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Week 65 – The Truckstar

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Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 65 and….

…..you‘re on the road with the original florida kid…..
Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, the “brat”, Tommy Boy, Neil Ray and all the cowgirls here at the ranch want to give a BIG COWBOY HOWDY “HEY!”

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’ –
Looking back over the last 2 months, for me, has been something of a blurr. Weeks filled with phone calls, emails, IM’s, Twitter and Facebook activity, my broadcasts on Truckstar Radio, and YOU!
You can find me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/danielaudet and http://www.twitter.com/truckstarradio also, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/daniel.audet2
The landscape of the trucking industry seems to look different, some would say worse, every time we take a fresh look at it. We’re seeing economic craziness illustrated by the current never ending low, more and more regulations coming through mandate from the FMCSA in the form of CSA 2010, also, HOS discussion and new health rules.
If you step back and look at the “big picture” as it pertains to the American driver, the industry in terms of business forecast and current trends has changed and, is changing, a lot.
According to stats released by the DOT the other day, traffic fatalities have reached an all time low, the lowest since 1954, while truck robberies and hijackings have gone up to 859 in 2009, almost 200 more, from 672 in 2007. (makes a good case to support the new nationwide concealed weapons “carry” law, doesn’t it?)

The Mexican Cross Border program appears poised for it’s operational launch soon. Have you kept up with the latest news? I hope you plan to contact your congressmen/women and senators on this, let them know how you feel!
I believe this is THE most pressing issue the American driver has to think about and deal with – trust me Truckstars it’s not going away!
Is the American driver about to fade into history? A history that is a part of the fabric of America, our trucker history? When the good times rolled here in the U.S. so did the American driver, when war raged the American driver stepped up, when disasters strike here at home, the American driver risked ALL to help those in need and will continue to do so. When all others all run from the scene of catastrophe, the American driver heads toward it 24/7 to bring relief supplies. Many in and outside the trucking industry feel YOU are worth an effort to preserve as voters, a very large force of labor and consumers. But the question I have driver is – “Do YOU?”
Raise your voice. It’s being heard.
Many will hear YOUR voice and follow YOU. Are you in Truckstar?

Don’t forget to support Hope Rivenburg and Jason’s Law http://www.jhlrivenburg.com and also on Twitter as @JasonsLaw and @HopeRivenburg
Hope is in D.C. as I write this, having a press conference on this issue trying to garner support among our apparently UN-informed elected officials on Capitol Hill. This bill is important for parking and a few other issues that affect YOU on the road!
It’s up to you driver to make sure they know how you feel on this bill – HR 2156

Check out these sites for info and updates:
http://www.realwomenintrucking.com
http://www.askthetrucker.com
http://www.rmrconsultants.com
http://www.truckinfit.com – Tune into Truckstar Radio Friday nights for “Truckin’ Fit Fridays“ with bodybuilder, show truck owner/driver and health expert Richie Acosta!
http://www.truckerghoststories.com Do YOU have a good trucker ghost story? You could be in Annie’s new book “Trucker ghost Stories” and the TV/Cable show coming soon!
http://www.musicnewsnashville.com Dan Harr’s insider online music column on the Nashville music scene!
http://www.industryofthieves.com – Author Paul Todds explosive bestseller on the freight broker industry. Things you did NOT know and how prices are passed all the way to the consumer!
http://www.truckersagainsthumantrafficking.com – the name speaks for itself, I hope you’ll take a look into this issue, we can all help!
http://www.BobMcCarty.com – columnist, journalist Bob McCarty’s top column/blog!

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT- Salt. Or more specifically – sodium. The American Medical Association says that 150,000 lives would be, not could be, WOULD BE, saved every year if Americans would cut their salt intake in half….yeah really…
True – lots of companies have lowered the sodium levels in the foods they produce, but others have increased it, fast food french fries, and some of the so-called “low-fat” foods being at the head of the class.
According to a Consumer Reports evaluation of 37 food brands available nationwide including breakfast foods, sweet snacks and low fat foods – the study surprisingly found that even licorice, spaghetti sauce and bagels were found to have much higher levels of sodium than previously thought. Restaurant meals led the sodium “bad boy” list, salt being used not just to add flavor but as a preservative, it’s in msg, (which is also linked to cancer), monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrates, and even baking soda.
10% of the sodium we eat occurs in foods naturally. The rest is added!
High blood pressure and related cardio-vascular dieseases are primary results of too much salt in our diets.
What do we do?
Read the labels on the foods you buy! (buy lower sodium foods, just add your own sea salt at home)
Switch to sea salt, (Grandma swears by it.), it’s much lower in sodium and tastes better.
Take some on the road with you. You shouldn’t be getting more than 2000 or so milligrams a day, most Americans take in over 4,000 miligrams+ a day….
Just take it one step at a timeTruckstars and train yourself to read labels! Remember – lower fat and sodium foods will take you a long, long way towards better health, lower risk of stroke, high blood pressure and keeping the extra weight off!

Stay tuned for upcoming shows here on TruckstarRadio!

I’ll take you along as I go on “extreme trucking” adventures around the world starting in the Arctic Circle, I’ll go “ice road truckin’! ”
*Be a part of trucking history when we have the world’s first International Drivers Call-in nite, where drivers from around the world will be calling in to meet and speak together.
*We’ll be doing a series of no holds barred stories on Human Trafficking, even here in the U.S. this controversial horror may involve American truckers.
*We’ll follow up on the FMCSA driver call-in, updates and more on CSA2010 ……with our experts.
Watch for the launch of “For Women Only”, a show for frank, open and uncensored talk on women’s issues, by, with and “for women only”. No guys on this show!
*Industry writers will be updating us on major issues and industry buzz also, I’ll be interviewing some of our favorite authors from the world of fiction.
*Don’t forget to call in when we have bestsellling author Annie Wilder back on to hear your “trucker ghost stories”!
Your trucker ghost story may end up in Annie’s new book and TV show “Trucker Ghost Stories.”
*Also look for “Addiction Connection” a show where we’ll talk about just what the title says – “addiction”. Experts from this field and stories of those who have survived will weigh in, maybe you have a problem and need help to make the connection with recovery. Tune in!
*“LIVE DRIVER” a “hands free” show where on the road drivers call in and speak their minds!
*“History Road” vet drivers call in and talk about the old days, old roads and truck stops!
Night after night we have open call in where drivers from all over the world call in to participate and “hang out” with us and maybe you will too!
You won’t hear this kind of content anywhere else in radio, so tune in and be a part of history!
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That’s it for this week Truckstars!
As always, I LOVE YA and I’m prayin’ for ya!
Pray for this Nation and the lost.
Pray for SOMEBODY today!

Saddle up! Let’s ride…
……..you‘re on the road with the original florida kid……we gown….

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 64 – The Truckstar

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Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 64 and….

…..you’re on the road with the original florida kid……

Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Tommy Boy, Neil Ray and all the cowgirls here at the ranch want to give a BIG COWBOY HOWDY “HEY!”

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’ – Hopefully everyone had a good holiday, one that, due to this economy, might have caused, or even forced us to take a look at what we have and don’t have, who we are or maybe even, each other.

Family, loved ones, significant others, co-workers, suddenly may have come into focus and stayed there longer than usual, for some of us anyway due to, well, less money being in our personal pipelines.

If you’re like me, when thinking about days gone by, recent ones too, or times when maybe there seemed to be more work, more money, in short – better times, well, maybe you get a little depressed when you look around yourself, or when the fragmented glances of our nations economy come into focus.

(Stay with me….I’ll bring this thought home in a few paragraphs…..)

Oh for a week like the one I had in the fall, September of 05′!

I’ve learned a couple of things in my run here on planet earth. A run, as some of you know, that was a difficult one early on.

My youth was a measure of extremes, rich, yet oh so poor, at the same time. Then, poor yet oh so rich – in a life saving, direct, reversal of fortunes, which, Thank God for His infinite patience and mercy, I would not have otherwise survived.

As much as my youthful ego hated to admit it, I was made brutally aware of the fact that I could not make it on my own. I needed to understand, and nearly lost my life doing so, that none of us is alone, no matter who or what you are or aspire to be.

Egos and attitudes sometimes delude us into thinking we can blaze through this world solo, or ahead of the pack. For some, in terms of sheer nerve and fearless intentions this may be true, however, without those to turn to and bless with the fruit of these efforts, well, they may amount to nothing more than thunder in the distance. Or more tragically still – a useless exercise.

This….was me.

When I step back and take a hard look at the trucking industry, an industry I must confess I DO NOT love, I see an industry from an administrative level dis-associated from it’s labor ( those in the industry I DO love….) and labor dis-associated from itself.

