Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas !!!

Merry Christmas everyone and may God bless you everyday of the year.
Be careful out there.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Alex Debogorski from Ice Road Truckers

Alex DebogorskiTruckin Tedybehr / Alex Debogorski

If you have me on Facebook than you already know that I got a chance to meet Alex Debogorski from Ice Road Truckers at a book signing he was doing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, Ohio last night. He has written a book about his life called “King of the Road: True Tales from a Legendary Ice Road Trucker “. I’ve just started reading it but it has been entertaining so far.

He was schedule to begin at 7:00 PM last night but according to the lady at the bookstore that was running things, he actually showed up around 4:00 PM. He was hanging out, signing books and chatting with people and taking pictures with them. At about 8:00 PM after signing all the books, he spoke to the crowd for about 40 minutes. He talked about his life a little. He talked a little about his parents and their Polish heritage and what it was like for his parents and grandparents in Poland during WWII. He talked about his family (11 kids and they are expecting their 11th grandkid). He talked about his views on life. He spoke a little bit about the Northwest Territories in Canada where he lives (twice the size of Texas but only has around 40,000 people – 18,000 or so in Yellowknife…I believe is what he said).

It was really interesting to hear him speak. The show kind of portrays him as a country hick but he is really insightful and very knowledgeable. When he was speaking he seemed to be just speaking from off the top of his head. No note cards or anything. He took some questions at the end and they would get him going again.

He was very entertaining to talk to and to hear him speak and yes we heard his trademark laugh many times through the night.

If you would like to learn more about Alex then you can check out his web site at http://www.iceroadtrucker.ca/ and of course go get his book.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Woot.com

(I also posted this over on the forums at PumpkinDriver.net but thought I would put this here for those that don't visit PumpkinDriver.net. Please note: I am not being compensated in any way. I'm in no way affiliated with Woot.com nor with Amazon.)


If you've never heard of Woot.com, it is a site that normally only sales one item a day. An item is posted at 12:00 AM Central Time and sales until it sells out or until 11:59 PM Central Time. At 12:00 AM Central Time, they put up a new item. Sometimes it is an item that companies want to liquidate, sometimes it is items exclusive to Woot.

They also have what is called 'Woot Offs'. This is were they will be selling multiple items in a day. These are usually items that didn't sell out previously. Once an item sells out, they put up another item until it sells out and so on and so on. A 'Woot Off' is indicated by flashing lights and an indicator bar that gives an indications the quantity of the item remaining.

They offer both new and refurbished items so make sure you know be for you order. Shipping is always only $5.00. I've ordered from them several times with no problems what so ever.

Their product information is usually in the form of some humorous story so don't be surprised. They give you all the information but they try to make it entertaining. Sometimes I will ready the description even if I'm not interested in the product.

They were bought by Amazon a few months ago but Amazon says they will leave the site alone and let it run as it is.

You never know what they will be selling each day. It could be a vacuum cleaner one day, a computer the next, a kids toy the next, an LCD TV the next or maybe even some high-end kitchen knives. It is VERY versatile offering.

OK now that I've rambled on, I'll post some info from their web site. There is more on the page so be sure to take a look at it but this is just some general info.

Check them out.

Also check out shirts.woot.com for humorous (at least to me) t-shirts where they also only offer one particular shirt a day as well but you do have the ability to buy some of the previous shirts as well under the ‘Reckoning’ section.


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General


What is Woot and who's behind it?
Woot.com is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap. It started as an employee-store slash market-testing type of place for an electronics distributor, but it's taken on a life of its own. We anticipate profitability by 2043 – by then we should be retired; someone smarter might take over and jack up the prices. Until then, we're still the lovable scamps we've always been. But don't take our word for it: see what the online community has to say at this Wikipedia article.

I see only one item, do you sell anything else?
No. We sell one item per day until it is sold out or until 11:59pm central time when it is replaced (see next entry for details). However, each item we sell is in stock and typically ships within 2-3 business days.

What is the schedule for new items?
The short answer: we offer a new item every single day. The details: a new product is released every morning at 12am central time, seven days a week. (If you're not a morning person, this can be described as every night at midnight. Better?) If a product sells out during its run, a new item will not appear until the next release time. You will know if a product is sold out, because the main page says "SOLD OUT" instead of "I want one". (Clever, eh?)

I missed yesterday's item, can I still get one?
No. Each woot.com product is discontinued at 11:59pm central time. That's that. Period. We may get more at a later date if we're lucky, but we offer no guarantees, we allow no backorders, and we have no waiting/notification lists. Too bad.

