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Looking for Mr. Perfect

Dear Carolyn, My best friend thinks I should break up with my boyfriend. She makes good points about all his bad points. But she never mentions anything about his good qualities. I’m starting to wonder about her motivation. Lately, I’ve been thinking she might have her eye on him! What do you think? Kate Dear Kate, This is reason #272 why you should not depend on BFF’s for relationship advice. If you have the “feeling” that all is not as it ...

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Bring back snack time

For me, a full belly equals happiness, comfort. But it’s when I fill my belly with foods high in fat, sugar and calories that I realize this is not a healthy way to live. I’ve recently been trying to improve my snack choices, because when I choose nutritious snacks throughout the day, I am less likely to overeat at mealtimes. To draw on the idea of food equating comfort, I did a ...

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Your business and your relationship to authority

People react in different ways to rules. How do you react and what difference does it make in your business?

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Divine intervention at its best: A truck accident in Guam

What happens when a loaded straight dump loses its brakes on a downhill run and collides head-on with a tanker truck loaded with jet fuel? Not what you might expect. Reporter Brett Kelman, writing in the Pacific Daily News, reports that Guam Governor Eddie Calvo (pictured) was proclaiming the relatively ho-hum aftermath, with mostly minor injuries, as an act of God. On the way to the big collision, the dump missed the governor by a mere ...

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Humbled and honored to be blogging here

I learned today that I feel intimidated in the presence of the masters. Learned when I began to write this blog entry, the first of many that will appear on Overdrive magazine's web site. Greetings to my new readers. My name is Phil Madsen. I am a truck owner-operator who has been blogging elsewhere on the web since July, 2007. I was surprised and honored to receive a phone call from Overdrive, inviting me to include ...

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New blog from Women in Trucking

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) recently launched an online forum at womenintruckingblog.com, to add a more interactive blog to their long-extant online presence at womenintrucking.org. “Drivers are some of the most technologically advanced people I know and many of them interact via social media each day,” said Ellen Voie, WIT’s President/CEO.  “By offering this forum we can give our members the opportunity to connect with others who share their involvement in trucking and to learn ...

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Meet the maker of the Cubby Buddy truck toolbox

I've written about the toolbox before, which you may remember. Since then, says Debbie Zehrer, wife and business partner of owner-operator Jeff Zehrer (both pictured), the Cubby Buddy toolbox system has added models, with a total 10 to choose from. If you've been looking for a good system for your truck, you can give them a look at CubbyBuddy.com. I had the great opportunity yesterday to talk with Jeff and Debbie. Leased to small fleet Hensley ...

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Make accident victims pay for traffic tie-ups?

  A letter writer to the Chattanoogan newspaper last week proposed to fine drivers of large trucks involved in accidents per hour of required cleanup or per mile of backed up traffic. Specifically:   $5,000 per hour of cleanup or per mile of backed up traffic, whichever is greater, to be paid by the trucking companies, and $1,000 per hour of cleanup or per mile of backup, whichever is greater, to be levied against the truck driver. You can ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Are you happy with your insurance company?

Consumer insurance portal Insure.com recently tracked customer satisfaction by polling users of the site as to their happiness -- or lack thereof -- with their auto, home, life and health insurers, evaluating these keys areas; customer service, claims experience and value for the price paid. They also asked whether customers planned to renew their policies and whether they would recommend their companies. ...

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ATHS Music City Chapter kicks off the new year

Thanks to Rhonda Reagan (pictured) for the invite to the American Truck Historical Society Music City Chapter's year-beginning meeting and auction this past Saturday, Jan. 14. Held at an elementary school in Lebanon, Tenn., the event drew a crowd near 100 strong, made up of members and their families as well as representatives from other regional ATHS chapters like the Smoky Mountains chapter in Knoxville, among others. All told, says Reagan, the organization nearly doubled ...

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