First off, let me explain why you have the misfortune of staring at my dumb face. A mandate from the "higher ups" requested that a photo of the editor be used on a select number of our company's magazine titles. A lot of editors already do this, but I rarely choose to because I know I wouldn't want to see me if I just paid 6 bucks for this rag. Instead of doing the whole "cool guy wearing sunglasses" bit, I'll try to make these pics a little more interesting (as you can probably tell by now, I have very little shame). This gem here was taken by an automated photo booth at a company fiesta where the free food and booze flowed like, well, free food and booze. I forget exactly what the occasion was for. Brace yourself—the selfies are coming.
With the public service announcement behind us, we can focus on the meat and potatoes of this editorial. The Ford Courier seen here belongs to Dennis Noland, and he lives in a remote area of Ontario, Canada. The truck isn't his under construction project—it's done. What you see is exactly what he wanted his truck look like, which brings up a discussion I hear often about the pros and cons of leaving a weathered truck looking as-is. A lot of people will say it's ugly (a percentage of this group will probably assume that a bunch of body and paint work is scheduled to go down at some point). And some actually dig how the natural aging process looks on it. Personally, I like the apparent years it wears. It's kind of like letting the gray hairs invade your head and face. Just For Men isn't for all men, and this truck isn't crippled, hurting, or out of shape—it's a healthy driver. Dennis has logged a respectable amount of miles/kilometers behind the wheel since he's 'bagged it, and plans to continue abusing tires for the foreseeable future. If you happen to own a "classic" mini (shiny or not), do me a favor and email photos to me at email@example.com. I'm interested to see where you stand on this topic.
Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it. —Clint Eastwood
Moving on to the complete opposite side of the spectrum, this month's cover subject is swimming in gallons of paint, and is as shiny as shiny can be. There aren't enough new Frontiers out there being built that are comparable to this one. Its owner, Jennifer Reynolds (yep, it's female-owned), has a lot of her personality poured into this truck, which is actually a funny story. Skip ahead and read up on how this chick's truck has one-up'd her testosterone-rich competitors.
And with that, I think it's time to catch some Z's. 2:35 a.m. doesn't feel as early as it used to, and with this being the first issue in the next volume, rest is definitely something that we're looking forward to catching up on during the off-season. Sweet dreams.