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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/1/17 10:20 a.m.

Who wants to make some magazines with me? Plus there’s other fun stuff to do, like work on websites, support other departments and, yes, play with cars.

No, don’t worry: I’m not leaving. However, I do know enough history and biology to realize that I won’t live forever. I’m not the Highlander, haven’t found the fountain of youth and, although I grew up on a steady diet of “Barney Miller” episodes, am not related to Abe Vigoda.

No one here in the editorial department is leaving, either. We have a great crew, and it’s a treat to work with them.

But reality says that at some point I need to delegate more off my plate–so I can, you know, take some vacation time. Or go ride my bike. Or play my guitars. Or, crazy thought, do more car stuff.

So we’re looking to add another person to the editorial department. Primary duties would including writing about cars, proofing stories about cars, copy editing pieces about cars, looking up facts about cars, taking photos of cars and, in short, helping make magazines and web content about cars. If you like cars, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

Before someone asks, yes, it’s an in-house position. I want this new person fully immersed in our corporate culture. Be here and be part of our team: savor the beauty that includes the local Chinese buffet, hurricane season and Tuesday morning staff meetings.

I’m looking for someone who’s willing to commit for the long haul. As it has for several of us here, this could be a lifetime home.

Okay, some specifics for my ideal candidate:

Knows Communication: I’m not just looking for someone who can use their tongue prettier than a 20 dollar whore–and bonus points if you know where that reference comes from. I would like to find someone who can engage, entertain and educate, whether the venue is 140 characters or 3000 words.

Do you know the difference between a colon and a semi-colon? Love meeting deadlines, even if you’re tired and cranky? If yes, yes and yes, then you’re getting warmer.

Knows News: To be effective in this biz, you need to have a nose for news. Some people excel at this, and you can see it in their Twitter and Snapchat feeds. They know that it’s not about them, it’s about their audience. Put your audience first, and the rest will fall into place.

Knows Cars: As you have probably noticed, we’re all about sports cars and, I admit, that’s a fairly broad topic. Not sure what’s so special about a 1974 Camaro or a 1998 Miata? Don’t worry, we’re not going to make fun of you–but you should be well aware of the larger story of how those two model lines have evolved and shaped our scene. (Spoiler alert: The 1974 Camaro was the only year to feature the new-for-1974 sugar scoop headlights but not the wrap-around rear glass introduced a year later; as for the 1998 Miata, we’ll let you Google that one.)

And while sports cars are our thing, we don’t disrespect others genres–even low riders and stance cars. There’s no room for haters here in our world.

Knows Our Scene: What’s our favorite club, group or sanctioning body? All of them. Sound like a copout answer? It‘s not: If people are having fun at their events, then it’s a win. If you think that autocross is pointless or that LeMons is crap, well, this might not be the place for you. (Okay, true, even the people at LeMons will call their own events crap, but you know what I mean.)

Knows Us: Call this one a little advice for anyone applying for any job: Know the people seated across table. Learn something about their history. Be familiar with the products and services that they offer. Do they produce just one magazine or more than that? Do they host events? What else can be learned in, like, 5 minutes of research?

As we say here at the office, act like you give a E36 M3. Yes, I know, it’s a swear word, but that’s the official saying. (And when it comes to four-letter words, we’ve got impressive vocabularies. Sorry, Mom.)

Knows Manners: Home training goes a long way and, to be honest, we prefer working with people who represent us well. Please and thank you can take you far in this world.

Likewise, here’s another one of those handy life lessons, and this comes courtesy of J.G.: Prop up the rest of your team, and as a group you’ll go far. And who will be supporting you? Easy, the rest of your team.

Knows How to Follow Directions: When you’re installing that new turbo system, you gotta follow directions. Before you drop me a note, head to our company employment page. You’ll find all of the application details there.

Thanks for reading, and I’m excited to see where this goes.

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JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
2/1/17 10:44 a.m.

David,
What are the instructions for downloading your new App?
I ask because I know that this help wanted ad is the subject of your current column in the newest issue.

PS: on the GRM website I can easily find links to your Newsletter as well as FB and Twitter but I see no link to "download our app"

PSS: maybe that is because you are short staffed and need to bring on some additional help, ha.

captdownshift
captdownshift GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/1/17 10:53 a.m.

Semi colons don't get cancer.

Good luck with the search, if I was more of a cunning linguist, I'd throw my hat into the ring.

I hope G-Body Man steps forward.

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
2/1/17 11:04 a.m.

Oooh, someone like Lesley would be awesome for this. Anyway, I've shared it to faceballs, hopefully you can find a great addition to the crew.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
2/1/17 11:22 a.m.

In reply to JohnRW1621:

To get the new app, search the app store for Grassroots Motorsports and download it. Then you just sign in with your email address and zip code.

The reason a call-to-action isn't on the site at launch is because there is no browser-based version for the new app, but all subscripers were sent an email with login instructions. But because of your feedback I think we could do with another news item with instructions. Thanks.

gearheadmb
gearheadmb Dork
2/1/17 11:31 a.m.

Sounds like an awesome job. I can't relocate, don't keep up with the news, have a terrible attitude, and am only somewhat literate, but I use; a ton; of semicolons; and I think I would be perfect fit. When can I start?

paranoid_android74
paranoid_android74 SuperDork
2/1/17 11:38 a.m.

It sounds like a dream job for me, but relocating is a sticking point for me.

And I'm not terribly photogenic.

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/1/17 12:21 p.m.

