So I’ll give ya three guesses as to who is writing this guest celebrity blog this week. Ok just one; it's me your friendly neighborhood truck driver, Paul. I decided to throw my hat into the blog world and give you faithful followers a driver's perspective of our nationwide tour. When I decided to give this blog thing a whirl, I didn’t realize how quickly press time would come, wow this week went fast; as they say time flies when you're driving a six ton potato around the country. Oh that's not the saying at all is it...lol. Well any who, after getting a quick vacation over Labor Day weekend, it was off to Walla Walla for a visit to Super 1 Foods. But before leaving Boise we had to stop in at the brand new Rosauer's store in Meridian. Hats off to a beautiful new store and we wish you guys amazing success. When we arrived at Super 1 the fans were already lined up and waiting; here's to another successful supermarket event. Rosuer's event the bakery team visits The Tater Team got to sleep in a little and recharge their batteries for an amazing Yokes event where the crowd never lulled at all. Ellis and I took lots of pictures, shook a lot of hands and answered the age old question "Is it real?" Ellis and I recorded three separate interviews with the press and met a plethora of kids on their way home from school. We definitely were a big hit here. Now I’m sure your saying to yourself, this "driver's" perspective is not much different from the usual Tater Team blog... However, here's a driver side spin to this story. When we pulled into the parking lot of the Yokes, I couldn't get the truck into our favorite spot in front of the store, so instead we had to park in the middle of the parking lot. This made for a lot of running from one side of the truck to the other for "E" and me, as both sides made for prime viewing opportunities. I can honestly say this was one of the most successful events we have been a part of. On Thursday I fired up the engine and rolled our "Spud" into Sprit Lake, Idaho, where the pine trees and granite scenery reminded me of the northwoods of Minnesota. I love the clean air and it was so nice to be outdoors without sweating. It seemed as though the entire town came out to visit us there. Thank you Miller Harvest Foods for having us out. Friday proved to be our busiest day of the week, as we had three events to truck our way to. We began the big day in a great way with a stop at yet another Yoke's. Once again we had to park at the outside edge of the lot and still the faithful potato fans made their way all the way out there to see us. Kaiti did another press interview, which has become second nature to the team. After a morning of questions and photo ops, the tater team developed a hankering for some lunch. Lunch time is always an event for the team, as it's not always easy to find a restaurant that can accommodate our giant meal. I managed to find a Chinese place that could fit our tater and since it was on a main drag in Spokane, it caught many an eye. I ate a mirthful meal as I watched the entire cooking staff all sneak out to catch a glimpse of the truck. Then of course when I got out to leave there was yet another crowd around the truck, taking pictures and asking questions. On to our next event at Rosauer's in Spokane. Once again the smiles awaiting our arrival were contagious, and we found ourselves laughing and joking around with more of our tater fanatics. We had another visit from the Meals On Wheels people who are on a "drive" for more drivers for this region. The program reimburses gas and you get a free lunch too. We’re hoping we helped get them a little exposure to boost their volunteers to help with the program. Now after two events in a day, we’re usually ready to unwind and get settled into our hotel rooms, but today we had yet another event. I have to admit I wasn't looking forward to extending my day, but when our police escort led us into the parking lot of the Post Falls City Hall the enthusiasm we were greeted with was contagious. The entire city seemed to be awaiting our arrival, and all their faces alit with huge smiles. The tater team would like to thank Kerri Thoreson for putting this event together for us. It was a huge success. After an hour and a half of this crowd we didn’t want to leave, but we had to be on our way to " Silverwood". This is where we parked the truck for our next days stop. Saturday morning turned out to be a gloriously nice day, and so we made our way to Silverwood theme park for the head to head showdown between Spuddy and Garfield. The park was holding a cross country track meet, and Kaiti strapped on Spuddy's racing kicks to join in the race. But before she could join in the trek, Garfield showed up and Spuddy needed his shoes back. Next time bring your own track shoes! The team would like to thank Dianne and all the other nice people at Silverwood for the wonderful treatment at the park. We had an amazing day riding the coasters and enjoying the park. In addition to the fun day we had, the tater had great exposure, as the park expected at least four thousand visitors that day and we had a prime parking spot right on the main street. Lots of pictures were taken.
It was a jam packed week and it's time to relax and gear up for next weeks trek to Seattle. I hope you enjoyed my guest appearance here. I tried to throw in a little of the "drivers" side of the tour but at the same time share the ambassador experiences I so much enjoy. Here's to another week in the tater world.