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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

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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…

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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…

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

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
“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”!

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….

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

Week 55 – The Truckstar

Week 55 – The Truckstar

“On the Road  with the original florida kid”
Hello again fellow truckstars! It’s week 55 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 send out a big cowboy howdy “HEY” to everyone!

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’-  Grandma’s on the warpath around here today, with her wooden spoon(she‘s like a ninja with that thing)….The horses like to hang out up by the house when it’s cold out, or maybe it’s because everyone likes to feed them from the porch, and, they leave little(okay okay BIG ones….) land mines everywhere so folks end up trackin’ stuff in the house….and she doesn‘t care if the world is comin‘ to an end, the kitchen floor STAY‘S CLEAN…the infamous “wooden spoon” strikes terror deep into the hearts of us mere mortals…yeah it does….

As usual there’s a lot to talk about this week, not all of it good…so grab a chair, a cup of Grandma’s famous cowboy coffee and, if ya have to, Grandpa’s bottle of Jack is under the kitchen sink….pass it here….

This last trip to MO. To pick up a very pricey go-fast boat wasn’t the best trip, mechanically, I’ve ever had…a lot of stuff started goin’ wrong with the truck I was using, but Thank God I was able to get the boat close enough to home base so Wheels could send Justin up to get me and the boat….high stress road burn…feelin’ it…..another day at the office…just doin’ my job keemosabbee….

JT’s got a fence post up his keester over this business goin’ on in Virginia. I personally NEVER like to stop at rest areas because I like to one-stop shop when I have to take a break or whatever, but for the drivers who need to get off the road this “shakedown” seems way too far off the reservation, even for law enforcement. True it’s been an issue for awhile, like the idling thing, but lately it seems like drivers who need to pull over are doin’ somethin’ wrong! And, the damn ticket is REALLY expensive! Freight hauling is a fact of life in this country. Maybe the state of Virginia needs to remember that… I wonder if federal law or state law takes precedence..hmmmm..Do we break federal law for a petty state law?…..what’cha think truckstar?
(http://www.appomattoxnews.com/2009/dear-vdot-sincerely-truckerdesiree.html )
Thanks to Linda Goin from Appomattox News for this link and the story you’ll read there. Linda pretty much covers the bases with her article and you can find the link to throw in your 2 cents.
Me? I’m throwin in a bag of quarters…

yeah you heard me….

…….stay tuned truckstars…

http://www.jhlrivenburg.com/ – Jason’s Law  –

Many of you have heard by now this painfully tragic story of this young driver killed while parked at a gas station near his drop point…maybe you can help his wife, and his unborn twins…the ones he’ll never get to see…..this kind of thing makes a good case for changing the gun “carry” laws so we can legally do it….You thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’ ? I don’t want to hear a word from you pacifist cream puffs out there either…I’m serious….
I know what God’s Word says….YOU show me where it says I have to stand there and watch someone kill my wife and kids, or me! Don’t try to twist  the“ turn the other cheek”  verse either, it doesn’t apply here and you know it….

www.washingtonwatch.com – latest info on all things gov.

Okay truckstars don’t forget about the legislation we have on the table!
Contact your Senators, Rep’s, Governors and State Legislators :

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

HR6630(mexican pilot prog.), HR 139(the APU tax credit), HR 5934/5977(TRUCC fuel surcharge law), HR 6106(repeal diesel tax), HR 6458( 60/65 speed limits leg.)

Get involved – of course your voice matters!!!

