Todd Dills

Worth a thousand words…

a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZIEz6xCWFI/AAAAAAAAANE/yfL__ThKRMg/s1600-h/petry.jpg"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5301305001363265618" style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 232px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZIEz6xCWFI/AAAAAAAAANE/yfL__ThKRMg/s320/petry.jpg" border="0" //a divdivThe Photographer: Truckers News Photo Group is a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/truckersnews"here/a at the photo-sharing site Flickr, 55 members strong and growing. The above pic was featured in the magazine's new online table of contents, showcasing various community-building opportunities emTruckers News/em is facilitating for drivers online. /divdiv/divbr /divPhoto Group moderator and Landstar owner-operator Mike Petry took this ...

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UN World Food Programme truckers’ near disaster

a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZIAso-IjeI/AAAAAAAAAM0/wsbOEcpFXeM/s1600-h/afghan.bmp"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5301300478280764898" style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 186px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 200px" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZIAso-IjeI/AAAAAAAAAM0/wsbOEcpFXeM/s200/afghan.bmp" border="0" //aThe Reliefweb.int site has a href="http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/JBRN-7P4GQB?OpenDocument"this story/a about UN World Food Programme truckers and a near-disaster haul of winter supplies to villagers in Kufab in the Badakhshan region in northeast Afghanistan. A 14-truck convoy snaked up a road that was until recently, thanks to the WFP Food for Assets program, a donkey trail, on a mission ...

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The Real John Bean

From 1987 to 1993, Knoxville musician Todd Steed worked at the now-defunct Raven Records store on Cumberland Avenue, "the main strip near the...

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What about lumper-ready projects?

a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZCuMkq02NI/AAAAAAAAAMs/d8raKEc2ITc/s1600-h/shovel.jpg"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5300928292440037586" style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 170px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 167px" alt="" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZCuMkq02NI/AAAAAAAAAMs/d8raKEc2ITc/s200/shovel.jpg" border="0" //aMonday morning's National Public Radio listeners got an analysis of the descriptor "shovel-ready," used numerous times in recent months by President Barack Obama to describe the kinds of infrastucture projects he hopes to set in motion by injecting billions of dollars into the highway and other infrastructure programs via the stimulus bill.br /br /One of emshovel-ready/em's ...

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Quite literal duck in a truck

Joe Mansheim delivers construction materials in a straight flatbed throughout the Minnesota Twin Cities area for Elite Transportation Sytems. In a sort of game of oneupsmanship with his boss, after Mansheim bought a $700 duck-hunting dog who wouldn't hunt, he ended up with a baby duckie he bonded with in unexpected ways and who now rides with him as a passenger. Perhaps you've come across this widely-circulated video already, but if not, put on your ...

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Toward a more perfect B.J. the Bear rig

Owner-operator Paul Sagehorn of Sparta, Wis., whose restoration of a Kenworth K100 used in the 1980s TV series emB.J. amp; the Bear/em I've been following a href="http://www.etrucker.com/apps/news/article.asp?id=65014"since he picked up the truck in Georgia/a close to two years ago, now is hard at work on restoration of an original B.J. trailer as well. Still under its original paint scheme, the van was sitting on the lot of an equipment dealer in Fontana, a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SYtmIzjyTpI/AAAAAAAAAMc/2rBb6Rt07kA/s1600-h/bjmovinon.JPG"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5299441687996812946" ...

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Get your horntone on

a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SYr53CM9OsI/AAAAAAAAAL8/iQTnC_35wVc/s1600-h/horntones.jpg"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5299322635434146498" style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 84px" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SYr53CM9OsI/AAAAAAAAAL8/iQTnC_35wVc/s200/horntones.jpg" border="0" //aThe folks at a href="http://www.dimoramotorcar.com/"DiMora Motorcar/a, making a luxury car the company says is the "world's first hand-built, $2 million, sixteen-cylinder production automobile," are hyping the availability of an MP3-enabled horn from the a href="http://www.horntones.com/"Horntones company/a. The system (pictured) allows users to customize their horn's sound, naturally, in a manner similar to that currently torturing the ...

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Keen on green

The latest incursion of the word emgreen/em into the contemporary lexical landscape comes via the a href="http://ooida.com/"Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association/a, who invoked an old environmentalist’s term to describe the American Trucking Associations’ January pitch to Congress for speed limiters and heavier vehicles. “‘Greenwashing’ speed limiters, heavier trucks is dangerous,” read the headline of the a href="http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2009/Jan09/012609/013009-01.htm"press release/a. Derived from emwhitewash/em, emgreenwashing/em is usually used to describe a large corporation’s attempt to mask the danger of ...

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10,000 pounds is a light load

Slate.com writer Seth Stevenson a href="http://www.financialpost.com/executive/story.html?id=1244262"expressed skepticism/a over an ad for the Toyota Tundra pickup that aired during the Super Bowl, mainly because of the use of the word emtranny /emfor transmission. To wit: span style="color:#000000;""I am puzzled by the announcer's contention that 'truckers know towing 10,000 pounds up a steep grade ain't good for your tranny.' I'm picturing a post-op sex change patient standing in the pickup's bed, hands on hips, displeased with the ...

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The price of ingenuity

A perhaps unique scam comes to light via NorthJersey.com, in a report on 50-year-old trucker Allan Flores, who in January was charged with "theft of services and deceptive business practices," as reported. What he allegedly did was avoid a cumulative $1,200 in tolls on the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan via a manual flip-up rig controlled from that cab that was tied to his front plate, allowing him to manually hide his number from video ...

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