Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Meeting in the Park

We passed this lovely house yesterday on the way to the park. It sits on top of a hill and the view from the 2nd floor balcony is fantastic.
The park has expanded their play equipment area ... so it really attracts a lot of children ... and the occasional oddball parent ... nuff said.
This is Mrs. & Mr. W and a couple of their daughters.
JIM showed up without his BIG blue Great Danes.
Two sisterly types enjoying a brisk outing.
Nothing quite like cousins getting together ...


It was pointed out to me that my previous blog photo was bad enough to frighten small children and could perform in some sort of pest control function. Hence while the Christmas cameras were flashing I was able to find a better photo. It still doesn't make me into a beefcake, but I guess photos can do only so much. :))

I took a small break from my vacation and took the tractor over to the local Freightshaker dealer to get an oil leak fixed. I think I made a mistake when I told them I was on vacation, but we will see.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will Have a prosperious New Year

Bookerz out

Trucking new GPS today

Are you maintaining your employees with the Teletype GPS trucking 710,060

"All work and no play makes the employees to escape - or so they say. It seems that would work well in this economy far from a good job that they can from suffering through the trials of the gas and avoid the high cost of feed is. But it hurts to be able to relax during work time. That is why many companies do everything to reduce in order to create an environmentTurnover. But how carriers can create this beautiful environment, with its staff on the street? Although they are not able to fine a home environment with Internet access and offer free snacks throughout the day, what some consider to offer a wide awake on the road - Teletype GPS 710,060th

Of course you know that the main advantage of a GPS system - able to orient easily and quickly from one place to another. However,710,060 Teletype GPS system gives you a little 'more to its customers, because it created specifically for the truck industry. Where you can also be used for traditional GPS system to help you navigate through the streets, this system offers special features, which takes into account all the requirements of a truck.

For example, when drivers travel through the country, making deliveries, it can be difficult to take into account the entire truck --Restrictions that might fall along the traditional routes increased. But this navigation system while knowing that the truck restrictions or break a trip to make, may request that check before leaving the program in action and trucks, to determine the best route, when you arrive at your destination contention without having to return or distraction. So if you are in the past, problems with the load limits had one-way street designations, deck height, privileges, duties anddangerous turn restrictions, be sure to avoid them.

In addition to the truck routing restrictions, the ticker 710,060 GPS system features a 7-inch touchscreen, preloaded maps of the United States and Canada, text-to-speech, turn-by-turn voice navigation, over 12 million points of Interest (POI), and the ability to store waypoints. But this is not the fun part. As mentioned above, all employees are working hard to enjoy the opportunity to earn a bit, "and with this device,we came to do exactly that, with the following characteristics:

Picture Viewer

One of the main advantages of this navigation system is the image viewer, that the employees can gather and access their digital photos. With your employees spend so much time on the road and away from their families, the possibility can be checked on the little jets of growth and need only a little because I came home for a few days or weeks. And what is even better, with yourDrivers who travel destinations such as unique, were able to send photos over the network every city, so you wait to know where the offers. This little perk can certainly add a little "fun and a sense of home that could not otherwise be heard, with a standard navigation system.

MP3 Players

Who does not enjoy a good song? Most people who are especially while driving on the street to entertain the love of their favorite artists. Obviouslyalways listening to the radio for a quick solution, but as a truck driver who constantly travel to new cities where they work, how to find them to be handed over to the next step. It is here that the CD will be of benefit. However, there are only so many songs that fit on a single disc. Therefore found the MP3 player 710,060 on the ticker system is so useful. It provides the ability to store hundreds of songs on your player so you can listen to your favorite music from the earlyEnd of your trip - no matter how long it takes.

Video Player

Another great feature of the ticker's video player, the truck driver to see the films if you allow a break with a stop at once their hotel for the night. Sure, you can not see the player during the trip, but it's nice to know they can have their breaks as they want.

If you plan on GPS systems for your company to upgrade to the much better todayTechnology, it's a good idea to check the teletype 710,060 GPS system. It not only provides navigation works very well, but also a way to help staff devoted to relaxation. Why do they want in the systems of telecommunications equipment for your business?

