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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.


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.

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  • Attention fossil fuel fighters — they are not a luxry in the winter months, they’re a life and death necessity
    I’ve got this thing about time lately. Yes, the accidental pun master strikes again! “They,” whoever they are, say that, “Timing is everything.” For politicians, this is true if you want your constituents to remember what you were once responsible…
  • Detroit DD5 to be offered in Freightliner M2 106
    New engine offers longer service intervals, improved fuel economy, Daimler claims
  • PMTC conference sets record numbers
    The 2016 annual conference of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) took place in June, and once again proved itself to be the single best educational and networking forum for the private trucking community. This year also saw…
  • Technology can’t give a pat on the back
    Technology is a wonderful thing. We can’t get by without it in today’s world. But those of us who find ourselves “managed” by that technology would like to try. The problem with truck driving and using technology to measure the…
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van to be ‘Made in the USA’
    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Mercedes-Benz Vans USA broke the ground of its new Sprinter plant in North Charleston, S.C. July 27, marking the beginning of the company’s efforts to construct its popular van model on American soil. An extension of its…
  • In conversation with Daimler leader Wolfgang Bernhard
    STUTTGART, Germany — North America has proved a disappointing truck market so far this year with the most recent Class 8 intake standing at a multi-year low. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Board of Management and responsible for Daimler AG’s…
  • CargoNet reveals cargo theft trends for Q2 2016
      JERSEY CITY, N.J. — In 2016’s second quarter CargoNet’s Command Center logged 297 reports of cargo theft, identity theft, vehicle theft, and other criminal intelligence matters relating to the United States and Canadian supply chain. Of those incidents, 192 involved…
  • New clean diesel technology results in fewer emissions
    WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The introduction of more advanced diesel truck engines, innovative emissions control systems, and cleaner diesel fuel over the past decade have resulted in major improvements in air quality and fuel efficiency, according to new research compiled by…
  • Planning to exit the stage
    The other day I had the pleasure of speaking to a client who has been with us since 1995. At one time I was his account manager and dealt with him on a regular basis. I happened to answer the…
  • Fleet Advantage reveals Q2, 2016 Truck Lifecycle Data Index
      FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fleet Advantage released its second quarter, 2016 Truck Lifecycle Data Index (TLDI) today, that compares all-in operating costs of early model Class 8 trucks to all-in operating costs of current model year replacements. The TLDI…
  • International Truck introduces Accelerator Write-Up mobile application
      LISLE, Ill. — Navistar announced today that it will provide its new Accelerator Write-Up – a mobile application that will expedite customers’ service visits by streamlining the write-up and diagnostic process – to its service departments at all 700 International…
  • TTSAO reveals date for second annual conference
    HAMILTON, Ont. — The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) has announced the date for its second annual conference. The TTSAO ‘Striving for Excellence in Training’ Conference will be held February 15-16, 2017 at the Centre for Health and…
  • 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…

Trucker Tom Podcast #1192 — Dark Future

1192 Dark Future…

I play an audio clip from Joel McLaughlin, host of the Life In Ohio podcast.

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Trucker Tom Podcast #1191 — What Is Time?

1191 What Is Time?…

On July 3, 2009, I called in to the “Gravity Driven Universe” science show with host Roy Masters. In this podcast I’ve included a 17-minute-long segment of the show which includes my call asking “What is time?” and Roy Masters’ explanation of not only […]

Trucker Tom Podcast #1190 — We Are Becoming The Borg

1190 We Are Becoming The Borg…

No men OR women needed: Scientists create sperm and eggs from stem cells

Scottish Courts Briefly Take Overweight Mother’s Newborn Child Because Her Existing Childrend Are Deemed Too Fat By Government Agents

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Trucker Tom Podcast #1189 — Control Freaks Feed On Moral Decay

1189 Control Freaks Feed On Moral Decay…

Police: Cop Pulled Gun On Haunted House Character

Something really scary for Obama’s Democrats

Congressman arney Frank: “We Are Trying On Every Front To Increase The Role Of Government”

America Moving from Kingdom of Cash to Socialism Slowly but Surely

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Leo Laport Intimidated?

To say that I’m heavily tattooed is probably an understatement. I’ve got tattoos where people seldom see tattoos — right on my head.

Needless to say, the tattoos generate a ton of reactions most of the time when I am in public.

I’ve been an observer of people all of my life.

Occasionally I will […]

Trucker Tom Podcast #1188 — Do You Have A Hellish Future?

1188 Do You Have A Future?…

Are you conditioned to respond to words? Your conditioned response to words enslaves you.

“Global Warming” as a sales term is no longer working very well. So in order to sell it the would-be slave masters are trying to change the sales […]

Trucker Tom Podcast #1187 — Eugenics & Genocide In America’s Future?

1187 Eugenics & Genocide In America’s Future?…

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Las Vegas Experience iPod Video — 50.9 Megabytes

Las Vegas Experience iPod Video — 50.9 Megabytes

Featuring “Dance of the Fireflies” by Terri England

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Trucker Tom Podcast #1186 — Listener Email

1186 Listener Email…

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Trucker Tom Podcast #1185 — Groupthink Malignancy

1185 Groupthink Malignancy…

A groupthink political cancer is currently invading the United States of America and the greater world at large. Unfortunately there may be no treatment modalities available to successfully treat the growing global malignancy.

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