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Notes on vernacular

“Keep yer panties on, son, I got a full-grown with a capture in the breakdown, I'll mosey out of your way momentarily... stand by.” Feel me?

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Mystery Science Theater Super Bowl 2017

George, as Wendy's running commentary continues: “I've listened to Mystery Science Theater Super Bowl for almost three hours, do you think we could just be quiet during overtime?”

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North Dakota contemplating 80-mph speed limit

How fast is fast enough? Revisiting the question in light of a potential boost in speed limits to 80 mph in North Dakota, and more on Trump's two-for-one out/in regulatory order ...

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Do it right, even if it’s ugly

Bit of tribute to the open-deckers running high, wide, heavy, ugly: "Sometimes you get to be Elvis, and sometimes you're Jed Clampett, but both of them pay the bills. Do it right, even if it's ugly."

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PTDI, others: A behind-the-wheel minimum is ‘critical’ for effective training rule

Just why did FMCSA exclude a behind-the-wheel minimum from its entry level training rule? Answers explored here, with views from another call for the agency to reconsider the rule to include a BTW minimum.

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Sacrifices to the highway spirits

When the highway spirits took an impact drill battery in lieu of a sacrificial offering: "Sometimes, obeying strict superstitions on the road is hard."

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Interstate funding and rest areas: Public, meet Private

Let’s hope that however Trump, Chao and Congress choose to build out our infrastructure, it doesn’t financially punish the industry that already pays more than its share to support roads and bridges.

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‘When a truck was a truck…’

Steve Hearne's grandfather's old Ford AA "had a hand throttle like a tractor, and another lever on the column to retard the timing for hand starting." Hearne, who still lives on a portion of his family's old 120-acre farm in Vermont, remembers the unit well...

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Anybody got a copy on the dinosaurs, come on?

Before you turn the CB off, take a tip from the dinosaurs out here: "Sometimes, being the one and only person who will break with something positive can change the entire mood from grumpy bugs to brothers and sisters of the road, and I challenge each of you to be that person."

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Dry bulk for the long haul: Reserves staff sergeant John Moore and his leased operation

Until the last year, John Moore had been leased to Landstar, and his decision to come back to Oakley Transportation to pull a hopper had as much to with where home was as profitability. In this case, the two went hand in hand,

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