Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Soup In A Golden Bowl

While going organizing some of our Europe photos, I came across these pictures reminding me of our first ever business class flight.  This was the "chef" on our flight - maybe he was also a flight attendant, maybe he was also a co-pilot, I don't know, I didn't look very close at everyone as I was too busy reading the menu and then enjoying the food - who came around and actually took our order for our meal.  

Once they got our orders, they brought out bread with accompaniments - a little bottle of olive oil, soft spreadable butter, salt & pepper (in the little onion-domed shakers - I love the one with the gold top!), and an herb mixture that I added my olive oil to.  The bread kept coming, too.  They'd make rounds with the bread basket, waving tongs in front of you pointing to delicious rolls - seeded, multi-grain, sourdough.  Clearly, they knew my weak spot. 
I'll tell you right now, you won't go hungry in business class.  Turkish Airlines did not stop feeding us.  From the minute we stepped foot in the Star Alliance Lounge at LAX airport, to the moment we got on the plane, there was food.  

When we were handed the menu for dinner, we groaned.  More food??  But we had to choose dinner, which would be served once we got in the air, and then breakfast for the next morning.

Here you can take a look at the dinner menu.  It was printed in Turkish and English, and you were allowed to have anything we wanted - four appetizers, two entrees, three desserts, whatever.   

Dinner choices here on the right side of the three-fold menu.
Breakfast choices here on the left.
In this photo taken by MacG, who was sitting behind us, I'm being served soup in a gold-rimmed bowl.  To the right of Ed is the trolley with the assorted canapés.  You just point at what you want, and they put it on a plate for you.  
Here are some of the appetizers - soup in that beautiful gold-rimmed bowl, cherry tomatoes with chunks of cheese, a coconut battered prawn, and a little bit of salad.
When we go to Europe again - and I hope it's 2020 - I honestly don't think I'll be able to fly any other class of service.  It's going to have to be a business class or first class flight.  I'll use every point, every perk, every trick I can pull to get that ticket.  Not only is the travel for the long distance more comfortable, but the food is fantastic.

They even have snacks for when you get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.  That's a pretty good perk. 

Of course, it's a little different than standing in front of an open refrigerator in your underwear, like you do at home, but I'll take a midnight Snickers bar any day of the week on an airplane.

Time to start making future travel plans!



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2018: Where The Elks Of Globe Went To Gather
2017: For All The Real Easter Lovers Out There
2016: Round Trip
2015: A Delicious Bridge And Tunnel
2014: More Important Than Taxes
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!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Our Lady Of Paris

Today we learned there was a fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.  The structure, built in the 12th century, draws 13 million visitors each year.

When we were in Paris, we passed by the cathedral on our open bus tour but didn't go in since there were other things I wanted to see in our short time there.  Now I kinda regret missing it.

President Emmanuel Macron said they'll rebuild.  Paris will be watching the repair of their lady.




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2018: Hand In Hand
2017: Grain Grinder
2016: My Number One Man Next To Our Number One Tree
2015: The Eggplant Link Is The Tastiest
2014: Compliance By Guilt
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!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Art Of Clog Making

This is the craftsmen who gave the clog-making demonstration for us at the Kooijman Wooden Shoe Workshop at Zaanse Schans located about 12 miles (20 km) outside of Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
Although originally made by hand, the workshop uses antique machines to make wooden shoes the same way they were made a hundred years ago.

Each clog starts as a block of wood - like a chunk of a 4" x 4" - and finishes as a wearable shoe.  From log to clog.
The Kooijman workshop, located at Zaanse Schans, also houses a wooden clog museum.  They include everything from church clogs to rollerskate clogs to rhinestone-encrusted clogs.  They have one of the largest collections of clogs in the Netherlands.
The machines operate in a similar fashion to the way a key is made - they have one shoe in the machine already, to use as a template - and the machine follows the lines of that shoe to create another one. Then the shoe is hollowed out by another tool on the machine, which the craftsman manipulates to carve out the place for the foot.
The wood used for the shoe is wet - in order to work the wood, it has to be made up of approximately 60% water - and when the demonstration was over the shoemaker held the shoe to his lips and blew into it.  Water dripped from the pores of the wood, showing how much moisture the wood held.
The shoes are then set aside to thoroughly dry before they're hand-painted and sold to tourists looking to walk in the footsteps of the Dutch!


