In 2010, I interviewed the owner of a different Mitsubishi Evolution every month. I’m going to try doing something similar in 2013, only even moreso. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 is the year of the snake. First thing I’m going to do is start tracking down a different snake every month for a feature. These digital pages stand to slither with all manner of Cobras, Super Snakes, and Vipers. This is going to be such a challenge for this currently one-man operation after work (between bottles and dirty diapers), don’t be surprised to see a Mercury Monterey in here because Stallone drove one in the movie Cobra. I don’t know these circles as well as I do my Mitsubishi family, so it’s not going to be as easy as it sounds. (I’m counting on you for tips and ledes!)
TRAITS OF THE SNAKE
This doesn’t mean we’re just going to be talking to people with Fords and Dodges next year. Far from it! A quick Google landed me on ChineseZodiac.com, where they mention the personality traits of the snake, specifically the 2013 water snake. I’m always after some new questions to ask the people I interview, so these look good. Here’s a couple examples to give you a better idea what I’m talking about.
- INTELLIGENCE – We’ll talk about areas of expertise and what we’ve learned over the years.
- GRACEFULLNESS – Power is nothing without control. How do we remain cool under pressure?
- MATERIALISM – The things we own end up owning us. So why do we own some of the things we own?
- CALMNESS – Again with the keeping cool under pressure.
- MANAGING WORKLOADS – We’ve all got day jobs and family concerns. How do we find balance?
- BOREDOM – Who hasn’t gotten bored with a project at some point? Did you find the spark or bail?
- CREATIVITY – Not every problem can be immediately solved with what we’ve got. How do we make do?
- DILIGENCE – Pressing on regardless and seeing difficult things through to the end.
I’m going to be asking people a lot of the same questions I always have – the idea, here, is to show you what you have in common with others in the hopes you start to see our combined strength when we work together as gearheads united – but I’m also going to try keeping a theme over the course of the year. The traits of the snake listed above scratch the surface of issues we all face as gearheads; applying past experience to current projects, managing our tempers and workloads, preventing project burnout, and creatively advancing our platforms.
These are things I want to talk about in 2013. I hope you want to talk about them too.