The best drive home

The drive home has suuuuucked lately.

I either live the opening scene from Office Space for over an hour or let Google play the old Nokia Snake game with me through a maze of 100 turns to shave 15 minutes off that time.

I used to listen to NPR. Politics would be a bad idea in this situation, methinks.

I listened to Pandora. But I lost my unlimited data when I left TMobile. Four months later, I’m sick of Verizon’s shit and planning my return to the magenta. #soon

Podcasts have been my jam for over a year now. Rogan, Altucher, Pulizzi & Rose, JGray, The Way I Heard It, Kwik Brain, and Auto Off Topic. Excellent company. I’m better for it. Time well spent!

And yet, I’ve been mixing roots reggae music into the playlist on “Hawaiian Shirt Friday” to unwind a bit. And I’ve gone full baroque with Vivaldi at least a couple mornings in the last month to soothe the savage, commuter beast.

But the best drive home I’ve had in at least a year? Earlier this week, when a local friend I don’t get to see nearly often enough called me to ask how he could help with Gearbox.

A good portion of that call revolved around how I want Gearbox to help him with his business.

An hour in shitty, evening rush hour traffic passed in the blink of an eye.

Thanks, brother. Looking forward to seeing you in person again soon.

The Sync Road Podcast

Carter asked…

What’s the podcast called? And where can I find it?

Excellent questions. Truth is, I have no idea yet.

Possible names include:

  • Parallel Parking
  • Gearheads United
  • The Gearhead Project
  • Syncro
  • [ The ] Sync Road!

Parallel Parking was my first thought. Parallel because these conversations will borrow from the work life parallel framework. Parking because we’ll be parked (stationary) and talking. But “parking” is another term for making out. No tongue!

Gearheads United is a serious contender. Gearheads are more than enthusiast consumers. And I want to unite them. Around common ground and shared interests. To do great things in the world.

The Gearhead Project. Also a contender. Kinda speaks to how we’re viewing gearheads AS projects to be modified for greater performance just like we do our vehicular projects—and not entirely sure where it will lead. I think this is my #2 choice.

Syncro. Man. I love this one. I’ve used it before. Synchros are found in manual transmissions. They’re like these little shims that help the actual gears match speeds with one another for easier engagement. It’s a brilliant metaphor—and one I’ve used before—but it’s also a registered trademark for one of the coolest vehicles ever made, and I’m not about to dilute that brand or appropriate their community.

And so it was, as I started writing this, I found myself exploring alternate pronunciations of “Syncro” (which is actually pronounced “ZINK-ro” by the way).

I remembered my good friend Banovsky, and his Downroad Group.

“The Syncro Group.”

“The Syncro’d Group.”

“Sync Road.”

THE SYNC ROAD!

The Sync Road.

Conversations synchronizing man and machine with life and liberty. The road on which those conversations take place, leading to modified, high-performance lives.

And the subtle, highly convenient alliterative play on “The Silk Road”?

You could say I’m metaphorically hooked.

As for where to find it, I’m gonna have to google that shit and get back to you, boss.

PS: This is why you journal, blog, find a way to document your body of work, folks. “The Sync Road” literally came to mind as I was typing that bullet list up there. This post was really going to be about asking you for help coming up with a name. Lightning will never strike if you aren’t willing to fly your kite in storms.

Nothing beats a good deadline

I’ve got my first podcast guest on the hook.

And I don’t even know if my mic will work or I can record the conversation yet.

It was on my list of things to do, but just didn’t happen.

The theme is “Genesis/Rebirth.”

Think: beginnings, new and otherwise; rising from the ashes.

Nothing beats a good deadline.

Chazz, Josh, and Jesse—you’ll be hearing from me soon.