Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More Important Than Taxes

I hate video games.  All video games.  Well, except for Pac-Man, Asteroids, Pong and Tetris.  But I haven't played any of those in more than thirty years, so they kinda don't count.

The ones I dislike are the kinds that swallow time.  The interactive, first-person-shooter, go on an adventure like Indiana Jones through an ancient tomb, become a soldier without actually going to war, drive rice burners through the streets of L.A. types. They're all-consuming and when one is playing them, the walls could crumble down around them and they'd just step over the rubble and continue into the next room looking for the zombies or soldiers or whatever the hell they're shooting at.  

Yesterday Ed's phone rang but he was busy and didn't answer it.  Then my phone rang - same number - so I answered it.  It was our accountant.

She said she had just tried to call Ed but it went to voicemail.  I said, "Oh, I know.  He's right here but he was in the middle of something important and couldn't reach the phone in time.  Let me put him on the line."  He was sitting literally two feet from me.

The important thing he was in the middle of?

Playing a fucking video game.

That's right, people.  I covered for my 15-year-old-in-a-39-year-old-body boyfriend.

I know, I rock.

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2013:  Stadium Seating
2012: Where Ed Was Found Roaming The Aisles
2011: If You Happen To Have A Few Hundred Million Lying Around, Have I Got A Deal For You
2010: Another Day At The Port
2009: Buggin’ Out
2008: Hangin’ Out With Ray Stoker Jr.
2007: Sunset On The Move
2006: Happy Easter
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Compliance By Guilt

Don't want to be responsible for killing kids?  Shut off your engine.

At least this sign wasn't in a truck stop.  I came across this in a city park in New Jersey.  On the fence near the basketball courts.

Makes sense.  And there were no cars idling, so maybe it works.

Perhaps we do need to put these up in truck stops.

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2013:  The Difference A Zero Makes

2012: Pre-Digital
2011: The Sun Sets On The Roughrider State
2010: Diamond Studded Proof
2009: How A Book Defies Its Cover
2008: How To Up Your Chances For A Sweet Monkey Lovin’ Romp
2007: Activities Director
2006: Ah, But It Is SO Worth It
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Power To The Tree

Yeah, so, there's really nothing going on.  We've spent the weekend goofing off, eating out, and riding bikes.  The weather is beautiful but there hasn't been anything too exciting to write about or photograph.

Here's a picture of a tree and some power lines.  I noticed it when I looked up from the bench I was sitting on.

Oooooooh, a tree.

It's the best I could do. 

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2013: For Mommy
2012: There’s Always Room For La Dolce Vita
2011: Drop It Like It’s Hot
2010: The Art Of Being Tardy
2009: Vantage Point
2008: Cape Cahd Hadba
2007: Waxing Brilliant
2006: Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seveeeeennnn!
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mysterious Exercise

On our bike ride in Jersey we found a park that had exercise stations set up along the path.  I didn't try any of them, but Ed attempted several.

This is the pull-up station.  Here is Ed getting ready to do one.

Whether he succeeded or not shall remain a mystery.

PS:  He's a former Marine.

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2013: Doris Day Spends The Weekend In Texas
2012: Evening Ball
2011: Taxes And Ta-Tas
2010: Ah, The Subtle Contrasts Of New Jersey
2009: A Fishy Pishy Is Never Dishy
2008: Before The Luck Ran Out
2006: Five Guys I’m In Love With This Week
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

You Look Hungry, Take These For Later

We are hanging out in New Jersey again for the weekend, and since today was so beautiful we took the bikes out for a few hours.  The day started with an iced latte from Dunkin', then a trip to the post office, then a bike ride through Secaucus which took us to a "park" on the Hackensack River - it was really a few walking trails through what looked like an abandoned dump site where people take their dogs to take a shit - then halfway to the Dinosaur Field Station.  Halfway because I was pooping out.

