I’ve been following the brand Johnny Cupcakes recently and I’m pretty impressed. This guy started a brand almost as a joke and now he’s a millionaire with a cult following. People wait in line overnight outside his stores in Boston and L.A. for his limited run shirts. To me that’s not what makes him successful though. I think his success is wholly based on his relationship with his customer base. He shows up at product releases and meets people, he gives away things and most importantly he involves his people. He’s made enough money to allow his parents to quit their jobs and work for him and he seems to stay pretty grounded. My point is that I finally broke down and bought a shirt. They’re way pricey, but I don’t regret it. Mine was 35 bucks but it came carefully wrapped and in a cool box. They also sent a little ziploc of small goodies. I hope to someday come up with something this awesome. He’s definitely an inspiration to the marketing and design world.
Hit the road this weekend to unplug a little. Ronna and I drove up to Eisenhower State Park on Lake Texoma Saturday and had us a pretty good little time. Camped out and cooked and drank some beer. The little hound dog was in his element too and I think he enjoyed it as much as we did. We forgot a bunch of stuff but we did allright. The campsite was in a pretty good spot because we were on a curve and our neighbors were far enough away that we couldn’t hear em.
Top Ten of Camptober:
- Spending time with Ronna and Odie
- Having less than what you need
- No noise pollution
- No light pollution
- Sitting by the fire
- Cooking over the fire
- No TV
- No radio
- This view
- No traffic
If you wanna unplug for the weekend, head up to Eisenhower State Park. It’s just west of Denison and worth the 45 minute drive it takes to get there from the metroplex.
Well Dad left this morning and I hate to see him go. I don’t get to see him enough and I miss him. The silver lining is that we got to hang out for a few days. Tyson was here too and we all had a good time while we could. Saturday morning we had breakfast at Bill Smith’s in Mckinney and hit the road for a cold October ride on the bikes. I’ll be honest, the ride was not that much fun. The zipper on my riding jacket is busted so I just had on some light layers and a sweatshirt. I froze my ass off. Tuesday I didn’t go to work because my shoulder is messed up and I went to the doctor. Dad and I ended up working on the motorcycle. Some of my most vivid memories are of Dad and I working on things or building stuff. I remember listening to Eric Clapton on the roof of a house he was roofing. I can only imagine what his customers thought when he brought his kids to work and then put em on the roof with him but I always had fun doing that. I remember working on old cars and him building the fort that used to be in the backyard. I wish we were in the same town so we could build a motorcycle together. I love you Dad.