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MX-5 Miata Road Trip

I launched a new Facebook Page for my favorite pastime: MX-5 Miata Road Trip’s: www.facebook.com/MiataRoadTrip

I’ve been blogging quite frequently about the trips I’ve taken in my NC Miata, mainly to get to a race track Upstate New York or up to New England. But that hobby is about to take me internationally, with a trip to Southeast Asia booked in early December 2015 and another to the Pacific in February 2016. I’m making it a priority to meet up with any and all MX-5 owners I can on the road. Hence the MX-5 International Road Trip.

I’m hoping that the facebook page would allow me to make new connections as well as to share some pictures from my meetups without mixing the content with my Motorsport hobby that I also blog about frequently: Marshal Cam (#MarshalCam) as well as the Foodie Tours that I enjoy very much and also blog about separately. I have a feeling people visit this site for each of the things that interest them most and perhaps not all of them want the Marshaling, Foodie Tours and Miata stuff mixed.

For the International trips, except of course for my future drive up to Canada, I won’t be taking my car. So my goal is to meet other owners and take as many pictures and videos of their cars as they would let me. I am also planning on perhaps renting a few MX-5’s and sharing those experiences in the blog and on the facebook page as well. I think it would be pretty awesome to read and based on a few searches I did thus far, there’s nothing like it out there (except one kiwi page from a few years ago that promoted MX5 Roadtrip’s – it was hard to find perhaps because of “roadtrip” used as one word).

So hopefully this works!

Go ahead and like the page to have all that content pop up on your Facebook feed automatically. www.facebook.com/MiataRoadTrip

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(Marshal) Podcast with Rob from SuperSpeeders (SuperSpeederRob)

I would like to do a Marshal Podcast.

I’ve expressed my interest before and I would really like to put the wheels in motion to do it for a few reasons. First, no one else is doing it and I think the marshaling community would benefit from having a podcast about the topic of volunteering in Motorsport. And second, I think it would help with recruiting Automotive and Motorsport enthusiasts to actually volunteer (as marshals), wherever they live.

I asked my buddy Rob from SuperSpeeders YouTube channel fame for some advice about starting a podcast and he invited me to check out how he does it with his SuperSpeeders podcast. Great!

To my surprise when I arrived at Rob’s day job at Gotham Dream Cars in Englewood, New Jersey, Rob invited me to jump onto the podcast and put my 2 cents into the topics he was discussion on his most recent episode, which is available for download on ShoutEngine.com:

http://shoutengine.com/SuperSpeeders/episode-9-fixing-the-broken-traffic-system-and-tra-8727

So what have I learned from Rob?

It’s not terribly difficult to do a podcast. It helps having good equipment to record the sessions in a quiet environment without much background noise. But to get the ball rolling we can easily get started with a free tool like Google hangouts.

The topics to cover are infinite. The time will fly without a doubt. And the more people that participate the more interesting the discussion would be.

Of course in our case, the idea is to bring a couple of people from the marshaling world and have them call in on Google chat from Australia, Brazil, Spain, Belgium, etc. And Rob advised me that issues may arise with buffering based on individual people’s internet connection, etc. So there is potential for bugs.

But the key is to go ahead and start doing it.

Listening back to the podcast Rob recorded I noticed that it takes some practice to answer questions more directly. Finding a way to compress the answer from multiple paragraphs into shorter and more meaningful sentences. I certainly didn’t do that when talking about my marshaling experience veering off into a million different tangents while trying to cover a few topics at once.

I’m looking forward to hearing other people’s feedback on what they thought about this podcast to see what we could use and what we could scrap from the #MarshalPodcast idea.

PS. on the way home I took the Palisades Interstate Parkway and while cruising along at 60mph other traffic was blowing past me like I was standing still… Rob isn’t the only one bitching about the artificially low speed limit. Quick Google search resulted in this Change.org petition from a few years ago that tried to deal with this issue: https://www.change.org/p/palisades-interstate-parkway-police-disband-palisades-interstate-park-police Hopefully there will be some changes in Policing in America in the near future to stop law enforcement departments from shaking down random citizens.