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McSupper...

Eating lunch.

Lunch buffet.

Break finished, ate lunch, ready to go again.

Lunch

Loaded next load here.

Lunch

Stopped to eat.

Eating lunch after picking next load up at Portland, Maine on my way to deliver to Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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  • Canadian Tire and CP unveil 60-ft. container in Calgary
    CALGARY, Alta. – Canadian Tire and Canadian Pacific (CP) unloaded its 60-ft. container in Calgary today (April 26), marking the maiden voyage for the intermodal trailer in Alberta. Canadian Tire said the container – seven feet larger than the standard…
  • Preventing jumper’s knee
    In my practice, I commonly treat knee injuries in professional truck drivers. In fact, I would say knee injuries are second only to lower back injuries among drivers. By far, the most common acute knee injury I see in my…
  • Don’t be weak in the knees
    Traveling down the road, isn’t it great to enjoy the view through the windows of your rig? Your elevated position displays great distances of countryside and roadways, unobstructed by four-wheelers. Unfortunately, this excellent view may come at a cost. Climbing…
  • Last call to register for PMTC seminar in Calgary
    CALGARY, Alta. – Those who would like to attend the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) May 17 seminar in Calgary better register soon before space goes up in smoke. The session will address three key issues facing the…
  • Big changes for medium-duty trucks
    The butcher, the baker, and yes, even the candlestick maker. Those are some of the buyers of medium-duty trucks. They aren’t truckers, they don’t know much about trucks and they may not even like trucks. But the truck to them…
  • In 25 years we’ll be having same conversation as we do today
    All those theatre classes in university appear to have paid off. I moderated my first panel discussion – with the help of the magazine’s director of business development, Lou Smyrlis, I should add – during the Manitoba Trucking Association’s AGM…
  • Air-Weigh introduces new trailer scale
    Eugene, Oreg. — Air-Weigh rolled out its new LoadMaxx Trailer Scale this week. According to the company, the new scale combines the best of previous LoadMaxx and Quickload trailer scales into one trailer scale with two options: LoadMaxx base model,…
  • Trucking HR Canada recognizes top employers
    OTTAWA, Ont. — Trucking HR Canada has recognized 48 trucking companies through its Top Fleet Employers program. Fleets were rated on categories including: recruitment and retention strategies; workplace culture; compensation; training and skills development; and innovative human resources practices. “We…
  • Trailer production jumps 25%: ACT Research
    COLUMBUS, Ind.  – Trailer production jumped 25% from February to March according to the latest data from ACT Research. “Roughly 60% of the month-over-month gain came from the additional build days in the quarter-ending month, while the remaining 40% improvement…
  • Registration now open for 2017 NACV Show
    CHICAGO, Ill.  — Online registration is now open for the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show). From Monday, September 25 (by exhibitor invitation only) to Thursday, September 28, the world’s top truck and trailer brands and suppliers will be…
  • Mandatory electronic logging devices and legalized marijuana
    As of Dec. 18, anyone who operates commercial buses or trucks south of the border will be required to have a compliant electronic logging device (ELD) installed on their vehicle, and ensure their drivers and staff are trained on its…
  • We can’t attract more drivers while automating the profession
    If we are going to attract young people to a career in the trucking industry, we need more than just a new marketing plan preaching a set of motherhood values based on past performance and the freedom of the open…
  • Conflicting messages will deter millennials
    Obviously, we have a serious driver shortage. Millennials are one of the more promising solutions to this, but the younger generation – besides being more tech-savvy – are largely unsure about the viability of a driving career. I don’t blame…
  • Tepper Holdings names new president of BR Smith truckload division
    WOODBRIDGE, Ont. — Tepper Holdings announced today that Larry Cormier will be taking on the role of president/COO for BR Smith Truckload Division. Cormier will be working out of the company’s operational headquarters, now integrated within the Consolidated Fastfrate head…
  • Penske unveils new mobile app
    READING, Pa.  – Penske Truck Leasing has rolled out a new free mobile app called Penske Fleet this week. The new app is to benefit its full-service truck leasing and contract maintenance customers. The mobile app allows Penske’s customers to: View…
  • TomTom introduces new ELD manager
    TAMPA, Fla. – TomTom Telematics revealed its new WebFleet ELD Manager solution today. The new device was created as a solution to help fleets meet the new FMCSA ELD mandate surrounding hours of service (HOS). It incorporates hardware and software…
  • Technology is driving the freight brokerage industry in 2017
    The freight brokerage industry has been near and dear to my heart for many years. Earlier in my career, I had the privilege of running one of Canada’s largest 3PL operations. My current company has had the distinct pleasure of…
  • Ontario sees spike in cargo theft activity
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Ontario was the second most common place in North America, in the first quarter of 2017, for cargo theft activity, according to a recent analysis by CargoNet. California remained the state with the most cargo thefts…
  • Optimism returning to oil and gas industry: Mullen
    OKOTOKS, Alta. – Mullen Group reported improved revenue in the first quarter of 2017 in both its trucking/logistics and oilfield services segments, but the markets remain “fragile,” according to chairman and CEO Murray Mullen. The company posted Q1 revenue of…
  • SAF-Holland introduces new severe-duty fifth wheel slider
    MONTREAL, Que. – SAF-Holland revealed at ExpoCam a new severe-duty slider fifth wheel system. It’s designed for heavy- and severe-duty hauling operations, and boasts a 80,000-lb vertical load and 200,000-lb drawbar pull capacity. It’s compatible with Holland FW35, FW33, and…

