this idiot selling?”. Anyway, I took a few minutes to show Moe how the Grease Beast works. He thought it was pretty cool and immediately offered up his used oil. Five minutes of my time turned into five gallons of free fuel. Lesson of the day–If you don’t like talking to people, you are likely to have a hard time getting grease.
By the by–this blog was meant to help any of the folks at home who are dumb enough to follow in my path. Feel free to send in your stupid questions. I’ll do my best to answer them with my limited, 30-day supply of knowledge.
Next week: I’ll show you how to set up a home fueling station on the cheap.