After all of our riding, about ten miles, we headed to Linda's Thai Kitchen for dinner. Linda's has nothing but rave reviews on Urban Spoon, Yelp, Google and Trip Advisor.  And for good reason.  It's not a fancy place, but the food is good - we tried the Heaven Beef appetizer and Drunken Noodle entree based on the many good reviews of both - and the service is better than some high end places I've been to.  Linda herself greeted us and took our order. She was as nice as the reviews said she is.  She has a little area set up in the back corner of the restaurant that looks like it could be a corner of her apartment.  It's very Mom & Pop.

And dessert was on the house, fresh baked brownie cookies, two each.  I had read that she did that, gave out little complimentary sweets, whatever she baked that day.  I was caught wrapping ours up in a napkin because I wanted to have them later, back at the truck, with tea.  I explained what I was doing and she asked if I wanted more to take with me.  "Oh, no, no.  This is fine." I said.  But as we were leaving, I was handed a Ziploc bag with two other cookies in it.  How great is that??  It was like leaving my grandmother's house with her still trying to feed me.

We'll be back.

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2013:  A Dumpster Diver's Dream
2012: Reigning Over Sitting 300 Days A Year
2011: Raining In Baltimore
2010: Back That Ass Up
2009: Shaved, Slivered, Sliced, Grated, Chunked, And Best Of All, In Meatballs
2008: Too Small For America?
2007: Waiting For A Beautiful Balsamic Splash
2006: Other Weird Things In Utah
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, April 11, 2014

I Lost Sleep Looking At All These Links

Near Snoqualmie Pass along Interstate-90 in Washington state
Finally finished with our cross-country run from Seattle to Newark.  Today we took the day off.  Over the past week I've come across some stuff on the internet.  Some from FlipBoard, others by using valuable sleep time to surf the web.  Here you go...

Lots of lists.  I lost quite a bit of time on this site and I'm slightly inspired to create my own category for lists. 

City lights.  Lots of them.  

Muscadine grapes.  I did a post about them a couple of years ago, calling in to one of my favorite radio shows for some ideas on what to do with them.  These people made juice.  Why didn't I think of that??

Cookie dough bites?  With coconut??  Wow.

I'm pretty sure I couldn't do 500 miles, but I love the Hudson Valley.  I bet I can do it in 25-mile chunks.

Vermont and Heroin?  I never knew.  I did hear from a Vermonter that this isn't new news to them, it's just recently become quite public.  Whatever.  I will still always think of Vermont as the place to get maple syrup, Ben & Jerry's, and Cabot Cheese.  Not Smack.

This article was sent by a friend, and Blow is absolutely spot on.  We SHOULD be in a rage.  Start ragin' people.  Start ragin'.

This came a little late but now I think I somewhat understand how this shit works.

This is interesting.  Totally eliminates the whole pesky buckling part.

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2013: Five Facets Of Comfort
2012: The Daily Rant Brings You The Daily Commute
2011: Not For The Shy
2010: A Barge And A Lady
2009: Easter Preparation Takes Its Toll
2008: Eddie In The Blue Friday
2007: The Man Filter
2006: There Is Still A Chance
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

No Wonder China Is The Exporting Superpower

It's been over a year since we've been to a port.  Now I remember why we hate going.

It's an all day affair.

Granted, our most recent visit to the Port of Newark was hindered in part by Ed having to get a new SeaLink card, which took several hours more than it should have, but being in the port creates an even longer delay.

Going to the port should be easy, but it never is.  The procedure in theory isn't that hard - you pull in, you're squawked at by a very loud guy coming over an intercom asking you for your booking number, container number, and trucking company name.  Then they check that and send you to the next gate where you weigh the truck and have the container inspected.  After that, you're told where to go to have the container removed from the truck.  Sounds simple, right?

But right at that intercom is where the runaround begins.  God forbid anyone give you a map to a place where the thousands of containers stacked four high look exactly the same.  Directions are impossible because nothing's marked.  And if it is marked, you're never given a number coordinating with the markings.  Eventually, you get so frustrated you wind up asking a forklift driver where to go.  He points.  If you catch his neanderthal gesture, you head in the general direction of the pointed finger until you find another equally uninterested forklift driver who tells you go to see "that guy".  "That guy" tells you to go to another guy, who tells you to go back to the first area.  