I want to talk to a live person there, can I call you?
No. We are busy sourcing new products and shipping orders. You can post a comment to our community board, but we don't guarantee we'll respond. You should Google for the manufacturer contact to get product answers – we suggest a dating service, magic 8 ball, or ouija board for general life solutions.

Will I receive customer support like I'm used to?
No. Well, not really. If you buy something you don't end up liking or you have what marketing people call "buyer's remorse," sell it on eBay. It's likely you'll make money doing this and save everyone a hassle. If the item doesn't work, find out what you're doing wrong. Yes, we know you think the item is bad, but it's probably your fault. Google your problem, or come back to that product discussion in our community and ask other people if they know. Try to call the manufacturer and ask if they know. If you give up and must return it to us, then follow on to the next FAQ entry.

How do I return a defective product?
Unless we specifically tell you not to, call the manufacturer of the product you bought. You will likely get a replacement of a new model or better item from them. If we still haven't dissuaded you, email rma@woot.com with your woot order number, the name of the product you are returning, and the detailed problem with the item. We will respond with return authorization by the next business day. Because we aren't likely to have a replacement in stock, you should be prepared for a refund-only option if that's all we can do. Know that return freight will be at your expense. Again, you will probably get a better deal from the manufacturer, or whoever else handling member service for that product.

Can Woot start listing sale prices in the blog entries?
No, not any time soon. Certain portions of our database have been seized by INTERPOL as part of an ongoing investigation into bootleg cigarette trafficking. Or, possibly, the Russian mafia has hacked our blog and disabled the price-listing function because it was somehow interfering with their spam operation. Or maybe we just don't feel like it. In any case, the answer is no.

Will Woot ever tell us how many units remain available in a given sale?
No. That would spoil the fun. But we will give you one hint, which brings us to...

Why is the "I Want One" button bouncing around?
Ah, that means we're in Urgent Mode. Act fast - a sellout is approaching! The bouncing button is like a nutty old prophet guy on the street wearing a signboard that says "THE END IS NIGH," only cleaner, less crazy, and more orange.

I see some orange flashing lights on the main page – what do they mean?
No, you aren't seeing a side effect from your allergy medication. You have found a Woot-Off, a short term frenzied mutation of our product posting procedure. In Woot-Off mode, a new product is launched immediately after the sellout of the previous deal. There is a half-Woot-life of 12 hours maximum on any product within a Woot-Off that does not sell out. The number of Woot-Off items, sequence, and quantity will not be announced. When Woot-Off mode is over, the orange lights will disappear and our normal schedule will resume. Depending on its success, this may be a mode we would go into once or twice a month for a relatively short duration of time (24-72 hours generally.)

Does Woot offer an RSS feed? Hey, what's an RSS feed anyway?
To answer your first question, yes. Simply subscribe to http://www.woot.com/blog/rss.aspx in your RSS reader to receive updates of all of our new items and new blog posts. Your life will immediately, measurably improve in ways you never thought possible.

To answer your second question: if you don't know what RSS is, how'd you ask the first question? Never mind; RSS is a way to receive headlines and article links whenever your favorite blogs and news sites update their content. All the cool kids are using it. To join in, you need to download and install an RSS reader – download your choice from this handy guide and follow the installation instructions. Once that's rolling, subscribe to http://www.woot.com/blog/rss.aspx. You'll never miss a Woot again, unless you do something foolish like fall asleep.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver starts this Sunday

 

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October 12, 2010

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver starts this Sunday

You may see extra law enforcement out on the highway beginning Sunday, Oct. 17, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 23.

The annual Operation Safe Driver campaign put on by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance focuses on trucks and also on four-wheelers driving dangerously around trucks.

The selective traffic enforcement program emphasizes enforcement in high-crash corridors with high traffic volumes, moving violations, driver infractions and aggressive driving behaviors.

For more details on this year’s Operation Safe Driver, click here.

 

 

Check out the PDF from the CVSA’s web site for more information

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Finally We Meet #2

(I'm really late getting this posted. We met on Wednesday, Oct 6th.)

Once again I have finally gotten to meet up with a truck driver I have known online and via phone calls and text messages for several years now...one Mr. Aaron M. (a.k.a. - "Disgruntled" over at www.PumpkinDriver.net) Aaron is a tanker-yanker. He normally runs local runs and is from the southwest corner of New York state but got the chance to do an OTR run down to Hamilton, Ohio.

