As many of you already know, one of the brand owners here at Check Your Six is fluent in Chinese, a frequent traveler to the country, and soon-to-be-living back in China. I have covered the life and times of Check Your Six shenanigans in China, but I think it’s worth exploring again. After all…there really is not a whole lot more interesting than the life and times of an American in China.
It’s almost unreal to think that the Check Your Six brand is inching in on the three-year-mark. The brand’s first product release, in the early months of 2009, was launched by two brothers who had no idea what to expect, or where the brand would be in three months…never-mind three years. And, truth be told, running Check Your Six has certainly had its ups-and-downs. But while I attend a top university, and James works full-time as a logistics coordinator, the Check Your Six brand experience has consistently been an interesting journey.
This year, Thanksgiving festivities were celebrated in North Carolina, a state that, to us Minnesotans, is summed up entirely by Duke basketball, Michael Jordan, and Cape Fear. After spending just a few short days in the Wilmington area, a few things became clear very quickly. The food is delicious, the weather is spectacular, and the locals are amazing. To be completely honest, I simply didn’t want to leave. In the midst of working on my horribly pale tan and pounding back cafè lattes, I did my best to snap a few shots of the local scenery. Here are some of the results.
We spent the better part of Saturday an hour outside of the current Check Your Six control station (Madison), in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. The Fall weather has reminded me why I love the month of October in the Midwest. Beautiful colors, crisp air, and a soft breeze make for the perfect morning.
We spent the better part of last week down in Las Vegas, the wonderful city of prostituteslitterhomelessdegeneratesstifling heat lights. Apart from the elements of the city that represent the worst of the worst in this country, it was an amazing first-appearance. The sights, unbelievable. The shows, breathtaking. The 115 degree heat, I could have done without.
Here at Check Your Six, we are proud to be Americans. If we had it our way, every shirt we release would have an American flag incorporated into the design in some form or fashion. Expectantly, Independence Day, more commonly referred to as the 4th of July, ranks #1 as our favorite day of the year. Filled with bratwursts, American flags, rock & roll, Budweiser, fireworks, and parades; it seems to be the one day of the year where citizens of America set aside their differences and commemorate how great the founding of this nation truly was. We had the pleasure of spending the holiday in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a small town bordering Lake Michigan on the East side of the state. A town known to the rest of the state for very little…that is…until Independence Day rolls around. The entire town was out of their homes and waving their flags in unison as they celebrated an event that occurred nearly 250 years ago. An event that has made everything that we do today possible.
Sky High opened their Store Gallery last night, kicking things off right with “Polaroids” by Amanda Marsalis. Yes, the same one. We had a chance to stop in and check out the premiere, make a quick bet on our beloved Green Bay Packers, and grab some delicious food before running wild in the streets of Milwaukee for the night.
Yesterday we took a brief trip East, making stops at our two Milwaukee retailers, Flow and Sky High. We don’t have as many opportunities as we would like to visit, as our schedules tend to back up and weeks turns into months. The trip turned out to be a great experience, we had an opportunity to hang out and shoot the breeze with our friends and business associates, Mike (Sky High) and PJ (Flow). Great guys, great shops, great city. Let’s start from the top.