Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Trust Me, I'm A Truck Driver

So I've got some very exciting news to share with The Daily Rant readers...

We're going to radio! Satellite radio, my friends!!

OK, so it's not like our own show or anything, but you will be able to hear our voices coming out of a box. Although, I don't know if that's going to be cool or not because the last time I heard my own voice played back to me, I wanted to crawl under a rock.

Anyway...this all came about because of my love of reading magazines. Let me fill you in. About seven years ago, I met a woman online through our shared interest in a blog we used to read. I can't remember the specifics, but I think either I liked one of her comments or she liked one of mine, and we began to sporadically communicate through email. It was fun while it lasted (and informative, as she helped me with a few questions pertaining to her specific field), but as the years passed, we lost touch.

Then recently, I was reading an
article about yin yoga in the June issue of O, The Oprah Magazine when I came across her name. She was quoted in the article! See? I knew someday all the time I've spent in Barnes & Noble would pay off. Anyway, she was quoted because she's an orthopedic surgeon. Mid-sentence I blurted out to Ed, "I know her!!" He replied, "Who is she?"

She is
Dr. Claudette Lajam, the first female surgeon in the WORLD to perform robot-assisted partial knee replacement. OK, so what, you say? You don't need a knee? Well, whatever. It's still pretty awesome.

She is the Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, and after seeing her name in the article, I reconnected with her via Facebook, and we briefly caught up on what we'd been up to since we last talked. Mostly, I was still driving a truck and it seems she's using robots to help replace body parts. As you can tell, we're both totally making excellent use of our time.

Oh, and she's also one of the hosts on the Orthopedics show on
Doctor Radio.

In one of the emails she asked if I would like to join her on the show to talk about staying healthy on the road. Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech! (That was me coming to a screeching halt.)

I promptly emailed back and said that although I would LOVE to be on the show, I wasn't so sure I'd be the greatest example of being "healthy" on the road, since most people don't think you're healthy if you're bigger than a size 7. Even though I have no medical issues, take no medication, eat very well (have you seen my recipes?) and recently lost 22 pounds, I had to come clean about latte drinking and scone eating being on the top of my "Favorite Things To Do" list; preferably while sitting on my ass reading a magazine. She said that was fine, we can talk about all aspects of being on the road, health being one of them. Hearing that, I asked if Ed could join us, since he actually exercises, plus he's been on the road for 17 years, and will likely be able to relate to a lot of the drivers. They said yes.

Since orthopaedics is the study of the human musculoskeletal system, which is the system that provides form, support, stability, and movement to the body, I figured we'd have plenty to talk about. Because anyone who drives a truck knows our musculoskeletal system gets the hell beat out of it behind the wheel of a big rig; vibration, miles and miles of sitting, pressure points on legs, wrists and elbows, back pain, muscles, joints. All of it, dammit! So after a few emails back and forth between Dr. Lajam and the show's producer, we came to the conclusion that we'd talk about the trucking lifestyle, trying to stay healthy on the road, and other related topics.

We're pretty excited. Our goal is to be in New York so we can do the show from their studio, but if we can't make it there on time (we don't have a load yet and it's set for next week), we'll just do it via phone. I'm a little nervous, but looking forward to it.

Soooo, if you have Sirius XM Satellite Radio, be sure to listen in!

WHEN: Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time
(Rebroadcasts Tuesdays 12 am, Saturdays 6 am, Sundays 12 am)

WHERE: Channel 81 on Sirius XM Satellite Radio

And if you're not a Sirius XM subscriber, you can listen online to a FREE 30 Day Trial of Sirius XM Radio by clicking HERE.

See you on the air!

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ELH said...

DAOGWell well, Congrats guys...will look forward to hearing you both..and Salena, believe me I know how hard it is to do what you did as far as the weight loss ..that's quite a accomplishment ....I'm trying myself..still have about 15 or so lbs to go, but its gettin there,ever so slowly..
Congrats again on the radio interview..

all things bradbury said...

wayyyy cool!!...i made myself a post-it to help me remember to tune in!!

june in florida said...

Wtg, will also make a note. Is tv next?

Gil said...

Congratulations! Is there any way to pick the program up on the internet?

Willow said...

That's so way cool!!! I wish I were in the truck so I could hear it. No XM at home. :(

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