His company let him get a room for the night and luck would have it that he was able to shutdown for the night just 6 or so miles from Wilmington. He stayed at the Budget Inn at I-71 / US-68. The Holiday Inn at Roberts Centre was booked (gun and knife show going on) *** Insert Redneck Joke Here *** A word of advise...if you are looking for more than a bed to sleep in and a toilet that flushes, than you probably want to avoid the Budget Inn there. Definitely not the Ritz ... hell, it isn't even a Motel 6.

Aaron ... it was good to finally meet you in person and I look forward to doing it again soon.

As I've said before....

As for the rest of you out there, if you find you will be near Wilmington, Ohio and have a little extra time, give me a shout. I’ll buy you a cup of coffee or a soda or ice tea or something and we can chat for a little while. About the easiest place to meet up is there at I-71 and US 35 (Love’s and a T/A) which is just a little north of Wilmington, or there is a rest area south of Wilmington. There is a VERY small Pilot at I-71 and US 68. VERY SMALL Pilot…parking for maybe 10-12 trucks if you squeeze them together really close. Basically, if you find yourself about 1/2 hour or so from Wilmington, I’ll do what I can to meet up with you.

Wilmington, Ohio

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Poll: Are You An Organ Donor?

I've put up a new poll.

Check it out.

<----------- Over there, near the top.

Are You An Organ Donor?

If you are not, I humbly request that you check out http://organdonor.gov/ and consider becoming one. If you are one, please make sure your family, friends, loved ones, etc know your wishes.

And Yes, I am an organ donor!

Blogs I Follow

Decided to put up a page listed some of the blogs that I follow. If you get a chance, check out some of them.

There is a link in my 'Pages' section or you can find it by clicking here.

Terms of Use Page

Not sure why but I saw something that made me think about disclaimers and terms of use, etc so I thought It might be a good time to add a little coverage for myself by adding a 'Terms Of USE' page to the blog.

It is listed in my 'Pages' section but you can also find it by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I’m International (Well, My Blog Is)


Sorry it has been a while since I've posted. I'm doing fine just been REALLY busy.


Thought I would share something I found interesting. My blog is international. I found these stats regarding my blog. It shows the top 10 hits I've gotten from different countries.


United States 426

Taiwan 60

United Kingdom 53

Canada 36

Australia 28

Germany 23

China 12

Ukraine 12

Latvia 10

New Zealand 9

Sweet!!!


I also looked to see where my traffic was coming from and besides Google and a few other search sites, I would like to give a shout out to the following bloggers who's blogs directed traffic my way. I hope my blog has done the same for you.


In no particular order:

Gabs A Trucker

The Lipstick Trucker

Little Trucker

Sam Huss


If you haven't already, why don't you take the time to stop over and check out their blogs. I have.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Expedite Expo 2010 - Pictures

I took a bunch of pictures at the Expedite Expo 2010 a couple weekends ago. Below is a slide show of them. You can also see the slideshow on PhotoBucket:

http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk62/truckintedybehr/Expedite%20Expo%20-%202010/?albumview=slideshow

 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Finally We Meet

I finally got to meet up with truck driver and fellow blogger Sam from www.SamHuss.com and from the forums over at www.PumpkinDriver.NET.  We’ve known each other online for a few years now but this is the first time we’ve had a chance to meet in person.  He had been in my area a few times before but one thing or another prevent us from meeting.  We ran over to the Bob Evans across from the Prime Outlet mall at I-71 and US 35 and got something to drink and chatted for about 1 1/2 hours.  Closed the place down…LOL (they closed at 9:00 PM).

Sam … it was really good to finally get to meet you.  I enjoyed chatting with you and look forward to doing it again soon.

As for the rest of you out there, if you find you will be near Wilmington, Ohio and have a little extra time, give me a shout.  I’ll buy you a cup of coffee or a soda or ice tea or something and we can chat for a little while.  About the easiest place to meet up is there at I-71 and US 35 (Love’s and a T/A) which is just a little north of Wilmington, or there is a rest area south of Wilmington.  There is a VERY small Pilot at I-71 and US 68.  VERY SMALL Pilot…parking for maybe 10-12 trucks if you squeeze them together really close.  Basically, if you find yourself about 1/2 hour or so from Wilmington, I’ll do what I can to meet up with you.

 

Wilmington, Ohio

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day

Please take the time to thank someone who has served or who is serving to protect our right to equality.






IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its
powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. -- Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove
this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.


He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our
legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province,
establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as
to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same
absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty
& Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract
Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which
Independent States may of right do. -- And for the support of this Declaration,
with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge
to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

-- John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sand and Stone

I’m not sure who wrote this but I thought I would share.