TRUCKSTAR TECH-  Okay I finally did it…I got a laptop, the HP6735b, a custom model(Ihad a bunch of stuff added, including the fastest hard drive avail., and HD screen) kind of a little beast at 4g of ram, I’ll upgrade to 8 soon…with the new built in mobile web access – GOBI. I’ll write more on it later, since I haven’t tweaked it yet and deleted the bloatware in it, or downloaded the new software I need, either.
If you’re thinking “netbook”, uhhh, I would really really shop it….write down the list of what you need AND what you’ll be doing with it….you may just find yourself in the laptop class, not netbook.
Sony Vaio P Series is still one of the best netbooks in my opinion but they’re not cheap.
***My #1 netbook pick is the HP-2140***
Smartphones…well everyone and their brother is comin’ out with one, but the market is quickly declining because of the netbooks…so…my advice to you is to shop for an economy full size laptop. A 14” to 15” model is small enough. The tech gurus, like Warren Whitlock (author of “Twitter Revolution“) I keep in touch with are all switching from smartphones to netbooks, even for phone calls and texting. Warren tells me he got this model – (Acer Aspire One – AOD 150-157710.1 inch Netbook) I would take this as a strong endorsement if your looking for a good unit, long battery life.
Here’s a link to free netbook app’s – http://www.laptopmag.com/review/software/free-must-have-netbook-apps.aspx
With Skype you can’t lose….and don’t forget in the next few months to 2 years you’ll be using far more sophisticated apps and streaming internet radio too, and to me, the smartphones are too limiting.
*Don’t forget to look up the watts needed to power your new laptop and get a GOOD converter plugin for the power port!
More on this next week!

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT-
All I have to say this week truckstars is this – www.roadcookin.com
You need to take a look at what Don Jacobson and his nutritionist wife Pam Whitfield have to say about eating on the road.
GET THIS BOOK and keep it in the truck with you!
You can catch Don on my radio show from time to time when he calls in to say Hi, and just maybe we can get him to do a show soon!
Don’t forget to take Muscle Milk or Labrada, or MetRx protein shakes and a bottle of whole food organic vitamins with you too! Okay?
You have a vegetable juicer at home and your regularly juicing aren’t you?

I want to give a big cowboy howdy SHOUTOUT to the gang from Twitter, Trucker Desiree, Don from DieselBoss, Phineas, Greeblie, Kathy from Zion Xpress and the usual suspects who listen in to Truckstar Radio every night!

Also from Arctic Trucks is this week’s feature  video  http://arctictrucks.com

You have to see this to believe it!

TRUCKSTAR RADIO  8-11PM (eastern) EVERY NIGHT
“It’s definitely not the kind of talk radio grandpa listens to”

http://thetruckstar.com/listen
(once it pops up click back on the “listen” page and keep web surfing)
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 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”
Check out my cool new flash player:  http://thetruckstar.com/listen (once it pops up click back on the “listen” page and keep web surfing)

www.dreaminmywayhome.com – take a rescued pet to his new home and family (mileage and tax credit paid)

Don’t forget about single Moms and abused kids in your community!

Until next week truckstars – 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……

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

Week 54 – The Truckstar

Hello again fellow truckstars!
It’s Week 54 – 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 all our friends!

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’-
Okay, so here’s what I’m seeing….the same old partisan in-fighting(and consequent mis-direction) has already begun(did it ever end?…). Politicians really believe that whatever they do, anything they do, is okay. Why? Because the public simply watches the news, gets caught up emotionally in the BS, and then does nothing….meanwhile the American economy is in the worst shape it’s ever been in. The jobs are leaving the country in un-precedented numbers, the over-all payscale is being devalued in most industries, the re-education of middle America has gone COMPLETELY ignored, and we get TOLD, NOT ASKED, but TOLD what’s going to happen with our money, our lives, our country and our futures -yet many corporate profits are soaring! The car companies, most of whom make a lot of their products OUT of the country are asking for more money already….AND what they’ve been given is going to come out of OUR ASSES…not Obama’s, not the House or the Senate, not FORD, GM, Or Chrysler, not Fannie Mae or any of them! You feel like a rented mule YET? Get used to it America, the yoke these people are placing around our necks will last for generations, not just 09 and 10….
HellOOOoooOOoo…is this thing on???
I’ve been saying this for a long time, GET INVOLVED in government, not politics, but government! Our government isn’t effective because they don’t have to be! Big business is both involved AND effective! We’re not! Why? When are we going to realize that, in, votes, taxes and buying dollars WE should be in control!  Why aren’t we demanding American made products? Why aren’t we voting to lower restrictions, insurance rates and taxes so businesses can operate profitably here in the U.S.? Why has blatant and un-restricted greed been allowed to devastate the lives of millions, of our economy? Me? I don’t want to just stand here like a helpless dumbshit ! I don’t like feeling like a victim all the damn time! Why are we buying products from companies that went out of the U.S. after firing thousands of Americans? (Like Levi’s) Why the hell are we still making the arabs rich when we don’t need to? As arrogant as the Europeans are, when we sneeze they catch a cold….
Stand back and take a look at the big picture here America, the trend has been at the cost of our own way of life, for a mythical result that will NEVER be!
This, the situation now, is the result, the reality….Haven’t you had enough yet? Isn’t the bullshit storm ever going to stop? Can you imagine what adult life for your kids is going to be like in this country?
I’ll say it AGAIN – Remember that next time you buy something that says “Made in China”, or where-ever, on the bottom of the package(and hopefully the fruits, vegetables and toys won’t poison your kids)…and you or your neighbor loses his savings,car and house….

