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Draplin Design Co., North America
September 20, 2004
DDC 50: Day 01, And It Starts...
Posted at 12:55 PM


So this is it.

Been working like a dog to wrap everything up these last bunch of days.

01. Tuned up the rig, oil change, new passenger side meat, new back brakes.
02. Researched Route 66
03. The sleeping gear is in a nice kit. (Never trust Ryno to provide linens.)
04. New windshield wipers. Silent.
05. New DMV tags…good thru Nov. 2006.
06. The house is cleaned up.
07. All departments of the DDC Factory Floor are secured and powered down.
08. Zimmerman paid his rent. Good man.
09. All bills are squared up.
10. Big stack of cash in the back pocket.
11. Canon Elan II E camera poised for destruction.
12. Brick of film purchased.
13. New and improved cell phone that drop calls every fucking time.
14. All freelance endeavors maintained up to the point of departure.
15. DDC 2004 Fall Tour promo items well-stocked and ready for dispersal.
16. New DDC promo items ordered for “drop shipment” delivery nationwide.
17. DDC PR Dept. is busy organizing “key to the city” for, well, everywhere.
18. Whitney is secured, staying strong with a big, beautiful smile.
19. Guitar is tuned up for duets with coyotes.
20. New 40gb iPod for the tunes. We’re wireless, bitch!
21. Road ‘Puter tuned up, souped up, uploaded.
22. DDC Mobile Command Protocol is strong and refined.
23. Mileage charts calculated.
24. Big promises made to many, all over the nation.
25. One last shower to get the balls clean for 50 days of dirt.
26. Goodbyes said to significant others.
27. Last meals have been eaten.
28. Fingers crossed for smooth sailing.

Pushing off in a couple hours, heading south down that I-5 toward those Redwoods. Dad flies in tomorrow to San Francisco, and well, we’ll be there waiting for that sonofabitch. You bet.

Stay tuned, our onlslaught of official road updates are being readied.

There Are 10 Comments

Hope you have an airport card for when you come.

Posted by: Kurty on 09/20/04 at 4:58 PM

An auspicious beginning. Here’s another…

“I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up. I had just gotten over a serious illness that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with the miserably weary split-up and my feeling that everything was dead. With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road. Before that I’d often dreamed of going West to see the country, always vaguely planning and never taking off. “

Posted by: coudal on 09/21/04 at 4:53 AM

An thus began what was known as the Great Draplin Clan Walkabout of 2004. May the road gods be with them.

Posted by: Cameron on 09/21/04 at 8:19 AM

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Charge the guns, yo.

Posted by: eric on 09/21/04 at 9:14 AM

If you let us take all the music from your pod and pooter, maybe we’ll let you sleep on the heralded memory foam mattress. You’ll never want to get up.

Posted by: Kurty on 09/21/04 at 9:23 AM

Great work on the DDC 2004 Fall Tour Promo items, but mine was missing the official DDC brand magnifying glass.

Have fun and drive safely!

Posted by: josh on 09/21/04 at 9:35 AM

You boys have fun out there! We will wait with baited breath for the road reports.

Give us a jungle when you’re back in town and we’ll have a nice homecooked meal!

Hugs to you both,

Posted by: Rebecca on 09/21/04 at 2:26 PM

That is “Jingle”.. Give us a “jingle” when you get back.. Ahh, the risk of being flip.

Take care! rg

Posted by: Rebecca on 09/21/04 at 2:28 PM

That is “Jingle”.. Give us a “jingle” when you get back.. Ahh, the risk of being flip.

Take care! rg

Posted by: Rebecca on 09/21/04 at 2:28 PM

be in nyc for a weekend, not the weekdays. some of us have to work, mr. “self-employed.”

p.s. saw the mag, looks hot. I love the Hood shot where the guy has a forest fire coming out his butt.

Posted by: matthew on 09/21/04 at 11:43 PM