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I'll Be Home For Christmas‏

I had to work on Christmas Eve. Our company never closes except for Christmas Day. They do however let us off two hours early on Christmas Eve, which I suppose is better than nothing, but as I sit at my desk and think about my loved ones getting a jump start on the holiday I get a little bitter. ;-) And of course I didn't save any vacation days for the holidays. That would have made too much sense. So I arrived at 9 on Christmas Eve, but only had to work until 4. I already had most everything packed and in the car since I hadn't been home for a week due to dog-sitting. I just needed to run home, grab a few odds and ends, get my presents for the family, and Jax (Sylvest had already arrived in Decatur via Mom & Courtney on Sunday). The forecast for Thursday was snow. The weather forecast called for snow and said it would start in the afternoon/evening. It actually started snowing pretty early in the day and the flakes were big. At first it didn't look like it was sticking but the more it snowed the more it started to accumulate. I kept looking out our 4th floor window as the snow progressed (see pics below). It was fun to watch and was definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

My family called early on in the day to say it was snowing there, an hour away. Around 1 they told me the roads were starting to get a bit slick and wondered if I could leave early. I think they were pretty worried I wouldn't make it home for Christmas. I popped off and told Courtney that Jax and I would make it even if it took us 5 hours. Little did I know that this would ring somewhat true. My supervisor and VP were off on Thursday so I went to our sister team's supervisor and asked if there was anyway I could take off early due to the weather. He told me the roads weren't bad (because they really weren't too bad in our area at the time) and said that he couldn't let me leave because we had so much work to be done. I didn't argue and just told my family I couldn't leave early and that I would call them when Jax and I left town. I jumped up and walked out at 4, gathered up stuff at my apt, and was on the road to Decatur at 4:38. The snow was piling up here but the roads didn't seem icy at all. I hopped on the tollway and drove a bit slower than normal, but it really wasn't too bad. I thought "Oh good, my family over-exaggerated, these roads are fine". I was making good progress. The snow was falling pretty heavy and the wind was whipping it across the road but other cars had made pretty good ruts and I was doing fine. My family continued to call me quite often as they had done all afternoon while at work. Something you must understand is that my father is a worry wart. He comes from a LONG line of worry warts. He's also a retired Highway Patrolman. He's seen all the bad stuff and it's pretty much never left his mind. So when one of his own is in a potentially dangerous situation he goes into worry overdrive. Mom said she didn't even have to worry because he was doing enough for the both of them. Anyway, the phone calls kept coming to check on my progress. I made it to Denton and the snow started to get thicker, it was getting dark, and the ruts were much harder to see, but I was still trucking along fine. Slow, but fine. Jax would NOT hush. He meowed the entire way. He'd been alone for 2 days since I was away dog-sitting and the minute I got home I grabbed him up and put him in a crate. He did not care for this. He's also not the best traveler and tends to meow a lot anyway. Let me tell ya, this did NOT help my nerves. Somewhere along the way I noticed that my windshield had cracked. As if I needed any more drama. I had a small knick in the windshield and with the combo of ice, snow, using my windshield wipers, and defroster it cracked. :( I was happy to be getting closer to Decatur. I was getting VERY tired (as I hadn't had a lot of sleep lately) and visibility was getting worse and worse. I just wanted to be done with this. Dad called to see where I was and I told him I was coming up on Imperial (a company on the outskirts of town). All of a sudden I topped a hill and all I could see was a stream of break lights. As far as the eye could see it was break lights. Dad & I figured someone must have had a wreak. We hung up and I sat there. I sat, and sat, and sat, and sat. It was awful. Dad called back to say he'd called the police dept. (of course he had) and they said it was very slick in that section of the road and people were jack-knifing. Crap! I'm already super stressed out, I have no clue how long this is going to take, and I have GOT to pee. I sat there for what seemed like forever and didn't move. The line of cars started to move forward finally but the Dodge pickup in front of me was having issues. His back wheels were just spinning on the snow/ice and he wasn't moving anywhere. I backed up to give him some room but no matter how much backing he did he couldn't get any traction. After a few cars started to go around him I joined in. I felt bad leaving him behind but there was nothing I could do for him. Of course we get around him and then sit forever again. We move just a little bit and then sit. A BMW was having lots of issues as well. The guy driving couldn't get any traction either and his back tires just kept spinning. A man up ahead got out of his truck to try to help him and the minute he stepped out he slipped and was face down on the road. He laid there for a few seconds and then tried getting up with the help of someone else. At this point the sand truck arrived. OUR HERO! The truck started dispersing sand along the road and specifically on the BMW, which was FINALLY able to go after all the sand. We slowly but surely inched along and made it into town.

I was dying. At one point I thought I might have to use the bathroom in my car so the minute I got to the Shell station I hopped out and went in. I didn't know how much longer it might take me to get to mom and dad's since I didn't know what was up ahead of me. I hopped back in my car and tried to take off but I couldn't get out of the parking lot. I had HAD it. This freakin' sucked! I called my parents and started to cry. I couldn't get out of the blasted parking lot and all I wanted to do was be home. My dad said he would jump in the car and come get me. I really didn't want him to have to do this. We didn't both need to be out in this mess. I tried to leave the parking lot in a different direction and this time I made it would, got onto the highway, flipped around and slowly headed to mom and dad's. I pulled in the driveway at 7:45. It had taken me over THREE hours to get there when it normally takes me one. It was awful. I was stressed to the max and in the worse mood. Everyone came out to help me unload. Mom & Dad's drive way was full on huge snow drifts and the yard was covered in deep snow. The official report is that Decatur got 5". The ground was still really covered when I left for work this morning and we are supposed to get more snow on Tuesday. I will not be doing any traveling then!

