Day 3 at Oshkosh ...
Hmm what to say there were quite a few good moments and not so good moments of our final day filming the EAA airventure ...
We started out our day ready (well almost ready) for out first interview at 10am with Kestrel Aero...
Before we could even get there as we were driving up it was very clear that a good majority of volunteers at the air show had taken their extra dose of Jerk vitamins... Meaning ...as We are trying to park where we always park. One guy waived us through while another guy literally a good 3 feet ahead of him started screaming that we were driving through.. I thought to myself he can possibly be talking to us because we just got waived through but he surely was and I deafly kept on driving. We them pull into out parking lot and our car is getting surrounded by local Wisconsin air show security ... I explain to them we are media and trying to park and the young guy says no. I said well I'm not trying to be difficult just trying to park or get close because we have a LOT of equipment. He called in backup. After twenty minutes of explaining I'm merely trying to park or get close enough where my camera guy doesn't have to hull all this equipment for miles. A female security officer finally agrees to escort us to the gate to drop off equipment. Thank you Jesus for almost understanding people. We were quickly escorted to one of the furthest parking lots after that and I was then an hour late to my first interview. I thought to myself gee ud think the president was in town for all the added security and un welcoming attitude towards the media. Here's the deal, I'm not uppity or high maintenance but I did choose to highlight this air show with my own free will because I think it's a great gathering for aviation enthusiasts. Please... Don't make it un-welcoming to the people who are trying to say how wonderful it is to millions of people. I do not expect the red carpet rolled out by any stretch of the imagination but I would hope you would have a little decency for 2 media personnel carrying a s**t ton of equipment to merely get close to drop things off.. I mean don't even get me started on the thousands of volunteers in empty golf carts buzzing around the event... For someone (me) who's family has been coming since 95' let alone filming the event. For good reason, This will sadly be my last year. That is all on that.
Regardless of a crazy morning, overall the air show is great and The interview with kestrel aero was great, they were gracious and understanding of why we were late and tried their best to get us anything we needed for filming and the interview. Their aircraft isn't quite available to the market place YET but when it is, will take the middle market by storm. Think of their aircraft as a luxurious town car or limo. Not quite the Ferrari but certainly no economy-- no frills type of vehicle either. This aircraft has state of the art avionics perfect for the owner pilot or for someone who hires a pilot to cruise around and has lush seating and amenities. Every sky ride with them (I would think) would be equivalent to the very first time you rode in a limo.... Exciting and Ballin' with a grin from ear to ear. Beyond that, it seats 5-7 so you can bring along ur closest pals for a weekend to Vegas or fishing in remote Idaho!
From there it was off to join the HondaJet party.
Hmmm... Honda jet... Where do I begin. I mean HELLO it's Honda. Deep pockets and I'm fairly certain innovation is their middle name. This booth was packed, and for good reason. You can't really compete with a company that patents and designs new technology and aerobits when joining the aviation sector. As far as jets go...this bird is bad ass.. But I feel like you would expect nothing less from Honda. What I didn't expect is their innovative jet engines that were built into the wing reducing drag and creating more interior space for passengers and Better overall fuel efficiency. Inside is nice also with it's very own wash room in the back and ample clean-looking seating. In the sector that Honda is looking to compete with, I think they will rock everyone socks... because at the end of the day it's Honda and people trust the brand (understandably so)
Beyond that My only sad Honda moment was when ASIMO, Honda's robot's pr team canceled our, what could have been, awesome interview. I guess no robots for me...tear*
From there it was off to the airport where I almost missed my flight thanks to slow moving traffic and an even slower moving colleague.. Aye carumba.
I do want to say though, The truly great thing about today is I got to meet a friend and colleague of mine's father... who is a pilot and who happened to be at Oshkosh. I ran into him at the HondaJet booth and talked his ear off. Although he probably thought I rambled on and on and on... He was absolutely lovely and I am so glad to have had the chance to see him and see my friend's family and where she comes from...As well as other amazing people i haven met over the years who work for various aviation companies. I love having the chance okay
Stay classy Wisconsin it's homeward bound for me!!!
Behind the scenes Boys Toys edition...
Today is the first day of The EAA Airventure ... Aka-- Oshkosh ...
One of the largest air shows in the country if not the world!
Yep! Thousands and even hundreds of thousands of people come to this tiny Po dunk town (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) to check out all things aviation!
Oh yes, they have every type of aircraft you could imagine ... Private jet company's like Eclipse... Other plane builders like Piper and Cessna AND everything in between ... Even some things that don't necessarily look like they should be flying but yet somehow miraculously do... And if you aren't into aviation or don't consider yourself an aircraft lover let me just say the people watching and air show watching in the afternoon is phenomenal... Just as we speak I see packs of planes jetting across the sky and a stunt plane teetering on the edge of reality and reallllllly quite insane. Actually last year I was supposed to go in a stunt plane with Breitling but "sadly" couldn't because of a conflicting interview appointment with Disney ...but for some reason, as if you're surprised to read this, I'm a bit relieved too be 100% honest ... Not that I'm scared per say, it's just that the last time I went and flew shotgun in an aerobatic plane... I ended up having motion sickness for three days afterward and since my company doesn't pay me hazard pay ... I thought it safe to re consider haha ..