Bringing THIS thought into focus may, as I mentioned earlier, cause some of us to feel a little depressed when we take a good hard look around ourselves. I know I do.

Is that ALL I feel? No, not hardly…..

Having the sense I once found elusive, the sense to look to the left and right of me, I am, more than ever, strengthened and inspired.

How about you Truckstar?

Are you strengthened and inspired by the growing crowd, the rising voices, voices once few, now growing to many?

Recent events like the sudden Arrow Trucking closure, a closure leaving drivers already made vulnerable by several weeks of bounced paychecks, stranded, literally, on the highways and in truck stops all over the U.S. due to fuel cards being cut off. One of the finance company‘s, with hundreds of trucks in service, were not receiving payments from Arrow, though drivers were making them to Arrow and the finance co. was forced to round these trucks up.

Literally overnight, we saw and heard many from the ranks within step up, and some, not even in the trucking industry stepped up to offer assistance to stranded drivers.

Some, who are in the trucking industry, extended their hands but not for the purpose of helping but to dig it deep into the pockets, yet again, of the drivers in need and also the well intended general public. We saw a sickening sideshow of public relations maneuvers.

Those from within and those from outside trucking seemed to galvanize overnight into a “team”, a team capably and passionately captained by Donna Creekmore, former Arrow exec., a team whose sole mission was the location and welfare of stranded Arrow drivers. The efforts of “Momma” Donna and her team, comprised of drivers, friends and volunteers like Dana Stanley, and a genuine force of nature – Tracy Lynn, driver Eric Mende, Lisa, Brandon White, himself a struggling victim and driver, and others resulted in a nationwide awareness to a “cause”. A cause that is known as the “Arrow Trucking Volunteer Efforts” loyally supported by “Real Women in Trucking” both groups can be found and followed on Facebook, RWIT can be found here too: http://www.realwomenintrucking.com

Not to be forgotten are the thousands of Samaritans who stepped up to find, get home and help with bills, the many Arrow drivers left stranded. Many Thanks and God’s Blessings upon them ALL.

This effort and team still remains in place.

A little bird tells me you can look for Donna and her team to surface in the near future in a capacity that, the nature of which, I will let her announce to you.

These voices, and the growing army of voices across this country, voices who have chosen to speak together as one, this , unlike any time in recent past, is what I saw and heard come from the ashes of a great tragedy. A tragedy that, in times past, may have come and gone with a mere whimper of protest and action.

Look driver, to your left, to your right. You’ll see someone there, someone that is NOT GOING AWAY FROM YOU….EVER.

Raise your voice. It’s being heard.

Many will hear YOUR voice and follow YOU. Are you in, Truckstar?

Stay tuned for upcoming shows here on TruckstarRadio!

I’ll take you along as I go on “extreme trucking” adventures around the world starting in the Arctic Circle, I’ll go “ice road truckin’! ”

Be a part of trucking history when we have the world’s first International Drivers Call-in nite, where drivers from around the world will be calling in to meet and speak together.

We’ll be doing a series of no holds barred stories on Human Trafficking, even here in the U.S. this controversial horror may involve American truckers.

We’ll follow up on the FMCSA driver call-in, updates and more on CSA2010 ……with our experts.

Watch for the launch of “For Women Only”, a show for frank, open and uncensored talk on women’s issues, by, with and “for women only”. No guys on this show!

Industry writers will be updating us on major issues and industry buzz also, I’ll be interviewing some of our favorite authors from the world of fiction.

Don’t forget to call in when we have bestsellling author Annie Wilder back on to hear your “trucker ghost stories”! Your trucker ghost story may end up in Annie’s new book and TV show “Trucker Ghost Stories.”

Also look for “Addiction Connection” a show where we’ll talk about just what the title says – “addiction”. Experts from this field and stories of those who have survived will weigh in, maybe you have a problem and need help to make the connection with recovery. Tune in!

Night after night we have open call in where drivers from all over the world call in to participate and “hang out” with us and maybe you will too!

You won’t hear this kind of content anywhere else in radio, so tune in and be a part of history!

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Got Skype? http://www.skype.com

On another battlefield, one you may already know of, are warriors in God’s army who rescue people abducted and sold as slaves, here in our own country. YOU can make a difference, YOU may be the one who gets someone back home to the loving arms of family.

Stay tuned to Truckstar Radio!

Be a part of it, I want your voice heard!

http://www.overdriveonline.com/channel19

Tune in and call in to TruckstarRadio most nights here on the web!
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That’s it for this week Truckstars!

As always, I LOVE YA and I’m prayin’ for ya!

Pray for this Nation and the lost. Pray for SOMEBODY today!

Saddle up! Let’s ride….

……………you’re on the road with the original florida kid……we gown….

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 63 – The Truckstar

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Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 63 and….

…..you’re on the road with the original florida kid……

Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Tommy Boy, Neil Ray and all the cowgirls here at the ranch want to give a BIG COWBOY HOWDY “HEY!”

As we head into the Christmas Season of 2009 I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous, Blessed New Year! I LOVE and PRAY for you all every day.

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’ –

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Tea Party/912/GOP rally in Port St. Lucie, Forida, just up the coast from where I live. I had never been to one of these political rallies but I wanted to go so I could hopefully, get involved somehow. Not knowing what to expect I made my way inside, stopped at the door by folks with big smiles and warm, hearty handshakes. Once inside I was again greeted by several sincere people, happy to introduce themselves, all, making me feel right at home.

Soon everyone was seated, a man walked up to the podium and addressed the crowd, some 100 people, and began the evening’s meeting WITH A PRAYER…. then we all stood, faced the flag, put our hands on over our hearts and TOGETHER WE RECITED THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.

Including the sentence “one nation under God”….( I think I was half expecting government troops to storm the building and arrest us all….)

Call me crazy, or just plain dumb, but this was the last thing I expected, or maybe it had just been so long since I’ve stood anywhere but in my own home and done such a thing.

I must tell you a tear came to my eye as I stood there with my hand over my heart, barely able to believe what I was hearing and seeing. Not until afterward did I think about this.

Let me ask YOU something. When was the last time you prayed with others, in public? Or, said the pledge of allegience in public? For many, I’m guessing it’s been a LONG time, it had been for me.

Not long into my thoughts, I was suddenly struck with this: What has happened in this country, a country founded on the principles of truth, justice, liberty. A country whose founding fathers were mostly made up of God fearing Christian believers inclined to and determined to create a nation unlike the world had ever seen, a nation “Under God” wherein “ALL MEN WERE CREATED EQUAL”.

Suddenly I was hit with the realization that we may have departed from the original course plotted and set at the begining of the United States of America.

We are no longer united, this nation has become so divided from within it cannot hope to stand. Darkness has become light. Lies have become truth. Those against whom we have sent our sons and daughters to fight against in wars and years past, even now, to die trying to stop, have now become the governemental and business leaders directing the destiny of our country! Can it be true? Why is now against the law to say “One nation under God” in public, in schools? Why, how is it illegal to pray in public places or sing Christmas carols, or even wrong to say Merry Christmas? If we are no longer “One nation under God” then who or what are we under? Man? What man? Who?

Have we become political footballs, or the prey of those who would blind us to the truth, day to day? WHY?

Is the road we are hurtling down really the one we want to be on?

I thought I just saw a sign that said “CAUTION: DEAD END”

A nation divided against itself cannot stand. Liberty has become a word our children have to look up in the dictionary, they won’t see it in their lives.

How true, but maybe that’s the objective of the darkest of hearts, those that the blind have elected to lead.

God help us, and may God PLEASE Bless the USA!

The other day while on my way back from St. Petersburg Florida I got a call from a guy named JOHNNY SCHRUNK. Who he is and what he had to say is just as unusual as his name. Johnny is the creator of “The Trucker Information Summit”, a meeting of drivers coming up in January 2010 where they’ll learn everything they might need to make it successfully out there on the road in any economy! That’s RIGHT! Any economy! I hope you’ll head over there and look into this! Veteran drivers in his own family, a trucking family going back decades out of Nebraska, Johnny Schrunk is MORE than qualified to teach seminars like this. You can find Johnny and all the latest info @ : http://thetruckinginfosummit.com/

Also this week a big shout out to Sean Brown aka @ProtruckR on Twitter! Sean has been a regular on TruckstarRadio for some time, garnering his own following of fans around the world. Being himself a veteran driver rolling day and night through the often treacherous Rocky Mountains of northern Canada, Sean’s photographs of the majestic beauty of this region are a huge hit with trucking fans all across the globe. Sean and his sidekick “Monkey Bone” keep us in stitches most every night!