Celebrity Night in Saginaw

Press Release

(Saginaw, MI) Tickets remain for the Saginaw Spirit Celebrity Night, presented by Causley Trucking! Detroit Red Wing Alumni and Stanley Cup Champion Dallas Drake will be appearing on December 29, 2009 when the Spirit host the Erie Otters at 7:11 PM. The former NHL'er will be participating in a ceremonial puck drop and signing autographs for fans during the game, courtesy Causley Trucking.

"The Saginaw Spirit are honored to host Dallas Drake and are thankful to our sponsor Causley Trucking for allowing us to present another Stanley Cup Champion. Dallas was the first Red Wing Player that Captain Nicholas Lidstrom handed the Cup to for the Stanley Cup Celebration Skate," Stated Spirit President and Partner Craig Goslin, "We invite our fans to come down to the Dow Event Center on December 29 to hear a few stories from him regarding the Red Wings 07-08 Stanley Cup Championship Season."

Dallas Drake was part of the Stanley Cup winning Detroit Red Wings team that beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the NHL title in 2008, which saw him retire shortly thereafter to cap off a career that spanned fifteen seasons and 1099 NHL hockey games. He posted a total of 177 goals and 300 assists in 1009 regular season NHL hockey games, 14 goals and 19 assists in 90 post season NHL hockey games. The Trail, British Columbia native played with the Detroit Red Wings (1992-1994; 2007-2008), the Winnipeg Jets/ Phoenix Coyotes (1994-2000) and the St. Louis Blues (2000-2007). The Red Wings, who drafted Drake into the NHL with the 116th overall pick in 1989, re-signed the gritty winger for the 2007-2008 season. Prior to the NHL Drake played four seasons in the NCAA with Northern Michigan University, helping the Wildcats win the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 1991.

For more information or to get your tickets for the December 29 Spirit home game, please contact the Spirit at 989-497-7747 or visit the Official Saginaw Spirit Ticket and Merchandise Store at 5789 State Street in Saginaw.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Pulling for J.C. Penney

After unloading Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue at Foley's, Inc. in Archdale, North Carolina this morning at 7:00 AM EST, we were routed to Avgol Distribution in Mocksville, North Carolina (photo above) to pick up rolls of raw material used in the production of diapers by Procter & Gamble at their plant in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. We were routed here a day late, however; the material was loaded on a different carrier Sunday.

SNI took us off this load and sent us to a J.C. Penney distribution center in Statesville, North Carolina (photo below), where we dropped our empty trailer and hooked a preloaded trailer filled with store merchandise bound for a sister Penney's DC in Manchester, Connecticut, near Hartford. We're parked tonight again at the SNI OC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Hope to deliver at J.C.P. in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon.

Wow. Merry Christmas to you too.

Arrow Long Haul Truck Drivers Wake to Nightmare before Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 –
On Tuesday, as many as 1,400 truck drivers for Arrow Trucking Co., based out of Tulsa, OK, have been frantically trying to figure out their next moves as the company unexpectedly announced it was "suspending all operations" that day.
Truckers started calling in to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and Land Line after they were awakened with phone calls from their dispatchers alerting them to the grim news that the company was shutting its doors and that their instructions were to turn in their trucks to the nearest Freightliner dealership. However, no instructions were given for drivers of International trucks. Drivers have been instructed to drop their vehicles off at the nearest Freightliner dealership and to leave their keys with an attendant there or at a truck stop if they are out of fuel.

If YRC Trucking Stops Everything Stops

There is a tremendous amount of reasons why you should be paying attention to the trucking industry at the current moment. Arrow Trucking just went down the drain on Thursday, December 24, 2009--- halting all operations, canceling fuel cards, and telling drivers (by direction of Daimler Financial who funded the entire fleet of trucks) to return their rigs to the nearest Freightliner dealer and get a bus ticket home. I have recently seen this article concerning YRCTrucking (YRC Worldwide) and that GOLDMAN SACHS IS TRYING TO BANKRUPT YRC through bad derivatives and credit default swaps. Keep in mind that YRC(W) is the largest, most comprehensive network in North America and one of the largest in the world for that matter. IT IS OF GREAT CONCERN to pay attention to such a matter.

Trucking Bankruptcies threaten 3 major necessities:
Goods/Materials (commodities necessary for everyday life [-life essentials/non-life essentials])
Fuel Delivery
Why the concern that I insist?..........