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Article thanks to Jim Sweeney and the RoadPro Family of Brands. Links provided:
It’s said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. If that’s true, then long-distance truck drivers should have the strongest relationships of all.
But, as any number of truckers can testify, the road can be hard on romance. Weeks apart, missed birthdays and anniversaries, loneliness and doubt, they all take a toll. But a trucking job does not have to mean the end of a relationship. We went to experts for advice on how to build and maintain a strong, trucking-style romance – and how to make Valentine’s Day special.
Dr. Fran Walfish, a Beverly Hills family and relationship psychotherapist, said every successful relationship is built on trust, which can be reinforced even if both partners aren’t together.
“The bricks and mortar of developing trust can begin long-distance through Skype conversations. Be sure to not only talk, but include reading body language, facial cues and all of those additional messages that tell us how the other person truly feels,” she said. “Talking is the glue that holds people and relationships together.”
Lisa Bahar, a marriage and relationship therapist, also advised drivers and their partners use technology (Skype, cell phones, Facebook etc.) to keep the relationship strong.
“Communication is key, being in the moment, and letting the person know you are thinking of them. Quality time with times to talk, flirty text messages, flattery, memories of what made you fall in love, gifts that are appropriate and surprises that may be spontaneous are good. Be considerate and deliberate,” she said.
What couples do while together can see them through the times they are separated, said Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, a licensed clinical professional counselor. “When you return, make sure to spend quality time and pay extra attention to your spouse. When you do all of the above, you'll be able to keep your relationship strong, even if you travel a lot,” he said.
We asked members of the RoadPro Pro Driver Council how they celebrated Valentine’s Day and here’s what they told us:
“Typically, Valentine’s Day is not really a significantly important holiday. I work and it is just another day. A special occasion will just have to wait until work is done or be delayed until the weekend. The customer wants their product and our life is temporarily put on hold. That’s life on the road.” -- Joanne Fatta, Pennsylvania
“Holidays out on the road -- I usually call or send cards in advance. My husband drives, so usually we meet up for supper. Valentine’s Day is usually great because there are flowers everywhere and pretty red candy boxes. Sometimes, you just have to punt.” – Maggie Stone, Iowa
“I have done the same thing every year for almost 20 years. I send a single white rose to my wife in her classroom. She is a school teacher. It has become so expected that her students wait for it as well. I used to just call, but with technology we now FaceTime. Something we do regularly anyway.” – Thomas Miller, Illinois
Sierra Sugar solves the problem of Valentine’s Day by riding with partner Allen Wilcher.“Valentine's Day on the road usually is me waking up to fresh coffee, roses and/or other treats from Allen. I usually cook a nice dinner for us in the truck, and afterwards we spend time cuddled together watching movies. It hasn't worked out where we've been somewhere to go out and do something special, so we make the most of our time together in the truck on that day, and, really, every day. But when we do come across neat places along the road, no matter what day of the year, we do get out and explore together.” – Sierra Sugar and Allen Wilcher, Florida
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Tonight's post is an invite to give a listen to an excellent podcast he did with a trucker from Alaska, Kevin Lowery. He's been driving in Alaska for 23 out of his 28 year career. While it is two hours long, it was very entertaining and this Alaskan driver had some great tips and info that I didn't even know, and I've been driving for more than 35 years. If you've got the time, give it a listen! Good job Todd!
Click on this link to hear it: http://abouttruckdriving.com/2017/01/19/td119-winter-truck-driving-tips-from-an-alaskan-trucker/
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Dec, 2016 He picked the perfect vehicle for this detour.
A city sanitation worker used his garbage truck to drive to a hot-sheets motel in Brooklyn, where he had a one-hour “meeting,” according to public records revealed Monday.
Neil Puglia hit the Oasis Motel — where rooms conveniently go for $60 an hour — on July 16, while the hulking trash hauler sat parked at the curb outside.
There was just one problem with his plan — the huge white truck stuck out like a sore thumb and someone reported him to officials at the Sanitation Department, which suspended him and penalized him five days pay, or more than $1,000.
Puglia admitted to the city Conflicts of Interest Board that he used his truck to visit the motel on Flatlands Avenue in East New York after first dropping off a co-worker at that man’s son’s baseball game, city records show.
He told officials he then went to the motel “to meet someone for approximately an hour,” the deposition said.
In a Facebook post written on the same day as the visit, a commentor put up a picture of Puglia’s truck parked at the motel along with a claim that the garbage man picked up a woman, took her inside and came out about a half-hour later.
Puglia, a five-year Sanitation Department veteran who earns $78,886 a year, was slapped with a five-day suspension without pay, which would amount to $1,192.65, according to COIB papers.
His partner, agreed to a three-day suspension, valued at about $861.
Puglia did not respond to calls for comment, while his lawyer declined to comment.
The motel, which rents rooms on a nightly and hourly basis, sits on a desolate and rundown stretch of Flatlands Avenue and is partially surrounded by a beige concrete wall topped with razor wire.
Travel Web sites Expedia and Yelp describe the place as anything but an oasis, with the motel getting just 1¹/₂ stars on each.
Anonymous users of the Web sites claim to have seen hookers and pimps loitering in the lobby with their johns, rooms smelling of urine, and drug deals openly taking place on the sidewalk.
An Expedia user from Maryland named David gave his room at the Oasis one out of five stars, saying “‘Working Women’ everywhere inside and out. ‘Adult films’ on every other channel. Actually witnessed a drug bust with 10 cops in the parking lot near my car.”
While The Post didn’t witness any prostitution or drug dealing during an afternoon visit Monday, an inside vending machine offered $4 Rough Rider condoms and $2 travel-sized bottles of Lubriderm lotion.
When asked about comments that hookers and pimps use the motel for liaisons, a clerk at the front desk said the motel has been “recently renovated.” A manager could not be reached for comment.
Not all reviews were negative — and TripAdvisor actually gave the place three stars. Some touted the motel’s proximity to JFK Airport and its bargain prices.
“I live in California so hen i travel i really look for convenient, comfortable stay. and Oasis has it all. it’s close to airport and also great customer service!” Nili N. said on Trip Advisor.http://nypost.com/2016/12/12/sanitation-worker-suspended