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Why shoes matter

Allegory, anyone? "The only flaw Karen had was the occasional habit of buying cheap shoes, and even worse, talking her friends into buying cheap shoes."

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Meet Bill Warner Jr. and his ’87 Pete 359 / Mac dump combo

Powered by a 425-hp Cat, the original motor, through a 15-speed transmission and 3:70 rears, Warner's 1987 Peterbilt 359 has been under his ownership for more than a decade waiting to be given the treatment it got for the PKY championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show this past week.

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Gorsuch dissent in firing of ‘frozen trucker’ becomes confirmation hurdle

A 2016 dissent by Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, over a driver who sued his former carrier for wrongful termination, has become an obstacle to the judge’s path to his post on the Supreme Court. Some high-profile Democrats have cited the case as a reason to block Gorsuch’s confirmation.

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Notes on self-care

Dealing with stress with some me time: “Well, I'm sitting under my desk with the cat, a bag of marshmallows and a fuzzy blanket. In my world, that's perfectly fine, but I feel like others may judge the situation harshly.” ...

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Another parting shot from Louisville: Paul Marhoefer’s ‘Mama Crystal’

A dark blues folks song about a scourge that's touched the lives of many around the nation -- crystal methamphetamine.

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Rate Per Mile Masters founder Chad Boblett from MATS: How broker relationships saved him during recent downturn

Following the demand on the spot market is all well and good when times are high, but when the market shifts it's crucial to have solid broker relationships -- more from a talk with Rate Per Mile Masters owner-operator Chad Boblett. And an answer to the question: Does the autonomous trap work on trucks?

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MATS2GATS lives again!

The MATS2GATS fitness challenge, an idea from James Crowley of Texomatic pictures, returns this year, challenging drivers to take the months in between MATS and GATS to improve their health and physical condition.

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Navigating the trucking ‘tech bubble’: FMCSA reps outline ELD requirements, operation, edits for drivers at MATS

Standing-room-only in the ELD seminar room at MATS -- hear the FMCSA's presentation on implementation of a rule that has spawned something of a "transportation tech bubble," clearly in evidence at the show.

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Still got it, after all these years

In which Wendy tells Lee Greenwood he makes her cry: "I'm no good under pressure. I'm much better when I can sit down and write things, except 99 percent of the time I'm writing them after the fact, and they're actually considered 'apologies' and not 'blog posts.'"

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Video: Trucker-songwriter Bill Weaver live at MATS

Video from trucker/singer-songwriter Bill Weaver's live performance at the Mid-America Trucking Show of tracks a three-song digital EP he's offering as something of a preview to a new record due in June.

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