I’ve always liked interviewing people in their comfort zone, whether it be in their office or sitting in the passenger seat of their car. During our interview, which usually takes me about 20 minutes, I look around in between questions taking note of my surroundings, getting “color” to add to the article.
Looking fresh for the photo shoot!
Today, I sat on the leather front seat of Matt Boni’s four door pickup and talked about how this former factory supercross and motocross rider wound up at the local Florida Trail Riders Hare Scrambles and Enduro races, racing on his own dime nowadays and for fun, again, too. In the backseat of his truck, his dog Dalton cooled off in the air conditioning while we talked about him growing up in Geneva, which is minutes from the track at Bithlo where we sat now. I remember first seeing him race there in my teens. Then he turned pro at 17, moved to California, Las Vegas for a few years and was in and out of Germany riding professional dirt bikes. Now, at 26, he still calls Geneva home along with his house in Groveland where he keeps a private dirt bike track. He’s no longer racing professionally, so to speak, but he’s still riding his dirt bike on the weekends at the FTR races. For now, he said, that’s all that matters.
As the fall semester winds down, I always invite at least one guest speaker to lecture my journalism students and reiterate everything that I’ve been trying to tell them for the last four months. Last week, my friend Erika Esola came to talk about her experience working for Florida Today as a Digital Sports Curator where she makes “local content as interesting as possible” for her readers. She told the class that everyone is an expert in something and encouraged them to create a blog or website. Then she went over how to maintain a professional presence online and how “You wont see the beer I’m holding,” in her pictures on Facebook or Twitter.
One of the most interesting things she talked about was the importance of Twitter and how she “gives people a view that they are unable to get.”
More to come.
“One of my favorite sayings is ’100 per cent is a breeze, 99 per cent is a bitch’… That doesn’t mean ignoring my other needs, but it means when I’m in it, I’m really in it. And that means often saying no to good things, to things that you might want to do, but get in the way of sleep, or get in the way of being with your children, or whatever it is that’s also very important to you. Just have a conversation with yourself and say these projects are done, over, and then you have energy for the things you’re really going to commit yourself to.”
Arianna Huffington said recently explained at a Women in Business event in Toronto.
I returned Monday morning at 4:30 a.m. from the Gobbler Getter Enduro in Maplesville, Alabama. We drove straight through after the race so I could make it to work on time the next morning. I am thankful to my like-minded three travel partners; you know who you are!
The event itself was a first for me, and my first time in Alabama altogether. I was surprised at how polite everyone was, from the gas station attendants to the waitresses at the steakhouse, but maybe that’s because they knew we were from out of town. Wonder how they could tell?
Anyway, the Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club hosted its yearly multi-sanctioned enduro for the Florida Trail Riders, Southeastern Enduro & Trail Riders Association and Southern Enduro Riders Association. We ended up on row 22 out of at least 60 rows, which means, at four to five bikes per row, the club signed up around 300 riders – an impressive turnout for an enduro but really not surprising. Prior to the event, all I heard about Perry Mountain was how much fun it was and worth the drive.
I found out Sunday the 60-mile race had a little something for everyone. To be continued…
Photo by Robin Wigand Lichtenwalter
Read about my road trip this weekend via the @EdFTR Twitter feed. It’s at least a 9 hour drive from my place to Perry Mountain, Alabama and this weekend’s Enduro.
“You end up looking like something between a football player and a superhero.” via The Wall Street Journal
via The Wall Street Journal