And even as I'm writing this, I just got side tracked watching the stunt planes again... These guys (and gals) are Incredible and I can't help but think they are a side of crazy also. Lord knows the g- forces alone have to shake, rattle and roll, some things around in their brain ... But I'm sure they get used to it... As we all did with riding our bike? Idk bad comparison ...
Any whosier, so far I've seen and filmed the new Cirrus Vision Jet, Which Is quite different looking than their previous SR-models and quite different looking from other jet companies I've seen also. First off, its sleek and sexy looking no doubt... And has an interestingly designed v tail in the back... Imagine someone putting rabbit ears on the jet..kind of what it reminded me of... But In this case it actually has a purpose...The other thing the v tail reminded me of was an old saying my great grandma used to say... Which was ... What a Split tail. But in her example... This was NOT a good thing...lol old woman slang for hood rat, hood rat, hoochie mama.. I digress. The other thing about this jet is it has a single powerful engine.. Great for pilots learning the jet setting game .. Not so great if that one engine goes out... However as for the other reason I love cirrus... Duh duh duh duhhhh... Their parachute ... Yes I said parachute.. Not that u wanna use it but if u have to use it. Ur plane has it's very own parachute! Which earns you aviation brownie points in my book!
Next thing I scoped out at EAA Airventure day 1 was: NASA's future plans to fly to Mars. Oh yes watch out space x the O.G. Space cowboys may just be back in the intergalactic game ...and I'm very happy to hear this! IM SERIOUS when i say that I was totallllllly Geeking out over interviewing and filming with NASA. Our 15 minute interview quickly turned into an hour interview because I couldn't stop asking questions. Everything from Aliens to the biggest/fastest rocket on the planet (and off the planet) this convo had me giddy. I haven't been this intrigued or excited over an interview and toy topic in forever! From the fact that this Mars Rocket Spaceship can go 17,000-50,000 mph is (and I thought the Bugatti Veyron was fast) one thing but how about the fact that astronauts will be in space for 2 and a half years in order to go to Mars. I don't know how else to say this Space Mission to Mars has completely blown my mind! What else is cool? well first the planets have to be completely aligned in the first place...which will happen in 2018 and again 2030. From there ... i got the inside scoop that their may just be Aliens out there after all. Okay so maybe that isn't NASA's official statement but I did ask an astronaut (who has been in space for over 1600 hours) if he believes in extraterrestrial life and he said he finds it hard to believe that their isn't other life out there since Space is so vast. How and when we will meet up with these Alien peeps, is still up for debate, but maybe, just maybe we'll run into Marvin the Martian in 2030 when we go to Mars!
I cannot wait! Am i too old to become an astronaut?
Okay, Day 1 at Oshkosh complete, can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store!
Since I cover a lot of cars, yachts and other interesting locations, I get asked a lot about what my favorite things are or what was the most interesting experiences i've had while on shoots...Here is a list of things you may or may not have known...
ooo this is a toughy, this kind of changes depending on the day, Design wise, I am a big fan of the Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept from 2013. I think its so interesting looking and I do love All things Audi. From a classical standpoint I love the 68' Camaro and the old type 57 Bugattis (and anything Bugatti for that matter.) From a PR standpoint and just overall niceness of the brand and great all around products, I have a deep love for the Lamborghini Teams and Ford/Lincoln. They always make me feel welcome and are fantastic to film with! As well as put out excellent products!
I absolutely love Overmarine Group and the Mangusta Brand. This company is fine Italian Styling to its core and works with good quality materials. Beyond that their company is still family owned and operated and they put out a reliable and fantastic looking product. Benetti is another grand brand, Their yachts are always top shelf and done with immaculate taste.
Despite what anyone says about experimental aircrafts, I love the Velocity and Searay planes. They are interesting designs and unique above all else. As well as I had such a fun time filming with both companies.
Favorite toy I have ever filmed:
Believe it or not, sometimes my judgement of a toy is a bit subjective to how the company treats me. If the PR/Marketing team is nice and welcoming to my crew, they can secretly earn brownie points in my book. For whatever that is worth. And sometimes its the least likely toys that really end up winning me over. Either they are easy and fun to work with or the model ended up being surprising to me. I am not sure that I have one favorite. There has been soooo many memorable toys along the way. I'll give you a few and the reasons why:
1. Bugatti- Very few people are allowed to film their factory/atelier and I was told by a few "non-believers," that I would never be given access and they welcomed me with open arms.
2. Sportsmobile- What a great group of guys, and although we totally broke down in the middle of Pebble beach while filming, we made lemonade out of lemons and had margaritas while we waited!
