We Are Movin’ On...into a Temporary Office Space
Particulate Matters: WAMO!
WAMO (say it like this: Whammo!)! I bet several of you reading this, umm, “expression,” are wondering: What in the world does it mean? Well, those of you who hail from the Western Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh area are probably familiar with WAMO, as it’s the longtime call sign for the city’s urban-format radio station. Back in the early ’80s when I lived in the ’Burgh, the letters were an acronym for the slogan: “We Are Movin’ On.”
Moving on…that’s what the Diesel Power crew (and the entire El Segundo, California, sector of The Enthusiast Network) is doing. No, we’re not making wholesale staff changes. We’re exiting the building that has been our home since 2010 and moving into temporary office space nearby—a location that’s been dubbed “swing space”—until April 2017 (hopefully).
I’ve never been a big fan of moving (this is the second companywide relocation since I’ve been with TEN), since preparation for such endeavors forces you to decide what items (files, memorabilia, etc.) are important enough to keep and carry to the new space and which items unfortunately have to be parted with, especially when the new digs are smaller than the area you’ve grown accustomed to. Trust me, making those decisions isn’t easy.
Since this move is taking place in the immediate wake of Diesel Power Challenge 2016, our flagship event presented by Xtreme Diesel Performance (which, as you’ll read in our extensive coverage that begins on Page 54 of this issue, closed as a great success), I returned from Denver committed to transitioning to the new workspace with a positive attitude and without roughly 90 percent of the stuff that has been archived in my cubicle since as far back as 2005, the year I started with the company.
Yes, moving is hard. But, it’s something almost all of us have done, will do, or are doing, at least once—or possibly many times—in our lives. So, for now, it’s “goodbye, 831 S. Douglas St.” We are moving on. And while our group will actually be separated in two different areas of the “swing space,” I’m sure we’ll still be just as cohesive as we were when we were all within yelling distance of each other in 831. Email and phone calls will be our means of communication, with an occasional walk down the street between our temporary offices if face-to-face interaction is necessary.
I guess I’m also well on my way to accumulating a whole new collection of magazines, hats, and other items that will clutter my small swing area. Like the artifacts of my original workspace, the lion’s share of these new tchotchkes will probably also be discarded when we move back into our remodeled house. Ugh!
Moving. It’s such a painful process, but it really does give you a chance to look back at your history and remember things and times that were important for one reason or another. I uncovered a fair amount of this magazine’s history as we tore things down. Documents, photos, and even a mint copy of the very first issue of Diesel Power. Don’t worry; it’s stored in a safe place. Some stuff you never throw away, no matter how many times (or places) you move.