Don’t wonder why so many politicians are jetting around on lobbyist jets, with corporate money in their pockets, boinking hookers all the time, and selling out our economy while they’re doing it! The media is forcing them to resign, not us, so don’t be in a hurry to pat yourself on the back….
The decisions and control of this nation should be in the hands of the American people. Inept businessmen and women are leading, and ruining, this country. Not the “leaders” we think we’re electing. Period.
Pride? Are you kidding me? Pride is a word our kids have to look up in the dictionary, they damn sure don’t see it on our faces, or in our actions!  Am I pissed? Hell yes I’m pissed….at myself for standing around with my hands in my pants for the last twenty years while every greedy snake in the western hemisphere slithered in and took a piece of my future and put it in his bank account! Do I have to become one to survive? Life in this country has already changed, that’s why the president isn’t smiling anymore….
yeah, you heard me……what the hell man……..

Pray for our country!  PRAY for God’s grace and mercy AND forgiveness…When? How about right now….push away from your computer, get on your knees and Pray…with the rest of us…..

Don’t forget about the legislation we have on the table!
Contact your Senators, Rep’s, Governors and State Legislators : www.senate.gov

www.writerep.house.gov

www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors

www.ncsl.org/public.leglinks

HR6630(mexican pilot prog.), HR 139(the APU tax credit), HR 5934/5977(TRUCC fuel surcharge law), HR 6106(repeal diesel tax), HR 6458( 60/65 speed limits leg.)

TRUCKSTAR TECH-
Okay here’s the list of the Top 5 “netbooks” according to the leading experts:
1. Asus EEE PC 1000 XP
2. Lenovo IdeaPad S10
3. Acer Aspire ONE
4. Asus N10JC
5. Dell Inspiron Mini 9(new model alert!)
*****The new Dell Inspiron 10 is here so, if you’re thinking of getting a netbook I would go to QVC.com, it debut’d on QVC on the 19th. a few days ago, I’ve said this before, QVC has a great monthly payment plan, no interest either, so you can break up the cost of a laptop over 2-3 or more months.
I still highly recommend the HP 2100 and business class laptops. You can get Gobi(built in internet) and a discount when you sign up for one of the major Ip services through them. It’s a straight up deal, you have to hook it up anyway, right? WiFi? From the headlines and tech forecasts the bottom is about to fall out of the wifi thing, I don’t and never have liked it, nothin’s free truckstars, every damn thing has some kind of price or another….just sayin’….
I want the Sony Vaio P Series, one of the new generation in super mini’s. Full size laptop features in a mini. It’s a breakthrough netbook and I WANT ONE! (poor starving writer that I am….)
My commendations to my reader who e-mailed me saying he went by the specs Iposted a couple of weeks ago, and bought a laptop he’s really happy with! Wohoo!
here’s a link to free netbook app’s – http://www.laptopmag.com/review/software/free-must-have-netbook-apps.aspx

www.washingtonwatch.com – latest info on all things gov.

