FJ Summit, Ouray CO, Wednesday morning…

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

First off, Ouray is an absolutely beautiful area…simply amazing views, and a very laid back lifestyle. Wheeled from Ouray to Telluride via Imogene Pass on Tuesday. The melting snowpack made the scenery even better, and the group of FJ Cruisers, a Tacoma, and my FZJ80 made easy work of the trail. The runoff creates some great stream crossings, and great photos (pending…ha)

Of course, my day was not without some excitement…for the back story, I had left my FZJ80 at Proffitts Cruisers in Delta after my mid-June trip thru Moab UT. There was little reason to trailer it home and trailer it back, considering the fuel mileage on the DMax is 22ish unloaded, and the FZJ80 is 14 on a good day. We had completed Imogene, fueled up in Telluride, and were just off one of the side gravel roads and back on to pavement when I noticed my steering wheel was further left than usual. My first thought was I had re-bent the drag link, but considering it was straight in Telluride, that seemed unlikely. After a few miles, it got sloppier, and I finally stopped to inspect…discovering that the passenger side steering arm was now hanging by TWO loose studs, rather than four tight ones!

A little time with the 17mm, and a slow drive back to Ouray and it was time to repair. A call into Proffitts http://www.proffittscruisers.con netted the required parts, a discussion with Mark and LT from MetalTech netted a delivery, and I was in business. Everything got re-buttoned up this morning, and all is well.

Today is Vendor set up day at the FJ Summit – good day to catch up with folks, and relax a bit before the next 3 days of trail rides. Guess I outta get my registration handled too…details…

FJ Summit, Ouray CO – Tuesday

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Rolled into Ouray CO last evening, checked into the Best Western…this is the host hotel for the 5th Annual FJ Summit and the place is already hoppin. I promptly ran into Seth Kovanic, one of the event coordinators, as well as Digger from, Jacque Arnondin from and a pile of other TX folks who made it up.

Rain yesterday turned into an absolutely stunning morning…it’s been a few years since I have been thru this area, and I’ve forgotten just how beautiful the Ouray area really is. Definitely on my short list of places I need to visit more frequently…or perhaps even make a summer home :)

More coming as the week rolls on, the event participants roll in, and the trails rides and evening festivities continue!

Club Lessons for Facebook

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I see this far too often…Facebook is a great communication tool, but making it effective means setting up your club presence correctly. Failure to do it right burdens your members and hampers your ability to push information efficiently.

The first and foremost, your Facebook initial registration is your own personal account. This involves your REAL name. This involves a REAL person. REAL friends. You create a personal profile that represents you as a person. You do NOT use your personal profile as a pseudonym for your club or business. You lose some options for information, and you lose the ability of your club ‘friends’ to have any sense of anonymity.

Since you now know that a personal profile is NOT the correct method to represent your club on Facebook, this leaves us with Groups or Pages. Either of these is an extension of your personal page, and controlled by your personal account. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

Groups: Effectively, the Facebook version of a forum. You form a Group, and become the Admin. You add additional Admins. You gain Group Members. They post, they interact. For all purposes, this is a forum page for the Members to discuss amongst themselves. Groups are GREAT if you intend for the information to remain closed, since you have the option in Groups to make them visible only to Members. For club-only business and club-only discussions, it’s a perfect option if you don’t already have a club forum set up elsewhere. The bad about Groups? If the Members don’t visit the Group page, they never see the information. The Group Admin must message the Group for any announcements. Any Admin or Member posts started on the group Wall never appears on the News Feed.

Pages: While these appear to be geared towards only Businesses, their use by a club has some significant benefits. You are creating an Official Page for your Non-Profit Organization. You can use Facebook to advertise your club. You gain Fans and can be added as a Favorite to other Pages. You can have multiple Admins for the Page, and when those Admins make a post, it shows as an ‘official’ post by the club. The biggest advantage? Posts made by Admins on the Page Wall appear in the News Feed, meaning your announcements regarding club events and activities is significantly more likely to be read by your members and fans. I believe using Pages to promote your club presence greatly enhances your ability to gain members and participation.

Hopefully, this short tutorial on Facebook and Clubs helps you how to best proceed with your Facebook presence. And hopefully, all those individual profiles ‘masked’ as clubs correct their mistake and improve their marketing presence!

Categories : Opinion

It’s hump day…

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

…and I’ve got a few free moments…we (Heather, Lexi, Otis and I) leave Friday evening for the Black Hills of South Dakota for a combined vacation/offroad weekend. The Black Hills Cruiser Classic starts Thursday and I’m looking forward to hitting a few of the trails out there…haven’t wheeled that area since 2003! This is our first big family vacation…of course, that makes for some entertaining planning. I can’t hardly expect everyone to spend their time wheeling with me, so we’ve got lots of hiking and biking and sightseeing planned for the week.

Just got off the horn with Holz Racing…I’ve had their skid plate/prerunner bumper combo on order for the RockCrawler RZR for a month. They’ve communicated great, but have had some manufacturing issues. Hopefully it’s shipping today and delivering Friday, JUST in time to install while in South Dakota!  I also have a +3 suspension kit from RacerTech in the living room to install…planning to get the 2-stage rear coils and heavier front coils installed initially to see how that changes the ride, then the full suspension kit down the road.   Watch the build page for updates!

Guess that’s it for now…bringing home the camper/trailer tomorrow to begin organizing and loading…packing for 10 days with 3 people and one dog should be entertaining…

Categories : Personal

Finally, an update…

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Just another veg mode weekend…finally took a little time to update WordPress to 3.0 and update the Theme to the most current as well…and with that, it’s time to post yet again…

2010 has been busy busy…I’ve got about 18,000 miles on the Duramax this year thus far, and other than having to have injectors done (6 weeks OUT of warranty, of course), the truck has done well. I’ll be due for new tires soon, but the Hankook Dynapro ATM’s have survived pretty well considering my abuse to tow rigs. The gooseneck tires have held up amazingly…had those replace in Vegas during SEMA 2009 at Ted Wein’sGoodyear G614′s…G-range trailer tires…REGROOVABLE even!! I’ve checked air pressure prior to each trip, and they’ve barely changed…if I didn’t know better, I’d think they weren’t wearing either… Impressed.

The new toy for 2010 is a 2009 Polaris RZR…woah, is that a blast!! 64.3 mph (GPS confirmed), jumpable, rock crawls great, and has turned into my latest play toy. The Howiebilt Liquid tube chassis has been put on the back burner, at least for a few more months…the RZR is just too fun.

Anyways, hanging in Waupaca this weekend at the Rustic Woods Campground…camper got cleaned today, got a little sun, and haven’t accomplished much else…but of course, that’s the usual plan for being here :)

Hope everyone enjoys a great Independence Day!!

Today, 2009/10/23

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Yep, tis been a crazy week. The excitement has revolved around my purchase of and all it’s associated content. This online magazine has been around since 1997 and I have LOTS of plans for it in 2010…right now, it’s just a matter of getting a handle on what’s all there so I can better determine my direction.

Added to that is prep for SEMA 2009 and the wheeling events I’m doing in the week/two afterward, including Surf-n-Turf on Pismo Beach, a few days in Moab and finishing up in Clayton OK. I’ve been fortunate this year…Optima Batteries is ‘covering’ some of my expenses and I’m part of a round-table group of motorsports enthusiasts that they are looking to for feedback and information. Should make a busy week even busier!

Top that all off with a new truck camper, currently mounted on my gooseneck trailer…need to finish the storage boxes and get it set and ready to travel, PLUS get the FJ40 reassembled…

ah, the fun!

Categories : Personal