Monthly Archives: March 2010

Trucker Tuesday #19-Old Habits Die Hard

I know I said last week that I wasn’t going to continue to write on the same two days of the week but I have changed my mind. I am glad that I can do that because it is my blog and I’m in control. I really like having to have my post ready by a self-imposed deadline and it makes me want to do it even more. It has been said that it takes 21 days for something to become habit and after 18 weeks writing this weekly post has become a habit for me.

I would like to take this time to thank all of my readers and hope you will continue to reading and leaving me comments on my post.

I got to thinking about one of the funniest things that had happened to me during my career as a trucker driver (I’m going to change my title to Freight Relocator Engineer) and thought about a guy named Macky that got me good one day. He had just came off the road and I asked him what he was hauling.

He said, “Sailboat fuel.”

I said, “I’ve never seen any of that before. How is it packaged?”

He said, “It’s in the trailer from the top to bottom all the way from the front to the back.”

I asked him if I could go look at it and he said I could.

I walked out to the trailer and started opening up the doors and about the time I got the door open I realized I had feel for it hook, line, and sinker. What does a sailboat use for fuel? Wind and that is, in a way, what was in the trailer. Front to back and bottom to top. I feel for it.

That’s going to do me for this week. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again next week. I’m on my way to pick up a load of motorcycle doors.

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Major Changes Coming to My Blog

After thinking for a long while, I’ve decided that I am no longer going to do the two post that I’ve been doing for a few months now. Although they won’t be continued I will continue to write and will do so two or three times a week. I’ve enjoyed writing all of the post but sometimes my schedule is getting in the way of me being able to write a quality post that I like.

I won’t be promising you a trucking post and a tech post every week but will mix it up and will be writing about whatever is on my mind. Sometimes I will write and post later and other times I will write and press the Publish button. I like the way that WordPress allows you to do this and also like using MacJournal so I can post date my post too.

I regret that this change is necessary but change is good too. I started writing this blog because I was inspired by TupeloGeek and I have a big interest in technology. I still have lots to say and, to tell the truth, if I come up with an idea for a blog post I do write it down and sometimes schedule it to be written and published by a certain date. In fact, I am currently working on a blog post that I am going to publish in June. I have also found that if I don’t write something down I will forget it.

I’d like to thank each of you for reading my words and hope you will come back again and read more about things going on in my life and what I’m thinking about. As always, your comments are always welcome.

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Tech Talk Thursday #22-All Over the Place

The iPad is almost here and I’m still enjoying my new MacBook and I’m not getting any new toys for a long time. That doesn’t keep me from keeping up with all the buzz that is going on around the tech industry and listening to all the rumors. I just love technology. I always have and probably always will. I can’t help myself.

My first computer was an old laptop that didn’t even have a hard drive. All it had was one of those 3-1/2 inch floppy drives with an amber and black screen. The next computer was one that ran Windows 95 and an had a 25Mhz 486sx processor. I’m glad things have changed over the last fifteen years. I really did wear both of those computers out but sold the laptop as a ham radio packet computer.

Although I’m haven’t been an active ham in a long time I still have a couple of hand-held radios that just sit there and do nothing. My favorite part of ham radio back in the day was packet radio. Back then you hooked up a radio modem (TNC) to your computer and could connect to another ham radio computer and talk in real time. What was even better was that we could send and receive “email” across the network too. We had an address and just like email of the Internet, you could tell what stations had handled that piece of mail and trace it back to the beginning.

Sometimes I miss those days and all the fun things I could do but I’ve just lost interest and have moved on to the Internet. Looking around the App Store you can find several ham radio related apps that are mostly about tracking satellites or taking the exam to become a ham radio operator. If you’d like more info on becoming a ham op then just click here. See you next week.

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Trucker Tuesday #18-Sick on the Road

As I write this, it’s Thursday afternoon and I just got back from the doctor a little while ago. I feel awful but I just felt I needed to write this post today. I’m laying in bed with my MacBook watching TV and just basically taking it easy. To hear some talk, taking it easy it all I do anyway.

It first started on Tuesday when I got up and drove only two hours before I had to lay down for a couple of hours and rest. It did make me feel better but not for long. I’m not going to go into all the details but I finally made it to my destination and got unloaded yesterday morning.

I was scheduled to go back out on Thursday but decided that after having trouble getting up and down out of the sleeper berth that it wasn’t in my best interest.

I went home and went to the doctor this morning and found out that I had the flu. It was a good thing I didn’t leave out. Here is the reason:

§392.3 Ill or fatigued operator.

No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle. However, in a case of grave emergency where the hazard to occupants of the commercial motor vehicle or other users of the highway would be increased by compliance with this section, the driver may continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle to the nearest place at which that hazard is removed.