Tune in and hear Sean most nights on Truckstar Radio!

http://www.runwithjazzy.com – bookmark this site! Why? I’m glad you asked.

As you read this, a 16 year old from Minnesota, her Dad, Lee Jordan, (a driver himself from among our ranks), is running across America for truckers. That’s right, RUNNING across this country from San Diego to New York City to bring awareness to the St. Christopher’s Truckers Fund: http://www.truckersfund.com AND the plight of drivers here in the U.S. Many of whom, when hard times or illness strike, have no place to turn and no one to turn to. That’s where the St. Christopher’s Trucker’s Fund might come in, to help with medical and other bills, if and when a driver might need financial help.

“Jazzy” Jasmine Jordan and driver Dad Lee Jordan are trekking across this country as a team, Jazzy running and Dad following close behind in a pilot truck with flashers going as his daughter travels 18 to 20 miles a day in her quest to reach New York City by spring. Fans from around the world have been sending their love and awestruck respect as the miles track by day after day. Many have stopped along the highway to run with Jazzy. People from all walks of life, many are not runners at all. Some are, like a New Mexico State trooper, a U.S. Army officer, kids from local schools who seem to be so inspired by Jazzy’s running are turning out and showing their love and support. Not lost in this is Jazzy’s hope that folks will look into and donate to her and Dad’s road expenses and the St. Christopher’s Trucker’s Fund. http://www.runwithjazzy.com

One day truckstar YOU might need them, or someone you know. If ya can, what ya can, when ya can! OK?

Also a great place to check out news and info on American issues is:

http://www.thegoodamericanpost.com Tisha Cassida, write/publisher is a true patriot!

http://www.patriotfreedom.org and Jim Kelly are well worth a look. Check out the video section!

And: http://www.bobmccarty.com home of Bob Mccarty Writes, one of the webs best blogs!

Thanks to thriller bestselling author AJ Scudiere and her latest bestseller “Resonance” now available in hardcover, soon in paperback AND on cd, download and, a first, flashdrive, as an Audio Movie. The coolest evolution of the audio book so far! http://www.AJsAudioMovies.com

Here’s a few of great resources for you:

http://www.theamericandriver.com

http://www.storykraftkreative.com

http://www.laptopmag.com

http://www.dogmandiet.com

http://www.channel19.blogspot.com/

Tune in and call in to TruckstarRadio every night here on the web!
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That’s it for this week Truckstars!

As always, I LOVE YA and I’m prayin’ for ya!

Pray for this Nation and the lost. Pray for SOMEBODY today!

Saddle up! Let’s ride….

……………you’re on the road with the original florida kid……we gown….

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 62 – The Truckstar

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Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 62 and….
…..you’re on the road with the original florida kid……
Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Tommy Boy, Neil Ray and all the cowgirls here at the ranch want to give a BIG COWBOY HOWDY “HEY!”
First up, I want to give a super big THANKS to Jessie “the red head” over at http://www.storykraftkreative.com for her work on the cool new banner links above, the top one being the direct flash player link to TRUCKSTAR RADIO, Jessie has been a lifesaver many times for me and many others. Her stellar work with great graphics and web design is top notch and I couldn’t appreciate her more!
Also, I want to mention Senior Editor and writer for 2 of trucking’s top magazines OVERDRIVE and Truckers News Todd Dills : http://www.channel19.blogspot.com/
Lots happening here at TruckstarRadio, so I wanted to give you all a lil’ update!
I try to broadcast every night from 8pm eastern, sometimes, due to the time difference in Europe and other places around the world that changes. I try, lately, to go on earlier most nights, and depending on where I am the showtimes vary but as many of you already know I am very active in social media so just watch for showtime alerts!
Here are a few social media contact and follow links:
The call-in number to the show is – 954-376-8452
My Skype contact name is – “the truckstar live”
* the media players are pretty simple to use, the flash player is just a click on the top banner you see above and the player loads and plays. The Windows Media and iTunes/Winamp player just clik on the banner, a file box will open asking you to open, save or cancel. Just click “open” and when the player opens just clik on whatever content box, if any, it asks you to “yes” or “no” to, and the show will stream! You can reduce these players, all of them, by clicking the little – sign in the upper right. This all may be new to you but a couple of try’s and you’ll be workin’ it like an ol’ pro! I’m working on getting listed in a few of the online radio station list sites soon, I’ll be just one click away!
In development are several shows, not the least of which is the http://www.truck.net show ( soon, more announcements on other top truck site shows too! ), “Meet the Candidates” ( tune in to listen and speak with congressional and senate candidates for office in 2010 ), “For Women Only” (a show for women to get together and discuss issues in and out of trucking in an atmosphere where women will feel more comfortable talking “only” with other women ), “Addiction Connection” ( just what it sounds like, more later….), “LIVE DRIVER” ( a show featuring drivers speaking to you about a wide range of issues “LIVE” from the U.S. and other locations around the world! ), “Saturday Roundup” ( a saturday mid-morning show featuring a weekly recap of issues and news of interest ). I’m working on a few other things too, more on that at a later time.
I’m planning a trip to one of the world’s most dangerous ice roads with Season 1 and 2 Ice Road Trucker “Downtown Kelly Brown”! we’re working on sponsorship for this trip I hope to make in January when the ice roads re-open! So, stay tuned for that, and news about other adventures I will be taking YOU on around the world!
Like you, my time is at a premium because I still drive for a living. I’m not ready to start taking ads on Truckstar Radio yet, even though I could, the numbers are high enough. I’m waiting for a few more months, till I feel the audience is large enough that I can charge more and run fewer ads, plus, I will run ads that pertain to drivers and other folks interested in what we’re doing here.
KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’ – As we head into the holiday, Thanksgiving, I want to share a thought with you. We have much to be Thankful for here in the U.S.
This nation is STILL a nation of FREE men and women, a nation wherein truth is still a treasured virtue and attainable daily goal in everything we think and do.
I’m Thankful for the Freedom and RIGHT to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I rejoice in and thank God for His non-negotiable and sovereign Truth, His Word.
I’m Thankful for the spirit of a people willing to fight to the death for Liberty, may I live my life in honor of their love and sacrifice.
I’m Thankful for the gift of LOVE and the priveledge that I can run home every day to someone who loves me and whose LOVE makes my house a home, my existence a LIFE.
I’m Thankful for the hope that one day my aspirations, my hopes and dreams will one day become a reality.
I’m Thankful for the everyday warriors who give completely and unselfishly to the cause of others in this world.
I’m Thankful for the opportunities that the ultimate sacrifice of total strangers has blessed me with, and may I participate in and uphold the way of life worthy of their loving sacrifices.
I’m Thankful for a patient and loving God whose grace sustains me, and sustains even those who don’t believe in nor honor Him.
I’m Thankful that for yet another moment, another day, I might see the light of life in the faces of those whom I love.
I’m Thankful to live in a land and nation built upon the ideals from which it was founded, and that there are many who still believe in those ideals.
I’m Thankful to have the sense to be Thankful, something I might not have were it not for others who do.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
Watch for another blogpost here next week, we’ll tear into some issues and people!
Tune in and call in to TruckstarRadio every night here on the web!
As always, I LOVE YA and I’m prayin’ for you!
Pray for this Nation, the lost and SOMEBODY today!
Saddle up! Let’s ride….
.you’re on the road with the original florida kid……we gown….

Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 62 and………you’re on the road with the original florida kid……
Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Tommy Boy, Neil Ray and all the cowgirls here at the ranch want to give a BIG COWBOY HOWDY “HEY!”
First up, I want to give a super big THANKS to Jessie “the red head” over at http://www.storykraftkreative.com for her work on the cool new banner links above, the top one being the direct flash player link to TRUCKSTAR RADIO, Jessie has been a lifesaver many times for me and many others. Her stellar work with great graphics and web design is top notch and I couldn’t appreciate her more!Also, I want to mention Senior Editor and writer for 2 of trucking’s top magazines OVERDRIVE and Truckers News Todd Dills : http://www.channel19.blogspot.com/
Lots happening here at TruckstarRadio, so I wanted to give you all a lil’ update!I try to broadcast every night from 8pm eastern, sometimes, due to the time difference in Europe and other places around the world that changes. I try, lately, to go on earlier most nights, and depending on where I am the showtimes vary but as many of you already know I am very active in social media so just watch for showtime alerts! Here are a few social media contact and follow links:Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/danielaudet and http://www.twitter.com/TruckstarradioFacebookhttp://www.facebook.com/daniel.audet2 and the new TruckstarRadio Facebook Fan Page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Truckstar-Radio/121641244294The call-in number to the show is – 954-376-8452My Skype contact name is – “the truckstar live”
* the media players are pretty simple to use, the flash player is just a click on the top banner you see above and the player loads and plays. The Windows Media and iTunes/Winamp player just clik on the banner, a file box will open asking you to open, save or cancel. Just click “open” and when the player opens just clik on whatever content box, if any, it asks you to “yes” or “no” to, and the show will stream! You can reduce these players, all of them, by clicking the little – sign in the upper right. This all may be new to you but a couple of try’s and you’ll be workin’ it like an ol’ pro! I’m working on getting listed in a few of the online radio station list sites soon, I’ll be just one click away!
In development are several shows, not the least of which is the http://www.truck.net show ( soon, more announcements on other top truck site shows too! ), “Meet the Candidates” ( tune in to listen and speak with congressional and senate candidates for office in 2010 ), “For Women Only” (a show for women to get together and discuss issues in and out of trucking in an atmosphere where women will feel more comfortable talking “only” with other women ), “Addiction Connection” ( just what it sounds like, more later….), “LIVE DRIVER” ( a show featuring drivers speaking to you about a wide range of issues “LIVE” from the U.S. and other locations around the world! ), “Saturday Roundup” ( a saturday mid-morning show featuring a weekly recap of issues and news of interest ). I’m working on a few other things too, more on that at a later time.
I’m planning a trip to one of the world’s most dangerous ice roads with Season 1 and 2 Ice Road Trucker “Downtown Kelly Brown”! we’re working on sponsorship for this trip I hope to make in January when the ice roads re-open! So, stay tuned for that, and news about other adventures I will be taking YOU on around the world!

Like you, my time is at a premium because I still drive for a living. I’m not ready to start taking ads on Truckstar Radio yet, even though I could, the numbers are high enough. I’m waiting for a few more months, till I feel the audience is large enough that I can charge more and run fewer ads, plus, I will run ads that pertain to drivers and other folks interested in what we’re doing here.
KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’ – As we head into the holiday, Thanksgiving, I want to share a thought with you. We have much to be Thankful for here in the U.S. This nation is STILL a nation of FREE men and women, a nation wherein truth is still a treasured virtue and attainable daily goal in everything we think and do. I’m Thankful for the Freedom and RIGHT to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.I rejoice in and thank God for His non-negotiable and sovereign Truth, His Word.I’m Thankful for the spirit of a people willing to fight to the death for Liberty, may I live my life in honor of their love and sacrifice.I’m Thankful for the gift of LOVE and the priveledge that I can run home every day to someone who loves me and whose LOVE makes my house a home, my existence a LIFE.I’m Thankful for the hope that one day my aspirations, my hopes and dreams will one day become a reality.I’m Thankful for the everyday warriors who give completely and unselfishly to the cause of others in this world.I’m Thankful for the opportunities that the ultimate sacrifice of total strangers has blessed me with, and may I participate in and uphold the way of life worthy of their loving sacrifices.I’m Thankful for a patient and loving God whose grace sustains me, and sustains even those who don’t believe in nor honor Him. I’m Thankful that for yet another moment, another day, I might see the light of life in the faces of those whom I love.I’m Thankful to live in a land and nation built upon the ideals from which it was founded, and that there are many who still believe in those ideals.I’m Thankful to have the sense to be Thankful, something I might not have were it not for others who do.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Watch for another blogpost here next week, we’ll tear into some issues and people!Tune in and call in to TruckstarRadio every night here on the web!
As always, I LOVE YA and I’m prayin’ for you!Pray for this Nation, the lost and SOMEBODY today! Saddle up! Let’s ride…..you’re on the road with the original florida kid……we gown….

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 61 – The Truckstar

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Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 61 and…
…………..”you’re on the road with the original florida kid”….

Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog(who has his own Twitter page now -www.twitter.com/PuptheWonderDog ), JT, Neil Ray, Tommy Boy, all the cowgirls and the rest of the crew here at the ranch want to give a big cowboy howdy “HEY”!

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’ –
First up I want to tell you about my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/daniel.audet2 – and the new “Truckstar Radio Facebook Fan Page” the link is here on thetruckstar.com down below in the “blogroll”, as are the 3 links to Truckstar Radio, both the Windows Media Player, the iPhone/Mac user links and my cool new flash player, just clik the link you need, below in the blogroll!

The call in number to the show is – 954-376-8452
The (www.skype.com) Skype contact is – “the truckstar live”

I’ll be updating it daily with news and developments here at The Truckstar and Truckstar Radio!
I hope you’ll join in on the fun!
Also, Truckstar Radio has a new Twitter page – http://www.twitter.com/Truckstarradio
You can also find me at http://www.twitter.com/danielaudet

The Great American Truck Show(GATS) last weekend in Dallas, for me, was great! I had the best time and met a lot of people I was anxious to see face to face. Trucker Desiree, Hope Rivenburg, her family and her babies, Donna Smith from http://www.askthetrucker.com , and many others. I also met with the owner of http://www.layover.com , http://www.mytruckingspace.com and http://www.truck.net , and part owner of Trucker’s Helper, trucking software.
Ice Road Trucker Alex was there too, meeting and greeting hundreds of fans, one by one with his trademark laugh and calm demeanor. It’s no mystery to me Truckstars why Alex Debogorski is a favorite with the fans of Ice Road Truckers. We’ll have him on the air with us soon!
Ice Road Trucker’s Kelly Brown and Drew Sherwood, and Sean Brown, a well known Canadian trucker (@ProtruckR on Twitter) have been on the show along with Jeff – http://www.truckertwotimes.com , Desiree Wood aka @TruckerDesiree, @truckersteve from http://www.truckersteve.com and many more! Tune in!

Hope, wife of slain trucker Jason Rivenburg stood in a booth provided by a donor. As I walked up, never having met her in person, her booth was located against the back wall of the auditorium in the Dallas Convention Center. She seemd so young to me, too young, I thought.
I have to tell you Truckstars, it was everything I could do to keep from losing control of my emotions when she hugged me and Thanked me for my help, and maybe I have, maybe I haven’t, I can’t be sure, but I was quite moved by the gesture, by her strength, and very obvious determination which are both apparent the moment she begins to speak. A two year old and 2 infants stared up at me smiling, and my knees began to shake. Needless to say I instantly fell in love with this family who just a few short months ago suddenly found themselves a family minus one. Even as a professional writer the words escape me, words I’m desperate to find to translate to you what I was seeing and what I WAS FEELING, but I can’t, I don’t know that they exist. My heart shattered into a million pieces the moment the gravity of the tragedy that has befallen this everyday family fully struck me, the moment I looked into this young woman’s eyes.
One life in a sea of faces. One heart in an ocean of dreams. One life taken, but not lost. I stood there as tidal waves of reality, of truth, of the mind numbing affects of love being ripped from it’s intended embrace, slammed down on me again and again and again. An eternity passing in the space of a few moments I silently prayed to God that if in any way I might serve this family, that I was willing. No matter how, no matter when, no matter where, to whatever degree was needed, that I would be a willing vessel.
This family’s conviction and committment to seeing Jason’s Law become a reality has become a mission for many of us who have been blessed to know them. I hope and pray it will for you too Truckstars!

Sign the petition on the web site, the link is here in my blogroll.
Then, contact your Congressman and Senators and even the Governor of your state.

GET INVOLVED! WHY? Because this law will ensure that many drivers in the future DO get to go home to their families, their loved ones. The Rivenburg’s know this pain all to well, the agony of knowing that young Jason will NEVER EVER walk through the door of his home again to the open arms of his loving wife and children. They don’t want any family to have to go through the nightmare they’ve gone through.
In a moment I will never forget this hit me like a ton of bricks, THIS is why they are doing this….it’s true….they really care enough to honor his memory and commit to looking out for others, others whom they may never know. The greatest gift of all, is what fills this family’s heart. That his life, not taken in vain, would end up being, and live on as, a life laid down for his friends.
It doesn’t get any better than that Truckstars….

http://www.jhlrivenburg.com – “Jason’s Law” – this is the site where you can follow the progress of one of the most important pieces of legislation for the American Truck Driver.
Read up on what this bill proposes and get involved!

Here’s the info to contact your legislators and find more info:
http://www.house.gov
http://www.senate.gov
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors
http://www.ncsl.org/public.leglinks

Also, an urgent call out to ALL truckers to contact your rep’s and senators, and yes even the president to urge them not to bow to the Mexican regime, a corrupt regime that wants to rake in money from letting their sub standard drivers and equipment run freely in this country.

That’s it for this week Truckstars!
The Health Department, Truckstar Tech and more will return next week!

