I’ve been writing this column now for about two and a half years — which, I’d just like to point out, is about 60 columns times 500 words each. Thirty. Thousand. Words. Can you believe that? Who knew I was so wordy? Yet, even though I change the words every two weeks, you may have noticed that I never change the picture. Of course, there’s a reason for that. The picture you see here was one of about 300 that were taken. And this one was the only one that was remotely usable. If they weren’t so embarrassing, I’d be happy to share some of the other 299 photos with you. Truth be told, I couldn’t and didn’t even choose my fab outfit.

This is a perfectly nice picture. And despite the fact that I’m aging by the minute, I like to think I look exactly like I did two and a half years ago. So why fix something if it’s not broken?

But no one seems to agree with me. Friends, coworkers, and frequent readers often ask me when I’m going to get a new picture. Most of them even think it should change at least once a month. (Yeah, that will happen.)

My question is why? And who really cares? In fact, do you really even need (or want) to see a picture of me at all? Aren’t the words more important? Or do you really need to place a face with a name? And if you do, do you really have to place a new face with a name every two or four weeks?

My guess is that most of you are as disinterested in this as I am. But the people lobbying for a new picture disagree. They are positive that the majority of readers want a new picture.

So please help me settle this debate. Just send an e-mail to editor@americanwaymag.com and weigh in on this pressing matter. A simple “Yes, please get a new picture” or “No, who needs to see a new picture” or even “Why don’t you just get rid of the whole column!” is all you need to say. I can take it. Really.

Okay. I’ve spent way too much time on that topic. Let’s move on.

Here’s something that’s much more worthwhile to talk about: Kevin Raub’s story about being part of a NASCAR pit crew. There’s lots of ink given to those who get behind the wheels of these speedmobiles, but some of the best action happens behind “the wall.” Turn to page 74 to see for yourself.

Check out the story on Peter de Savary, as well. Not only is it a fascinating profile, but it also includes a really great portrait of him on page 66.

Hmmmm. Instead of having a new picture taken, maybe I should have a portrait commissioned. It definitely sounds impressive, doesn’t it? But I’ll hold off on that decision until I hear from you. Because with any luck, this will be a moot point. Thanks for playing.

Picture of Sheri Burns

SHERRI GULCZYNSKI BURNS
Editor