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My Shiny New Profile Gif (and the video it came from).

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I saw other Oppos with their cool gif images, and the picture I first used was a video of my car before hand, so I just did some minor cropping, added a blur effect, and boom! Now my car seamlessly repeats itself across my profile icon forever and ever and I love it.

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What I love even more is the video it came from. Back in March, just as COVID was about to spike (the first time), me and a buddy thought it’d be funny to make a mock Top Gear episode where we socially distanced from the trunk of my Acura TSX SportWagon... ok, truthfully, this was entirely my idea, but dragging Bob along would make the experience both bearable and unbearable at the same time.

Thus, GearSlip was born.

Now, I’m not saying we’re as funny as the holy trio of James, Jeremy, and Richard, nor do we know enough about cars to be qualified to talk about cars, but you don’t have to look hard to notice the imitation (and imitation is the highest form of flattery).

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So to anyone waiting for September 4th to watch the new episode of The Grand Tour, or to anyone who’s bored out of their minds and want to watch two best pals/worst enemies do dumb stuff together, then have I got the video for you.

Just one frame of me (right) and Bob (left) being dumb.
Just one frame of me (right) and Bob (left) being dumb.
Photo: Me
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I’d love to make more, I’ve wrestled with the idea of making mini GearSlip episodes on my own, but after years of being a content maker (from short films to gaming youtube channels, and many things inbetween), It hit me...

I’m not funny. At least not on my own.

So, while Bob’s in Maryland and I’m in Florida it doesn’t feel right making any more. If nothing else, GearSlip is a buddy thing where me and Bob get to hang out. Cars and cameras just so happen to be involved too.

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Illustration for article titled My Shiny New Profile Gif (and the video it came from).
Photo: Me
Illustration for article titled My Shiny New Profile Gif (and the video it came from).
Photo: Me
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One last thing before I sign off today:

While I don’t want to make GearSlip stuff, I’ve considered the idea of writing more “professional” things on her. Stories that are structured more like journalism than... well... a random sh*tpost.

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Now I know what you’re thinking:

“This guy just did his first oil change and now he wants to write about cars. He doesn’t know a thing about them. He’s the least qualified person to write car articles.”

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And you are absolutely right. But I am working towards a creative writing degree, and journalism is a field I’ll likely enter. If at all possible, I’d like to write about something I like... and that happens to be cars.

So I’d practice here a bit. I have a draft article ready to go about the psychology of dents and scratches and the meanings behind them (a little research mixed in with personal experience). I like sharing personal experiences, but I also like sounding smart when I do... even though I’m not...

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I’d also like to write about odd cars and the history behind them. Automobiles (or Oddomobiles) that most normal people probably haven’t heard of (although there are people on Oppositelock who can identify that the front wheels of a homemade trailer were ripped from a 50's truck. I don’t think that’s normal, so I’m sure any history I throw at you would be nothing more than a refresher).

Anyways, I have to drive an acquaintance (who I don’t really like all that much) to the DMV so she can “get a card.” No clue what that means. All I know is that I have to navigate through Orlando which is always a treat.

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Take care folks.

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