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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

On the Road with the original florida kid - week 36

"On the Road" with the original florida kid...
Hello again fellow truckstars! It's Week 36 and..you're on the road with the original florida kid.....
Grandma, Barbie, Pup the wonder dog and the whole gang here at the ranch say a big cowboy howdy "HEY!"
KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN'- Grab an ashtray, a cup of Grandma's famous cowboy coffee and pull up a chair. Grandma's got a batch of her out of this world "sticky buns"(and they are) in the oven so we're in for a treat here in a few minutes but in the meantime let's get this party started......Okay so it's not that great of a party what with O/O's going under left and right, the ever skyrocketing cost of fuel(and every other damn thing.....), payscales bein' what they are, AND, our legislators turning their backs on the voting public in general....yeah man , having some fun now! I'm starting to feel like I live in a third world country, watching people I've never seen struggle before, well they're struggling now......and, truckstars, I'll be the first to admit it, I'm no genius but it really feels like something's wrong here.....really really really wrong....I don't know....do you really think the election coming up is going to change things? I hope so......riiiiiight......
I'm leaving a little later today to take a big boat to NY state so this week's edition is going to be shorter than usual.....
I'm trying a new service for discount hotel rooms called - www.checkinncard.com - I'll let you know, sometimes I have to stay overnight in resort areas to get off-loaded and there's nowhere to park the truck to sleep so I just get a room, this service claims you get 35-50% off on a room and I don't have to tell you at this point every bit helps.......I'll let you know but if you go onto that website you can sign up for free and they take $4.95 for every room you book, it's kind of like Hotwired only you get a card, if you sign up make sure you read through and print a voucher for the times you need a room before your card arrives, or maybe print a temp. card, you'll see the click buttons...
TRUCKSTAR TECH- I'm looking into mini-laptops...I've told you before cell phones, PDA's, mobile scan/fax, all the stuff we use whether at home or on the road is merging into one device, and it appears the mini-laptop is it....I'll have a full report on the state of the art next week....and it also appears as I predicted, that wi-fi is bombing ans soon regular radio too.....stay tuned......Did you know that you can now watch a full tv channel line-up on your mobile web laptop? http://www.dtv4pc.com/ and also: http://www.satellitetvtopc.com
I recently discovered a site for directions on the road called - http://www.truckmiles.com - it's a sister site to proMiles which is a software based main site for truckers but truckmiles is free....and for you techies out there I found a good site for free security downloads - http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/ - just look in the upper left and click on downloads. The highest rated anti-virus and spyare stuff can be free to load if you know where to look....be careful it might try to download something on your computer......
http://www.azentekonline.com - you have to check this out, I am probably still going with a laptop for portability but I think this is a really cool idea, it's an in-dash computer.....with a mobile web card slot too......I believe all the upscale cars in the near future will have them factory installed....
THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT- I've found a new protein drink (I bought a case at the health food store) I think, so far, this is the super drink we all need to keep zoomin'.....it's called "Lean Body" from - www.labrada.com - try it....I'm still looking for a way to get more amino acids in a bar or drink, I'll let you know what I find.....keep a few really good protein bars with you like MetRx brand, I like the "meal replacement" one......and don't forget, spring water doesn't have all the added chemicals tap water does, including flouride, which causes a lot of issues with the endochrine system and has been linked to, and is at epidemic levels of, thyroid problems in men. Across the board, when you look at your diet in a given day, the amount of harmful stuff we put into our bodies without even thinking is absolutely staggering......really.....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE look at what you eat AND drink every day!
Ruffage - whole grains and fibrous vegs' - not canned or frozen, but fresh - and watch your fat intake......always remember boys and girls....a clean colon is a happy colon........get the book "You- The Owners Manual" and read it.......check out this guy, he comes off as a bit of a wack job but he's not.....http://www.garynull.com/
Check out www.uscattlehaulers.com and find the link to the OOU, it's a new group who's only agenda is the welfare of drivers and Dan Little, who by the way is a working driver, is probably our best hope as a leader and fighter for truckers across the board. It's only $20 to join.....I've talked to Dan several times and I truly believe he's the real deal....see for yourself......
Also, in case you feel like rattling someone's cage -
To find your Representative - www.house.gov - ( just enter your zip)
To find your Senators - www.senate.gov - (scroll to your home state)
Write them often, tell your friends to write them often......when? Right NOW !!!!!
Before anything else happens I hope we can all get together on a National Truckers Prayer Day.....the bible says - "if God is for us - then who can be against us?"
Do you think for one second that God would be on the side of some mindlessly greedy, earth raping corporation? Do you?
I bet He's wondering why 2 or more have not gathered in HIS name and asked for HIS intervention.........
Tis' the season for Chuck Wagon Cook-offs!! (http://www.chuckwagon.org/),check their site for the 08' schedule, and truckstars if you only go to one event or take one vacation this year, and you're a fan of the old west, then you have to go to the big National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas - Sept. 4-7th(http://www.cowboy.org/ ) the Chuckwagon Cook-off Championship is held there!!
Take a minute and PRAY, with me, for our troops around the world - truckstars....whether you agree with the war or not - I think we can ALL agree that these are OUR men and women over there, our KIDS, and, the politics involved is way over my head, not to mention the idea that there's probably a lot going on we DON'T know about, so......and let's not forget about GOD in this equation....it's HIS will I want done, not some profit crazed business man's, not the government's, and damn sure not my own, I'm just not capable.....how 'bout you?
Okay truckstars - I gotta go - I'm trying to find a haul and a back-haul....(truck payments....know what I mean vern?)
So until next week -
Remember - NO load and NO paycheck is worth dyin' for !!!!!
Pray for us all, our nation, the world and the lost..... and try not to worry!!
God hears prayers, trust me - I know.
As always, I want you to remember - I love ya' and I'm prayin' for ya' !
Play nice, drive safe and pull it on home...........
Are you ready? Let's roll..........
......you're on the road with the original florida kid...............we gown..........