Sand and Stone

Two friends were walking through the desert.  During some point of the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand; “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis where they decided to take a bath.  The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone; “Today my best friend saved my life.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now you write on a stone.  Why?”

The friend replied, “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away.  But, when someone does something good for use, we must engrave it in stone where no win can ever erase it.”

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Estimated speed is enough for Ohio cops to write tickets

I read this a few minutes ago and I'm majorly ticked off. So to keep from saying something that I may wish I hadn't posted, I will just say that this is TOTAL BS!

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Estimated speed is enough for Ohio cops to write tickets

The Supreme Court of Ohio has ruled that police officers can issue speeding tickets based on visual estimates of speed and without any other form of proof such as radar.

The practice is allowed as long as an officer has been trained and certified in visual speed estimation by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, a 5-1 majority of court justices ruled Wednesday, June 2.

Back in 2008, Officer Christopher Santimarino of Copley, OH, issued a speeding ticket to motorist Mark Jenney of Akron based solely on a visual estimation of Jenney’s speed.

Jenney challenged the ticket as any rational person would, but following a series of rulings and appeals, the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision siding with law enforcement.

“(A) police officer’s testimony regarding his unaided visual estimation of a vehicle’s speed, when supported by evidence that the officer is trained … (is) sufficient to establish beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant’s speed,” Justice Maureen O’Connor wrote on behalf of the majority.

Trucker and OOIDA Member Daniel Roar of Dayton, OH, said the court ruling stacks the deck against highway users in his home state.

“Our constitutional rights are being taken away from us every day,” Roar told Land Line.

“You can’t tell how fast a car or truck is going just by looking at it. If you’re going to catch me for speeding, show me proof.”

Justice Terrence O’Donnell, the lone dissenting voice in the case, wrote that an officer’s credibility, just like a defendant’s, should be subject to determinations by a jury or another fact-finder that may choose to believe all, part or none of the testimony.

– By David Tanner, associate editor
david_tanner@landlinemag.com

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Windows Live Writer

(I am in no way being compensated for posting this.  This is just my own opinion.  By using this software, or taking my advise in anyway, you do so at your own risk; i.e.- I ain’t responsible.)

Found a nice tool that some of you bloggers out there might find useful as well…Windows Live Writer.  It is part of the Windows Live Essentials programs.

This is a free tool from Microsoft that you can use to write, post and edit your blog entries.  It works with Blogger, Windows Live, Wordpress, LiveJournal, TypePad and others.

Now how many times have you just about completed that awesome post that was sure to win you a Bloggie Award or a Blogger’s Choice Award when you lost your connection and it was gone?  This tool allows you to write your post even if you are offline.  This can be VERY useful for those of you that find yourself with a less-than-idea internet connection (like the back of the parking lot at the truckstop).  With this tool, you don’t have to worry about losing your post if you lose you internet connection.  You can save it to your computer and post it later when you get a better connection.

I’ve used it for a few post (including this one) and it is really easy to use.  Now my experience is, of course, with Blogger, so I can speak of how it works with some of the other blog sites, but the integration of features is really nice.  When you connect it to your blog the first time, it will look at your layout so that it can show you a preview of what your blog will look like when you post it.  It will pull in your ‘labels’ so you can select ones that you’ve previous created or you can create new ones.

So far I haven’t found any features from Blogger that I can’t do from within Windows Live Writer.

Now, if you are interested in trying out this little program, it can be downloaded from here.  The Windows Live Essentials installer program will also give you the option to download/install some other programs but you do have the ability to select what you want and what you don’t want to install.

Below are the system requirements as listed on the Essentials:  System Requirements page.

Windows Live Essentials require the following:
Operating system: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32-bit edition only), Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit editions), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit editions), or Windows Server 2008.
Note
Windows Live Movie Maker and the slide show feature of Windows Live Photo Gallery are not supported on Windows XP.

Processor: 1 GHz or higher for Windows 7 or Windows Vista; 800 MHz or higher for Windows XP.

Memory:
512 MB of RAM for Windows 7 or Windows Vista; 128 MB (256 MB or more recommended) for Windows XP.

Resolution:
Minimum 1024 x 768

Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial-up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long-distance charges may apply.

Browser: Windows Live Toolbar requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, or Internet Explorer 8.

Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9.0 or higher, and Shader Model 2.0 or higher.

Additional requirements
The following components are needed for specific Windows Live programs, and may be installed for you if they’re not already on your computer.

For Writer: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher*

For Photo Gallery: SQL 2005 Compact Edition and Windows Imaging Codecs*

For Photo Gallery and Movie Maker: Some components of DirectX9.