SMARTPHONES –
The Palm Centro – easy to use, lots of features, the Nokia E51 and E63 – GSM and WiFi capable…cool, the Blackberry 8820(AT&T) and BB Curve(def. the most pop. one is the Curve, and my fav, the one I’ll prob. get, is the AT&T Tilt, dual keyboards, big screen. Also for you music lovers check out Samsung’s new UpStage( in fact I like a lot of Samsung’s stuff!)
Smartphones are coming out faster than I can keep up, check with your provider regularly to check out the latest phones and features. You may be eligible for free or low cost upgrades too!

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT-

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..

NEXT WEEK A REPLAY ON MY ARTICLE ON TRANS FATS!
Many Thanks to Kerry Evans Spillman form the OOIDA for a headsup on DOT fraud letters being sent to many truckers to get personal info from them!  Member?  www.landlinemag.com

Shout outs to the crew from Twitter! Love ya!

Truckstar Radio

THANKS to everyone, including my fellow trucking podcasters, who came on the show last night from my ustream.tv page, and my Skype page; both can be found at “thetruckstarlive” and called in at –

954-376-8452

Check out my cool new flash player:

http://thetruckstar.com/listen

(once it pops up click back on the “listen” page to the web and keep surfing!)

www.dreaminmywayhome.com – take a rescued pet to his new home and family (mileage and tax credit paid)

Don’t forget about single Moms and abused kids in your community!

Until next week – 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….

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

Week 53 – The Truckstar

Hello again fellow truckstars!

It’s Week 53 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 all our friends!

KITCHEN TABLE TALKIN’- Ahhhh yes! The life of a writer. My name is Daniel, I’ve become a Twitter addict. Seriously though it’s a fun social site and I’ve met a lot of cool people there, like Trucker Desiree, a_smart_union, TS_Elliot and many others(you know who you are…). You’ll find people you have a lot in common with, and, it’s hard to describe the experience so just go there, you’ll see.

I have to laugh(or not…) at myself. I’m a writer but the one thing it seems I have the least amount of time to do – is – write. There’s maintaining my 2 blogsites(soon, a third), my web radio station, my work life( I still haul race boats and sport yachts), and my social networking, then there’s networking my social networking and networking the results of that….uhhh…I think I got that straight…and I have security issues to stay on top of too, always, and I try to answer several hundred e-mails a day and the e-mail answers from those answers too…then make dinner…I think I got some sleep last week, I’m not sure…just call me Zombie Boy….

I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining or whining, I’m not, it’s all good!

Before I go any further I want to take a moment to THANK everyone who asked about Barbie’s health. The cancer on her arm is still there, her insurance at her work changed recently so she’s jumping hoops to find a new doctor to go to for it(and get her lengthy records), since her old doctors don’t take her new and NOT improved health insurance. When someone has a life threatening condition – you would think the medical community would be able to act and react quicker! Her body is wearing down, and so, the migraines are back….but it’s ALL in God’s hands…prayin’ for a miracle….

Question: Why truckstars, do we complain about American companies going offshore or over borders to manufacture, co’s firing or laying off(firing) thousands of people, usually for profit margin reasons, THEN we continue to buy products from these same companies??? On my street here in the Ft. Lauderdale area there are several of us who have little or no work. I hear every day of family or extended family members who are facing serious financial issues. Yet, the cars, clothes, AND food(that’s right I said food…peaches from Peru anyone?) and electronics we buy everyday are being made somewhere else by companies that used to manufacture here in the U.S., and still, like blind lemmings we buy and buy and buy….meanwhile, standing on the sidelines has been a series of impotent political “administrations”(whatever that means…) that have, in fact, aided and abetted the economic destruction of this country!(that’s us, truckstars…)  Now, is it REALLY an issue of survival, or just greed and profitability for companies that move manufacturing elsewhere? The business experts(the ones who aren’t bought and paid for with lobbyist money, that is…) claim it’s purely profit motives, that companies could survive in the eco climate here in this country IF the American people weren’t always looking for the cheapest price on everything. We have to understand that we’re investing in ourselves, our families, our neighbors….OUR FUTURES…. remember that next time you buy something that says “Made in China”, or where-ever, on the bottom of the package(and hopefully the fruits, vegetables and toys won’t poison yor kids)…and your neighbor loses his car and house….

