Yes, summer has been here for a couple of months, but as I sit and write this column, it's just now hitting me that this summer is going to come and go before I even get a chance to enjoy it. There's a few things that are different for me this year than previous summers. First-and one of the weirdest-for the first summer in the past five years, I haven't been at a show every single weekend. Yup, it's been strange, but as the work of running the magazine has taken a major toll on my free time, the crazy travel schedule and the torch of feature editor has been passed on to Ernie.

As they say, "All good things must come to an end." And as my travel days have slowed down, I'm just now realizing all of the good times I've missed out on. Even though being out of town every weekend can take a toll on anyone, it sure was fun to see all of my friends across the country throughout the summer. But have no fear, your trucks are in good hands with Ernie, and our staff photographers. I'll miss the trucks, the friends, and the fun, but I won't miss the heat! Yup, Texas Heat Wave will be in Ernie's hands, ha ha! But no, this is not a farewell, as a few times a year there are a couple of shows that will draw me out of "the cave." Especially if we get my trucks out on the show circuit in the coming years. But, I'm just now realizing how much I really do miss being able to jump on a plane and see what you guys are up to each season.

Do you remember sitting around as a kid and counting the days until summer vacation? I do. That's sort of how it was like, when I went to some of the big shows. I'd sit and count the days in anticipation. Now, it seems I can't even keep track of which month it is, as the days just fly by. There's no flick of a switch when it happens, but I guess as I get older, the time seems to be occupied more and more by work-office work, which is never fun-and family. And no matter how hard we try to slow down this process, it eventually gets us all. We all know family is the most important thing, and as a minitrucker we're all family! So, I'll keep fighting the good fight, and in no way will I disappear from the show circuit or the scene like some before me. But I have realized, while growing up, the summer holds less and less importance as life sort of gets in the way.

Since I was 12, minitrucks have always been a part of my life. In pursuing this career, and having the chance to work with some of the greatest people and seeing the coolest trucks across the globe, I look back and smile ear to ear. I couldn't be happier with how things have turned out. Even though the management and office work of running a magazine isn't like the good old show days, at least I've been fortunate enough to do something I love for a living.

Sorry for rambling this month, but I had to get some of this off my chest, and some of you will understand where I'm coming from. But either way, the summer is in full swing and I'll be hitting a few local shows as well as a few out of state shows coming up, and I can't wait! Hope to see all of you out there having a good time, enjoying the summer, enjoying your trucks, and most importantly, enjoying each other! -L8888888888