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  • The Best and the Worst: Expediter's Stories
    By Jeff Jensen, Editor
    Posted Nov 23rd 2010 10:12AM
    There are those loads that stay with us all of our driving careers - the good ones because they don't occur often enough and the the bad ones because we hope we never see them again.

    Here are the stories of two veteran expediters, the good and the bad.
  • The Future of Radio Looks Like More of the Same--and That's a Good Thing.
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Nov 13th 2010 11:39PM
    But what of radio? While similar changes to ad rates have affected radio, and the actual-content-to-advertising-message ratio has undoubtedly changed somewhat significantly, there hasn’t been a whole lot to challenge radio’s landscape. There is, for example, satellite radio--and while the subscription model has presented some challenge to radio, it’s been more a challenge for listenership than for the entire industry itself.
  • Small Town Parking: Where’s the Best Place to Go?
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Nov 1st 2010 2:38AM
    Generally speaking, parking is something of a standard concern for folks in the trucking industry across the board. To call it a concern, however, might be going a bit too far, especially when you’re talking about well-established towns and/or areas right off the highway. It’s fairly easy to find a place to park in these types of places; a truck stop, rest area, and the occasional Wal-Mart (or similar big box store) will usually do the trick for most drivers.

    If you’re in a small town that might not have a truck stop or a rest area in close proximity, however, you might be relegated to the local Wal-Mart. There are some folks who’ll say that some Wal-Marts are less welcoming than others. It’s entirely possible that you might have to put in a bit of a search to find a good place to sleep.

    Naturally, I put the question to the EO forum, and as per usual, the folks there helped out with some really great suggestions.
  • Riding With Family: A Blessing and Another Kind of Blessing?
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Oct 14th 2010 6:50AM
    Working with family members presents a set of advantages and obstacles that’s been somewhat widely discussed; at the same time, the situation of working with family members maybe isn’t something that one weighs the pros and cons of when it’s in discussion.
  • UFOs: Why Do We Like Them?
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Oct 1st 2010 4:34AM
    The very concept that Earth has been visited by otherworldly beings is a common thread through human history, but in the United States, it’s something that seems to hearken back to the 1950’s--the era of the “Nuclear family,” a vision of the future that included flying cars, and the not-so-distant memory of an alleged alien crash site in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico. Whether you think an alien ship crashed there or whether you see that as a silly, conspiracy theorist notion that ignores what facts actually exist about what happened in Roswell in 1947 is immaterial; it’s just not about that.
  • George McDonald: Changing Gears
    By Jeff Jensen, Editor
    Posted Sep 29th 2010 11:28AM
    George has been plying his trade in a series of straight trucks since he started in the emergency freight business in the early 90's, including his UD ,his FL60, and most recently, his beloved 2001 Western Star.
  • No, Insomnia Doesn’t Mean You Should Just Drive All Night...
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Sep 9th 2010 1:32AM
    At some point or another, the chance that you’ll have--or have had--insomnia on a short-term basis is high; close to 100%. In addition to that, around 60 million people deal with insomnia per year. Insomnia isn’t necessarily just a passing thing, though. There are a number of different types, causes, and symptoms associated with it that get treated in a number of different ways. In other words, the whole thing can be complicated.

    Of course, sleep is important. The DOT and CSA 2010 rules regarding commercial driving recognize this. Perhaps more importantly, common sense recognizes this as well. So, what to do if you’ve got insomnia?
  • Business and the Golden Rule: Are You Doing It?
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Sep 7th 2010 3:13AM
    It's an axiom with quite a history, and one with countless subscribers. The Golden Rule appears in numerous religions, and is, as you're aware, a widely-applied principle in the everyday lives of people young and old--we teach it to our children, and remind ourselves of it reasonably regularly. But how often do we think of the Golden Rule as it relates to business?
  • Energy Drinks: Helpful or Harmful?
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Aug 18th 2010 5:00AM
    There's been a fairly well-publicized debate over the last few years about energy drinks and whether they're bad for you or whether they simply live up to the claims that their companies make about them.
  • Finding the Best Computer to Take on the Road
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Aug 13th 2010 6:48AM
    To put it simply, shopping for a computer can be a giant pain. There are seeming endless options, features, and specifications to sift through, and if you've listened to the Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux vs. "The next big thing" debates out there, it doesn't get any easier.