This morning we have The Colonel with us, he has not been around for some time, been a busy guy lately from what we hear.
Lets get him going with a few questions, and dispense with the niceties. Its a One on One with The Colonel.
Q: Colonel why do you do it?
A: Guys you mean Strada...simple PASSION, and after all these years there is even more passion.
Q: How much time do you spend/invest in Strada?
A: Depends on what is going on, a few hours...lets leave it at that.
Q: How come you are not a member of any club/association/guild?
A: Simple...STRADA is the publication, its the platform, agreed its a boutique publication. A free lancer needs to belong to "something" to provide a base, foundation. As you know we belong to Strada...
Q: You always mention that one needs to be their own editor, there are a myriad of pundits publishing on a myriad of platforms.
A: Absolutely, in some respects its a good thing (disseminating news), in others there is a ton of sh#t floating around. Fascinating when you apply pressure to "pedestrian" knowledge it quickly recedes.
Q: There's a ton of pundits disseminating pedestrian knowledge.
A: Its the nature of the Internet and Social Media there is a substantial layer of pedestrian knowledge being disseminated...that its probably disintermediating real knowledge. Think about that for a moment.
Q: Pedestrian disintermediating real...its thought provoking.
A: Yes ...it is..but for another time.
Q: You mention boutique publication...care to expand?
A: If an individual wants to read comments, editorials that will provoke their thinking they will find Strada interesting and informative, and incite them to be reflective. In essence Strada is not for everyone...its never been for folks that are seeking pedestrian knowledge.
Q: Perhaps at times you are too far ahead of the 8 Ball?
A: Yes...in some respects its not a good thing to attract more eyeballs. Its the editorial direction of Strada. We push the envelope, ask questions that raise a thought process.
Q: Your thought leadership might intimidate some folks?
A: Sure it does...not the best for eyeballs, but great to uphold the editorial position. We have not wavered in countless years now.
Q: Being ahead of the 8 Ball provides a competitive advantage in the auto business.
A: That's what its all about, its a competitive business, everyone is seeking an advantage. By the time its pedestrian knowledge its no longer ahead or an advantage...need I say more.
Q:Some folks might have a challenge grasping being ahead.
A: Sure they do...the reason we are a boutique publication.
Q:Do you have some examples of being ahead.
A: Wow that's a loaded question. 1- We mentioned a few months ago that low oil, low CDN dollar, presumed cheap gas, higher food prices were on the immediate horizon...most folks were talking about cheap gas presumably saving consumers a ton of money. 2- Long loan terms provide mobility not ownership...most folks relate long loan terms to longer lasting vehicles.
Q: Do you rattle cages?
A: If sharing prescient thinking, being on a thought leadership vector rattles cages, let the folks that feel rattled catch up and get ahead of the 8 Ball.
Q: Its still PASSION?
A: Absolutely...a ton of passion.