"Bad weather always looks worse through a window."
–Tom Lehrer, American songwriter
The frost should finally be melting out there in the parts of the country where it actually snows. Out here in SoCal, the weather is pretty much perfect for shows, especially during the winter when the temps are constantly in the 60-70s range. Not to sound like I'm bragging or anything, it just sucks to have to wait out the weather in other parts of the country. But before the time comes to pack up and hit the road for the first shows on your itinerary for the year, turn to page 30 for some last-minute products you'll want to take along for the trip.
With that shameless plug out of the way, let's take a look at what else you have to look forward to in this issue. As you've probably already noticed, we have one of the cleanest, thoroughly built late-model Blazers on the cover this month. We first ran into it at Showfest '11—it's debut show. Owner Dustin Naylor was cruising it out of the show grounds, but luckily not too fast as I was able to run and stop him to get a better look at it. After catching my breath (I really need to quit smoking!), we chatted for a bit and set up a loose photo shoot date. Luckily, freelance photographer John Jackson was lurking in the general area and waited out the storm that was flooding Tunica, Mississippi, at the time. He found a secret, graffiti-smothered location to capture the Blazer in all its glory.
We also have a pretty neat story about the rescuing of a forgotten Chevy LUV that will be resurrected in upcoming issues. It spent almost 20 years in a field and has taken a nice beating from the ice-cold Canadian elements. This month's introductory installment tells the story of the rescue mission and the initial clean-up of what will soon become a funky, retro-inspired build.
On a side note, these words were written on the Monday of the last full week in January, a day commonly referred to as Blue Monday—the most depressing day of the year according to many psychologists and mental health professionals. The end of the holiday season, worries of how to pay for all the gifts, the fading New Year's resolutions, and the fact that we are smack in the middle of winter all play a role in this widely recognized day. I had never heard of this phenomenon until MT Managing Editor Kevin Hagan mentioned it about 25 minutes ago. But that might explain why MT Art Director Chris Pasley has been quiet all day. Maybe all he needs is a hug. Hopefully someone hooks him up with one.
All joking aside, we have a pretty cool hobby to keep us busy during these stressful times, and we're sure everyone who reads this magazine takes full advantage of it. Every day is a great day to be alive. And with that, I'll stop punching the keys and sounding like a self-help infomercial. But do watch out for my series of inspirational DVDs coming to a dollar store nearest you.