Hey now everyone, thanks for tuning in to yet another Cub Report, where all the cool industry types get their water cooler fodder.
How was our SoCal trip? Man, I hate to use the word “epic” as it will make me sound arrogant (read- guilty as charged), but ya, that pretty much sums up our trip. If you are “in the industry” and read that (and we haven’t visited you yet), you would probably take that as we “landed” a bunch of new accounts. Quite the contrary, we aren’t the dinosaur media, we didn’t hit anyone up for money, when we road trip we go to simply touch base, rc bench race, and generally get in some serious face time.
So…. what made our road trip so epic?
Trigger time. We got in a lot of driving on this trip (or at least Brian and Tim did, I spent most of my time shopping for car parts). Yes, we get in trigger time every day, but getting the chance to pull trigger at new venues with the actual people that are shaping the industry is something special. For example, if we are out with the Axial crew bashing the new Yeti and we wonder why the rear suspension was done the way it was, we could simply turn to the guy next to us and ask, after all he was the guy that designed it. Or if we are over at Pro-line trying to destroy one of their PRO-2 trucks and can’t get it done, we can pat the guy that designed it on the back and tell him great job. Any trigger time is awesome, trigger time with the actual people that designed the product is truly something epic.
The food. I feel bad for our guy Tim, he had just kicked off a new diet and missed out on some pretty incredible grub. SoCal has a LOT of excellent places to eat, but even better, the manufacturers seemed to hook us up with only the best of the best. Sometimes that meant fancy dancy food at a high buck joint, but we even had kick ass food at a local mom-n-pop joint that didn’t cost much more than eating at Denny’s. Good eats is good times.
Face time. Yes, there is a place for email. Yes, text messages are great. However… nothing will ever beat actual face time. Whether it simply be rc bench racing, talking product specs, or trying to pry out info on upcoming vehicles, nothing beats face time for being able to read someones facial expressions or for being able to really connect with someone. We can run lots of ideas past people over email (and them past us), but doing that face to face in real life yields immediate and often times spectacular results.
So… thanks to all the people that opened their doors to us out west, we’ll have to roll out one seriously kick ass red carpet for you when you make it out our way.
That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.
YOUR Cub Reporter