Don’t forget about abused kids…..they really need heroes….YOU?
PLEASE! Say a prayer for SOMEBODY today!
Pray for our nation, the world and the “lost”!
I was once lost but now am found because someone prayed for me…
REMEMBER – No load and NO paycheck is worth dyin’ for!

Don’t ever forget – I love ya – and I’m prayin’ for ya!

Play nice, drive safe and pull it on home…
Saddle up truckstars…..let’s ride!
………..you’re “on the road with the original florida kid”…………we gown

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 60 – The Truckstar

Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 60 and…..
………”you’re on the road with the original florida kid”
Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Neil Ray, JT, Tommy Boy and all the cowgirls and gang here at the ranch want to give a big cowboy howdy “HEY” to you!

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’ – Well, so how are you? Getting’ by I hope, like us here at the ranch. It’s, of course, been a matter of prioritizing and focus on survival essentials but we all Thank God for His mercy and grace and provision.
As this nation descends into the “dark ages” I think one thing is clear to many patriots and even every day citizens, and it’s this: We need to return to our roots as a nation, a nation under God, FIRST, then and only then will it be clear where we stand, day to day, and what we need to do. The lighthouse of truth is being torn down, with malice, with an arrogance that only belies the face of evil. Many are waking up to the horror that we face, right now, here in America. And, only We, the People……can or will do something about it.
If our forefathers are able to watch and see what’s going on in this country from where they rest – what do you think they are saying amongst themselves? If they were alive today walking the blood stained soil of this land, what do think they would do?
Stand and watch? No, you know they wouldn’t……
Hundreds of thousands of lives have been sacrificed for the truths and ideals we hold self evident. The highways and inroads of liberty that created the very fabric of this nation, the freedoms and liberties bought with blood are being spat upon. Their blood, the blood of those who have come before us, and memory is being trampled, even scorned by the governing body of the US.
The People? Slavery in America is NOT dead, it now has a different face. We’ve elected a moslem socialist to lead us. He is, with great speed, closing the fist of tyranny around the throat of the American people, with an arrogant smirk., meanwhile making his friends, some of whom are communists, very rich. He has many, albeit blind, subjects who, as yet have no real idea what they are in for.
Is it a crime yet, to be a Christian Conservative? Oh, okay just checkin’……..
I hear hoof beats thundering, echoing through the trees…can it be Paul Revere calling, warning us “the socialist are coming, the socialists are coming!”
What cha think, Truckstar?

http://www.jhlrivenburg.com – “Jason’s Law” – this is the site where you can follow the progress of one of the most important pieces of legislation for the American truck driver. Read up on what this bill proposes and get involved!
Here’s the info to contact your legislators and find more info:
http://www.house.gov
http://www.senate.gov
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors
http://www.ncsl.org/public.leglinks

Also, an urgent call out to ALL truckers to contact your rep’s and senators, and yes even the president to urge them not to bow to the Mexican regime, a corrupt regime that wants to rake in money from letting their sub standard drivers and equipment run freely in this country. He’s going there to speak with them on Sunday the 9th of Aug. which is, at the point of this writing, tomorrow.

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT- Trans fats. We’ve all been hearing a lot about them lately and there’s a big move in the food industry to eliminate them from foods because it’s more than been proven that they cause a bunch of different health problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Let’s get down to the nature of the problem….food co’s expose oils to hydrogen, that is, the kinds used in the making of processed food products like cookies, cakes, crackers and breads as well as the types of processed food ingredients used in restaurants, and deep frying cooking oils, (not just fast food joints either.) Now, there are 4 types of fats commonly found in the typical diet – mon and poly-unsaturated fats, or good fats, and saturated and trans-fats, or bad fats. So – they are taking an already bad fat and making it far worse by causing the properties within it to change, hydrogenation changes a natural balance from, what are termed, HDL’s,(which are good cholesterols that take fats from the blood to the liver for elimination from your body) and LDL’s, (or bad cholesterols which build up and clog arteries and veins) to be far more lethal in LDL’s or bad cholesterols. We all eat this stuff every day in toxic amounts, your kids do to in the junk foods they eat, thats why so many kids are overweight and already have health issues because of it.
Why do they partially hydrogenate oils?
So the products they are used in last longer on the shelf and in the deep fryers, it’s cheaper for the food co’s, and it makes the oils more solid so they are easier to work with….yeah, it’s that simple and gets back to greed….A very long list of interested health agencies and advocate groups including the U.S. government, the American Heart Assoc., the Harvard School of Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine all have done and published studies on the health effects of partially hydrogenated trans fats, or trans fats, and they all agree that the health effects have already caused deaths in the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions by some accounts, in this country from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Bottom line? Read the labels on the stuff you buy at the grocery store!! Even if it says No Trans Fats on the package, check the ingredients panel and if it says “made with partially hydrogenated oils” DO NOT BUY IT AND DON’T EAT IT – EVER !!!!
I’m pissed because they turned Oreos into a death snack…….check the package you’ll see what I mean….AND ask at the restaurants you eat at if they use cooking or deep fryer oils that are partially hydrogenated…The health experts all scream in agreement that the single most serious dietary threat to Americans is trans fats….the evidence and body count is there truckstars!…

Next Week, a little about the endochrine, or glandular, system in the body. The how’s and why’s of what we eat and how it is affecting us from the inside out! Stay tuned truckstars…..be sure to check out Don over at http://www.roadcookin.com and James over at http://www.dogmandiet.com for the absolute best cutting edge and best advice you’ll find. Advice that’s right on the money for drivers!

TRUCKSTAR TECH- HP has just come out with a netbook which I think is great, along with the Acer Aspire 10” model also. Here’s the link to Compusa.com to check them out, also, sign up for the “alerts”, then you’ll know when to jump on a blow out sale…. http://www.compusa.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=4833653&sku=M975-11001&&SRCCODE=comem329HP&cm_mmc=EML-_-Main-_-comem329-_-special

Mobile technology, more and more is becoming a standard part of our day, and night for some of us, with cost being the difference between having access and not. Many of us have a cell phone and a laptop out on the road, and for me the choice will soon be made which I will choose, for me it will be the laptop. You?

That’s it for this week Truckstars, more Truckstar tech next week!

Don’t forget about abused kids…..they really need heroes….YOU?
PLEASE! Say a prayer for SOMEBODY today!
Pray for our nation, the world and the “lost”….
I was once lost but now am found because someone prayed for me…….. REMEMBER – No load and NO paycheck is worth dyin’ for…..
Don’t ever forget – I love ya…and I’m prayin’ for ya !
Play nice, drive safe and pull it on home………
Saddle up truckstars…..let’s ride……
………..you’re “on the road with the original florida kid”…we gown…

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 59 – The Truckstar

Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 59 and….

…..you’re on the road with the original florida kid!”……..

Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Tommy Boy, JT, Neil Ray and the cowgirls all want to give a big cowboy howdy “HEY!” to one and all!

I also want to give a big shout out to the good folks over at “The Trucker” trucking newspaper and the Pilot Challenge magazine, and dear friends Donna and Allen Smith from http://www.askthetrucker.com(@askthetrucker , @truckerapp and @max4health on Twitter) and recommend you iPhone users to download and enjoy the awesome new trucker app they’ve created, see the site for info and links to the download! Ask Damian from @a_smart_union on how it works, he’s on Twitter too!

You can find me on Twitter at – http://www.twitter.com/danielaudet

-KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’- Grandma’s back and leg are getting worse, soon she will have no choice but to go in and have the surgery. It’s something we’ve all been urging her to do for some time. Barbie was a little “too” pale when I got in from the road last tuesday and I’m thinkin’ maybe she’s sicker than she’s lettin’ on. Between the two of them, gettin’ them to the doctors is really difficult…….

I guess life has it’s up’s and down’s for all of us…

Hopefully, this week, you’re still rollin’, doin’ what we, as drivers, do. I’m probably going to be sittin’ for a few days or more, as, the boat hauling season slows down in mid summer to pick up again in the early fall when folks go back to their winter homes. At least I’ll get a chance to develop some of the shows I have planned and catch up on some long overdue writing. Stay tuned…..

I can’t help but make a comment or two about the state of the economy, our government and our leaders. It seems more and more, or should I say, less and less, is our input and voice being heard when it comes to the government taking action and spending money. I don’t want to wake up someday soon and realize that my voice doesn’t matter anymore and the govenrment owns most of the large corp’s here in the U.S., you know the ones, the ones that manufacture outside the U.S. exploiting 3rd world labor and yet expect the American people to be able to sponsor their “bottom line”……….just sayin’…..

