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Hojo’s Trucker Chat #29

Hello and welcome to the new edition of Hojo’s Trucker Chat. I’ve been waiting to write this for a while now because I have been waiting on something to show up at my door.

Back in August I had seen a tweet by another trucker about a product called RoadID. I went to the website and looked at it and decided that I wanted to get one. I didn’t order it then because I’m the world’s best procrastinator. Finally on the morning of August 21 I pressed the button “Place Order” or whatever it was.

Although I was informed when I place the ID bracelet in my cart that it would be over in September before I would be getting it, I thought everything was ok. The day that it was supposed to ship I got an email from the company that said it was gong to be shipping in about two weeks. Two weeks later and another email saying basically the same thing. It did ship out before the second date and when it arrived in my box and took it out and new I had gotten something that may very well save my life.

What is a RoadID, you may be asking? It is an ID bracelet that you can wear on your wrist, ankle, around your neck, or even on your shoes much like the medical IDs that people wear in case of an emergency.

They come two different ways: basic and interactive. On the basic all of your info in on the stainless steel plate and on the interactive you can put two lines of text to help identify you and below that it has an 800# and website that the EMTs can use to get more information about you.

I chose the interactive and had my name and year of birth on the first line and the fact that I was diabetic on the second line. One the back side of the plate there is a serial number and PIN that have to be used to find out my information.

The basic bracelet is $19.99 and the interactive is $19.99. With the interactive bracelet you get one year of service to the website and then after that it is $9.99 a year. (Some of the items do cost more but for the bracelet it’s just $19.99)

All the details are on the website and I think you , as a trucker, will find this to be invaluable if you are every involved in an accident where your can’t speak.

Other types of people will find these bracelets to be something that could help them as well if they aren’t able to speak.

I have three codes that I will send to you if you will comment and let me know you want one of these. The code will be good for $1 off the price.

Thanks for dropping in and will see you all again soon.


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I’m Just Saying…#4-I Don’t Like Loafers

Last week my friend, Rob, did a blog post with the title “I Don’t Like Loafers”. I asked if I could steal the title and he said, “Sure.” His had to do with the shoes that we call loafers but in my post today I’m going to look at it totally different.

The loafers I’m talking about are the ones that are standing around in McDonald’s or any other place I decide I want to eat at. I called out McDonald’s because that is the one that I visit the most in my travels and also the one that I worked at as a teenager.

As you can see in the picture this burger is a mess and the meat and cheese aren’t even on it for the most part. I don’t even make my burgers at home like this so why would I want one served to me like it? Many years ago, when I worked at McDonald’s, if we had served something that looked like this we would have probably been written up. We didn’t do stuff like this.

The person that made this burger probably didn’t want to be there but there are times when I don’t want to go to work either and I do. Judging from the attitudes that most of the employees have, they think they are doing you a favor by doing their job. I was taught that I wasn’t doing the customer a favor but he/she was doing me a favor by coming in.

Another things that makes me mad is when I’m standing there waiting on my food (it’s no longer fast food) and most of the employees are just standing around talking and carrying on and not worried about if I get my order or not. Then they turn to me and say, “What are you waiting on?” It’s not like it’s not up on that screen. They should know.

This doesn’t happen just at McDonald’s either. I’ve seen it at other places. One place that comes to mind is the Pilot Travel Centers. The only reason I even stop in there is because of the coffee and I think it’s too expensive but I keep buying it. Doesn’t matter what time of day you go in there, they are only going to have one register open and five people behind the counter. What’s up with that? As much money as they are making (how they are doing that is another story) you would think that they could afford to have two registers open all the time.

As you can probably tell, I don’t have much tolerance for loafers and people that don’t do their job. If I don’t do mine they’d get rid of me in a heart beat.

If you just want to socialize, go to the park and meet up with your friends but don’t do it while I’m waiting for you to put my order on my tray so I can eat. I’m just saying….

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