Todd Dills

For fear of a turkey

On authority of the Associated Press, turkeys have turned into trucker chasers. See this report in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune about a recent incident in Jackson, Mich., in which a trucker falls just short of chicken-dancing away from three uncommonly aggressive birds outside the Tri-County International Trucks dealership and service location. As the AP reports, ">Tri-County International Trucks employee Dave Dodes told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that three of the birds scared a truck ...

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What’s your mpg walking?

Brad Templeton, founder of Internet publishing pioneers ClariNet Communications Corp., recently posted to his blog about research geared toward quantifying the mpg of all sorts of transport activity -- not just those requiring diesel or gas engines. Yes, we're talking about walking, riding bicycles, running, etc. The post -- "Holy cow: Walking consumes more gasoline than driving!" -- elucidates the high volume of petroleum use in U.S. agriculture and animal husbandry toward quantifying an average ...

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Spring greening

I'll be away from the computer today, folks, gone to NYC to (hopefully) claim an award with Truckers News editor Randy Grider in the Neal Awards best special issue category -- our "green issue" is one of three finalists. Wish us luck, eh?Since we're talking about green trucking... As part of the package of stories we planned and published for that issue -- toward building the quintessential "green truck" -- I got the opportunity to ...

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Worst roads redux

This message incoming from owner-operator Zak Hargraves, who I talked to about the problem of roads in America on the occasion of Overdrive's 2008 Worst Roads survey and attendant story (out this past January), which begs the quesiton: did we miss it?">The worst road in the U.S.?" Hargraves asks. "For sure it is I-78 in New Jersey, mile marker 1 thru 3.">Yes, they are 'working on it' and yes, it is a 'construction zone,' but ...

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Driver featured in Denver Post

Independent owner-operator Jorge Orozco Sanchez of Firestone, Colo. (pictured with his wife in a Denver Post file photo), was featured Saturday in the Post in a story about nominations for this year's Goodyear Highway Hero award, to be awarded at MATS Thursday. The Post wrote about Sanchez in October last year, when he rescued four-year-old Peyton Nicklas and her one-year-old sister, Morgan, from the fiery wreckage of their mother's SUV, which had collided with his ...

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‘Truck stop from the future’

The March edition of tech magazine Wired featured this photoshop creation by Daniel Salo -- the first in the magazine's long-running ">Found" series, in which Wired editors presented their ">best guess at what lies over the horizon," since they turned the concept over to enterprising readers (follow this link for several of the other design ideas). This artifact from the future shows a conceptualization of a ">typical truck stop from the year 2021," with the ...

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Trucker’s tragic death highlights parking need

The day prior to the Thursday funeral of Jason Rivenburg, the Schoharie County, New York, trucker felled last week by a bullet in an apparent robbery while he was parked off I-26 in South Carolina, a sizable convoy of trucks was escorted by police around the New York state capitol building in Albany. The convoy rolled, according to Albany's Capital News 9, to highlight the need for safer parking on the nation's interstates. (Rivenburg was ...

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Stretching stereotypes

Grammy-winner Marcy Marxer wrote her 1997 “Ballet Dancing Truck Driver” song as part of an educational package encouraging children to develop worldviews devoid of stereotypes. Elementary school teachers have sung the ballad at education conferences with sing-around-the-campfire enthusiasm. But a steel-toed boot-wearin’ honky-tonk-blues-loving lumper of the Red Smith era might switch radio stations before he hears all nine verses and refrain: “I want to be a ballet dancing . . . .” p align=">left"facebookChannel 19 ...

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‘I love Jerry Reed, man!’

Such were the words of HBO's Eastbound and Down comedy series' cocreator Danny McBride when asked about the show title's connection to the recently deceased singer in an interview with Ign.com. About Kenny Powers (played by McBride), an out-of-work MLB relief pitcher who becomes his hometown high school's PE teacher, Eastbound and Down is set in Shelby County, N.C., due north and west of this blogger's hometown south of the N.C./S.C. border, and traffics in ...

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UK truckers dance

After one Romanian trucker defied logic when he shot a video of himself dancing (quite excitedly and nimbly) about his cab while barreling down a Dutch highway, then sending the video out to media, apparently, and prompting a police search for him, London's Mirror newspaper solicited other ">dancing trucker" videos, some of which are now online here in a ">Top 10 Juggernaut Jivers" list.While certainly more tame than the original dancing trucker, these drivers won't ...

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