3. Hovercraft/Mosquito Helicopters- Great groups/companies. So willing to do anything for us.
4. Good year Blimp- A life's bucket list!
5. So many more ugh I can't choose!
I wouldn't necessarily call it my least favorite in that it was "bad to film" however when filming the sail plane segment which is now one of my all time favorite Boys Toys Segments. But, when filming this segment, I was not only scared out of my mind at first, (because I was given ejection instructions within the first 5 minutes of being there) but once I conquered my fear and went up flying...I had motion sickness from all the backflips we did for the filming. Oh yeah this motion sickness lasted for three days afterwards, LOL. And I produce the show so I really have no excuse, I did this to myself. All for the sake of getting that perfect shot. The guys at the sail planes company were truly wonderful to work with though.
Most surprising toy I have ever filmed:
Quadski, maybe?! this machine it truly remarkable and all of the ingenuity that has gone into the design. Amazing. I have grader's remorse on this one. (Kind of like "Who's line is it anyway?" Not that my points really matte on my show either) but I gave them 14 out of 15. Looking back I think I would have made them the show's winner!
Favorite part about my job:
I am a story teller and a sarcastic goofball by nature ...so that being said, I truly love meeting new people and hearing their stories or hearing the stories of a new toy. It makes me feel warm and tingly inside. Although there are little things along the way, that I may not like, I truly believe that I have the best job on the planet.
Shows that almost NEVER came together:
OOOO a few along the way. BUT my first and second trips to Dubai filming BOYS TOYS. A few days before, My first trip, my main videographer left the company, I was scrambling to find a fill in and there were some other disheartening kinks along the way.
My second trip to Dubai, I again had photog issues. I assumed my head Videographer was a US. Citizen with no visa needed. BAD assumption. I was scrambling to get him a last minute visa which didn't happen. I had to swap videographers at the last second.
Most life-changing Show that I have filmed:
Was a Yacht show I filmed in Italy. Upon returning from the shoot, I got a horrible Virus (most likely caused by a mosquito or something along that line) Upon returning I had severe brain swelling and other complications and was in the hospital for a while. This made me have a whole new appreciation for life. Most people told me that they would have quit my job if they went through the same experience. But for me, I love being a tv host and producer.
Biggest misconception about my shows or me:
Easy, sometimes people assume that it's easy and I'm just some model on tv..... oh Contrer, I produce, write and research, as well as host all of my shows. I put in long days and try extremely hard, under a lot of restraints. People think it's very glamorous. Although there are MANY perks to the job. I work very hard!
Most memorable filming experiences:
Although Every single shoot is memorable. There is always something!!! Whether its loosing my bags and having no clothes or makeup on a shoot. Or it raining in the middle of the desert, and having to adjust, or meeting people on shoots, who remain life long friends of mine. Each of my shows have been unforgettable life experiences.
But I guess if I had to choose some of the moments where I thought to myself, "Wow this is a life moment."
1.. Getting to ride in the Good Year blimp for Boys Toys
2. Getting to ride in the Bugatti GrandSport (the fastest/ Most expensive convertable)
6. doing back flips in the sail plane..
7. so many more!
If I were to live anywhere outside of the U.S..
Dubai maybe? love the new-ness and wildness of this cities archetecture orrrrrr on a tropical island selling coconuts!
Have more questions, you want me to answer? Drop me a line! Maybe it will be the subject of my next blog!
Did I get your attention?! Okay so i hate to break it to you but this is indirect SEX and car talk all mushed into one blog....
Is it just me or did anyone else notice that TESLA Motors first came out with the Model S- (or sedan version of their kick-ass Electric vehicle.
Then came the follow up Model X (gull wing Suv version of the EV)
then there were rumors that a newer more affordable version of the sedan would be coming out...and I originally heard that it would be called the Model E (as in affordable for everyone at only 35k!)
Which if you put all that TESLA action together. What do you have??? S-E-X
but then I heard just a few days ago that the new model will NOW suddenly be called the Model 3...How anticlimactic. NO pun intended....but is it just me or does anyone else think this model name doesn't belong?
I prefer the S-E-X collection by Tesla! who's with me?! Let's start a petition... lol
Mr. Elon, If you don't want to call it E- for everyone, Call it.... E- for Elon!?
Its little ol' me, Jenn. I decided that Since my show is all over the place with air dates and times, I thought it might be nice to fill you in and give you updates, even when I am not filming about ALL THINGS-BOYS TOYS.
Oh yes! Depending on the day, I might share an article, new car I like, vent, crack a joke or share some behind the scenes action. So make sure you check back from time to time to keep up!
Until we meet again. JB
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Jenn Barlow is a vivacious, adventure-minded, student of life, who has a keen sense of humor and knack for storytelling. As Producer, Host and writer for various television programs and documentaries, she has even earned an Emmy Award for her work.