GATORADE and the Mission G campaign continue to bring on the heat with what I like to call Wingman Stories. And with each wingman story they provide, I like to share one of my own. As you all may know, a wingman tends to do get stuck in situations they normally would not get themselves into but for the sake of BROTHERHOOD, these wingmen acquiesce to the situation. Basically, the friend would never get ahead without the support of their wingman that provides the moral crutch needed to take that extra step.
A couple of years ago, I have a friend (we’ll call him Jon) who wanted to go out with thing hot bangin chick he met at the LA County Fair. They met waiting in line at the bumper cars. He was with a group of friends; she was with her little sister. They got acquainted while standing in line for a little less than an hour, which was enough to really get to know each other. They entered each other’s phone numbers into their cell phones and a week later, a double date was set up. FYI, girls like to go on double dates because it helps them feel more secure and less uncomfortable.
Jon needed a homey that would be cool with going on a double date with him. For this friend, he would have to be cool with blind dates because it’s essentially what it was for him. Jon called up several people who passed before calling one of his best friends, also named Jon. Jon II is usually down for things like this and is always looking to meet new girls.
Both Jons were really excited for their evening together these girls and Jon II was especially excited. He pretty used to going out on blind dates because that’s just the kind of guy he is. Jon II decided to drive so that he can show off his lifted Chevy S10 truck to the girl. Girls supposedly like big trucks? When they arrived to the girls house, Jon I called his girl to tell them they are outside on the driveway. She told him to wait outside and that they should be out any second. They patiently waited in the car for about 10 minutes going back and forth about how attractive this girl was. Jon I was hyping the fact that she probably has hot friends making Jon II even antsier.
The girl finally came out from around the corner and onto the driveway toward the car. Jon I was impressed by how great she looked. But her friend was nowhere to be found. Jon II asked Jon I where her friend is but Jon I had no idea.
Jon I rolled down the window and she walked up to the passenger side of the car and said, “Wow you look great. Where’s your friend?” The girl replied, “She’s right here”. She turned her head around and looked down. Way Down. As Jon I opened the door, there she was. A midget. Jon II rushed out of the truck and had to lift her up into the passenger seat as Jon II and his date sat in the back. I personally have nothing against little people, but apparently Jon II did. But being the great friend that he is, he entertained her all night, helped her on to seats, and even made out with her. That’s a true wingman.
Mission G knows all about what I speak of when I talk about Wingmen. Here’s another great feature displaying camaraderie amongst professionals, colleagues, and most importantly, friends.
In the days following the US Open of Snowboarding, Ellery Hollingsworth stuck around Stratton Mountain in Vermont to make the most of the event’s pristine (and empty) pipe. Having just taken her first podium at the Open, Ellery was in high spirits when she met up to shoot, hike and hang out with photographer Chris Owen on what turned out to be a beautiful, bluebird winter day – a perfect backdrop to work with. Chris has been snowboarding for as long as Ellery has been alive, and has been a photographer for a lot longer. Having received his first camera a very young age definitely made an impression on Chris and looking at the course of his life, it seems serendipitous that he is one of the most respected snowboard photographers today. Get an inside look at a day in Chris’ life and you’ll understand why carrying 75 pounds worth of camera and lighting equipment up the deck of a halfpipe is his idea of a good time. Making a career out of something you love to do is inspiring and Chris has done that and more by merging that career with another lifelong passion – snowboarding. Since receiving that first camera and having his first photo published, to rediscovering photography years later and make a career out of a lifelong love, Chris Owen has seen most of his life through a lens, which in his mind is the best view there is.