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2018: Beauty Prevails
2017: Approaching The Future Of Space Travel
2016: Hmeep Hmeep!
2015: Spring In The Sky
2014: Power To The Tree
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 Hahba
2007: Waxing Brilliant
2006: Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seveeeeennnn!
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Chill Out, They're Fine

The first time I saw unrefrigerated eggs in a grocery store was in a small village in Italy in 2010.  They were just on a shelf, next to the bread.  Kinda freaked me out.  

Dairy, not refrigerated?? What's wrong with these Italians??

Then, last year on our trip to France, I saw the same thing.  These eggs, in the photo above, just sitting in their cartons, on a shelf in the corner, no chill to be felt anywhere.


The first time in Italy, I had no idea why.  I couldn't even come up with a good guess.  Well, other than thinking, people collect eggs, warm, right from under the chicken's ass and then they use them, right? So how bad can it be? 

Still.  It was weird to me.  I was raised with refrigerated eggs, so I had to do a little research.  And once I did, I felt a teensy bit smarter and not as freaked out.  And frankly, a little stupid to not have known.  

So this time, armed with my knowledge, when I saw those eggs in France I just looked at them and shrugged.  Eh, eggs in a corner.  No biggie.

Read this piece to find out 
Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't.


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2016: Right Of Way
2017: Not A Time For Restful Sleep
2016: Yellow Pop
2015: Union Wharf
2014: Mysterious Exercise
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!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Jammin' With The Pamplemousse

Photo
I'm definitely making this.

I'm not a drinker, but I love grapefruit and I love jam.

My at-home time is getting busier by the day.


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2018: 
Who Dat?

2017: Nest
2016: Working On The Railroad

2015: There's A Killer Whale On My Sightseeing List
2014: You Look Hungry, Take These For Later
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!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Top Of The Parmigiana List

Photo:  Alex Lau
It doesn't matter whether you call it - parmesan or parmigiana - they're the same thing and they're both delicious.  Here are four ways I like my parmigiana:

Bobby Flay's Chicken Parmigiana 


Rachael Ray's Veal Parmigiana - you must use the tenderest baby veal, pounded very thin.

Bon Appétit's Best Eggplant Parmigiana - this is what I'll be making for Easter!

And last, I love a Meatball Parmigiana Sub.  

If you're feeling more sandwich-y than entree-ish, you can make any one of these into a sandwich.  

Oooooh...I can't wait for the day after Easter when I'll have leftover eggplant for sandwiches!




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2018: 
Stay In Your Lane

2017: Don't Even Go There
2016: Pretty Purple Prickly Pears
2015: Visually Artistic Lighting
2014: I Lost Sleep Looking At All These Links
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!

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

How Sweet It Is

I had sweet potatoes that I needed to use.  I didn't want to bake or mash them, so I decided to use Mark Bittman's recipe and make fries.

It was a delicious decision.




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2018: 
Lit Since 1965

2017: Smoke Rings In The Light
2016: This is FONTastic!!
2015: Perky For Spring
2014: Spring In Wyoming
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!

Monday, April 08, 2019

Inches Of Luxury

That's our current truck in the photo above.  It has a 132" ARI Custom sleeper on a Freightliner Coronado chassis. 

We're in the market for a new truck now, which is one of the reasons we recently went to the truck show in Kentucky.  I want a bigger sleeper, Ed wants to be able to go to Canada.

Going to Canada means we'd have to stick with the 132" and put it on a Volvo chassis, which has a shorter wheelbase than our Freightliner.  That will allow us to go anywhere in Canada, something we haven't been able to do in 10 years.

Sure, I'd love to go to Canada.  I love it up there.  But I also love the idea of a bigger sleeper.  Take a look at photos from ARI showing the interior of their 190" sleeper.  It's got a back bed, a side door, and tons of room!

These trucks are great for what we do.  Even though we have our house in Arizona, we choose to stay out sometimes for weeks, and when we're on the road I really love the comforts of home.  Overdrive did a piece last year on big sleepers.
The decor in this one is right up my alley.  Light color, barn wood flooring, greyish-black cabinet color.  There are a few other cabinet colors I like and Ed keeps telling me I have to make a decision because there's at least a five month wait time to get it.

