CHANGE IS GOOD

Welcome to the January 2005 issue of TransWorld Motocross! Though it will only be mid-November by the time this issue lands in your grubby little paws, it’s never too early to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions, now, is it?

As individuals, I’m sure that our staff has all sorts of resolutions for the New Year. Mine, of course, is to be more consistent with my visits to the gym so that I don’t look like that great sumo wrestler Akebono by the time I am in my 40s. I grew up with exercise-induced asthma and as a result was the stereotypical fat kid in school. Though modern-day medicine has my wheezing under control and I have assumed a more regular body type, I am convinced that obesity and a grand piano coffin lie in my future.

Garth, I believe, has resolved to covering his entire body in tattoo ink. If you think about it, it was inevitable. Spending as much time around freestyle guys as he does, it’s a wonder Big Girth held out this long. So far, he’s got half a sleeve on his left arm and plans to cover them both. (Oddly enough, he made a strange face and a “Pfft” sound when I suggested a heart with “Swap” on the inside.)

Cooley, meanwhile, has resolved to be less needy and sensitive. He’s the only guy I know who calls for a group hug after each issue ships, and I could swear I’ve heard him saying, “No, you hang up first,” and “No, I love you more,” to his chick on the phone. I told him I wanted to see him get into a fistfight in 2005…

Then there’s our Web Master GuyB. Though his resolution should be to get his daily Web site features posted in a timely manner, I know he’s secretly yearning to ride a helluva lot more in 2005. That’s right: even though these motocross bike things have snapped his pelvis, knocked him unconscious, severely broken his lower leg and even gave him a couple busted ribs since he’s worked with us, I think GuyB has a desire to win a title of some sort at the 2005 White Bros Vet World Championships…

It’s our resident kooky art weenie Luis, however, who has the best, most sensible resolution in the bunch. Never satisfied with his work and always striving to do better, El Cobra (sorry folks, this new nickname requires an entire column to explain…) suggested that the January 2005 issue would be the perfect opportunity to revamp the look of TransWorld Motocross. In the pages that follow I’m sure you’ll notice that your favorite motocross magazine has a refreshing new look.

As a staff, our resolution is to continue to push ourselves to produce the best, most entertaining and informative magazine possible. We’ve come a long way in five years and we’ve got big plans for 2005, so stay tuned…

-Donn Maeda