Me? I look for 2 things on a package. 1.) ingredients  2.) where it’s made. No I’m not an idiot, I don’t just look to pay more for stuff, but what I’m getting at here is the idea that ,things made or produced here will probably cost more, sometimes a lot or a little, but just keep in mind this – Look around at the situation in the country right now, do a little history homework. What you’ll find is that the undermining of this economy began a long time ago, not 3 or 4 years ago, but, a long time ago. Do we really want to support a company that turns it’s back on it’s own customers here in the U.S. while exploiting already oppressed working people in other countries? (It’s “just business” the business types say…is it really? That’s what the sign hanging on the gates of hell says too) People, that the watchdog groups say, that STILL CAN’T FEED THEIR KIDS EITHER…when I put my hand over my heart and I recite the pledge of allegience – I cry now….Are we a nation under God? IN-divisible?  WITH -liberty and justice for all? No, not when greed, corruption, gambling and pornagraphy seem to be ruling the day, and the true American ideal has faded into history and become a corporate sales pitch slogan….We should be asking for, hell, DEMANDING American made products! Let’s put ourselves back to work, the governments not going to….What’cha think truckstar?

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT- Please Please read the labels on the foods you buy! Try to learn which of the products you typically buy in the store have the least and lowest amount of chemicals with 0 trans fats. I know, I know it’s next to impossible but really soon you’ll know which ones to grab when you run in while your parked at the gas pumps, or with the family at the grocery store. We’re in “damage control” mode here people!                                3 things to watch for 1.) sodium 2.)trans fats 3.)food coloring. Lots of restaurants are now using 0 trans fats cooking and frying oils, even the fast food evil empires like McDonald’s……and get a bottle of “whole food organic” vitamins….

TRUCKSTAR TECH–  I know I promised a review of APU’s and smartphones, but a new wave of technology hit this past week in both areas so, this week’s is going to be general in nature. I’ll have to break up the reviews week by week too. The Blackberry is still King of the hill in the smartphone dept., or so the tech mags say, however several other models, depending on your carrier, are making a good showing. The iPhone, the Google Android, and the new LG and Microsoft smartphones are players in the game. Really, it’s your network speed that matters, not so much the phone itself, they all have the same app’s and functions and we all do pretty much the same things with em’ so….I’m tellin’ ya, watch for Sprint to make a huge comeback, I really believe in the new CEO Dan Hesse at Sprint and my new Sony Vaio P series laptop will prob. have a SPrint connection, using the built in Gobi.

I like the package HP, AT&T and Gobi have put together for you current and future laptop users, and for me, a laptop I can make calls on while doing everything else to is the way to go if I have to choose between a phone and a laptop. I use my SKYPE phone number every day through my computer, for $2.95 a month I get unlimited to Canada and the U.S. , for $9.95 a month you could have unlimited global…so…check the link above, here on my blogsite.  I have just about switched over from my cell phone, I never use it anymore….2 media bills? I don’t think so….

Okay truckstars don’t forget about the legislation we have on the table! :   Contact your Senators, Rep’s, Governors and State Legislators : www.senate.gov www.writerep.house.gov www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors www.ncsl.org/public.leglinks

HR6630(mexican pilot prog.), HR 139(the APU tax credit), HR 5934/5977(TRUCC fuel surcharge law), HR 6106(repeal diesel tax), HR 6458( 60/65 speed limits leg.)

There are more but this should keep you busy!

I also want to give a big SHOUTOUT to Dan Little from the OOU- the hardest workin’ man in trucking, Trucker Jim from truckertotrucker.com, Brian from truck.net, Mike and Shelly from chicken trucker.com, “wise one” from thetruckersreport.com and the crew, admin1 and jwp over at mytruckingspace.com  Love you guys! Let’s do a show!!