These truck interiors are truly custom.  They will make and decorate it any way you desire and wish to pay for.  I can't say I love all of these looks, but if you're interested in seeing what other people have done with their interiors, scroll through these photos to see what kinds of choices one has.

As much as I want the big sleeper, and have been building a case for it, I'd kinda like being able to go to Canada again.  It opens up more opportunities for adventure, pictures, and scenery!


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2018: 
No Room At The Tonto

2017: Skies Are Always Sunnier From The Left
2016: Talking Back Isn't Such A Bad Thing After All
2015: Staying Entertained During The Load Hunt
2014: Olive You
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!

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Mile High Walking

A corridor at the Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.



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2018: 
So Succulent

2017: Dough Meets Grill
2016: As If Florida Isn't Crazy Enough
2015: Guac, Not Eggs
2014: Beyond Restoration?
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!

Friday, April 05, 2019

A Lonely Chile Relleno

One of Ed's favorite Mexican dishes is the Chile Relleno.  Where he grew up in Texas, they used to stuff the chiles with ground beef.  But in all of our travels, we never find anything but cheese-stuffed chiles.  So that's what he gets.

This one was made at one of our local Mexican restaurants, one we don't go to nearly enough.  It's called Mosaic Cafe Dos.

The place is small and the food is delicious.  They hand make flour tortillas on site, and if you get there at the right time you can get them fresh off the griddle.  They're amaaaaazing!

There's definitely no shortage of good Mexican food in Tucson!


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2018: Skeleton Crew
2017: Swiss Precision In The Kitchen
2016: Trucking Across The American West
2015: Happy Easter!
2014: At The Water's Edge
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!

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Southwest Sunrise

After the truck show last week, we left Louisville VERY early.  I was up at 3:00 AM local time.  It was dark when we left the airport, but I got to see the sunrise sometime after we left. 

We didn't have a luxurious breakfast like on our Turkish Airlines Business Class Flight to Europe, but I did get a nice cup of orange juice.



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2018: 
Dream. Plan. Ride.
2017: Accidental Exercise
2016: Boys Versus Girls

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

He Has Leftover European Swagger

You can't really see them in this photo, but Ed is wearing the navy blue slim-fit European-cut pants we bought while in Budapest last year.  Believe me when I tell you they make him extra handsome!  Apparently, these little ladies agree.

Or, maybe they overheard him talking about buying a big sleeper truck.

Or maybe he smells like money.  I have to go give him a sniff.  I'll let you know.

Ed always seems to find the ladies.


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2018: Noodling Around
2017: Bright Morning Riders
2016: Our Gift To Future Generations
2015: Winter Sun Setting
2014: Our Throne
2013: The Morning Long Haul
2012: Passing A DOT Physical Has Never Been So Harrowing
2011: I’d Like To Make A Toast
2010: Where Good Breeding Gets You
2009: Eddie At The Glacier Friday
2008: When Having A UTI Is A Cause For Celebration
2007: They Should Give Academy Awards For Good Hair
2006: One, Two, Three, Floor
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Inside TDR!

I was doing a little Googling recently and came across an interview I did with TruckDrivingJobs.com in 2016.  I thought I'd repost it here just in case you missed it.  

Read on!


Inside Salena Lettera's Daily Rant

by Jake Tully - Published: 8/30/2016
4.4 3 votes

Salena Lettera is one of the preeminent bloggers in the trucking industry. Her blog, The Daily Rant, has been a staple for readers following Lettera as she chronicles her life on the road and out of the cab. Lettera holds the distinction of having the longest-running daily trucking blog written by a woman, and is easily one of the most important figures in the realm of woman truckers. Along with her boyfriend, Ed Godfrey, Salena has made runs all around the country and shared her experiences with the world.


The Daily Rant is a fun, personal, and honest blog concerning the trucking lifestyle as well as the life one inhabits outside of their work. Lettera is as much an accomplished writer and photographer (See her Flickr page here) as she is an accomplished trucker. Truck Driving Jobs got the incredible opportunity to speak to Lettera about her work and creative process, and how she manages an online presence while maintaining a career in what may sometimes be an unforgiving industry. 