I hope you’ll stay tuned to me on Truckstar Radio, lots of cool changes and new features will be appearing right here on this page, and, we have a lot of good shows coming up, “Jason’s Law” – Congressman Tonko, Mr. Hardendorf(Jason’s uncle) and (hopefully) Jason’s wife will be on to discuss the progress of this vital “bill”, also, Jessie will be doing a “women’s only” show which will begin in a week or so with several panelists and co-hosts you’re already familiar with including Trucker Desiree, Donna(from@max4health and @askthetrucker on Twitter). Gauging from the reaction and anticipation of this segment it should be VERY popular!

Also watch for the Truck.net/Layover.com shows coming soon here on Truckstar Radio! I’m talking with Don from http://www.dieselboss.com also, he’s thinkin’ about jumpin’ in on the action, Don is very knowledgeable about GPS and computers, mobile tech and an impressive range of other drivers related subjects.

As many of you know I am a big supporter of the OOU and a fan of Pres. Dan Little. (www.owneroperatorsunited.com and the OOU Forum site – http://www.oouinc.ning.com)

Dan is a frequent caller to my radio show on Truckstar Radio.

Truckstar Radio – (www.thetruckstar.com/listen or http://ophanim.net/cast/start/truckstar/ On both links you can click off the link page, once your media player or the flash player loads, back to the web.

(Call in number is 954-376-8452)

*DON’T FORGET!: Tune in friday nights from 7-9pm eastern time for “The Truck Stops Here” radio program hosted by Fred and JB from The American Driver at http://www.theamericandriver.com on http://www.plainsradio.com and simulcast by me on Truckstar Radio at 7-9pm here in eastern time! Tune in for a great show!

Topical discussion on trucking and legislative issues with notable guests!*

HR-2156 is “Jason’s Law” and we’re trying to get the word out to all drivers and those connected to trucking to contact their legislators to check on their involvement!/

I urge you to stay informed and GET INVOLVED!

Here’s the info to contact your legislators :

http://www.house.gov

http://www.senate.gov

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors

http://www.ncsl.org/public.leglinks

TRUCKSTAR TECH – A short word or two this week about mobile internet connections and devices. As many of you know I travel a lot and broadcast my show from the road. The hardest part of that is very often my “connection”. I’ve tried and used everything from wifi to hardline high speed to 3G(I’m on AT&T) and found that it really depends on where you are that determine’s how good your mobile web connection will be. I am planning on trying booster cards for both laptops so I can reel in better wifi when I’m forced to use it, and I’m looking into a better type of “antenna” so I can recieve better mobile internet” from AT&T. Occasionally I will be using the hardline high speed connections most truckstops have. So when you are thinking about getting a new laptop or smartphone, think carefully and ask around before you choose a provider, and if you plan on just using wifi where ever you may be think carefully about getting “secured” and a wifi booster card for you unit. I’m finding that it’s not so much the device you may be using but the connection you are accessing, they are NOT all the same. Don over at http://www.dieselboss.com is THE guy to ask about your choice for a laptop! Okay?

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT – Let’s talk about “sweating” this week. That’s right sweating! There is no better way for your body to rid itself of fats, chemicals and other toxins than sweating. Of course what we put into our bodies will have a direct relation to what we need to push out so as always watch your fat, salt and additives content in what you eat. Sweating is perhaps one of the most, if not THE most underrated aspect when it comes to our overall health plan. Many of us as we age begin to become less and less active, so, sweating becomes something that goes from a habit to a rare occurrence in our general activity. Many adults develop health issues solely based on the build up of arterial and venious sediment, endochrine system contamination and cerebral sediment layering. ALL results of build up in the body of food excess. PLEASE Truckstars pay attention to this warning I’m giving you here and make sweating a part of your activity as often as you can, early in the day is probably the best time, then shower and roll. Wha’dya say Truckstar? Don over at http://www.roadcookin.com and James over at http://www.dogmandiet.com for the absolute best cutting edge and best advice you’ll find. Advice that’s right on the money for drivers!

So long for now truckstars!

Don’t forget about abused kids…..they really need heroes….YOU?

PLEASE! Say a prayer for SOMEBODY today!

Pray for our nation, the world and the “lost”….

I was once lost but now am found because someone prayed for me…….

REMEMBER – No load and NO paycheck is worth dyin’ for…..

Don’t ever forget – I love ya…and I’m prayin’ for ya !

Play nice, drive safe and pull it on home………

Saddle up truckstars…..let’s ride……

..you’re “on the road with the original florida kid”…we gown…

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 58 – The Truckstar

Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 58 and….

…..you’re on the road with the original florida kid!”……..

Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Tommy Boy, JT, Neil Ray and the cowgirls all want to give a big cowboy howdy “HEY!” to one and all!

I also want to give a big shout out to the good folks over at “The Trucker” trucking newspaper and welcome them to Truckstar Radio!

You can find me on Twitter at – http://www.twitter.com/danielaudet

-KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’-

Grandma is still having problems with her left leg due to crushed discs and nerve damage in her back. She’s always been more stubborn than a Georgia mule and is trying everything she can, short of surgery, to get some relief. She’s not very trusting of doctors so it may be awhile before she gives up and goes in for surgery. Barbie still has cancer on her left forearm down by the wrist and hopefully the red tape from the new insurance co. she is with through her work, will straighten out and she can get this taken care of. We are trusting God for another healing. I have to tell you truckstars, this is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. 3 times now with the cancer. But, the battle isn’t over. Thank you all for your prayers, we appreciate them very much. I’ve been on the road a lot lately and Barbie’s been in Michigan trying to settle her Granda June’s affairs regarding her old house, so we’ve been missing each other for the past few weeks, but by tues. of next week I should be smothering her with desperate kisses once again.(wohoooo!)

As many of you know I am a big supporter of the OOU and a fan of Pres. Dan Little. (www.owneroperatorsunited.com and the OOU Forum site – http://www.oouinc.ning.com)

Dan is a frequent caller to my radio show on Truckstar Radio.

Truckstar Radio – (www.thetruckstar.com/listen or http://ophanim.net/cast/start/truckstar/ On both links you can click off the link page, once your media player or the flash player loads, back to the web.

(Call in number is 954-376-8452)

I urge you, as a driver or anyone wanting to stay informed and active in trucking issues to PLEASE get involved!

Just tell em’ “the florida kid” from Truckstar Radio sent ya! Okay?

*Please tune in friday nights from 7-9pm eastern time for “The Truck Stops Here” radio program hosted by Fred and JB from The American Driver at http://www.theamericandriver.com on http://www.plainsradio.com and simulcast by me on Truckstar Radio at 7-9pm here in eastern time! Tune in for a great show!

Topical discussion on trucking and legislative issues with notable guests!*

Here’s the info to contact your legislators :

http://www.house.gov

http://www.senate.gov

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors

http://www.ncsl.org/public.leglinks

I don’t really want to list a bunch of issues here in this week’s post, instead, I want to go off the reservation about what I’m seeing take place in this country. Still, and by that I mean, STILL, many are standing, watching, as our lives and futures are being manipulated and destroyed by people who disagree with the moral and founding principles of this nation, a nation “UNDER GOD”. (amazingly, these people were elected by a hopeful “wanting to believe” but seriously mis-informed public). The thing is, the very ideals and motives for “change” that were so grandly spoken of have all but been lost in the fast moving freight train of destruction that is now our government. How can spending money we don’t have on businesses that have been run into the ground by sightless greedy people, while propping up old and outdated industries, that have still not updated, be a way out of this mess we find ourselves in? How?

How does a policy of spending and taxation re-industrialize America and bring back the only solid foundation of stability we can count on. The same people who ran the country into the ground are STILL the ones running the show and pulling the puppet strings of the new guy! HellooooOOOoooo is this thing on?

AREN’T YOU SICK OF BS SANDWICHES FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER? I am! Just what condition do you expect this country to be in when your children are of age? A country that allows the murder of an unborn infant every 20 seconds, a country that allows the fraudelent placement of casinos on every street corner and the subsidy of football and baseball stadiums with adequate parking while making it difficult to build truck stops and rest areas where drivers can get federally mandated rest, a country immersed in the curse of pornagraphy and immorality as an everyday part of life that involves even our children in the stench of sexual awareness in the form of scantily clad teenagers engaging in adult type activities on reality shows and other programming, a country that embraces illegal residents yet offers NOTHING for long time residents who find themselves in jobless situations and are in need of eduacational opportunities, a country that sees itself blindly as the nation it was founded to be, but is NO LONGER! A nation whose founding ideals, ideals for and upon which much blood was spilled, ideals that have been reduced to corporate bumpersticker tagline sales-pitches, a country where the sin or greed and corruption have become the aspirations of our youth and an acceptable morality.

