What’s my motivation? or Trucking in Tampa

by John Espino

For the plane ride back, I’ve got to remember to at least try for a window seat. It was bad enough being the middle child in my family, but it was torture being in the middle on a plane ride across the country. Heck, I even ran out of mints! At least sitting by the window on the plane trip back I can spend the hours looking for the gremlin that crawls on the wing and jacks around with the engine. I’m going to get that little jerk some day! Some day!

Anyways…

So here I am in Tampa, on the set where they film Two Guys Garage and Truck U. It’s always cool visiting where TV and film magic happen. Most people think that it all happens in sunny California, but really it can happen anywhere. For example, the set where I am now happens to be in a very inconspicuous area next to what looks like an auto repair joint. Inside this bunker is everything you need to film whatever you want, really, and through the magic of HD recording gear, the process is a short one. Edits and all the other film stuff can be done on the fly, saving huge amounts of time. The shoot is expected to wrap up early this evening.

So what am I doing here? Well, you just can’t expect everyone to know what Banks Power stuff does, how it does it, and why it does it so well. I’m here to advise the hosts, or “talent” as we call ‘em in showbiz, about the features and tech regarding the install. So far it’s going well, and I like the fact that they don’t work off of a script or a teleprompter. They may make small flubs, but that adds to the credibility of it all. They’re real people, and this kind of info is more believable coming from a real person than from a wind-up robot.

(Hours later…)

Well, it’s all over…and at 4:53 p.m. all that’s left is for me to jump in my mighty Dodge Caliber rental car and speed off to the airport. Now what was I supposed to remember to do? Oh well, it’ll come back to me when I’m sitting on the plane.

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