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Eating lunch.

Dinner

I know, I know, I'm a terrible creature of habit...

About to eat dinner.

All that remains of a bean burrito...

Dinner before unloading in a short while.

Waiting to unload.

Late lunch has arrived.

Loaded next door, eating a very late lunch.

Eating dinner.

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  • Total cost of ground transportation declines
    TORONTO, Ont. — The total cost of ground transportation for Canadian shippers decreased by 0.9% in May compared to April according to results published today by the Canadian General Freight Index (CGFI). As well, the base rate index, which excludes…
  • Volvo Trucks names regional v.p. for Canada
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America recently announced that Paul Kudla has been named regional vice-president for its Canada region. In his new role, he will oversee commercial sales and marketing operations. “Paul is very well-known within the industry,…
  • How to tell if your transportation company is being acquired by another company
    Are you asking yourself the question ‘Is my company being acquired?’ Should you be? Lots of activity in the transportation industry. The industry is getting smaller. In earlier blogs here, I have said that it is critical to take a…
  • Ritchie Bros. Alberta auction breaks records
    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Records were broken in Lethbridge last week, as Ritchie Bros. sold more than $24 million worth of equipment in two days. Traditionally the company’s southern Alberta site has focused on agriculture auctions, but this month’s sale featured more construction…
  • Mercedes-Benz Worker lineup expanded
    Vocational upfit solution also offered for Metris and Sprinter vans
  • Polaris Transportation celebrates one year anniversary of Leadership Development Program
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Polaris Transportation celebrated the one year anniversary of its collaborative association with the Ivey Business School at Western University and Lazaridis School of Business and Economics of Wilfrid Laurier University. The partnership is known as the Leadership…
  • Look at your cards
    It’s funny how age effects your decision making. I recall being advised when I was a young lad that to further invest in the trucking industry by applying for operating authorities at that time would be very risky and the smart…
  • Ready to make the round?
    Three years after the first pre-publication, the regulation amending the Quebec safety standards for road vehicles have been adopted. Now the new regulation is aligned with the National Safety Code standards. In addition, the regulations have the effect of replacing…
  • The benefits of online driver training
    Traditionally, the mere mention of training can be met with disapproval among professional drivers, and can cause frustration due to the inconvenience of scheduling. Getting a group together on a Saturday or Sunday morning is not the most ideal learning…
  • Fuel for thought
    Industry players visit the test track at Transport Canada's Motor Vehicle Test and Research Center
  • Cummins unveils new engine platform
    New X15 to provide stronger fuel economy and performance
  • You can build a fence but everything still permeates it
    I am sure you will all be pleased and interested to know that I have added another pastime to my morning ritual. In addition to retrieving two newspapers from whatever overgrown foliage is the delivery person’s preferred target of the…
  • Petro-Canada reveals PC-11 launch campaign
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Petro-Canada Lubricants announced the launch of its ‘The Tougher. The Better.’ campaign today. The new campaign reveals its PC-11 branding in advance of the introduction of two new categories of heavy duty engine oils in December. “Durability, strength…
  • Make way for the quiet leader who listens
    The leaders that shaped the trucking industry of today were forged in the cauldron of deregulation in the late 1980s. At a time of regulatory upheaval which saw once powerful companies get mired in outdated thinking and become paralyzed by…
  • Raising the bar for driver training
    Ontario has made good on a promise to toughen the process of obtaining a commercial driver’s licence. In late June, it announced mandatory entry-level training (MELT) and for the first time will require new drivers to undergo a fairly rigorous…
  • TransCore’s Canadian freight volumes increase
    TORONTO, Ont. – TransCore Link Logistics revealed today that volumes for Canadian and cross-border loads stayed strong through the second quarter of 2016. Compared to last month, volumes were flat, down marginally by two percent month-over-month. Year-over-year volumes were lower…
  • What makes Canada different from the United States?
    I recently had a client visit here from the United States. After a long discussion, I gleaned the following. It’s not just the weather that’s cooler in Canada. He made some observations. You live next door to a clean-cut, quiet…
  • Teletrac launches new fleet management platform
    GLENVIEW, Ill. — Teletrac Navman released its latest software platform called Teletrac Navman Director this week. The platform is now available worldwide and it intelligently tracks assets and collects valuable data to meet a range of business needs and to drive…
  • Nexiq Technologies rolls out eTechnician software combo
    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Nexiq Technologies rolled out the latest release of eTechnician recently, which now includes two PC-based software applications— eTechnician Heavy Duty Standard (HDS) and eTechnician Light and Medium Truck (LMT). The company said in a release that the…
  • Maxion Wheels rolls out five-year warranty on on commercial vehicle steel wheels
    NOVI, Mich. — Maxion Wheels announced recently that it is introducing a five-year standard warranty with its MaxCoat Extra multi-layer finish on the company’s hub-piloted single and wide-base tubeless disc steel wheels sold in North America. The MaxCoat Extra multi-layer finish…

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