* Not required when installing on Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

R.I.P. Mr Hopper

As you may have already heard, Dennis Hopper passed away today at the age of 74. Film and TV have lost one of the greats. Rest In Peace, you will be missed.



Dennis Hopper
May 17, 1936 - May 29, 2010
R.I.P.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Watch Out For Them Animals

Hey, be careful out there. You never know when an animal is going to come out of no where. Most of the time, there isn't anything you can do about; it is how you handle things after it happens.

Salena over at 'The Daily Rant' got a deer on Saturday. Her and Ed are OK. They got some damage to the bumper of the truck which just missed their steer tire. Things could have been a lot worse. God was looking out for them.

Ruthann over at 'All Things Bradbury' had a wild turkey end up in their driver's side windshield shattering it. Her and Brad are OK. Luckily Ruthann wasn't hurt by the flying glass. Once again, things could have been a lot worse. God was looking out for them as well.

I'm glad they are all OK.

I hope everyone out there stays safe and you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

‛Tis the Season to Review Work Zone Safety

Saw this over on the J.J. Keller web site and thought it was a good idea to post it.  We all (truckers and 4-wheelers) need to remember to be safe in work zones.

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Posted May 3, 2010

‛Tis the Season to Review Work Zone Safety with your Drivers

In 2008, there were 720 fatalities and 40,000 injuries in work zones. With road construction season in full swing throughout the country, now is a good time to review work zone safety with your drivers.
The following are some work zone safety tips you can share with your drivers.

  • Stay alert. Full attention should be on the road.
  • Slow down and follow the posted speed limit. As well as being one of the major causes of work zone crashes, many states have enhanced their fines and penalties for exceeding the speed limit in a work zone.
  • Maintain a safe following distance. Don’t tailgate. Anticipate sudden stops.
  • Avoid sudden lane changes. Do not change lanes unless absolutely necessary.
  • Expect the unexpected. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.
  • Obey road crew flaggers. A flag person has the same authority as a regulatory sign. A driver can be cited for disobeying a flag person’s directions.
  • Keep up with the traffic flow. Maintain a smooth traffic flow by merging as soon as possible in advance of a lane closure. Don’t drive right up to the lane closure and try to barge in.
  • Practice good trip planning and time management. Schedule enough time to safely make the trip. Stay informed on current conditions. Remain patient. Stay calm. If possible use an alternate route.
  • Maintain a safe distance from construction workers and equipment. Use the lane furthest from the work zone when possible.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

MSNBC.com: Opportunities in trucking? That's a big 10-4

So what do you think? Is the truck driving industry going back to it's old tricks of hiring cheap labor or has freight actually picked up enough that new drivers are needed or has too many experienced drivers left the industry or maybe a combination of all three?

*** Edit:  added the poll results below ***

Poll Question:  Is the trucking industry going back to hiring cheap labor?

0 (  0%) - Yes
1 (33%) - No, the freight has picked up
1 (33%) - No, too many experienced drivers have left
1 (33%) - All of the above
0 (00%) - I don’t know

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MSNBC.com


Opportunities in trucking? That’s a big 10-4
Hiring is increasing and attracting many who have seen careers dry up
By Anne Wallace Allen
The Associated Press
updated 6:06 p.m. ET, Wed., May 5, 2010



Porfirio Colindres has worked in construction and cleaning jobs long enough to weather several economic downturns, starting with 1989 when he moved to the United States from El Salvador. But the prolonged one where he now lives, near Boise, Idaho, has made steady work hard to find since 2007.

This month, after a 150-hour course, Colindres earned his commercial driver's license, or CDL, and started looking for a truck-driving job.

The hiring outlook is improving for trucking, experts say, and it is attracting many people from fields where jobs have dried up. As many professions become more specialized, truck driving continues to require few classroom-based skills.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, median hourly wages for heavy truck drivers were $17.92 in May 2008. But drivers don't even need a high school diploma to be hired.

"The trucking industry doesn't require it, and we don't," said Robert McClanahan, director of Central Tech Transportation and Safety Education, a public truck driving school in Drumright, Okla. "We do ask that they have a certain math and reading level, about sixth or seventh grade."

Applicants for truck-driving jobs do need a relatively clean driving record, a stable work history, some mechanical ability, and the strength and stamina to drive for long stretches and help with loading and unloading cargo if needed.

And they must be prepared to be away from home, unless they can land a coveted short-haul driving job.

"When you have a family ... you deal with a lot of guilt because you're probably not going to be there for every special occasion," said Alice Adams of Austin, Texas, a transportation writer and author of several guidebooks and manuals for truckers.