A big THANKS to everyone, including my fellow trucking podcasters, who came on the show last night from my ustream.tv page, my Skype page at “thetruckstarlive” and over the radio:   http://thetruckstar.com/listen

Don’t forget about abused kids in your community!

Please pray for Dave Sweetman…..

I love Flying J truckstops – see ya there!

Until next week – 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…….

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

New Artist Alert! Scott Getlin

Hello truckstars!

I rarely showcase musical talent, in fact I’ve never done it here on The Truckstar, but, as many of you know I am a country music songwriter myself so I’m always on the lookout for up and coming talent and, like you, I’m thrilled to discover someone whose songs I can’t get out of my head.  Believe me when I tell you, Scott Getlin is a  talent, a seriously major league talent. A diamond in the rough being cut by the razor sharp blade of life.

I’m 52 now, my window of reaching fame on the musical stage may have long passed, but being a songwriter very active in the Nashville music scene I have a good eye and ear for that ever elusive “hit” sound, and moreover I know a superstar when I see one – and I’ve seen one.

Ladies and Gentlemen I want to introduce you to SCOTT GETLIN. Scott is currently a resident of the great and beautiful state of  Wyoming, a classic “road warrior”  and a frequent performer in the Nashville music scene. An experienced and well seasoned singer, songwriter and performer I see this kid filling stadiums someday, someday soon, and there’s going to be wailing and knashing of teeth in the Nashville Record Label community when yet another major artist went un-signed for too long. I called it with Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton and a dozen other artists in waiting, awhile back. I’m surprised Mike Curb from Curb Records hasn’t spotted this kid yet. Mike has a gifted eye and ear for talent with a clear vision of the big picture of country music and he’s never been afraid to take chances.

I’m so strongly reminded of John Cougar Mellencamp’s  debut in Los Angeles at a showcase rock club called the “Starwood” back in the late 70’s where I left the club after a 3 hour show that not only kicked my ass, it changed my view of music forever. I see that in Scott and more importantly – I HEAR IT.

I want to draw your attention to the video panel here on my new web template in the right hand side bar and the link to Scott’s site with his concert listings and dates, below, where you’ll also find a music player with a line up of songs that will be on the charts soon. “Without You” is a future number one, as is “Bang Bang” and “My Mother Prayed”.

The first time I heard “Without You” a few weeks ago, I cried like a little kid because it so reminded me of my one and only “true love” I lost back when I was a singer in LA. This song brought back those memories full force with such artistry I was overwhelmed.

“Bang Bang” is for you heartbroken souls who may have never gotten over the kind of moment in a relationship that changes everything and tears a heart into a million pieces.

“My Mother Prayed”, and if she hadn’t I’d be a dead son right now, enough said, and the rest of you know who you are…..

“Cruel Torch” is such a searing, raw, emotionally charged, direct from the heart song and it’s hard to imagine living this story let alone writing and performing it.

The songs you’re about to listen to are testimony’s, not just “tunes”. No, there’s much more going on here than that my friend. This kind of music cannot be created in a studio with big money and talented studio tech’s, the experiences are genuine.

I’m not going to whine about the frosted cupcake b.s. coming through my speakers that is being played by the country music stations lately. Apparently the record labels in their infinite wisdom think we need a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, but here’s a newsflash for em’ –  I don’t need them to do my thinking for me, and thank God the calvary is coming. His name is Scott.  As real as real gets, these songs have been LIVED. Survived. You know it, you feel it in your gut from the first note to the last and it’s never enough. Unless I miss my guess, and I almost NEVER do, Scott Getlin will be riding the pop, rock and country music charts alongside Gary Allen, Chris Cagle, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Dirks Bently before you know it!

Scott’s already, and will be soon an even bigger hit with the ladies too!

You know the drill, just click on the arrow in the center of the video featured in the window and let er’ roll…….but I’m warning you……what you are about to hear WILL change you……and you’ll love it!

Talk to ya soon truckstars!

I love ya!    daniel

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