Papa John’s parking lot

MATS: One down, two to go

MATS 2015 has kicked off, and it's going to be huge. It's always a gigantic show, and it's the first of the season, so attendance is generally high. This is our third year at MATS, and the first time we've actually been able to finagle press passes, and I'd like to thank Toby Young for his personal attention to the matter. We've got the usual dinners and meetings with corporate and marketing people from the industry. I ...

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Gearing up for MATS

Truck show season kicks off in March, and it's all I'm hearing about these days. Apparently, MATS is going to be one heck of a show – we've heard from all kinds of people about all kinds of neat stuff that's going to happen there. I'm going to be brutally honest and say it's my least favorite show, because of the immensity and sometimes bizarre layout, but it definitely has the best parking lot party ...

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Rates: Demand on the rise short-term?

And a check-in with owner-operator Jan McCarter on her new Human Trafficking Awareness Project, looking ahead to MATS in March.

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The JBC Hotline: Raising money and keeping good company

The group grew from four people making three-way calls to an organized conference call that runs 24/7. Callers use the room to keep company on long nights, give and get weather and road reports, check routes and just touch base with other human beings who do the same job.

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Campfire stories

"One of the very best hings about MATS this year was being able to park in the Papa John's lot and hang out with people who have been in the trucking industry since Jesus had a new pair of sandals."

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Observations from the dark side

"If you do go to MATS, take the time to go over to the Papa John's parking lot and rub elbows with the regular guys – we've met some of the most decent human beings on this earth in that parking lot, and you don't need a press pass to do that."

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Round-up: MATS haps, and a cattle hauler on his long career

Recently-retired bull wagon hauler Laurin Dreher reflects on a long career, while owner-operator Jeff Clark talks while he walks and more plans for MATS solidify...

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From iPhone karaoke to viral parody hit: ‘Singing Trucker’ Brad James

Avid singer and Youtuber Brad James estimates an audience of about 1,300 people before his detention-themed parody of "Dock of the Bay" went viral. Post-“Detention,” he estimates he’s singing to around 10,000 people.

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The haps at MATS: Rounding up driver-led efforts

I'll make an attempt, at least. So much is going on at next week's trucking show in Louisville it will be next to impossible to catch it all in this space today, but here are a few of the highlights folks have reached out to me about these last few months: Health walk-and-talk, blood driveAs at the last two year's events, the owner-operators behind the Trucking Solutions Group have organized the third annual MATS Health Awareness Walk, ...

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