After driving around aimlessly, someone inevitably points you to the trouble window.  That's actually what it's called, The Trouble Window.  At this aptly named window, they are supposed to root out the trouble.  For us the trouble was that our truck wouldn't fit on the scale because it was too long.  And if you can't get weighed, you can't unload your stuff.

So what did they do?  They took the weight off the Bill of Lading, which was there all along, from the moment we entered the gate.  After they recorded the weight, they sent us back to the guy who checks the seal on the container, who then wrongfully sent us to a slot to unload.

Which wasn't where we were supposed to be.  At ALL.

So the slot guy said to go back to the scale guy, the scale guy sent us back to the seal guy, the seal guy sent us back to the slot guy, who sent us back to the scale guy, who sent us back to the seal guy, who sent us back to the slot guy.  You see where this is going, right?

I say it every single time we load or unload at a port....

I'm fucking amazed that anything imported or exported ever makes it any further than our shores.

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2013: 109 Miles Of White Knuckle Passengering 
2012: Strong
2011: The Man Unmasked
2010: Fingers Crossed For All Things Motorized!
2009: Eddie Forces A Smile Friday
2008: A, B, C, D, DD: No Matter What The Letter, The Trauma Is The Same
2007: How To Watch American Idol The Right Way
2006: Dings And Hos
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Spring In Wyoming

Spring hasn't quite reached this part of the country either.

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2013:  Texas For Immigration
2012: Mys-Understanding
2011: Zumba In My Dreams
2010: Eddie Peep Show Friday
2009: Some Like It Hot
2008: The Desert Blooms With Irritants
2007: Squeeze Me?
2006: Relationship Deal Breakers
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Olive You

On this visit to Port Townsend we found a brand new shop, an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar called the Lively Olive.  It was awesome.

Each white crock has balsamic vinegar and the stainless steel vats have the olive oils.  Beside each container was a small bottle containing  either oil or vinegar, and a small plastic cup for the tasting.

The shop was beautiful.  Brand new, brightly lit, with a helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable staff.  
There were three sizes of bottles to fill and they were beautiful.  I couldn't decide on an olive oil, but I did buy two bottles of vingar, one for myself and one for my best friend.  I can't wait to try mine.
They don't have much of a website yet, but if you're interested - and you should be - you can find them at 929 Water Street.

This is my idea of "doing shots".

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2013:  Digging Through The Memory Bank
2012: Hoochie Easter
2011: Make It Yourself Or Just Stay Home
2010: If It Walks Like A Duck…
2009: Pink In Tacoma
2008: Not The Kind Of Flower You Pick
2007: Exclusive Holiday Visitation
2006: Basket Of Knowledge
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Don't Be Crabby Because It's Monday

Ed found this perfectly preserved, dried-out Dungeness Crab on the beach in Port Townsend, Washington.

You can't tell from the photo because I didn't photograph it next to anything for perspective, but it's a little bigger than a quarter and a little smaller than a silver dollar. He's super cute!  Look at those teeny little pinchers!

Sadly, this was our only interaction with seafood this weekend.  Next time we'll enjoy him in a crab cake or just feast on the legs of a much bigger relative.

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2013:  If You See One Of These, Please Follow Instructions
2012: Not A Deterrent
2011: Wooden You Love Some New Toys?
2010: In Truck Portrait
2009: Unwatchable
2008: Nesting
2007: The Quickest Way To Get Ready For A Nap
2006: One Stop Shopping
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Beyond Restoration?

This boat, one of the ones we came across in a boatyard in Port Townsend, looked as if it were pulled from the bottom of the sea.  Covered in mud and barnacles, paint peeling, damaged areas, rust.  

There were a few people who looked as if they were familiar with the boat walking around taking photos of it.  I wondered if they were the owners.

