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Lunch

Stopped to eat.

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

Sitting outside in the shade in my $10 folding bag chair waiting to unload late this evening near Buffalo, NY.

Getting fuel.

Enjoying the great outdoors, hopefully it won't rain but not looking too promising...

Stopped for dinner.

Back to work today. Truck air conditioner compressor needs replaced at Kansas City company shop, spending the night at a hotel.

Eating lunch.

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  • Total wheel-end package from Bendix now available on International trucks
    ELYRIA, Ohio — A full wheel-end portfolio from Bendix – consisting of the ADB22X air disc brake,  EverSure Spring Brake,  Versajust LS Slack Adjuster, and foundation drum brakes – is now available on a range of International Trucks’ medium- and…
  • Optronics reveals new LED directional warning lights
      TULSA, Okla.— Optronics International introduced  its first line of LED Directional Warning Lights today. The company says the family of nine white and amber directional warning lamps was designed with flexibility, performance and durability in mind. The new lamps meet…
  • Optronics announces new family of directional warning lights
    TULSA, Okla. – Heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting manufacturer Optronics International had unveiled its line of nine super-premium LED directional warning lights. The white and amber lamps come with lifetime warranties and Optronics said they are designed with flexibility, performance and…
  • Easy as GST/HST: Except by check
    In theory, GST/HST should be a simple tax to file. You write down how much you paid on business expenses and the amount will be fully refunded to you. What’s hard is that there are so many different rates and…
  • Pondering truck replacement cycles
    This past month has been, shall we say, interesting. To start with, it’s the time when a lot of our customers have their annual shutdowns, so freight is a little slower than usual and things have been quiet lately as…
  • BCTA touts planned Hwy. 13 improvements at Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing
    LANGLEY, B.C. – The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) is applauding the provincial government’s announcement that approximately $25.5 million will be allocated to widen Hwy. 13 to support border enhancements at the Aldergrove/Lynden crossing. The upgrades will include widening Hwy.…
  • Is the driver shortage real or perceived?
    The driver shortage is something that has been discussed in this industry for as long as I can remember. When I joined the industry as a driver 26 years ago, this discussion was top of mind then. It was discussed…
  • ATA Truck Tonnage Index dropped in July
    ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 2.1% in July, following a revised 1.6% decline during June. In July, the index equaled 134.3 (2000=100), down from 137.1 in June. Compared with July 2015, the…
  • Stemco expands wheel end support
    LONGVIEW, Texas –Stemco is strengthening the support, engineering and training capabilities of its Wheel End division through the creation of three new area manager positions. Stemco says these new area managers will be responsible for bolstering the wheel end division with…
  • Eberspaecher introduces Hydronic S3 Economy engine pre-heater
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. –Eberspaecher announced today that it is expanding its product portfolio with the new Hydronic S3 Economy (5kW) engine pre-heater. The engine pre-heater features compact dimensions and flexible installation options for simple retrofitting in a large number of day cabs,…
  • Ritchie Bros.’ Edmonton auction to feature thousands of items, three charity trips
    EDMONTON, Alta. – Ritchie Bros. will hold a fourth Edmonton, Alta. auction from Sept. 7-9, with more than 5,100 items already confirmed for sale and more expected to be added to the list. “Whether you’re looking for one item or…
  • Fast track your career by creating your own personal coaching staff
    One of the business trends over the past couple of decades has been the employment of personal coaches to help key leaders and executives enhance their skill sets. These coaches can be engaged to tutor an executive in such areas…
  • Deadline to start working towards CITT’s CCLP this year is August 31
    TORONTO, Ont.– CITT is reminding those interested in earning its CITT-Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) designation that the deadline to begin CITT courses this year is August 31. CITT’s next semester does not start until the new year, so professionals interested…
  • Peterbilt announces Bendix Wingman Fusion, SOFTEK NXT for models 579 and 567
    DENTON, Texas – Peterbilt announced this week that it is offering the Bendix Wingman Fusion for its 579 and 567 Models. The Bendix Wingman Fusion is a driver assistance safety system that includes lane departure warning, enhanced collision mitigation and in-lane…
  • Trailer orders slow in July
    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer orders slumped in July to 10,147 units, according to the latest data from ACT Research, marking the lowest total since January 2010. Orders were down 25% month-over-month and 50% year-over-year, ACT reports. “The second half of…
  • What is your business worth?
    One of the first questions a business owner has when considering selling his/her business is, “What is my business worth?” The reality is that determining the value of a business is anything but a simple question and there are many…
  • Road Choice expands its parts categories
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Now offering more than 40 parts categories in its product line, Road Choice Truck Parts has grown its portfolio to include more choice when it comes to wheels, filters, anti-freeze and coolants, hydraulic bottle jacks and jack…
  • Peterbilt graduates more than 200 technicians
    DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt has marked a milestone by graduating more than 200 service technicians through its Peterbilt Technician Institute. The truck maker has also added two new campuses to the original location in Dallas. They’re in Lisle, Ill. and…
  • Bendix extends customer support hours
    ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix is extending its customer service center hours by three hours. The new hours will be from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. EST, effective today. Customer service support is available in both French and English, the company…
  • July’s Class 8 orders worst since 2010
    COLUMBUS, Ind. — July’s final Class 8 orders were disappointing, down 20% month-over-month and 58% year-over-year, ACT Research reports. A total of 10,358 units were ordered. Medium-duty orders totaled 15,364 units, up 1% from June and last July. “Outside of…

