The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple.
This month's question is:
If you had to pick a new hobby what would it be?
Kevin: This is a tough one because I already have many hobbies ranging from working on my trucks to photography to even building a balsa wood scale replica of a B-17 bomber airplane. If I had to take a stab at something new, I would probably pick up a musical instument or two. I am really into loud and hard music, and I think I could easily switch from being a listener to being a composer. I don't have excellent finger coordination, so I don't think I would be a great guitar player. On the other hand, I am good at driving stickshift vehicles and that could mean I could be a decent drummer. I'm sure that my pedal shifting abilities would easily help me attack a double kicker bass drum.
Calin: Since sitting on the couch is not considered a hobby, I think I would like to try my hand at sculpting. I was pretty proficient with Play Doh when I was a kid. I have made a cool looking devil head that could have been a shift knob and I saved it. I have also spent a little time sculpting foam for chopper seats. There is a simple satisfaction I get from taking a chunk of something and making it cool.
Mike: I've always been fascinated with radio-controlled cars. I had a couple growing up, nothing serious or expensive, but they were fun nonetheless. If I could make a living racing an off-road r/c car then I'm sure I'd enjoy taking out little kid's cars when I go deep into a corner and shut the door on them. I can just hear those snot-nosed punks crying on the drivers stand now. Awesome!
Andy: Lucky for me I already have a hobby outside of my normal worklife, so I don't need to think about picking one. I got into leathercrafting a couple of years ago and totally love it. I find it pretty similar to wordworking and it's pretty satisfying for my creative urges. I've been learning the art of tooling and have applied my skills to various projects. So far I've been making some really killer messenger bags or "murses" as the guys here like to tease me about.
Sport Truck Slang Term O' The Month
#847: wadded (wa-did) v. 1. An instance of crashing. 2. To roll or crush into a tight wad. Try using this sentence the next time you're watching a NASCAR race or are hanging out at the local racetrack: "Dude, Tony Stewart sure did come into Turn 3 too hot. Look, he wadded his car all up."
Restore Your Truck, Win Cash
Since restoration is still a part of turning a plain old work truck into a real sport truck, we thought this contest would be right in most everyone's wheelhouse. Dupli-Color's Restoration Challenge is a bracket-style elimination contest that will determine who did the best job restoring their car, truck, motorcycle, van, SUV, or bus. In a nutshell, you need to visit www.restorationchallenge.com to submit before and after photos and a description of a restoration project you performed without the aid of a body shop. A team of professionals will pick 32 entries and seed them in a ladder format according to the criteria of the contest. Each week from June 29 until July 27, entries will be pitted against each other to see who the winner is. Entries must be received by June 15, 2009. The winner will score ten grand, a $500 Advance Auto Parts gift car, and a trip to Las Vegas, among other prizes.