I'm even more curious what they have planned for it.

Can this boat be restored and used ever again?  

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2013:  Don't Let The Pretty Label Fool You

2012: True Trucker Confession
2011: Spring Buds And An M3
2010: International Relations
2009: Waiting For The Storm IN Ohio
2008: Sprawl
2007: Moonlighting
2006: Spring Breath Escapes Through Two Lips
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

At The Water's Edge

Today we went to check out the Point Hudson Marina and RV Park in Port Townsend, Washington.  We thought since we've been here before and stayed at the facilities provided by the consignee, we might look at another alternative for the next time we visit.

The RV park is at the very end of the town, overlooking the water of Admiralty Inlet.  If we stayed there, we'd be able to take our bikes out and ride into town.  I met a nice man from Homer, Alaska who was staying at the RV park with his wife, and we had brunch at the Hudson Point Cafe.

Afterwards we hit two thrift shops, a Radio Shack (Ed needed gadgets), and then drove around a nearby boatyard looking at all the boats propped up on blocks waiting for repair, or repainting, or refitting - whatever it is they do to boats in order to make them seaworthy.

And now I'm going to say something that sounds so old fashioned, but fitting for this Victorian seaport...

It was a perfectly lovely day.

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2013: The Best Money Ever Spent

2012: Hip In Texas
2011: My Beaver, My Rules
2010: Don’t Forget The Alamo!
2009: Straight Out Of The Box
2008: Unreal Ideal
2007: Stealing Isn’t Always A Bad Thing
2006: 04 05 06
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Floating Across The Hood Canal

Crossing the Hood Canal on the Hood Canal Floating Bridge.  The officially named William A. Bugge bridge is the only floating bridge in the world located in a saltwater tidal basin and is the third longest floating bridge in the world.  It connects the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas.  

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2013: My Small Recipe For Success

2012: This Song Would Get ME In For A Nap
2011: That Truck Driving Woman
2010: Spring Blooms
2009: Petal Tips Of Spring And A New Life
2008: Eddie In Hawaiian Garb Friday
2007: New Floridork?
2006: Boogie Down Bronx
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Quick Draw McGraw

We finally got around to visiting Quick Draw Tarps in Franklin, Kentucky to have our tarping system looked at.

When we bought the trailer, the other driver had an arrangement to have a panel replaced because a customer he did business with had damaged it during the unloading process.  Chuck, the guy responsible for authorizing payment for the repair to Quick Draw, was nice enough to extend the offer to us since we purchased the trailer before the previous owner was able to the repair done.  This guy was so nice, and easy to deal with, I can't tell you how much we appreciate his integrity in this transaction instead of just telling us "too bad, so sad".

So since we found ourselves in Louisville, so close to the tarp place, we decided to take a ride down there and have them take a look at it.

Turns out the trailer had never been back to the shop for any adjustments - which is something they typically do sometime after the tarping system is installed - for four years.  Because of that, Gary Smith, our contact at this location, was nice enough to do all of the adjustments for us for FREE.  I am such a fan of free.

We were there for several hours since they were making the panel while we waited, and Ed spent that time chatting with the guys in the shop and watching them work.  Ed loves this system and sings its praises wherever we go.  Now we have another song to add to the roster - one of great customer service.

If it's possible for tarping to be any easier than having a rolling system, they just made it happen.  Good customer service is paramount.

Thanks, Quick Draw!

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2011: ¡Buen Provecho!
2010: My Heart Melts For That Glorious Melting Pot
2009: E Pluribus Unum
2008: The Dance In Their Heads, Hands And Feet
2007: The Love Buffet
2006: Whadya Think This Is, The Waldorf?
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Big Plates, Small Food

This weekend Ed joked that whenever we hang out with the NYC Truckers, we wind up eating at places with big plates and small food.  The fancy schmancy joints.  He's right.  And we like it that way.  But if the places aren't the big-plate-small-food-expensive type, they're eclectic, ethnic, or unique.

