Kent Taylor at a Texas Roadhouse in Bear, Del.
My survival skills
The garbage-bag trick. My carry-on is always too big for overheads, so I have a small garbage bag in there with my clothes stuffed in. I pull that out and put it next to the carryon so that everything fits. It all happens quick -- flight attendants don't even see me do it.
Bring memorable gifts. When I visit suppliers, I give them Willie Braids. We were doing a lot of promos with Willie Nelson, and we had a marketing gal one time who ordered like half a million, so now the wigs have become my kind of calling card. People don't forget them.
Hat = hands-free. I wear a cowboy hat and stick my phone in the band so I can drive hands-free. In the old days, before the hat, I used a large rubber band for that purpose. But I've evolved.
Incognito. It's important that I not be recognized when scouting. I have Bubba teeth to dive to another level. The goofier you are, the more folks don't care about telling you stuff.
The atlas rules. I've had four in 20 years -- whatever those big road atlases are. Oh, yeah: AAA. Won't break down or run out of batteries. Still, I prop an iPad on my lap sometimes.
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