TGIF

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Given the current circumstances, we thought it would be a great time to pay tribute to Boondockers’ Friends & Family by making a Friday post from the extensive library of film, stories, and photographs you’ve shared.

We recently received a photo that captured this little girl in an original Boondockers beanie that our friend had saved from the 2004 North American Snowmobile Tour – waiting until his daughter grew old enough (and big enough) to wear it with pride.

And if you think this is worthy of “Freaky Friday” status, wait till you hear the back story.

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“…original Boondocker Beanie…”

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We were exhibiting at the Springfield, MA Snowmobile show and things were looking dismal. We’d worked 4 cities to date (including ‘Hay Days’), and despite our slick packaging and unique film content – the market for back country snowmobile videos was waning. Additionally, we'd jumped way ahead of the tech curve that year, producing only in DVD format when our audience were still using VHS tapes and even Beta systems.

The Boston show started slowly but our first visitor turned out to be a young fellow from “home” who was on a work term in the area. It would be a gross understatement to suggest that he was both home sick and desperately missing his sled. We talked and talked, established many mutual acquaintances (it’s a Newfoundland thing), and spoke proudly of our country. It was great, but we were missing out on sales opportunities and had to excuse ourselves with an apology.

To which our new friend responded; “Sure maybe I can stay and lend a hand. I love the video and nobody knows Newfoundland like me!”

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“… Beautiful Boston…”

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Now I’ve seen slick salesmen operate, but nobody produces like a passionate man. And this guy was fervent. He was slinging videos, pumping t-shirts, plastering stickers, and cutting deals on product bundles. His energy was infectious and now we were really moving swag; doubling any single day’s previous sales.

What a guy! But get this – he came back and did it all over again on Sunday. Not only that, but with his work term finished and a move to Thunder Bay in the works, he just happened to be in Toronto when we pitched there the following week, racking up an astonishing sales performance on his home turf in Canada. Can you believe he wasn’t done there. With a little prodding and a first class airline ticket, he even joined us in Detroit for the NOVI Snowmobile show. 

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“… North American Snowmobile Tour 2004…”

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Never had Boondocking been this fun. We were living large; eating great meals, ordering rounds of drinks and hanging with the coolest cats in the industry. We can only hope that Rob Alford, Bj Murray, Blair Morgan, and so many of those “superstars” remember us as fondly.

Times change and we move on to different projects, create new lifestyles, and shift our value focus – but we’ll always have great memories if we recognize special opportunities and a willingness to live in the moment  – no matter how fleeting.

Many thanks for all the great memories John