Optimism in the face of disappointment

There’s a gearhead in my neighborhood.

We’ve had the casual, stopped in the middle of the road chat about each others trucks. I drive an old Mitsubishi. He drives an old Ford. We smile and wave at each other. #goodguys #gearheadsunited

Today I noticed one of his other vehicles has a cartoon Trump peeing on the world “LIBERALS” in the back window.

Ugh. Really, dude?

Here’s the thing, though. Much as my brain is using that decal to assign a raft of stereotypes to this guy I barely know—I’m not going to let those negative thoughts stick. I’m sure he’s seen my Bernie 2016 and ITMFA decals. And he still smiles and waves.

You could unpack a dozen different lessons from this experience. But the one I like best is the one where I see how, when we focus on what we have in common, it’s a lot easier to live with our differences.

Hell. We might even be able leverage our differences to make the world a better place for everyone.

Optimism in the face of disappointment.

Love you, Suzie Derkins.

Don’t call it a “scavenger hunt.” NLGS is all about prospects.

NLGS = Next Level Gearhead Summer.

Two years later, it’s happening. It’s FINALLY happening.

What was originally going to be a $27 series of weekly emails full of meaningful gearhead summer activities has—thanks to generous feedback from several individuals (you know who you are)—is now going to be something of a next level gearhead scavenger hunt—and 100% free of charge.

But there’s nothing “scavenger” about it.

This is more of a prospector hunt.

This summer, we’re exploring a variety of fun projects together—some small, some large, and ALL designed to help us unlock the next level—regardless of where we are now.

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Ol’ Fezzik is gonna have a drink

Money has changed hands.

Plans have been hatched and finalized.

Fezzik is getting a freshly rebuilt engine—valve covers to oil pan—and a complete drivetrain service.

He’s about 2,000 miles shy of 200k. This is perfect timing.

And I think ol’ Fezzik is gonna have a drink with us.

(If it’s good enough for WRC…)