Monthly Archives: December 2009

Tech Talk Thursday #11

I still can’t believe that 2010 is knocking at the door. I have some personal goals about my lifestyle that I want to change and today I want to share with you a couple of apps that I am going to use to keep track of how I am doing.

Lose It!

This is a great free app. When you first start the app it will let you set all of your settings and set up an account for viewing online too. There isn’t much you can do with the site except see the info. All info must be input with the app.

You the can start to track your calorie intake and your exercise. Your calorie “budget” is determined by you weight, age, height, and how much weight you want to lose. You can change your program anytime and it will adjust your budget.

I think there is a social network involved with Lose It! but since I don’t know anyone using this program then I don’t have any friends.

RunKeeper

This program is used to keep track of your activity. There is a web site associated with this app too. It shows you what your miles per hour are, the time and miles per minutes along with the miles you have walked or ran. Your log can be viewed either in the app or on the web.

RunKeep comes in either a free or Pro version for $9.99.

These two should get you started if your goal this year is to get more exercise and eat less.

Pursuing a Balanced Life

Pursuing a Balanced Life (PABL) is one of my favorite podcast. Cliff Ravenscraft is a real inspiration to me and thousands of others. I used to listen to this podcast a long time ago when it was “My Crazy Life”. If you need to be inspired then this is the podcast for you. PABL is just one of the many podcast produced by Cliff and others can be found here.

That gonna do me for this week. Hope each of you have a great New Year!

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Trucker Tuesday #7

As I thought about what I wanted to write about today, I was remembering an old driving partner of mine. We didn’t get to drive with each other very long because he went on to other things but one thing that he did reminded me of a mistake that I had made a few years before.

I had started with the company in 2000 and had to pick a load up in Jackson, TN. It was a simple drop and hook but one thing was different. I had to get a king pin lock of the trailer I was picking up and put it on the one I was dropping. I hadn’t been back driving long and didn’t really have a plan on how to do what I needed to do. I got in a hurry. I dropped my trailer and was almost finished when I heard a loud noise. I looked back and my pig tail was fly across the air. I had pulled my pig tail out of the truck along with my air hoses and the tires rubbed holes in them pretty quick. I had to go and have them fixed at the Internatinal dealer and got behind.

Now back to my partner, Matt. I can’t remember what he went by on the radio but he was about three or four years younger than me. At the time, he was the youngest driver at the company and I was next to him. One day we were talking and I told him the story about how I forgot to unhook my hoses and I told him that from then on I did the exact same thing every time to keep from making the mistake again.

To unhook:
1) unhook hoses
2) roll dollies down
3) unhook king pin

To hook up:
1) back under trailer and pull on king pin
2) hook hoses up
3) roll dollies up

It was kind of ironic that we had this conversation because we went to Eagle Pass, TX, and he drove in. Normally when driving team, the guy in the sleeper stays there and lets his/her partner do the all of the thing that have to be done at a drop place. I did stay in the sleeper and when Matt pulled out from under the trailer, I heard the hoses hit the back of the cab. I got up and he said, “You ok?” I said, “Yeah, you just pulled your hoses off!” He set his brakes and jumped out mumbling under his breath. Most people I know that worked there would have been mad but I thought it was funny after our conversation just a couple days before.

I don’t know where Matt is today but that day he did give me a good laugh.

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Setting Goals for 2010

As the year 2009 comes to a close, I am looking forward to 2010. What are my goals? What do I want to accomplish in the upcoming twelve months? What do I want to share with my readers? All of these questions have come to my mind in the last few weeks. I know sometimes we have to wait until the last minute to make a decision but as you read this you have this time to make future plans too. You might want to start a blog, a podcast or you might want to do both. The choice is yours. I think the best thing you can do is to sit down and write you goals out on paper. I keep mine in my iPhone because that is where I keep everything. Thankfully there are programs that will sync with online services or will back my info up to my computer.

May I suggest that before the new year comes that you sit down with a piece of paper and write down your goals for 2010. What do YOU want to get done in 2010? This paper can become your road map to anywhere you want to go. When you get them down on paper be sure to revisit them from time to time and update them if they need to be. By the end of the year you will be well on your way. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.

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To All My Facebook Friends and Other FB Users

I know that this won’t get me any friends but most likely will earn me some enemies. I have noticed some things that my friends are doing in Facebook that really shouldn’t be. If my friends are doing this, then I know that there are more people on Facebook that are doing the same thing. This post isn’t directed toward any one person and these are only suggestions. I am not the FB police and am not an expert. I do know that if you will do these things it will greatly improve my FB experience as well as others.

Punctuation

We use punctuation for a reason in the English language for a reason. I can understand if you leave out a comma once in a while but when you don’t use any at all and your status update turns into one long sentence it is hard to understand what you are trying to say. I don’t like having to decipher your update every time so most of the time I’ll just skip you.

Deaths

This is the one that I would like to see the most improvement on. If you are going to let us know about someone passing away, then please let us know of the arrangements when you know them. Recently, when someone well known in the community died, everybody was talking about it but nobody posted when or where the funeral would be. Most of the time when it’s posted online in the paper it is too late. I’m just asking.

What’s on your mind?

