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A salute from Good magazine

With the first of the month came this post to the website of Good magazine -- a charitable magazine about "good" things, generally (they match subscription prices with a contribution to the charity of your choice) -- about photographerrtist John Bakos' series of truckstop portraits (one is pictured here) taken mostly in the Northeast. It's a small paean to the truck drivers of America from and to the general public. As the folks at Good ...

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If you thought our roads were bad…

A fascinating look at the state of roads in Russia comes this week from span style="font-style: italic;"L.A. Times/span writer Megan K. Stack -- link here -- and it's told largely from the point of view of that country's truckers, who paint a picture of a world where, once you leave major cities, you're running on bone-jarring two-lane multi-patched pavement that might call to your mind the most bumpy haul you've ever endured. The story's ...

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The truck-grinch that crashed Christmas

Shoppers at the back of a Christmas supply store in St. Pete Beach, Fla., may have wondered if Rudolph's nose was off-track yesterday afternoon when they heard what must have been a one big noise. It could have sounded like a deer-guided sleigh and a jolly old elf gone wrong, but it was really a white county utility truck that crashed through the plate glass window, damaging a support beam of K. Kringle's Christmas amp; ...

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When the white collar turns blue

This AP Story, picked up by the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, drips with the sort of unintended condescension often seen in mainstream media's brushstroke treatment of the subject of working, but all the same it presents a fascinating portrait as its jumping-off point: a Bear-Stearns purchasing manager laid off in July of last year after that company's rescue from implosion by government-brokered purchase by J.P. Morgan. That manager, Patrick Greene of New York, is today ...

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Now that’s a ‘hot load’

A story in the July 5 Leaf Chronicle, the newspaper of Clarksville and Fort Campbell, Tenn., gave new meaning to the term "hot load," oft used by dispatchers to the chagrin of truck drivers certain to be waiting in line outside a shipper's facility in the near future. As intrepid Leaf reporter Ann Wallace wrote, a Montgomery County Sherriff's Department deputy happened to take note of a truck driver's load of timber on state highway ...

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Biggest tractor-trailer cake in the world

In celebration of two anniversaries at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree today, an 8-ft.-long cake built as a semi will be served up to an estimated 2,000 people at 2 p.m. The anniversaries: the Jamboree's 30th, and the 45th of location for the mass mastication event: the "biggest truckstop in the world," Iowa 80 in Walcott.The cake, sources report, took more than two days to build, which makes it the functional equivalent of an in-frame, I'd ...

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Give that man a CDL!

Little did South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford know how common was the feeling he revealed to his Argentinean mistress in one of several e-mails released by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Describing an early morning excavator session on his farm in one, all of which are available here, he wrote, "To me, and I suspect no one else on earth, there is something wonderful about listening to country music playing in the cab, air ...

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Good Karma

Birds aren't the only animals who tweet. Karma, perhaps the most popular trucking dog on social microblogging site Twitter, has drawn quite the following. At last count, the young German shepherd had 1,150 followers, thanks to his aadoption by trucker/blogger Desiree Wood (@truckerdesiree on Twitter). Donna Smith of the askthetrucker.com posted in May about Wood’s adoption of the young German shepherd from her company’s terminal, where he’d been "just hanging out," in May. The dog ...

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One fine RV

Talk about a final ride in style. Recently retired owner-operator Howard Brinson, who worked up to and beyond his 80th birthday, with the help of an owner-operator friend and colleague turned his vintage 1984 Peterbilt 359 (pictured) into a motor home of absolutely stunning character, wouldn’t you say? Yes, that’s a 1976 Airstream travel trailer mounted as a body behind the sleeper cab. Brinson’s daughter, Mary Lee Stets, says Brinson is "hoping to take one ...

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Got wheelbase: Project 351 redux

Since I reported on Anthony Fischkelta's Project 351 Kenworth W900 in October last year, the 351-inch wheelbase tractor has made the rounds of various shows and has gotten the YouTube treatment yet again. Here's the latest, a pass-and-salute on the freeway that will give you an idea of what this big truck and its reefer really look like going down the road. Enjoy -- and hope you had a good fourth.

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