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DOT special treatment for Christmas

The U.S. Department of Transportation reported Thursday on Transport Secretary Mary Peters' announcement that U.S. military airspace lanes will be open to St. Nick this Christmas Eve. “We know Santa Claus must adhere to a really tight schedule to get to every house on his list,” said Secretary Peters as she presented Santa his Christmas Eve flight certificate at Andrews Air Force Base (Peters is pictured signing the certificate). “Allowing him to use military airspace ...

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Christmas bonus

It's official: one week prior to the arrival of one large bearded man in a red hat and hauling a grab bag of stuff for the nation's citizens, the number one request from the truck drivers of said nation cuts to the core of the trucking business. That's right, lower fuel prices topped our eTrucker.com poll probing the desirability of certain Christmas wishes. If yesterday's NYMEX crude-price close at $40.06 a barrel is to be ...

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Fun with spammers

"Beer Runner," a regular poster to Truck.Net, has been having some fun with spammers. And ">no I don't have anything better to do," the poster wrote yesterday. All the same, the fun sounded quite fun: "Last night I got another spam asking me for all my information just so I can collect millions of dollars. Normally I delete them but since this one mentioned the Lord I just had to answer. I called a ...

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Book by Chilean truck driver’s son takes on border violence

Amid ongoing examinations of life and violence along the U.S.-Mexican border and the shifting relationships among warring drug traffickers, regular folk and the symbiotic economies of both nations, a novel by the son of a Chilean truck driver that many are calling the best book of 2008 has ignited the imaginations and hearts of readers around the world. 2666, by Roberto Bolano, out in English for the first time this fall from FSG, centers around ...

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Give the gift of hauling

">Trucker gifts abound online" is the headline of a recent short piece by Jill Dunn at Overdrive sister news site eTrucker.com. The story catalogs several online spots offering some trucking-related gifts and/or inexpensive items. Among the retailers mentioned is GlobalTrucker.com, which has available a wide array of 12-volt items (heating pads, chargers, electronic and kitchen devices), various sports merchandise, and a pewter belt buckle (pictured) with a classic slogan. As Dunn put it, ">You may ...

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‘Energy for sale’ redux

A new energy drink is billing itself as a healthy alternative to the old standbys of coffee, colas, cigarettes, sharp pinches to the cheek or thigh. It's called "Big Ol' Trucker Energy Juice," and it's aimed directly at you, in case the name wasn't explicit enough. With a active-ingredient makeup somewhat similar to the ubiquitous 5-Hour Energy, though without the caffeine, it shares other attributes with several of the pick-me-up liquids currently on the market, ...

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And you thought you had it bad

Next time your dispatcher dictates a route to you, thank heaven you're talking to a human who can, theoretically at least, be reasoned with. Some of the nation's cattle ranchers are experimenting with a device similar to an electrified dog collar to eliminate the expense of building long fences to keep their herds within the ranch's borders. These "GPS-enhanced cows," as CNN money called them, wear a harness over their ears that tracks their locations ...

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The one that got away comes back

In Buna, Texas, mechanic Joe Richardson's high-school ring was found last week inside the gullet of an 8-pound bass caught in Lake Sam Rayburn, where Richardson lost the ring while fishing just a couple weeks after his graduation in 1987. The fisherman who who pulled up the catch tracked Richardson down after examining the engraving of his name on the ring's band, then using the internet to find him. "My first reaction was — you ...

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Bless the Virgin, bless the truck

Chicago owner-operator Freddy Lagunes, pictured, dressed up his white 1994 Freightliner to give a frigid yet festive commemoration parade with close to 80 of his fellow Hispanic truckers to the day of ">La Virgen de Guadalupe" this Sunday in the windy city. The celebration, whose central day is Dec. 12, originated in Mexico when -- according to tradition -- in 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared to converted-Catholic native Juan Diego. divLagunes claims that most of ...

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The perfect diet for stranded truckers

">I-70 in Eagle County was closed over 43 times last winter" due to snowy conditions, according to a report from the Vail Daily published Friday. The Colorado DOT, accordingly, has finished the first phase of a series of new parking facilities along the corridor that, including the basic facilities, come with ">gift bags" for stranded truckers. "If truckers are forced to wait more then five hours to resume driving," the report notes, "care packages ...

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