Woo-hoo! The year is over and it was great! Actually, the year isn’t over yet, but for some reason our December issue goes on sale the first week of October, so I hope that when you are reading this there is not yet any white stuff falling from the sky just yet, but that there is a full roll of white paper on the hanger beside you. Yes, I know, most of you read this magazine while taking a break in a small smelly room by yourself, but I’m not here to judge.
What I am here to do is get you excited to go outside and either work on your 4x4 or take it on some more adventures before the year ends. I hope that the $6 you spent on this mag was money well spent. I hope you got information, entertainment, innovation, or inspiration from these pages. I know you could have purchased a Happy Meal, some Grade 8 hardware, or a fancy iced coffee with gobs of whooped cream, sprinkles, syrup and a cherry on top for those hard-earned dollars. I appreciate that you spent it on us.
By “us” I mean me, the freelance writers Harry Wagner, Trent McGee, Drew Hardin, and Tom Morr, staff writer Verne Simons, our awesome art director Alan Huber, and our managing editor Craig Johnson who is that silent guy that really makes this magazine come together every month. Of course there are all the sales guys who sell the ads to the cool companies that want to advertise to get in front of you readers, plus all the big wigs, suits, and higher-up muckity mucks who do whatever it is they do—I’m sure it’s important (rolls eyes). I want to thank you for buying this magazine since it helps all of us do our jobs and pay our bills.
But enough mushy stuff. Here is the deal. You need to get out of that stinky room and get to work! Finish packing those wheel bearings and start packing the cooler for some fun 4-wheeling. Tighten up those lug nuts and then get to tightening down the ratchet straps to hold said cooler in your ride. Top off that fuel can, and take the top off your 4x4 so you can wheel under the sun and stars. So wash those hands, grab your date by the hand, and wrap those fingers around the steering wheel. Drop down into low range and go have some fun! The year isn’t over yet, but you’re running out of time to make it the best year ever.