Mom’s Second Podcast & Beyond…

My Mom is podcasting and is doing pretty well for an 81-year-old! Here are more of her brief podcasts:

Podcast number “2 Squirrels Get Ready For Winter:”

http://m.podshow.com/media/2888/episodes/33208/rvidiots-33208-10-27-2006.mp3

Podcast number “3 Full Days:”

http://m.podshow.com/media/2888/episodes/33630/rvidiots-33630-10-29-2006.mp3

Podcast number “4 Leaves Flying:”

http://m.podshow.com/media/2888/episodes/33745/rvidiots-33745-10-30-2006.mp3

You can email her feedback at rvidiots@gmail.com.

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Mom’s First Podcast…

My 81-year-old Mom posted her first podcast this afternoon. I’ve gotten her set up with a free Podshow account and set up with CastBlaster, which, once it’s set up, simplifies podcasting to a series of simple clicks and a minimum of technical fuss. Her podcast is located at http://rvidiots.podshow.com. Here’s the direct link to her […]

Lucna Coil “Closer” Exclusive Song Debut…

I debut the Lucuna Coil song “Closer” in episode 402. Through an agreement with with the Podsafe Music Network, Lacuna Coil debuts “Closer” to the world of podcasts several days BEFORE it will be released for radio airplay! Here’s the link to episode 402:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/33050/truckertom-33050-10-26-2006.mp3

Competition In Podcasting?…

I’ve always been pretty lucky in that I generally get lots of feedback. Only upwards of 5% of any audience ever responds or tries to participate in radio shows. I think likely translates over to podcasts, though podcast listeners do tend to be a bit more participatory.

As a Rush Limbaugh listener I’ve never tried […]

Conversation With Bruce Murray…

In episode 396 I included a 40-minute-long conversation I had with Bruce Murray that does the Zedcast podcast. Here’s the direct link to the file:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/31690/truckertom-31690-10-18-2006.mp3

Hear Bruce talk about fun things he does in his day job, such as baste turkey with motor oil to get that just so-so appetizing look…

Here’s a photo […]

Rotating GIF From Chris Marquardt…

My friend Chris Marquardt took several photos of my head while we were at the 2006 Podcast & Portable Media Expo in Ontario, California. Here it is:

Origination Of Man’s Ego…

How man came to exist is one of those things we can never really know for sure one way or another. Clearly humanity or the universe didn’t just “randomly happen.” We can speculate endlessly on how everything came to be.

Much more interesting to me is the question of ego — how did man’s ego […]

Love Storm video…

I just produced a video for the song “Love Storm” by Richie Havens. Here’s the link to the video:

http://m.podshow.com/media/1166/episodes/31029/videovoom-31029-10-14-2006.m4v

Dr. Joel Wallach Interview…

I interviewed Dr. Joel Wallach of Youngevity regarding crocodile hunter Steve Irwin’s recent death by a getting stung in the heart by a Stingray. We also talked about many other topics. Here’s the link to the file:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/30836/truckertom-30836-10-13-2006.mp3

Brad Gibson Interview…

In the latest episode of my podcast, 389, I included the interview/conversation I had with podcaster and blogger Brad Gibson at the 2006 Podcast & Portable Media Expo in Ontario, California held at the tail-end of September. Here’s a direct link to the MP3 audio:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/29930/truckertom-29930-10-09-2006.mp3

Brad is a great guy to hang around with!!!!!

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