TDJ: What inspired you to turn to blogging as an outlet for documenting your life on and off the road?

SL: When I first went on the road in November 2004, my friends and family wanted to know where I was and what I was doing, so I created a “newsletter” in the form of a Word Document.I regularly emailed it to everyone who was interested. I called it The Daily Rant, mostly because I was “ranting” about things on the road, including pictures and stories about where we’d been and what I was seeing. Then, in early 2005, I discovered Blogger and decided to create my own blog. Instead of sending out newsletters, I directed everyone to my new blog instead. What started as a way of sharing my new life with those closest to me turned into sharing my new lifestyle with the world. When I started getting emails and comments from people across the globe, I was amazed. Now when I see far-flung places showing up in my stats, I’m pleased that people around the world are still reading!

TDJ: There are a rising number of trucking blogs out there, but you’ve made your blog distinctive with some incredible photography of the road itself as well as some of the places you visit on your routes. Had you always planned to do some sort of photo documentation to accompany the blog?
SL: I didn’t really have a plan for the photography part, I just wanted to document what I was doing and share it with people close to me. Prior to starting my blog, my best friend and I developed an interest in taking pictures and some of those photos wound up on the blog to illustrate the blog posts I was writing. As my photography skill improved, I started using more pictures. Now I try to include as many photos as I can. I enjoy reading blogs that include photos in posts, especially travel blogs, so I thought people might enjoy seeing some of the places I was seeing in my daily travels. If what my readers say is true, it turns out I was right!

TDJ: Where do you find time to write? Are you posting often from your sleeper? Do you prefer to write when you’re home in order to collect your thoughts or do you like the idea of blogging while still in the atmosphere of driving?
SL: I make time to write whenever and wherever I can. I always blog on my computer, not my iPhone or iPad like some people do.I’m more comfortable sitting at the keyboard and writing. Sometimes the blog posts are swirling around in my head while I’m driving and I type them out when I get a chance, sometimes I have ideas I think will make a good post and I take down little reminder notes to myself, and sometimes things just come to me when I sit down in front of the computer. It’s a lot easier to have things to write about when we’re traveling to a lot of different places or sightseeing when we’ve got some extended downtime. Since I like to write on the computer, and not my iPhone or iPad, I’m either in the sleeper sitting at the table, or on my laptop up in the cab while Ed is driving. When we’re busy, or doing a lot of team driving - which means sleeping/eating/driving with little time for anything else – I will catch up when I get home. I try to stay current, but sometimes I’m a few days behind and wind up publishing several posts at once.

TDJ: How do you keep yourself motivated to update and write so continuously?
SL: It’s like playing golf – a personal challenge. Since I have a blog titled The Daily Rant, I feel the need to keep up the daily part. Some days I curse the moment I chose that name because often I feel pressed to create content, or I have writer’s block and can’t think of a thing to say! Ultimately, though, I enjoy it and I know people are reading. I don’t get a lot of comments on the blog posts themselves, but I do get emails on occasion and I can see how much traffic my site gets, so I know the readers are out there! When I’m home, like I am now on this local run we’re doing, it becomes a little more difficult to keep up with the daily posts because I do less exploring and there’s not much excitement. I’m trying to shift my blog focus a little bit right now by doing more photos or link posts because we’re not doing any cross-country trucking at the moment.