This weekend we went the eclectic, ethnic and unique route.  I've told you about Garage Bar, I've mentioned Wild Eggs (which Ed went to once with me and once with MacGyver!), and now I'm going to tell you about Hillbilly Tea.
Hillbilly Tea is housed in an old, two-story, brick building in downtown Louisville.  It's the first place that MacGyver and I exclaimed, almost in unison, "I'd totally live here!".  The second place was Garage Bar. You enter Hillbilly Tea at street level where you find several small seating areas, restrooms, tins of tea for sale, what appeared to be an area where bakery items are sold - probably during the day, and the kitchen.
The dining room was upstairs.  I don't envy those servers, climbing stairs with trays of food. 
They had tea (iced and hot), and we had it.  They had hillbilly food (trout, short ribs, pork chops), and we had it.  And they also had moonshine.  And we had that.  And by we, I mean the boys.  I got buzzed off the fumes.

I'd definitely try this place again.  And next time I'll use my real camera, not my camera phone and get y'all some better pictures than these.  If you can't make it to Kentucky, you can buy their tea online.   

The other places we visited while in town were:  

Little Jerusalem Cafe: Hidden in the back of a drab little strip mall in the Beechmont section of Louisville, and fairly difficult to find, this place was worth the hunt.  The owner, Sami Barghoti, treats his customers to authentic Palestinian food and after my first ever bite of falafel, I have to say I was sold.  The place doesn't have a whole lot of pizzazz decor-wise, but the restaurant was clean, the staff was attentive, and the food made up for anything I felt was lacking aesthetically.

Mussel and Burger Bar: Absolutely dee-lish-ous!  I'd go back there right now if I could.  The burgers are 100% Black Angus beef and they grind their own meat.  I had the Spanish Blue ($14) - La Peral Spanish blue cheese, pepper crest, fig marmalade - served with sweet potato fries with a smoked pineapple dipping sauce.  Ed and MacGyver has the La Frita Cubana ($14) - Spanish Chorizo, Manchengo Cheese, crispy Serrano ham, confit tomatoes, baby arugula, caramelized onions, crispy potatoes - they also had the sweet potato fries.  Marlaina took the classic route with Good Ole ($12) - Cheddar cheese, red onions, tomato, Boston lettuce, pretzel bun - servied with pomme frites.  They have other menu items also, and as the name suggests, they also serve mussels.  Fresh from Prince Edward Island, Canada.

I like what Louisville has to offer.  They have some really great restaurants, beautiful homes, a decent amount of culture, the Kentucky Derby, and if you're following the March Madness madness, two big deal basketball rivals.

We will keep coming back - to see trucks and to eat.  You should too.

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2013:  Getting One Answer Right Seems To Be Good Enough
2012: Span Of Blue
2011: Why Don’t Lobsters Have Two Tails??
2010: Ramp It Up
2009: Shouting From The Rooftops
2008: View From Fifteen
2007: The Sun Before The Storm
2006: This Is No Joke
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, March 31, 2014

This Red Giant Is Also A Star

We're still in Louisville, Kentucky, two days after the Mid-America Truck Show ended, and there are only three lone stragglers left in the Papa John's stadium parking lot - us, Marlaina and MacGyver, and the Red Giant.

A few days ago this place was PACKED.  If you were in a big rig and you came late in the weekend, you'd have a pretty hard time getting into the lot.  Even driving around in the rental car was challenging with all the people, golf carts and bobtails tooling around.  

But today, the Red Giant and the stadium in the background were the only recognizable objects on the horizon.
Earlier in the day the owner of the truck, Bryan Dax, stopped over to talk to Ed.  I got in on the conversation and wrangled an invite to see the inside of the truck.  He said, "C'mon over!"  After lunch, we did just that - took the trek across the parking lot to get an up-close look at this beast.

93 feet long and weighing 75,000 pounds empty, this 1990 Diamond Reo isn't hauling freight around the country.  The first time we saw this truck, the people who paid to use it for advertising wouldn't let anyone inside, so although we peeked in we didn't really get a great look.  Now I was getting my own personal tour., Ed, Marlaina and MacGyver.