Trucking was hit hard in the recession. "This is one of the strangest times I've seen in my 40 years" in the industry, said McClanahan. "We've seen a lot of trucking companies go out of business. Trucking has always had a need for good drivers, and here all of a sudden they've had a freeze on hiring. It's just been a strange situation in the past year and a half."

But things appear to be turning around. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall growth of 9 percent in truck driving jobs between 2008 and 2018. Since the trucking market nationwide is huge, that's significant, representing about 291,000 new jobs. Trucking is one of the largest occupations in the country, with 3.2 million jobholders.

Industry observers also see business picking up. Orders for Class 8 trucks — the largest tractor-trailers — rose 28 percent this March over March 2009, said Clayton Boyce, a spokesman for the American Trucking Associations in Washington, D.C.

"What that means is we'll be pressured to hire more and more drivers," said Boyce. "Predictions are there may be a real capacity shortage."

McClanahan, whose school saw its student body drop from 600 to 300 during the recession, said hiring suddenly increased at the beginning of April.

"The companies were trying to hire the really good experienced drivers, and they've been able to do that for the last year," he said. "But now that pool has dried up. Now they're starting to come back to the schools looking for entry-level students."


That's also the case in Michigan, where unemployment hit 15 percent in March.

"In the last 90 days, things have picked up, and employers are much more favorable to entry-level students than they were, say, a year ago," said David Wehman, coordinator for the truck-driving program at Baker College, in Flint.

In Idaho, where Colindres is job-hunting, truck-driving jobs are expected to grow 17.5 percent by 2019, faster than the national average. That's because of an expected increase in agricultural production, said John Van Dyke, an economist at the Idaho Department of Labor.

So who is applying for trucking jobs now?

McClanahan, a former truck driver, says most of his students are men changing careers in their mid-40s. Many have at least some college.

"We've had people in here with master's degrees," he said.

Ralph Dean, who runs the truck-driving program at the College of Western Idaho, a community college near Boise, has seen many builders come in lately. He also has taught a lot of people from Micron, a Boise microchip maker that laid off about 3,500 workers in 2008 and 2009.

"They've got a great background," Dean said. "But they're used to being home every night, so this is a real transition. There is good money but they've got to be gone to make it."

That's a problem for Colindres, who has three children, two in elementary school. He doesn't want to spend nights away from home. But "if there's nothing else, I'll do what I have to do," said Colindres, who left school at 10 or 11 in El Salvador to work. He later took adult education classes in California and easily passed his truck-driving classes at Sage Technical Services in Caldwell, Idaho.

Long-haul driving jobs are often the only ones available to new drivers. With seniority, they can move to positions closer to home.

After 32 years and 3.7 million miles behind the wheel, Jeff Thompson drives a tractor-trailer for FedEx but makes it home to his wife every night. Thompson, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., drives halfway from Kansas City to Chicago, where he meets a Chicago driver, trades trailers, then turns around and goes home.

"It took me a long time to get to this point, but I made it," said Thompson, an Oklahoma native who grew up driving farm trucks. He works 60 to 65 hours a week and makes $75,000 to $80,000 a year, he said.

"It's a good way to make a living, but it's a hard way to make a living," Thompson said. "When I started out in the 1970s, we used to travel all over the country, all 48 states."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A MeMe Questions Challenge (Ask A Trucker)

OK ... a challenge for all you truckers out there. Gi-Gi over at Gi-Gi Roxx answered some "MeMe" questions on her blog.

Since I'm not a truck driver YET, I'm going to challenge the drivers out there to answer them. So here is what we will do. If you have a blog of your own, copy the questions below, answer them and then come back an post a comment here with a link. If you don't have a blog, you can e-mail me the answers if you want (truckin.tedybehr (at) gmail.com). If you e-mail them, please let me know if it is OK for me to post your answers on my blog...it can be anonymous if you would like. If you have by chance already answered these questions on your blog, post a comment with a link.

So what do you think....up for the challenge? Good, I thought you would be.

(PS - If you haven't already, go check out Gi-Gi's blog.)

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1. What is your favorite interstate to travel??


2. Pilot, T/A, Flying J or Loves??


3. If you had to travel cross-country (East-West or West-East) would you prefer to take the Northern Route (I-80 or I-90) or the Southern Route (I-10 or I-40)?