TDJ: In addition to your own blog, you’ve written for magazines like The Long Haul and Highway Health. Do you consider yourself somewhat of an expert in the fields of trucker health and financial matters?
SL: I don’t consider myself an expert in any field, but I do have over 10 years of experience doing this job so I feel as if I can impart some wisdom and offer some advice. I am not a health advocate by any means – you’d have to use brute force to pry a chocolate croissant from my hand - but I was raised on food cooked from scratch and cook for myself and Ed the same way I learned growing up. We eat very well in the truck when I cook, but we do hit the fast food places more than we probably should when we’re pressed for time. I do think it’s possible to eat better on the road by making an effort to make better choices, but that’s easier said than done. As for financial matters, that’s Ed’s specialty. I’ve learned a lot from him in regard to the financial side of the trucking business. Watching what Ed has done and asking him a lot of questions has increased my knowledge and allowed me to write about how to manage money, how to make the best choices when spending money on your truck and for your business, and even how to make a profit in an industry that tries very hard to keep a driver from doing so. Without Ed’s guidance and input, I wouldn’t have been able to write those pieces.
TDJ: There are many drivers on teams face some difficulties with their partner - how do you and your boyfriend, Ed, make team driving work?
SL: Surprisingly, Ed and I get along quite well. We’re polar opposites – I’m a New Yorker, he’s a Texan – so I’m not really sure how it works, but it does. We do share a small space on a daily basis, so there are disagreements and sometimes all-out arguments, but ultimately we come back to a place where we’re both comfortable. People always ask what it’s like being together so much, all of the time. I tell them to sit in a walk-in-closet for three days with their significant other. That’s what it’s like. We eat, sleep, shower, read, talk on the phone, and watch TV within three feet of each other more than 300 days a year. I always give Ed the credit for this arrangement working. He’s easygoing and has a very even temperament and is really the one who deserves the credit for making living in small quarters bearable.

TDJ: There’s a growing movement for advocating and endorsing women in trucking. Have you seen any growth in this direction or received any positive feedback in taking part in the movement?
SL: When I was in trucking school, my teacher, who had over 40 years in the field, said women made better drivers than men. I don’t know of any studies that prove that, but all the women drivers I know are very serious, very conscientious, and very good at what they do. The American Trucking Association shows women entering the industry in record numbers but they still only make up 5.8% of the industry. That percentage has increased from when I started driving and I do tend to notice more women on the road.I have also seen an increase in women actually being recognized and singled out in the industry. Since I started driving, I’ve seen organizations for women drivers formed, companies seeking women’s advice on everything from interior cab design to product availability at truck stops, and even a trucking “beauty contest” for women drivers (although I’m not sure that was the best idea that’s come down the pike.) I think it’s a great field for women, but I don’t think many consider it as a career or even something they're physically able to do. Women think they can’t drive a vehicle as big as a semi, but whenever I’m asked, I always tell them it’s just like driving a big car. It really is that easy. It’s also empowering, satisfying, and an exciting way to make a good living. More women should give it a try!

TDJ: What do you think is one of the biggest challenges we are currently facing in the trucking industry?

SL: Lack of driver training is a big problem. From the most important aspect of safety to some of the less important elements like trucking etiquette, drivers are often not educated about the industry they’re entering. In my opinion, this lack of preparedness starts during the trucking school training period. New drivers don’t get what they need and don’t seek out the information once on the road. This is a serious job that comes with a lot of responsibility. You’re responsible for the safety of yourself and others around you and you need to be very aware of how your actions can affect others. New drivers don’t have insight to some of the simpler things - like how to navigate a truck stop (no speeding through the parking lot) how long they should linger on the fuel island or common courtesy toward other drivers and the motoring public – and they don’t fully understand some of the more important things like regulations or how to work with and among other drivers. They’re not held to any standards. And many come out here without the tools they need to be successful.I’d like to see the training periods extended, I’d like to see true veteran drivers (ones with 30 years’ experience, not one year of experience) training the new drivers out on the road, and I’d like to see continuous education for drivers – required classes during their first years on the road. Experience and skill level should count for something and should be recognized in some manner.

TDJ: What advice might you impart on someone who is considering a career in trucking?
SL: Do a lot of research. Talk to drivers. Research the companies you’re thinking of working for. Have a little bit of savings before you start to get you through any mishaps. And if you’re going to become an owner-operator, learn as much as you can about operating costs, regulations, basic maintenance, load securing, etc. Use the internet and interview drivers in truck stops to find out which schools are good, which companies are good, where people are having trouble. There’s a lot of information you can obtain before getting out on the road. Find a mentor if you can. Don’t be afraid to talk to old-timers. Write to bloggers in the industry and ask questions. Do your homework. It’s a great career and offers a good opportunity to make money. And in my opinion, it’s fun!



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2018: Simply Obsessed
2017: Downtown
2016: Post-Procedure Recovery
2015: A Wiley Coyote
2014: Quick Draw McGraw
2013: Multi-Level Fun And Games
2012: Sign Of Spring
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!