I'm Travis, a teacher/writer/professional wrestling promoter (yes, it's true) in Southern California. I joined a few days back, but haven't had a chance to hop on and introduce myself yet.
My diesel-y background is this. As a kid, in the late-1980's and early-1990's, I loved the film versions of Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Shadow, The Mask, Dark City, Batman, etc. Then as a teen, I loved the neo-swing thing that happened for a couple years. You know, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, etc.
As a young adult, I usually dress in vintage clothes, fedoras, trenchcoats, etc.
I never realized, until recently, that all these things really went together quite well. I thought I was unique in my tastes. I enjoyed steampunk for a while, but it didn't quite "fit." I came across the Gatehouse Gazette a while back and finally saw what I'd been looking for - a term that identified a "subculture" of like-minded individuals.
Once I had that word "dieselpunk," I quickly found myself here. I've been lurking for a while and have decided to join in.
So I'm glad to "meet" you all and I hope this will be a good thing for everyone.
Welcome aboard, TJL! Yours is a story we hear a lot around here...the "I didn't know there were others of like mindstes" part, not so much the wresting promoter part. ;-)
Take a look around and you'll find plenty to burn a few hours as well as a chance to talk Diesel, whether you're into the look, the history, the machines, or the philosophies.