4. When driving, do you prefer to see the sunrise or the sunset?


5. Favorite state to drive through?


6. Least favorite state to drive through?


7. What do you think is the most truck friendly state?


8. What do you think is the least truck friendly state?


9. What is your favorite town to layover in?


10. Las Vegas, Reno or Atlantic City?


11. Atlantic Coast or Pacific Coast?


12. Favorite type of freight to haul?


13. Favorite company/industry to haul for?


14. Most annoying traffic related gripe regarding truck drivers?


15. Most annoying traffic related gripe regarding four wheelers?


16. Do you drive solo or as part of a team?


17. What kind of truck do you have and what color is it?


18. How many gears does it have?


19. Does your truck have a name?


20. Do any pets travel with you? If so, what kind and what are their names?


21. What is your favorite drive in the entire country?


22. What state do you currently live in and were you born and raised in that state?


23. What kind of trailer do you pull?


24. What is your favorite truck stop?


25. What jobs did you do before you became a truck driver?


26. Have you ever been to Canada and if so, which is your favorite Province/Territory? Why?


27. What type of weather do you dislike driving in?


28. What do you listen to while driving? Type of music, talk shows, etc.


29. Who is your favorite talk show host?


30. What is your CB handle?

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** Edit **
Below are some links to some other bloggers, in no particular order, who have answered the questions. If I missed your post, let me know, I would love to add a link here.
(If anyone objects to me linking to their blog, please jet let me know and I'll remove it.)

Gi-Gi Roxx

All Things Bradbury

The Daily Rant (I think Salena is actually the one who started all of this...lol)

Lipstick Trucker

Trucking Tiger's Life on the Road

My Sometimes Daily Blog

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Expedite Expo scheduled for late July

I hope to see some of you there. If you find you can make it, let me know. I would love to meet up with ya.

Expedite Expo scheduled for late July

The 10th annual Expedite Expo is planned for July 23-24, 2010. The event will be held at the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, OH.

The event features a number of driver workshops. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, July 23, 2010
10 a.m. Where´s the Freight? A Detailed Look at the Numbers
Stu Sutton, president, GPSNet Technologies Inc.
Franklin Room 1

11 a.m. Expedite Trucking 101 – The Essentials to Starting and Succeeding in 2010
John Mueller, safety director, Premium Transportation Logistics LLC
Franklin Room 2

1 p.m. The Road Map to Buying and Financing Your Truck
John Lalonde, truck specialist, Fyda Freightliner
Franklin Room 1

2 p.m. Keys to Successful Business Operations
Dave Corfman, fleet owner
Franklin Room 2

3 p.m. Extending the Life of Your Truck – A Fresh Look at Maintenance
Heath Wood, sales and finance manager, Middle Georgia Freightliner-Isuzu
Franklin Room 1

Saturday, July 24, 2010
11 a.m. Networking & Roundtable Discussion – Expediting in the New Economy
Host: Linda Caffee, ExpeditersOnline.com forum moderator
Franklin Room 2

1 p.m. Smart Economics: Idle-Reduction Tips, Tools & Facts
Ray Lawrence, president, Espar of Michigan Inc.
Franklin Room 1

2 p.m. Is It Time to Consider Your Own Operating Authority?
John Mueller, safety director, Premium Transportation Logistics LLC
Franklin Room 2

More show events
The show also offers entertainment for the whole family. For the third year in a row the troupe from the Amazing Portable Circus will be on hand to offer super skills and mind-blowing tricks. This year APC will feature Chris the Amazing Magician, A Living Elvis Statue, Fire Juggler, Stilt Walker and Eric the Caricature Artist.

Radio personality Dave Nemo will be broadcasting live from the Expedite Expo 2010 on The Open Road Channel 171 which is heard on XM Satellite Radio.

Live music will be provided by Pure Grain and the Radio Ramblers, who will perform on the new entertainment stage.

As with everything at Expedite Expo 2010 – including the parking – it’s free.

For more information and to register, visit www.ExpediteExpo.com or call 859-746-2046.

Comments With Links

I moderate all comments before I allow them to post to the blog. This is to make sure that spammers, hackers/crackers, etc aren't putting things that could effect me and my readers.

I do NOT moderate the comments to prevent comments that disagree with me, etc. If a comments is legitimate then I will approve it to be posted.

I've been getting comments lately on every post I make that contain links hidden in them. Since they are hidden, I consider them spam and I reject the comments. I don't mind links in the comments as long as they are relevant to the post or it is intended to be of use or interest to me and/or my readers.

If you want to include a link in your comment, don't hide it. Make if clear and give some info on what the link is.

I truely believe that those doing this are spammers, etc because each of them have had names containing oriental characters.

I welcome all comments...just keep it civil.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jason's Law

Help support 'Jason's Law' by signing the iPetition.

