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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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Dream spills?

It's no laughing matter when a truck tips onto its side, but since two February accidents in Utah saw the rigs' drivers walk away uninjured, we couldn't help but note the timing of the accidents -- within hours and miles of each other around Salt Lake City -- and the definite harmony of their spilled cargos. As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Gehrke, ">red meat and beer clogged major traffic arteries Tuesday , ...

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‘Never in trucking history’

Such was the estimation of Jerry Spires of Spires Trucking in Miramar in South Florida, when he was called on by Associated Press reporter Scott Sonner to comment on a Golden Eagle that crashed through the windshield of one of his trucks. Piloted by Matthew Roberto Gonzalez of Opa Locka, Fla., the rig was rolling down I-80 in Nevada, ">about 60 miles west of the Utah line," wrote Sonner, when Daryl Young, Gonzalez' codriver asleep ...

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This look scary to you?

Trucker Jeff Clark sent in a note to Overdrive and Truckers News' offices objecting to what he called National Public Radio's Here amp; Now program host Robin Young's ">unabashed usage of the term scary trucks"> in a segment Wednesday discussing expansion of rail infrastructure capacity. Young was interviewing Philip Longman, senior fellow of the New America Foundation, who repeatedly profferred in positively glowing terms the possibility of removing 85 percent of heavy trucks from the ...

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New vistas, old practices

p align="left"/ppNew Zealand postgraduate student in Antarctic geology Kurt Joy took this pic while on location on the frozen continent. It pretty much sums up life for the researchers there, he says: ">I spent a month down there working on the glaciers about 300 km south from McMurdo Station. P bottles in Antarctica are a way of life in the field. All urine is collected and shipped back for treatment. Everyone uses them, male or ...

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Side-view writing

Vanessa Leigh Hoffman (pictured, below) began her new book, Rear View Mirror, in the cab of her fiance Joe Cicciaro's 1988 Peterbilt. On runs with tomatoes originating near Cicciaro and Hoffman's home in St. Pete Beach, Fla., to Texas, where Cicciaro loaded beef in his 53' spread-axle reefer to take back east, Hoffman encountered several situations that inspired her fictional creations. ">Meeting people at fuel islands, truck stops and at loading docks," she says, "gave ...

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Update: Tony the tiger will stay

Owners of the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, La., have won their battle at least temporarily to keep their tiger on the premises. Since we blogged about the case in January, Iberville Parish councilmembers voted 11-1, FoxNews.com reported, to allow truck stop owner Michael Sandlin to qualify for ">a permit from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that will enable him to legally keep the 550-pound tiger — that he has raised since it ...

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Channel 19 live on national TV

From Comedy Central's satirical news and commentary show the Colbert Report With Stephen Colbert comes the video below, based on a incident I blogged about in October, when Texas-based Dan Linscomb was arrested after being charged for a second meal because he allowed a companion to have a few bites of his food from the buffet. If the embedded vid's not working click here to visit the Colbertnation.com main site. Enjoy. . .div class=">cc_box" ...

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