November brings cooler weather to the Valley of the Sun, something that most locals look forward to. I myself was looking forward to November not only for this, but November meant that the mecca of aftermarket shows was around the corner. Last year I was not able to attend SEMA. I am not going to lie, I was a little bummed out that I was not able to partake in the event. It didn’t help that friends kept messaging photos and tagging on social media mediums.
Our second day at the SEMA – Las Vegas Convention Center was officially the first day of the show. Matt left early to pick up Dan at the airport; they would meet us later at the LVCC. During our bus ride Nolan, Paul and I started to talk about the new Honda Civic Si coupe. Honda was going to unveil the 2014 Civic Si Coupe so we were going to get a chance to see it firsthand. However, our conversation revolved around what we thought would be the ugliest thing about the new Civic Si. Paul and Nolan opted for the rear part of the car/rear bumper while I went with the front-fascia but I also thought that the wheels could possibly be hideous. Time will tell.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons; the weather starts to give you a break, at night you can turn off the A/C and open the windows to let the breeze in, football is on full force (both college and professional), Formula 1 is going strong and there is probably some drama going on, the U.S. Grand Prix is around the corner, basketball season begins (at both levels), there is some leftover candy from Halloween and of course there is the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) that takes place in Las Vegas.
There were a few times during the day that I felt like calling it quits and just going back to the hotel to get some sleep, time felt as it was going in slow motion. Hauling all my gear did not help. Once the winners were announced, I’ve realized that Wekfest was almost over and to be honest it went by so quick. It was time to pack up and go home.
Catching the bus boat to get some food was much needed a nice break. I was really in need of some food and I was not the only one. The bus boat took an odd route to the other side of the bay. However, this gave us a chance to see the show from end to end from a different perspective. After lunch, Paul decided to go get some Ice Cream, and though I am not a big fan of dessert, the idea of Ice cream sounded good. Maybe because I was still hungry.
By the time we were heading back, I was done with my dessert and between the long night, heavy food, and the rocking of the boat, I was ready to go to sleep. When we got back, the marine layer was gone, the gates were open and the place was jamming.
Last weekend we got the opportunity to attend Wekfest LA. From previous experience in San Francisco; we knew this was going to be an awesome event and were very excited to be attending. As the weekend got closer-anticipation got bigger. I only had to work 3 days that week but it felt as if I had worked 7 days…time passed so slowly.
Coverage of WEKFEST SFO | Part Three. More coverage coming…possibly.
Coverage of WEKFEST SFO | Part Two. More coverage coming soon!
Sunday morning we got up early… still recovering from what was a long Saturday taking photos and being woken up in the middle of the night by the pizza guy. I thought for sure Paul was going to get stabbed but then again, Paul looked like he was getting ready to beat that guy for waking him up. A quick cab ride took us down to Fort Mason where WEKFEST IV was about to go down. We were both happy to be hauling less equipment than day before but we still had quite a handful. After a quick walk, we met Anh and we were soon walking to Pier 3, where we would set up camp.
I am driving on the freeway, its 6:55 a.m. and I get a text from Matt asking me if I am close. Two things pop in my head: I have the day off and yet I am up and driving somewhere super early this morning. Two, Matt and Nolan are ready and according to somewhat reliable sources… this is a first.