Jason's Law


The Petition
Jason Rivenburg (35) was shot and killed in his truck in South Carolina on March 5,2009 in an abandoned gas station that was frequently used as a rest area. From our tragic loss we are hoping to create and pass "Jason's Law." The purpose of Jason's Law is to provide secure areas along our nation's highways for truck drivers to rest
and/or wait to unload their trucks. Please help us to bring this issue to the attention of our legislators so that we may save another family from enduring such pain. Jason leaves behind his son,(2) his wife,and soon to be delivered twins.

We the undersigned,are requesting that the U.S. Government enact legislation that will protect truck drivers within the United States. We are requesting that truck stops be required to have adequate lighting and cameras and businesses be required to provide a secure common area for them to wait to unload.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rozzi Fireworks - 04/24/10 - Clinton County Fairgrounds Wilmington, Ohio

(Sorry for the quality...this was off of my cellphone.)

Rozzi Fireworks was having a 'Shooter School' training people in fireworks at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. I didn't know they were going to be putting on a show. We heard them going off so we drove over to the fairgrounds and found out they were going to be doing a larger show in a few minutes. This is the last ten minutes of the larger show. Wait for the finale...WOW!!!


3 y/o Drummer - Howard drum show!!!

Little Howard Wong is 3 years old when this was taped. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Where have I been / What I am reading

OK...so what has been keeping TTB away for so long. The answer is simple, family and work. That's all for now. Thanks for reading.



Just Kiddin!!!


Where Have I Been?

Back in April '09, I was asked to take over a different department at work. This required some additional attention from me to get things running the way I think they should be. The department seems to be running a lot smoother now even though I do have some 30, 40 and even 50 year old "kids" that work for me. (I wish people would just come to work and work.) Some of them have a problem with minding their own business but you'll have that just about anywhere.

The last half of 2009 were very busy for my department hence why there hasn't been any REAL post since the end of October. It seems like a lot of companies and government agencies wait until the end of the year to spend their budgets.

Work isn't the only thing that has kept me busy. I'm not sure if I've ever posted it or not, but my wife has been a gestational surrogate for several couples that have not been able to have their own babies. The 'gestational' part of that means that it is not her eggs (nor has it been my sperm)....not our genetic material. Each of the babies she has carried has been either the intended parents egg and sperm or a donor's.

I want to make it clear that I'm not here to discuss the topic of surrogacy vs. adoption. If you have any questions regarding surrogacy, I will do my best to answer them but keep in mind that somethings may be best discussed via e-mail. You can also check out Wikipedia.

My wife has been carrying a baby for a couple that she carried for once before. She gave birth (via c-section) on January 16th. For privacy reasons, all I will say is that it was a baby girl and she is healthy (as is my wife). The parents are happy and so is the new big sister.

So as you can see, I've had my hands full with a pregnant wife and helping with our two kids, helping around the house, etc.

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I guess I will make this a two part post. The first part, if you didn't notice, is up above this which you hopefully have already read before getting to this part. The second part is, not too surprisingly, below this. I know, I know...I can be a real smart @ss when I want to. =-)

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What am I reading?

Been reading a lot lately. I just started reading "Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris. It is the first book in the 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries' (aka - The Sookie Stackhouse Novels / Chronicles). This is the book series that the HBO series "True Blood" was based on.

Wikipedia - Series: 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries'
Wikipedia - Book: "Dead Until Dark" (Cover - one of many)

Just before that, I read book 11 (of 13) in the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' book series, "The Grim Grotto", by Lemony Snicket (the nom de plume of American author Daniel Handler). I will pickup one of these books when I need some light reading before moving on to something else. I know these books are really intended for children but I find them entertaining. I guess they appeal to my childish nature. =-p

Wikipedia - Series: 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'
Wikipedia - Book: "The Grim Grotto" (Cover)


Before that, I jumped on the bandwagon and read the 'Twilight' series of books. I would read one of the books and then my daughter would read it. Yes, I know that the books appeal to the "tween" age group but I still enjoyed them.

Wikipedia - Book Series: 'Twilight'
Wikipedia - Books:
"Twilight" (Cover)
"New Moon" (Cover)
"Eclipse" (Cover)
"Breaking Dawn" (Cover)
Wikipedia - Movie Series: 'Twilight Saga'


I think that is enough for now. I love comments, so please leave me a note.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'm Sorry

I'm sorry for my absences. I'm still alive and well. Work has been EXTREMELY busy and so has my family life. Throw in the holidays, and I haven't had much time for blogging. I promise that I will have a fresh, new and hopefully interesting post soon.