A couple of months ago, I attended a conference for my job that inspired nothing but yawns from me before I went. How wrong I was! The topic ended up being fascinating. It was essentially about how Millennials (those born between 1982 and 2000) will shape the workforce in the coming years. It also went into how they will mesh and clash with my Baby-Boom Generation, along with Generation X.
After a nice break for Christmas and New Year’s, it’s always good to get back to normal. Part of normal for me is getting back to the routine of posting here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The offseason always seems to grind to a halt around the holidays, but now that we are into the new year – I expect things to pick up quickly. After all, just two months from today will be the first day of practice for the opening race in Brasilia.
On this Christmas Eve, it’s hard to believe that we are wrapping up another year at Oilpressure.com. When I say “we”, I’m not being the pretentious blogger that tries to act like there is a whole war room of writers, photographers and editors. It’s just me and my wife Susan; along with my One Take Only cohort and good friend, John McLallen, who also served as my Best Man when Susan and I got married at IMS in May of 2012.
You can tell we are deep into the offseason, when you are actually watching a Christmas episode of One Take Only – the uncut, unedited and unrehearsed videoblog of Oilpressure.com. If you had any yuletide spirit, it’ll probably be gone after watching. By popular demand, this time, John and I are joined by my lovely wife Susan (and our dog Pippa). Hopefully, the fact that Susan allowed herself to be coaxed into making an appearance won’t damage her credibility among her readers.
Last week, the Performance Racing Industry trade show took place in Indianapolis. It was there that Will Phillips, IndyCar vice-president of technology, took part in a Q&A session regarding aerokits for next season. The other day, I went through and read the transcript of what transpired. I’ll admit – I learned something.
Before I get into my rant, I must first issue my disclaimer. I am not a smoker, nor have I ever been. I never took up the habit. Even in high school and college, when most of my friends were trying to look cool with a cigarette hanging out of their mouths – I always found the habit to be disgusting and could never understand how anyone could get addicted to something that was so unpleasant.
When Coach Bear Bryant retired from Alabama in 1982; there was no way that his successor, Ray Perkins, was going to gain immediate acceptance from Crimson Tide fans. Perkins went 32-15 in his four seasons as coach, but he jumped ship for the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs of the NFL, rather than live under the enormous shadow cast by The Bear. Hoosiers basketball fans are probably too familiar with Mike Davis, who succeeded legendary coach Bobby Knight at Indiana. Davis lasted six years but made the fatal mistake of only one NCAA appearance in his last three seasons.