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I heard the Jakes on Christmas day…

A Christmas poem and merry wish from Wendy and the Parker family: "I heard the Jakes on Christmas day / Their old familiar bellows play / Low and deep the blasts repeat / Of food on tables, good will to men." ...

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Still time to lower your taxable earnings

Considering accelerating any upcoming business purchases into 2016 to reap the tax advantage for this tax year instead of 2017.

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Trucking vocabulary ‘word of the year’

"Surreal?" Nah, says Wendy, try "'Night-marey with a dash of soul crushing....' Since there's not a single word for that, and I try to stick with laughter, even if it's bitter, I'll go with 'absurd.'"

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Turning the worm on parking

Advocates stress the need for greater driver communication with state/local Metropolitan Planning Organizations on the need for better truck parking -- and AsktheTrucker.com offers an MPO directory online to help facilitate communication.

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Trucking ‘uberization’ and the ‘new 800-pound gorilla that everyone will have to be aware of’

According to Business Insider writer Eugene Kim's sources, that gorilla is Amazon, who plans to develop an app to help match freight to truckers. Big difference between Amazon and numerous tech start-ups in this space: freight volume, of course.

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Dear Governor [insert appropriate name] …

During the changeover in administrations for elected offices won in November, making your voice heard is incredibly important, and it's valuable for the incoming officials to hear it.

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FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with ‘enhanced investigative techniques’

'EIT' in the parlance of acronym-happy bureaucratese, Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services likened new investigative approaches of auditors to another EIT, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques -- or 'compliance-review waterboarding,' so to speak ...

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Abracadabra autonomous!

“They’re not opponents of tech, but it might be a failure of imagination" --Venture capitalist on disconnect between truckers' expectations of self-driving tech and those of the folks in Silicon Valley. Wendy: "Let's slow the row on the imagination-bashing a little and get real."

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Thursday round-up: Supply chain mandating ELDs?, Wal-Mart moving toward cab cameras, nolo contendere for operator

Reporting out of Arkansas: Wal-Mart's private fleet begins to test in-cab camera systems. Howard Salmon pleas out from under a following-too-close citation. And: one regular reader calls foul on the notion that brokers/shippers will require ELDs in contracts for exempt truckers post-mandate.

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“As a man thinketh …”

Holiday stress is real. "For whatever reason, and there are hundreds this time of year, November through January seem to induce more worry and consternation ..." Fortunately, there are ways to combat it.

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