I am presently eligible for retirement from my current position, and I could pay off my mortgage by selling all of my snow removal equipment on Craigslist. Were it not for a delightful eight year old who is firmly entrenched in an outstanding school system, I'd be at your door and pestering you until the local sheriff (possibly my cousin) was asking me to leave, with nothing but a Taser between us.

WildScotsRacing
WildScotsRacing Dork
2/1/17 12:38 p.m.

Spoken by Taggert in Blazing Saddles Twenty Dollar Whore

What do I win?

Duke
Duke MegaDork
2/1/17 12:43 p.m.

I nominate Wally.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Associate Editor
2/1/17 12:45 p.m.
Woody wrote: I am presently eligible for retirement from my current position, and I could pay off my mortgage by selling all of my snow removal equipment on Craigslist. Were it not for a delightful eight year old who is firmly entrenched in an outstanding school system, I'd be at your door and pestering you until the local sheriff (possibly my cousin) was asking me to leave, with nothing but a Taser between us.

For what it's worth, most of us live in the next town north of Holly Hill, which is Ormond Beach. It boasts a great school system and is, at least in our opinion, a very nice place to live.

Ransom
Ransom GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/1/17 12:48 p.m.

Another person uselessly observing that relocation makes it a nonstarter. Please take that to mean that you guys are awesome enough that something like this is compelling to a lot of people who otherwise wouldn't be lamenting the inability to move to Ormond Beach or thereabouts. That is, I mean it as a compliment, not a whine. :)

LostJeepGuy
LostJeepGuy New Reader
2/1/17 12:52 p.m.

Mazduece and his witty, inspirational, delusional and purely awesome talents would fit in here... With or without application. He should be considered as a remote contributor lol

T.J.
T.J. UltimaDork
2/1/17 1:06 p.m.

Good luck and here's hoping you find the right person for the position. A great opportunity for the right person.

mazdeuce
mazdeuce UltimaDork
2/1/17 1:12 p.m.
LostJeepGuy wrote: Mazduece and his witty, inspirational, delusional and purely awesome talents would fit in here... With or without application. He should be considered as a remote contributor lol

Mazdeuce is firmly entrenched as the support staff to his own little enterprise here in Texas. He also writes in the third person, which is weird.
In all seriousness, I'm not sure I have the chops to write in a non-interactive environemnt. Sitting down at a computer and writing for a job is much harder than stacking boxes of hydraulic lifters for entertainment.
I'm stopping by GRM world headquarters this spring and I'll bring a resume, just in case.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Associate Editor
2/1/17 1:30 p.m.

It's actually surprisingly similar–the main thing is passion and give-a-E36 M3. We fake the rest.

Rumnhammer
Rumnhammer Reader
2/1/17 1:34 p.m.

Wow, I might have to look into this....relocating is what prevented me from going to work for Flying Miata, but that is because they are not in Florida. I want very much to move to Florida! Already in the automotive industry, but this part is not as fun as what you describe. Been a Subscriber to GRM since 1991 and Classic since it started, and there was no 98 Miata, at least not in the states. I already knew that since I've owned a 94 R package since new and it is highly modded all of which I've done myself. I'll have to show this thread to the wife and see what she thinks.

Chris Rummel

mazdeuce
mazdeuce UltimaDork
2/1/17 1:43 p.m.
Tom Suddard wrote: It's actually surprisingly similar–the main thing is passion and give-a-E36 M3. We fake the rest.

That sounds surprisingly like parenting. Ask your dad, he knows what I mean.

Best of luck in your hunt. You guys ever need magazine filler with a touch of whimsy, you know where to find me.

KyAllroad
KyAllroad UberDork
2/1/17 1:50 p.m.

If only I weren't still 15 years from retirement. Had the writing skill. And most likely a host of other reasons.....

But moving to florida sounds nice. Messing about with cars is fun.

Probably the biggest selling point is the fame and fortune that comes with being in the public eye! Does the GRM staff arrive at work in stretch limos? Do they sip chardonnay during their breaks? Is the company washroom fit for royal visitors?

captdownshift
captdownshift GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/1/17 2:11 p.m.

Also, as for the ability to use my tongue prettier than a $20 whore, please see my references, specifically Amy.

T.J.
T.J. UltimaDork
2/1/17 2:25 p.m.
captdownshift wrote: Also, as for the ability to use my tongue prettier than a $20 whore, please see my references, specifically Amy.

I'm not clear how the fact that Amy knows how to use her tongue means anything about how well you can use yours...

captdownshift
captdownshift GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/1/17 2:39 p.m.

In reply to T.J.:

you get discounts if you service them as well, or well...they'll at least stamp your club card twice.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
2/1/17 2:54 p.m.

Hmmmm

Willing to relocate, journalism degree, nearly a decade as a Tech Writer, with track experience on 2 and 4 wheels, engine swaps, etc.

Intriguing.

mazdeuce
mazdeuce UltimaDork
2/1/17 2:55 p.m.
T.J. wrote:
captdownshift wrote: Also, as for the ability to use my tongue prettier than a $20 whore, please see my references, specifically Amy.
I'm not clear how the fact that Amy knows how to use her tongue means anything about how well you can use yours...

I'm 99% certain when the ad above said "Knows Us" this is exactly what they were taking about.

Wall-e
Wall-e MegaDork
2/1/17 3:18 p.m.

In reply to Woody:

If tasers are like the stun gun some friends and I made if you build up a bit of adrenaline the first shot doesn't hurt too much but if they have a second it stings something fierce. I'd certainly take it over another high velocity potato to the back.

In reply to Duke:

I'd hate to give up this frigid weather and high taxes for year round sunshine.

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