Over the years, I've had the privilege to run the one magazine I could never take my eyes off of. Since 1988, I've been reading Mini Truckin'. And since 1995, I've been working hand-in-hand with people whom I consider to be virtual gods in the realm of custom truck building. I've met some of the best friends in my life while working for Mini Truckin', and I've had experiences that I wouldn't trade for anything. That is why it's so hard to write my editorial this month. It's time for me to say goodbye to you with this forum I've gotten so used to being able to use each month to speak directly to mini-truckers. It's true that this will be the last time I bring you my words of "epic wisdom"; the last time I'll get to say what's on my mind to the people who really matter most to me-mini-truckers. I've loved being your editor. I've loved running your only trusted source for all things mini-truck related.
Over the years, I've found mini-truckers to be some of the most headstrong people I've ever had to deal with. They just expect the world, and that's not a bad thing. In fact, many times, they expect the world for whatever they have left after they've paid for their beer bill for the month. Our thrifty brethren keep our pastime affordable, while keeping the competition level extremely high. During the time I've been here at Mini Truckin', mini-truckers have been some of the most demanding of all enthusiasts I've ever run into-no matter the genre of enthusiasm. In saying that, the picky nature of mini-truckers is what has spoken to me time and time again to put only the best of the best between the covers of Mini Truckin' magazine. You've all helped us create a much more demanding magazine when it comes to quality in cover trucks and regular features alike.
I've never been a person who was overly concerned when someone didn't like me, and I'm sure that I've made a few foes over the years. However, I'm positive that I've made more friends here than enemies. In life, that's pretty much how you can sum up the worth of your time somewhere. Treat others as you would treat yourself and those you love, and try to make more friends than enemies. If you can say that you've done that, you've had a pretty good run as a human being. I recently told a couple of good friends of mine that I planned to leave my job at Mini Truckin' and the first words out of their mouths were, "Stop playin', that's not funny, man!" When I told them that it was indeed not April Fools' Day, and that I was serious, I got an earful of reasons why they thought I should stay. At the end of it all, I let them know that there's always life beyond anything that you are doing now. And if you don't reach out and grab life by the billet steering wheel, life will just reel away out of your reach. After 10 years here, it's time for me to move on. I'll miss everyone I got to see each show season while traveling, but it sure will be nice not having to be on a plane every weekend going someplace just long enough to shoot a show and as many features as I can before jetting back home.
If I had one final thing to say about Mini Truckin' magazine and the pastime it reports on, it would be only this: There is no finer group of people who will always give it to you straight than mini-truckers. The men and women who live and die one weekend show at a time are the true enthusiasts, and no one can ever take that away from them. In closing, if you wonder about where I went, don't worry; I'm still involved with the automotive aftermarket and will probably see you soon when you least expect it.