Take a good look around yourselves America….the echoes of our forefathers voices are dying out, lost in stormy winds filled with the smoke of truth as it burns to ashes right before our eyes as our blood stained flag waves in the dirty breeze. My heart breaks and my eyes are filled with tears. I look up and down the road, a road paved by and with the dreams and bones of those who have gone before us, hoping, watching, listening for the voice of a new Paul Revere galloping through the streets, crying out the that the enemy approaches, that the enemy is here now among us, and to hope to see a nation resolved, mobilizing itself to preserve the very ideals that many lives have been sacrificed for. The footsteps and hoofbeats I strain to listen for are still silent, maybe forever, and have yet to be heard. The legendary battles fought by the righteous are now being found only in dusty history books our children have no interest in reading.

Where are my people….”We, the People”……can you tell me?

The Health Department –

I want to bring your attention to a website authored by James Houston, a man whose story I think you will find moving and inspirational. http://www.dogmandiet.com

James can be found on Twitter also as @dogmandiet

Also a book I believe in called Roadcookin’ written by Boys Life magazine “Grubmaster” and health expert Don Jacobson – http://www.roadcookin.com

Truckstar Tech –

Well, I did it. I finally bought a netbook. The Acer Aspire One AOA150-1742 model. It’s consistently one of the highest rated netbooks and I can see why. It’s as close to a full featured laptop as you can get in an 8? model. I recommend it if you can’t swing the price of a full sized, full featured laptop. Watch for blowout pricing alerts on CompUSA and you’ll be able to grab one at a bargain price, like I did.

I still use my HP 6735b laptop as my primary but the netbook will serve as a great supplement to my mobile broadcast, when I’m on the road.

I also recommend you take a look at the notebooks offered at http://www.dieselboss.com I hope you can save a little money and make the jump to a full sized, full featured laptop and the model Don and the team over at Diesel Boos offer a great model at a great price, in the 500$ range. A range you SHOULD be looking in for a laptop. Make sure you get a model with 802.11n WiFi to future proff your unit, also, buy one from a major brand and try to get at least 2 gigs of ram. Think about whether you want Xp or Vista as an OS too. I still like XP. Look also for a Pentium M or AMD processor, if you can step up to the dual core models, you’ll be happier with the performance if your a gamer or doing a lot of data and dense web viewing. Always remember to shop it, to look for the best companies offering the best pricing and service. Remember also to get a good warranty, I have the anywhere, anytime 1 day fix version in a 3 year extension for mine. Mobile carriers may be a thought if you aren’t a fan of WiFi, like me. Again look at the plans and pricing.

If you’re looking for or thinking about getting a “smartphone” look at the new budget models by Boost and Virgin. Okay? More on mobile tech next week, and remember, we always discuss this subject on my show almost every night, and I invite you to listen in, call in and ask questions!

So long for now truckstars!

Don’t forget about abused kids…..they really need heroes….YOU?

PLEASE! Say a prayer for SOMEBODY today!

Pray for our nation, the world and the “lost”….

I was once lost but now am found because someone prayed for me…….

REMEMBER – No load and NO paycheck is worth dyin’ for…..

Don’t ever forget – I love ya…and I’m prayin’ for ya !

Play nice, drive safe and pull it on home………

Saddle up truckstars…..let’s ride……

..you’re “on the road with the original florida kid”…we gown…

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Week 57 – The Truckstar

Week 57

Hello again fellow Truckstars! It’s Week 57 and……you’re on the road with the original florida kid!”…..

Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Tommy Boy, Neil Ray, JT, the “cowgirls” and the whole gang here at the ranch give a big cowboy howdy “HEY!”…..

TRUCKSTAR RADIO 8-11PM (eastern) EVERY NIGHT
“It’s definitely not the kind of talk radio grandpa listens to”
http://thetruckstar.com/listen
(click on the word “listen” when the flash player pops up, you can click back off the “listen” page to the web!)

http://http://ophanim.net/cast/start/truckstar/
(here’s the page with the media player links if you’d rather use your media player. With either way you can still listen in and surf the web at the same time!)

Call in number –  954-376-8452

Don’t just sit there – SAY SOMETHING !
Contact me if you want to do your own show.
Sponsors and drivers, tech experts, health experts, folks from lots of different walks of life are signing on!
Think it over and let me know!
A big THANKS to everyone, including my fellow trucking bloggers and podcasters, who came on the show last night from my ustream.tv page and my Skype page, I can be found on both at “thetruckstarlive”!

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’- Well no doubt, by now, if you’re following the key pieces of legislation that pertain directly to us, as drivers, then you know that most of them fell down dead on the house or senate floor during the transition of administrations recently. This is typical and usually happens so we need to pick up the cause once again and let our elected officials, including the president, know that we really want these issues looked at and adopted. In the coming weeks I will research the legislation I have written about here at The Truckstar and if they have been renamed I will let you know! Also I strongly suggest you swing by Dan Little’s site over there at the OOU and keep abreast of what actions “the hardest working man in trucking” is up to. Dan is our best hope and resource, as drivers to have a shot at a decent way of life here in trucking, in many ways. www.owneroperatorsunited.org – www.oouinc.ning.com are the 2 sites maintained by the OOU, the 2nd one being the forum site where you can, and should, get involved in the discussions going on there, and, I think you’ll find the total absence of media spin a refreshing and imformative change from the typical bias we see every day in trucking news!

Here’s the info to contact your legislators :

www.house.gov

www.senate.gov

www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors
www.ncsl.org/public.leglinks

Conservative America….I’m not sure what happened here …I guess we’ll find out…I can tell you one thing though…the “real” battle isn’t over…it’s just begun…..again…..and we have 4 years to decide if, and how, we want to be heard next election. 4 years goes by quick….although somethin’ tells me this is going to be a long four, truckstars…..tellin’ ya……

Well – let’s not forget that these people are elected officials and WE still have a voice in government! Right? The economic situation in this country needs and demands our input to our government in an ongoing way….wha’cha think truckstars?….

I’m not going to bash Obama. Why? Because I still have respect for the office of the presidency, that’s why, so let’s just get past the honeymoon and the racial stuff here and get on with the business of runnin’ this country…if that’s what’s goin’ on here……

Am I upset? Hell yes I’m upset…like I said – conservative values just went into the toilet – unless we keep this liberal government in check……and that’s what I mean by “the battle isn’t over….it’s just begun”….otherwise we’ll reap the harvest along with the liberals promoting it….uhhh….WHAT?…..yeah…think about that one for a minute….when the party’s over and the smoke clears there’s still work to be done and it ain’t gonna happen overnight either…..

Listen to me….I want just as bad as anyone for this to be the time in American history where the people’s voices are heard and the country becomes the place our founding fathers envisioned it to be, and listen , it’s not just a question of motivations – it’s a matter of values, and that’s the part that has me worried….I don’t want some rich guys money, whether he earned it the right way or the wrong way, that’s for the courts and God to decide, not me….and that doesn’t solve the day to day labor and job and career re-training issues in this country anyway, we’re just moving money around…even that costs money to do and guess who gets to pay for it……you guessed it…

“He” apparently hasn’t had much experience in trying to take money from rich people….yeah…this I gotta see….

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT- Arterial plaque. What is it, where does it comes from and what do we do about it?  On any given day, how much thought do we give to what’s in the foods we eat and the liquids we drink? Atherogenisis – the process of the artery walls being lined by depsosits, mostly cholesterol.

What happens when we eat a diet too high in fats or other chemicals that aren’t natural? They leave residual plaque which lines the arteries and veins in our bodies, even the ones in the heart and brain. This plaque begins to close-off the artery(otherwise known as “high blood pressure”) or vein and sometimes pieces break off or clots form (because of the artery wall damage being done), and a heart attack or stroke occurs. Stroke and heart attacks are far to common in our society, which is the most educated, nutritionally, yet. Studies even indicate, that in the brain, deposits carried into sensitive brain tissue from the blood flow leave layering or sediment deposits which cuts off or chokes off oxygen from the blood eventually diminishing the activity and capacity of areas of the brain. This can be manifested, to one degree or another, as Alzheimers or Dementia( remember our Grandma June, this is what she had and died of last year).

When we eat a diet rich in “natural” nutrients we GREATLY reduce this kind of effects from food, it’s that simple truckstars…I don’t get enough exercise and I’m trying to do something about it…I eat fried chicken and pizza WAY too often and I am doing something about that too. I Do watch my butter, salad dressings and the fat content of everything I eat, all the time, the chemicals in my food too. Sometimes it isn’t possible, I know that, but let’s face it we’re talking about “damage control” here aren’t we?

