Outside of designing shoes and being a new dad, I enjoy getting my hands dirty. My parents bought my brother and me a 1978 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser to share in high school. My brother ended up rolling it on the 10 in L.A. on his way back from watching the band I was in at the time play in Pasadena. Needless to say, my pops was pretty pissed when he had to go tow it home. Luckily my brother and the passengers made it out without a scratch. I ended up purchasing the Cruiser from my dad and restoring it, sold it, and bought another FJ40. I did this a few times. I picked up this FJ40 this winter, which is the 6th one I've owned. The FJ55 belonged to my pops until he handed it over to me a few years ago. It's been in the family for about 16 years now. I realize this information is boring to the majority of the people that happen to look at our blog. Sorry if you're bored.
My parents taught us that hard work and dedication pays off in every aspect of life. They never gave us anything for free. Whether it was pruning the Eucalyptus trees in the yard or sorting a big bucket of nuts and bolts, we had to do it if we wanted money for the Kern County Fair. I thank my parents for teaching me early in life that nothing in life is free and that I'd have to work hard to get what I want. After the first semester in college, I realized it wasn't for me. I had some really awful jobs, call centers, fence building, baker, retirement facility, dept. manager, deli, and a grocery store. Looking back, some of those jobs I absolutely hated, some I enjoyed and all of them got me where I am today. God, I sound like a has been, shitty motivational speaker. My point is, we're working hard here at Zuriick to get where we want to be and to always make a better, more unique product. Thanks.