March 29, 2012

Million Dollar Idea

I have this goldmine of an idea.  It came from a whole lot of thoughts all bumping and grinding around in my head, and I have no idea who the babby daddy is.

I tend to let my daydreams off their leash when I drive.  And I don't mean in a distracted, might cause an accident sort of way.   I mean that I can let my kinetic needs be met by going through the motions of driving while I allow my creative and curious mind ooze all over my mental playground.  I can multitask quite well and have been able to do it since I was little.  It drove my 6th grade teacher crazy.

One day while out shifting from the shoulder, it occurred to me that it seems ironic that, top of mind, the majority of people I know who drive a manual transmission are women.  I mean, if you follow the stereotypes, women are terrible drivers, and men are the ones who care about performance and control over their car.  Perhaps it's the sampling of women that I know that skews things, but I still found that interesting.

That led in to how I truly miss my 6 speed when I have to leave it at the shop, or let someone borrow it for a while and I'm stuck with an automatic.  Every single time, I manage to find a way to nearly give myself whiplash by stomping on the brake like it was the clutch.  And every single time, I seem to find a new way to cuss my left foot.  Now, my right hand plastered to the gear shift isn't as big a deal unless you get a cop right out of the academy who's a stickler for adding a rider of "Hands not at 10 and 2" to your speeding ticket.  This progression of thoughts meandered towards how I like driving, but not my job.  Don't get me wrong, it pays the bills, and I've been there a good long time.  It's just.  Well, I don't want to be a phone jockey my entire life.  But, when I think about what I want to do for a living, I kinda come up blank.

If there were actually a lightbulb over my head, it would have lit up at that moment.  Hey!  I like driving, and I can drive a manual, how about teaching people to drive them?  I have a background in instructing people from my teaching HTML classes in college, and from my time on a help desk.  So, I got this idea that I could do that for some side cash.  Only, that idea got bigger than teaching people a little on my own car.  It turned into a whole business with a small fleet of sports cars and women instructors.  Because, you know, who wouldn't want to learn to drive a manual on a sports car?  Well, that and you're more likely to find a manual on a sporty car.  Apparently, Americans equate stick shifts with either base models, or luxury.  Those who want a middle of the road option are left with foreign cars to choose from.  But, I'm going with sports cars are fun to drive as a business model.  I mean, really.  Tell me that you'd be able to get all lathered up over a ford focus.  I rest my case.

Now, here's my favorite part.  A good name or title will always help to sell an idea.  Since my thoughts had been along the lines of my knowing more women who drive manuals, and that the car business has historically paired women and cars together to increase sales, it seemed logical to do the same here.  And you know me, I love a good double entendre.  Thus, Chicks with Sticks was born.  Yup, all women instructors, teaching people to drive manuals on hot cars.  Genius, right?  The sticking point is that I have yet to find a way to get this dream of mine out of my head, and onto the streets.  Maybe someday.  In the mean time, if anyone out there has a ridiculous amount of money they'd like to throw at the project, call me.

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