Listen to me…this is serious business we’re talking about and I want you to be as healthy as possible, and more importantly, disease free, but you have to do what you can! You control what goes into your body – don’t you? Start out with a basic look at what you normally eat and work it out from there, Okay? Get a bottle of good “whole food organic” vitamins….

Salt. Or more specifically – sodium.

The American Medical Association says that 150,000 lives would be, not could be, WOULD BE, saved every year if Americans would cut their salt intake in half….yeah really…

True – lots of companies have lowered the sodium levels in the foods they produce, but others have increased it, fast food french fries, and some of the so-called “low-fat” foods being at the head of the class. According to a Consumer Reports evaluation of 37 food brands available nationwide including breakfast foods, sweet snacks and low fat foods – the study surprisingly found that even licorice, spaghetti sauce and bagels were found to have much higher levels of sodium than previously thought. Restaurant meals led the sodium “bad boy” list, salt being used not just to add flavor but as a preservative, it’s in msg, (which is also linked to cancer), monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrates, and even baking soda. 10% of the sodium we eat occurs in foods naturally. The rest is added!  High blood pressure and related cardio-vascular dieseases are primary results of too much salt in our diets.

What do we do?

Read the labels on the foods you buy! (buy lower sodium foods, just add your own sea salt at home)

Switch to sea salt, (Grandma swears by it.), it’s much lower in sodium and tastes better.

Take some on the road with you.

You shouldn’t be getting more than 2000 or so milligrams a day, most Americans take in over 4,000 miligrams a day….

Just take it day by day truckstars and train yourself to read labels! Remember – lower fat and sodium foods will take you a long, long way towards better health and keeping the extra weight off!

Someday….I’m dreaming…someday the truckstops will get their act together and actually offer food that doesn’t shorten our lives….
Make sure you get as much whole grain as poss, every day! Greens, dark greens, carrotts, cucumbers, cabbage, whole pea pods (too) are good plant ruffages! Keep your lower unit clear and your veins and arteries will stay clear! Check the labels and packaging on the stuff you buy to eat….and get a good whole food organic multiple vitamin! Remember boys and girls – fast food causes slow death..
Please truckstars…why is it we watch so carefully how we maintain our vehicles but we have no regard for what we put in our body’s tank?More next week on fast food survival tactics for road warriors..

TRUCKSTAR TECH- Try http://www.fixya.com for device problems…and solutions.

HP 2140. Hp has come up with a netbook the critics are hailing as one of the top netbooks.
Here’s the product code –  KS143UT-SC2
HP is offering an accessorie bundle to protect the laptop too and it’ $449 ! Great deal on a great netbook!

APU’s – I think I have found the APU system that will put all the others to rest.  www.koolrig.com or
http://www.allaroundcontractingllc.com/
This is Joel, also known as @KoolRigAPU on Twitter!
My personal search for “THE” best APU is OVER!

Check this one out!

Listen truckstars, this idling legislation is NOT going away, it’s time to start thinking about an APU. This unit has several diff. fuel and power options and Joel is trying to keep the costs down by setting up factory installation too!
Get to know him, you’ll like this guy!
Cummings is ceasing production of their APU series

Don’t forget about abused kids…..they really need heroes….YOU?
PLEASE! Say a prayer for SOMEBODY today!

Pray for our nation, the world and the “lost”….

I was once lost but now am found because someone prayed for me…….

REMEMBER – No load and NO paycheck is worth dyin’ for…..

Don’t ever forget – I love ya…and I’m prayin’ for ya !

Play nice, drive safe and pull it on home………

Saddle up truckstars…..let’s ride……

..you’re “on the road with the original florida kid”…we gown…

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week 56 – The Truckstar

“On the Road with the original florida kid”
Hello again fellow truckstars! It’s Week 56 and …..
…”you’re on the road with the original florida kid”….

Grandma, Barbie, Pup the Wonder Dog, Tommy Boy, JT, Neil Ray and the whole gang here at the ranch want to give a big cowboy howdy “HEY” to one and all, including the Twitter and BrightKite crew!

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’-  Grandma is still having serious back problems. The doctor’s are urging her to get the surgery, and in this case I agree with them. Pinched nerves from crushed discs and other issues have gone on for too long. Grandma is old school when it comes to this kind of stuff and she’s stubborn against it. We just hate seein’ her in such pain trying to keep movin’ around. Prayin’ for her…..Barbie had a really bad night last week, almost had to call the paramedics, but she got through it…Thank God and Thank You to the people who prayed for her, that night.

Okay, this week I’m going to cut to the chase here. This Mexican thing may rear it’s ugly head once again.

www.senate.gov
www.writerep.house.gov
www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors
www.ncsl.org/public.leglinks

The new prez is in mexico, today I believe, discussing the pilot(although they’re not calling it that anymore) program with their prez.
Before you do anything else you need to check out this article in the JOC – http://www.joc.com/node/410713
Several other pieces of legislation are back to zero due to the new admin. change in Washington.
PLEASE THINK ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED – WE NEED YOU!
I believe we should press our officials to increase the APU tax credit! Don’t you? (it was HR-139)

Check out – www.washingtonwatch.com – also!

Dan Little and the OOU are having a membership drive and I hope you’ll consider becoming a member!
www.owneroperatorsunited.com
www.oouinc.ning.com
You don’t have to be an owner operator to be a member, anyone involved in trucking is welcome!
Trucking is going through a lot of changes, and I know this is an obvious statement, but the reason I bring it up is because many of us who are active in trucker legislation and trucker issues see that more involvement is needed by drivers in general. It seems a few are doing the work for many. The bottom line is this: If more drivers were involved, things would be different, a lot different, some say, and I agree!
There are those, even within the trucking industry, along with their blogger whores, in their greed who see a future source of even cheaper labor as a good reason to setup down in mex and push the gov. to get this phony NAFTA thing done. And they’ve been down there for some time, the trucking manufacturers too! Even if that means hundreds of thousands of American truck drivers losing their jobs over the next few years. Since when does big business care about Americans losing jobs so they make more money?
Think it over truckstar…….telling’ ya……
TRUCKSTAR RADIO 8-11PM (eastern) EVERY NIGHT
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http://thetruckstar.com/listen
(click on the word “listen” when the flash player pops up, you can click back off the “listen” page to the web!)

http://http://ophanim.net/cast/start/truckstar/
(here’s the page with the media player links if you’d rather use your media player. With either way you can still listen in and surf the web at the same time!)

Call in number – 954-376-8452

Don’t just sit there – SAY SOMETHING !
Contact me if you want to do your own show.
Sponsors and drivers, tech experts, health experts, folks from lots of different walks of life are signing on!
Think it over and let me know!
A big THANKS to everyone, including my fellow trucking bloggers and podcasters, who came on the show last night from my ustream.tv page and my Skype page, I can be found on both at “thetruckstarlive”!

TRUCKSTAR TECH-  HP 2140. Hp has come up with a netbook the critics are hailing as one of the top netbooks.
Here’s the product code –  KS143UT-SC2
HP is offering an accessorie bundle to protect the laptop too and it’ $449 ! Great deal on a great netbook!

APU’s – I think I have found the APU system that will put all the others to rest.  www.koolrig.com or
http://www.allaroundcontractingllc.com/
This is Joel, also known as @KoolRigAPU on Twitter!
My personal search for “THE” best APU is OVER!

Check this one out!

Listen truckstars, this idling legislation is NOT going away, it’s time to start thinking about an APU. This unit has several diff. fuel and power options and Joel is trying to keep the costs down by setting up factory installation too!
Get to know him, you’ll like this guy!
Cummings is ceasing production of their APU series!

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT-   I’m sure by now you’re hearing news about tighter rules now in effect and new, stricter ones comin’ down the pike, and soon.  Maybe now would be a good time to think more seriously about what your eating, drinking, and taking. Here’s the thing….if nothing else, you should be watching your salt, fat, sugar and additives. Buy a bottle of whole food organic vitamins, multiple, one pill a day. And drink a protein shake every now and then. LaBrada, MetRx or Muscle Milk protein shakes.
www.roadcookin.com is a great book for those of us out on the road sick of road food and wanting to make a change. Don and Pam have created one of the best sources of do-it-yourself food prep there is. Think about doing a little more exercising too, even if it’s walkin’ around the parking lot at the truckstop for awhile. Okay? You can do it!

Don’t forget about abused kids in your community!

That’s it for this week truckstars!
I want you to know I love ya and I’m prayin’ for ya!

Saddle up….let’s ride!

…you’re on the road with the original florida kid….

…..we gown….

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