The sleeper itself is 252 inches long (to non-truckers, that's 21 feet!) and has two 16 foot slide-outs which make the interior extremely roomy.  And if you notice, it has an extra steer axle under the sleeper itself to carry the extra weight.  Each slide-out has an LED screen measuring eleven feet wide by six feet high.  The trailer - in the area where you can see the door open - has its own living area in the front part.  On this trip, that's where Bryan was staying since he was nice enough to allow the assistant who was traveling with him to stay in the sleeper of the truck.  Boy, she got the sweet end of that deal!    

The owner, Bryan Dax, was extremely friendly, and shared a lot of information about how he came to the decision to own this size vehicle.  Basically what he said was, that after 30 years of driving and not really being appreciated for all the miles he was putting in, he decided to figure out a way to get paid while sitting instead of getting paid for moving.  

Enter the Red Giant.

The interior is SPACIOUS.  I was only permitted to take one photo of the interior and this is what I got.  Taken from the corner of the back door looking toward the front of the sleeper, you can see the "office" side of the sleeper.  Marlaina is sitting at the dinette table in the slide-out portion of the truck.  This side has what I want in my sleeper - a separate desk area in addition to the dinette table.  Directly opposite is the bed and refrigerator.

Toward the front on the left is the stove/kitchen counter area, and on the right is the bathroom/shower.  Marlaina said it was as big as her first NYC apartment!  It had tons of cabinet storage, and with the two sides slid out, it truly felt worth of the "giant" part of its moniker.   

The truck has been seen at hundreds of events - everything from truck shows like MATS, to sporting events, concerts, parties - and in 2010 took Ice Road Trucker Alex Debogorski from New York to California for his "King of the Road"  cross-country book tour.
This is mobile marketing at its finest, and the truck itself is something real truckers love to see.  Diamond Reo isn't a truck you see much of anymore as they stopped making them almost twenty years ago, and the company is no longer in business.  Diamond Reo was a division of White Motor Company, which is also defunct.

The truck and the mobile advertising concept is a great idea.  I might have just found a way to eventually retire yet still stay on the road.  Perhaps AARP needs someone to drive around and visit all of the senior resort communities in the country?  I'm going to put their number on my speed dial right now.

Here's more on Bryan Dax and his fantastic rig, courtesy of 10-4 Magazine.

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2013:  Turn And Burn
2012: The Landscape Just Runs All Together After A While
2011: Flippin’ Swag
2010: Warm Fuzzies
2009: I’ll Get You My Pretty
2008: The Kind Of Misunderstanding That Can Never Fully Be Explained
2007: Let The Adventure Begin
2006: Coming Soon
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fill'er Up!

We found some really great places to eat on this truck show visit to Louisville.  One of them was Garage Bar in NuLu - the Market Street area of "New Louisville".

Housed in an old service station, this place was very cool.
Outside they have a beer garden and two light-up ping-pong tables.  The night we were there they were having what they call "Yappy Hour", where people bring their dogs to have drinks and socialize with other dog owners.  
I loved the interior of the place.  I wanted to move in.  I have this thing for living in a building that used to be something else, or an old place like thise one with cool brick walls and rustic wood floors.  
They had an extensive beverage menu - draft beers with names like Southern Tier 2x Nitro Milk Stout, Great Lakes Chillwave, and Green Flash Black IPA -  which the boys indulged in.

The menu (which changes) satisfied us also.  Three of us started the meal with Milled Tomato Soup, but Marlaina decided on the Turkey Wings.  Turkey wings are like chicken wings, except four times bigger.  Really big.  Weirdly big.  But they were delicious.  The skin was crispy and the sauce was amazing. Then we decided to order four different brick oven pizzas and share the bounty.
We had one Margherita (milled tomato, fior di latte and garden basil), one Sausage (milled tomato, fior di latte, broccoli, sausage, and calabrian chile), one Brussels Sprouts (pancetta, fior di latte, brussels sprouts, and parmigiano), and one Housemade Pepperoni (spinach, caramelized onion, pickled peppers, olives, and goat cheese).  Impossible to pick a favorite.

