Day 339 – Vote Main Street, not Wall Street

It’s funny how just a couple of years in this really small industry we call off-roading can make you immune to celebrity.  I’ve never been one to fawn over a big star, but we see them so often now, it’s kind of blasé.

On the set of Overhaulin’ at SEMA

Most of the people we see are drivers or TV people, today we were on the set of Overhaulin’ with Chip Foose.  Our friend Jessi Combs is a co-host with him.  Jessi came bounding over from the set while we visited with the Slide ‘em guys, gave us hugs and we talked about all the cool things she has going on.  Jessi is as genuine as they come, she is a welder, fabricator and spokesperson.  We see her a lot at the various events that we attend.  If you are a Jessi fan, check out the following:  JessiCombs.com; facebook/com/jessicombsofficial; or twitter@thejessicombs – that way you can follow her on Overhaulin’ , All Girls Garage or The List.

Other people we saw today were Juan Pablo Montoya, Guy Fieri, Bucky Lasek, Tanner Foust, the dude from Pawn Stars that does the car work with the bandanna, and, of course, Chip Foose.  Some of these folks have talent, others have great publicists. It’s tough to get too excited about these people, they put their pants on the same as us.  Personally I’m more impressed by the entrepreneurs that have built their companies from the ground up and are here trying to make a living, just like us.

People like Joe at DJ Safety, Susie at Lazerstar, Kolby at TurnKey.  These are people who have sweat blood to build their businesses.  People like our own, Charlene Bower, who works harder than almost everyone in the industry to get the word out about what we all do.  I see Charlene a lot, I support her brands and love to tell people how awesome she is.  Check out Race Team Store and Bower Media to see what she’s up to.

So, I guess my point is, look around you, look at your Main Street businesses, these are the people who are building America.  Every day the time and effort put in by everyone who is self-employed is twice as much as those working for a paycheck.  The ones who are self-employed are the ones who support your community centers, your little league teams, your schools.  These folks live down the street from you, they carpool the kids, they have dinner in your restaurants.  Main Street, not Wall Street will bring America out of its’ slump.  How do you support your Main Street?

Day 362 – The Biggest Adventure You’ll Ever Take is to Live the Life of your Dreams

Lucas Oil Off Road Expo, Pomona

We spent the last two days at the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo in Pomona, California.  A huge event attended by thousands of people from all over the surrounding states.  I talked with people from Twenty-Nine Palms, from Lake Havasu, from Barstow, from Corona; all came together to share in the passion they have for off-road, to live a little part of their dreams.  My job this weekend was selling t-shirts.  My friend, Charlene, has this great concept working, it’s called RaceTeamStore.com.  She carries lines of shirts that other people produce, including many race teams.  Almost all of the race teams are rock sports oriented, so not everyone knows them yet, but it’s great to support the teams that support us.  In addition, she has a line of girls’ shirts called “I’m Not Just a Girl.”  She created the line to provide women an opportunity to buy things that celebrate them at outdoor events, because most of us aren’t just girls, we are far more than that.  I enjoyed the weekend and the opportunity to talk to old friends and new at a place that celebrates our passions and dreams.

Race Team Store

You see, I’m one of the lucky ones, getting to live the life of my dreams, it includes travel and adventure, good friends, good books, new destinations and two other very important qualities, laughter and love.  Decide what your dream is, then takes the steps to make it happen.  Don’t let fear get in your way of living it.  One of the most important things to drop is the need to get everyone else’s approval.  You won’t please everyone, so live what’s best for you.  Recognize that and believe in what you are doing so you can sell those that are just a little hesitant.  Those that are dead set against it, you won’t please no matter what you do, so put them aside.  Remember it’s your dream to live, not theirs.