[35 FR 7800, May 21, 1970, as amended at 60 FR, 38746, July 28, 1995]

I’m one of the lucky drivers because most of the time I get home during the week. It doesn’t happen every week but I’m thankful to God this week He saw that I didn’t have to stay out very long.

For you drivers out there that don’t get home every week I’d like for you to leave a comment below on how you deal with being sick out on the road.

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Tech Talk Thursday #21-Play Ball!!!

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because I have been sick the last couple of days and really don’t even feel very good.

MLB at Bat 2010

This has got to be the mother of all baseball apps available for the iPhone. I know you can use it on the iPod Touch but to really enjoy it I think you have to have an iPhone.

Being a Cardinals fan for a long time, watching baseball it one of my favorite things to do during the summer. Not only do I like to watch it but listening to it is fun too. This app gives me the ability to do just that. Right now they are still in spring training and sometimes a feed isn’t available for a game but you have more games to choose from. I can’t wait til the regular season starts and I can start watching some of the games too.

You can pair this app up with a subscription to MLB.tv and can watch all the games from anywhere. On your computer or on you iPhone. The subscription is a bit pricey at $100 or $120 depending on what premium features you want. I can’t speak to how well this service is because I don’t have a subscription to it.

The audio is available for all regular and post season games so you can listen all the way down to the very last pitch of the World Series. Although this app is a bit pricey at $14.99, I know in the long run it will be well worth it.

Thanks for stopping by and will see you again next week.

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Trucker Tuesday #17-Places of Interest

After being on the road for the better part of four weeks it was nice to have some time off last week with Tish and our baby girl. I know I don’t have it near as bad as some and not as good as others too. I do like the driving part of my job but the being gone from home is not so good anymore.

I’ve been around this country a lot and I enjoy seeing different places but I really don’t get to visit many. Most of what we see as truckers is just asphalt (Reminds me of a joke. Asphalt=putting the blame on your donkey). One of the places that I have enjoyed visiting was the meteor crater out in Arizona. My cousin told me that it was just a hole in the ground and she was right but it’s any interesting hole in the ground. I had seen pictures of this crater in science books for many years and had always wished I could see it in real life. As a science buff, things like that just interest me. My driving partner and I spent the better part of two hours looking around the crater and the museum that is there. While we were there it rained and we could see tons of rainbows but neither of use had a good camera to take pictures with. The only camera I had was the one on my Razr phone and it didn’t take very good pictures.

Another place that I got to visit was the home of Judge Roy Bean, Langtry, TX. This is an interesting little town. Even though you have to leave the main highway to get to town there is plenty of room to park a big truck and get out and stretch your legs. There are some old buildings there and a very nice museum too. Across the street there is an old store where you can buy souvenirs. If you are ever driving along Highway 90 just west of Del Rio, TX, then it is well worth the time to stop and take a look around this little town. The things in the movies about Judge Bean aren’t true. The locals say that is all legend.

Thanks for stopping by this week and hope you enjoyed this weeks edition. If you’ve visited any interesting places please leave a comment and let me know. Also be sure to include if there is room to park a big truck there. See you next week.

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Childhood Memories #5-Granddaddy Floyd

March 10 would have marked the 85th birthday of my mother’s dad. He was Bro Earl Floyd. He was the first pastor that I knew. I was born while he was pastoring Tiplersville Baptist Church. It was a small church but everybody loved everybody else. After leaving there is went to Alcorn County and pastored another church for four years. He felt God was moving him on so after that he, my grandmother, and my family returned to Tiplersville. He wasn’t the pastor but was called to another church after about a year.

I could go on and on and tell you where he went and what he did but I won’t. Granddaddy left this earthly life on June 13, 2004, and like Nanny’s death, was a difficult time for me. That day was a Sunday and on Saturday, instead of going to buy groceries with the wife, I decided to go and see Granddaddy and took my little boy along with me. He hadn’t gotten up out of the bed that day and didn’t say anything that I could understand. Little did I know that this was the last time that I would get to see him.

Before we left, he stretched out his hand for me to hold. I took his hand in mine and prayed for him. Maybe he was praying too…I don’t know. I do know that he had prayed for me many times throughout the years and it helped me many times too.

I know that wasn’t a childhood memory but that is the thing that will stick with me for the rest of my life. In his eyes I was still that little boy and he wasn’t going to let me grow up. I think of him often and still miss him so much at times.

I don’t think he ever met anyone that he didn’t like. He might have had a few that didn’t like him because when he got up to preach the Word he would back down from the truth.

If you knew my granddaddy and would like to leave a comment or story please feel from to do so. I would really appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by this month and I’ll share another memory next month.

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