This is the question that is asked for your status. This is the area where my friends shine. They do write what is on their mind. It doesn’t matter to me if it is something they are thinking about or something they are doing. I don’t have a favorite thing I like to share but I do share my thoughts, what I’m doing, and I even throw in a Bible verse that I came across that I think someone might need.

Again, this is not a list of things that I think my friends are doing wrong but I do think they will improve the experience of your friends. This is just a short list and is not all inclusive. I’m not asking you to change that way you use Facebook but I am just saying.

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Tech Talk Thursday #10

It’s the day before Christmas and you just thought of someone that you forgot to get a gift for. How did this person slip through? It’s the last minute…what can I get them?

If I were the forgotten person, I would want a simple iTunes gift card. They come in different flavors and amounts and I just don’t think you could go wrong getting one for someone that has an iPod or iPhone. I enjoy going to the music section of the iTunes Store and just looking and listening to the new stuff and even some of the old stuff. I certainly have spent more than my share of money in the store over the last few years.

I’d just like to take the opportunity to say thanks for dropping by and reading my blog. Although I’m on number 10 this week, I am still new to the WordPress and it’s fun getting down and learning new stuff. I post here because I have something to share and I enjoy sharing my experiences. Thanks again for reading and I hope each of you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

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Trucker Tuesday #6

Welcome to this week’s edition of Trucker Tuesday. This week I’d like to share a story that happened to me about five years ago. It will be something that I’ll never forget because it really made my day.

I’m not sure the exact date of this event but I do know it was right before Christmas and I was in Carnesville, GA, at the Petro truck stop. It was a normal evening. At the time, I was working from 7am to 7pm. Of course, I wasn’t driving that long. I took breaks whenever I wanted. I ordered my food and sweet tea. My partner and I just sat there and talked.

When we were finished eating, I went to the register to pay. I handed the cashier a twenty dollar bill. She paused just a second and handed my the bill back and said, “It’s taken care of.” At first I didn’t understand what she meant but she then said it was already paid. I looked at the manager, who was standing behind her, and she just shook her head.

After leaving the register area, a man approached me and asked me, “Did somebody pay for your food?”

I said, “Yes.”

He said, “They did mine too!”

I didn’t know what to say. I don’t know who paid for our food but he/she knows who they are. It was a small act of kindness but was greatly appreciated and it won’t be forgotten by this truck driver.

At this time of year, it’s easy to forget about doing the small things. I can remember many times when my hands have been full and someone opens and holds the door for me. Most people don’t think it’s much but it really means alot to the other person.

Hope each of you have a Merry Christmas! To each of you that are going to be on the road this holiday, make time to call the ones you love and tell them. Thanks for what you do so this country can keep moving.

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Four Things I’m Thankful For This Holiday Season

I’m thankful for my family

As I get older, I am beginning to realize that family means alot. While we are young, we believe that Granny and Grandpa are always going to be there. We even think that Momma and Daddy are going to be there too.

Over the last 15 years, I have lost three of my grandparents. My daddy’s dad in 1994. My momma’s mom in 2001, the day before my oldest daughter’s first birthday. And my momma’s dad in 2004. I have lots of great memories of all three of these and they will always be a part of who I am. I miss them all but I must admit that I miss Nanny (my momma’s mom) the most. I’m sure I’ll be sharing stories about her in my Childhood Memories post in the future.

I’m thankful to still have both of my parents here because I have lots of friends that have lost either one or both of theirs. I’m fortunate to still have then. I was also fortunate enough to have gotten to know all four of my grandparents and actually knew two of my great-grandparents well.

Just remember that the folks that you call your family will change. They will come and go but you can leave behind a legacy that won’t be forgotten.

I’m thankful for my friends

You might think it strange that I didn’t include friends above but I believe that friends are the family that you get to choose. I have lots of friends and a few close ones that I really trust. If someone were to ask me who my best friend was I would automatically say, “KatDaddy.” I could say alot about him here but I won’t because then you would have a reason to read Trucker Tuesday today. He is my best friend and we’ve stuck it out through thick and thin.

Do you have close friends? If not, you should. I enjoy being around my friends laughing and cutting up. Those are some of the best times.

I’m thankful for my church family

I think I have the greatest church family at Love & Truth Church in Corinth. I have gotten to know alot of the people that meet there with the rest of us. Our band is great and so are the singers. The last time I missed I got a call from Tony, our sound person. He just called to check on me and see how I was doing. He does a great job with making the sound great live and even making it sound good from the video camera.

I could go on and on about the people of our church but I’m sure you will hear more about them in the future.

I’m thankful for Jesus

Jesus is the person that I’m most thankful for this holiday season. He is the reason we celebrate this time of year. Although I’ve read that Jesus probably wasn’t born in December the important thing is that we do celebrate His birth. You could debate all day long about how Christmas started out as a pagan holiday and all sorts of things but we need to keep our focus of HIM.

This season isn’t about Santa, Frosty, or the reindeer. It’s all about HIM. Big business has made the focus on gifts, shopping, and spending lots of money that you don’t have and have to pay back all the next year. We need to remember that Jesus was sent to us by God and he gave us the ultimate gift in Him.

Thank you, God, for sending Your Son to die on a cross for me.

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