The Guestbook

So there is a guestbook in the shop that people sign. It’s interesting to see how varied the locales are that people who stop by the shop come from. This was an interesting one:


Here’s a loose translation provided via someone on one of the local forums:

Well, it is Japanese, but the majority of the letters are Chinese:

Directly translated they mean: One(first) Period(time?) One(first) Visit(Meet)

First time visitor, maybe? It may be an expression I do not know

The last two letters says: “Most(best) High”

A praise for a first rate or highest quality good/service, I am sure. “

And a follow-up translation:

I did some research and am now 99.5% sure that the first four letters mean
“Once in a life time encounter(meet/visit, etc.)”. Apparently, the first two
letters say “Lifetime” by themselves.

And the last two Chinese letters simply say “The greatest” as I said before. “

And now Burry gives us the rest of the story:

This Japanese couple come into Neilson’s Shop, they speak NO Engrish and i speak no Yapanees!

He points to a board he has in the back of their rental car.

He starts looking at small Potato chip type boards, checking by feeling thickness and weight etc. she just smiles!?
They leave for 1/2 hour!?
They come back …he looks at more Potato chips, she smiles.!
and as they start to leave again i motion for them to sign the “Book”!

He mumbles something and starts to write in the book,,,She smiles and giggles!!!???? and then off they go!

Fifteen minutes later he comes back and buys a leash!!!”

So to make a long story short, don’t forget to sign the guestbook!


About neilsonsurfboards

I started shaping surfboards when I was 16 years old and ended up selling that first board to one of my neighbors. My big break came a few years later when I got a job shaping full time for Quiet Flight surfboards. I shaped about four thousand surfboards before burning out and leaving that company. At that point I went back to massage therapy full time and shaping surfboards part time for a few select surfers and close friends. After sailing the Caribbean for a year in 2000 when I came back I went back to shaping my own private label full time and doing massage therapy part time. The progression of names or labels was first “Sugar Cane” in the 70’s inspired by trips to Mexico and traveling in a bus cross country and seeing all the sugar cane growing there. Then “Quiet Flight” in the 80’s and then “Creative Visions” which then became “Neilson” surfboards in the 2000’s. I still make some boards using the Creative Visions name and unique mandala art work created by Courtney Davis. I’m up around the 10,000 mark for surfboards shaped and crazy as it sounds I’m still learning new things and still improving what I’m doing. Still love to surf and try and ride different shapes all the time! View all posts by neilsonsurfboards

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