The restaurant also had something called The Ham Bar, featuring hams from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
I absolutely loved the decor.  The Ham Bar stools, the long wooden tables, the old schoolhouse chairs, the sturdy tableware.  And real garage doors, which were kept open until the evening air got cooler.
This place was unique.  The food was good, our waitress was adorably retro-quirky, and the atmosphere casual and relaxed.  We'll definitely be back.

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2013: Texas! Texas! Margaret...

2012: He Forgets He Lives With A Maven
2011: Does Anyone Notice The Shoes Of A “Very Important Person”?
2010: Do You Think Raquel Owns A Dog And Gets Enough Potassium?
2009: No Need To Do Anything Drastic; There Will Always Be Re-Runs
2008: Beautifully Retro
2007: Ready, Set, Go!!
2006: Giving New Meaning To An Ambulance Chaser
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Heading On Down The Highway Until Next Year

Well, the Mid-America Trucking Show is over.  Another year, another set of sore feet.

I only attended one of the three days this year, Ed went every day.  The first day I had to shop, the second day I went to the show with Ed, and the third day I spent with Marlaina hanging out, having coffee, doing lunch.  Perfect balance.

The show is always the same - same vendors, same layout, same insane crowds - but on occasion, you do find something new.  This year Ed and I talked to the President & CEO of eNow Energy Solutions, a company that makes flexible solar panels for commercial vehicles.  They were very cool and Ed said he'd definitely consider putting them on the top of the truck.  They were affordable and provide a considerable savings over the course of use.  Certainly a worthy return on investment.  We also stopped at the Go Capital booth to talk to their Marketing Director, who happens to be the granddaughter of one of my mother's WOW friends.

Ed also bought us a brand new steering wheel, which is beautiful and made in Italy, but I think will take me some time to get used to.

The best part of the show was hanging out with our friends and hitting several interesting and delicious local dining spots.

More to come!

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2013:  Thirteen Ten Clinton

2012: Better Than Team Drivers
2011: The Three Musketeers Make Dinner Plans
2010: Try To Find A Parking Space For This
2009: If The Life Expectancy Of A White Male Is Over Seventy Five Years, You Have Plenty Of Time When You're Ten
2008: Sweet Suite Sugarland
2007: The Superbowl Of Moving
2006: Catching Flies
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Big Thumbs Up On Day Two

Ed and I checked out a bunch of new truck interiors today at the show - we were specifically looking for dashboard setups we like - and I have to tell you, I don't know who's designing some of these things.  They're just not laid out practically.

I know everyone has different needs, and many of these trucks are geared toward solo drivers not teams, but I have a real pet peeve when I see important switches or brake knobs in areas that can easily be accidentally bumped into by another person in the cab while the truck is in motion.

Just in my experience in my own truck, I can't tell you how many times I've gotten up from my seat to go into the sleeper while Ed was driving and snagged my purse strap, or hoodie pocket, or phone cord on something attached to my seat or the dashboard.  I'll tell you right now, you DO NOT want to accidentally apply brakes while going down the road at sixty miles an hour.

We still have shopping to do but right now I think our front runners are the Freightliner Cascadia (which Ed test drove today at the Ride and Drive area), and the Volvo.

And I know a lot of people like Peterbilts, but I just can't get into a truck whose name makes me think a bunch of little penises built it.

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2013:  The Hospital Survives Another Week

2012: More Distracting Than Texting While Driving
2011: The Aftermath
2010: More Than Halfway To A World Record
2009: If You Need Your Hump Fixed, This Is The Place
2008: The Flight, The Hotel, The Walk, And The Sleep Deprivation
2007: A Lot Of Beauty, A Little Citrus And A Mini Moo
2006: Shorn
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!