Podcast Listening Experiences…

To make podcasting work as a total alternative replacement listening experience, it’s necessary for me to find and subscribe to podcasts and podcasters that (1) I really like and (2) put out enough content to make it possible for me to listen for up to about 10 hours a day, day in and day out. […]

Hilly Rose Interview…

I interviewed Hilly Rose, the long-time broadcaster that introduced the idea of talking about paranormal subjects on radio and television.

I was going to drop the file on Monday morning after midnight, but something went haywire with the Podshow scheduling option and it dropped immediately. Here’s the directlink to the file:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/26383/truckertom-26383-09-16-2006.mp3

Thanks Hilly […]

Bittorrent For “The Path To 911.”

As I mentioned in my podcast 370, I downloaded and installed a Bittorrent client program called “uTorent” which can be downloaded at http://www.utorrent.com.

I like the uTorrent program. The program download is extremely small. Also, once it’s installed and the program is opened it has a search function in the upper right corner of the […]

Motorcycle Safety…

Here’s an interesting article from Forbes & AP regarding motorcycle safety:

http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/09/12/ap3012044.html

I know I’ve personally seen a number of motorcycle wrecks in the past few months that I’ve happened upon that are being worked as I’m out driving around. I’m not sure why this is happening. It may be that the types of bikes […]

What Is Podcasting…

Here’s a video made by a friend and podcast listener explaining podcasting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHMjQlgwT6k

Upcoming Hilly Rose Interview…

Here’s a promo for an upcoming interview episode of my podcast that I did with veteran broadcaster Hilly Rose:

http://www.truckerphoto.com/media/trucker_tom_hilly_rose.mp3

Be sure to tune in to http://www.truckertompodcast.com on Monday, September 18, 2006.

A Cure For Digital Senility…

I have a couple of 13-year-old vintage IBM machines with Pentium 166 processors. The software they were designed to run — Windows 95 and 98 are no longer functional on the Internet, and they just don’t have enough horsepower to even begin to run today’s operating systems.

Old IBM machines such as these are engineering […]

A Real Katrina Refugee Experience…

My friend Ron Stroope posted an excellent video interview of a Hurricane Katrina refugee Ricky Lips that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana. I highly reccommend watching it. The video is located at:

http://media.podshow.com/media/1416/episodes/24108/zip71101-24108-08-31-2006.mp4