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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How Truckers Can Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions

Article thanks to Jim Sweeney and the RoadPro Family of Brands. Links provided:

Don’t give up smoking and junk food; don’t exercise more; and don’t quit smoking in 2017 – at least not all at once.
January is the time when we resolve to quit bad habits and adopt good ones; resolutions that often last no longer than February. There’s a reason our good intentions melt away before the snow does; psychologists call it “willpower depletion.”
Most of us have only so much willpower, the theory goes, and it can be drained from overuse. Your willpower can be depleted every time you have to exercise it to avoid temptation, like not smoking a cigarette or ordering a salad instead of a Big Mac. Confront too many of those situations and your willpower is likely to give out, no matter how determined you are.
So does that mean you shouldn’t bother trying to change, that you’re doomed to failure? Not at all. Willpower is an amazingly powerful force; and the more you believe in it and yourself, the more likely you are to succeed at your resolution.
But there are smart ways to go about it, methods that will make you more likely to succeed. Here are some tips that will help you turn those resolutions into permanent changes:
Do one at a time – Quitting smoking, changing your diet and exercising more are all difficult; trying to do all three at once is nearly impossible because of our limited willpower. So pick one and pursue that. Don’t necessarily choose the one you think will be easiest or most difficult; pick the one where success will benefit you most and make you happiest and most proud. When you succeed at that, you can go after the others, armed with the knowledge that you can change.
Set mini-goals along the way – If your ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds, don’t make it all or nothing. Start by losing five pounds, then another five, then 10 and so on. Having goals along the way makes it easier and allows you to celebrate those accomplishments. And even if you don’t lose 50 pounds, maybe you’ll lose 35.
Set a realistic timeframe – It’s rare for a smoker to quit cold turkey or for someone to start jogging 40 miles a week. Serious lifestyle changes take time, and a too-short deadline doesn’t allow for that or for the occasional backsliding.
Get help – There is a lot of free, helpful information out there to help you along the way. Find out what’s been proven the best ways to quit smoking or lose weight. See what’s worked for other people. There’s no need to go it alone.
Make notes – It’s been proven that charting your progress will help keep you on track. Count calories or the number of cigarettes you’ve smoked. Technology, such as apps and fitness bands, makes it easier than ever to monitor your progress.
Don’t go it alone – Share your goals with others and look for a partner(s) who’s trying to accomplish the same thing. Discussing your resolution with someone – and maybe even competing with them – will keep you strong. Family and friends also can provide support.
Forgive yourself – You’re going to slip up, skip a workout or have another smoke. That doesn’t mean you’ve failed; it just proves you’re human. Acknowledge the mistake and get back with the system. In fact, studies have shown that scheduling cheat days or small “rewards” will help keep you moving toward your goal.
So, go ahead and resolve to get healthy this year, but go about it the smart way and you’re more likely to reach your goal. Good luck!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Couple Spends 2 Months In Jail After Cops Mistake Baking Soda For Cocaine
Article thanks to David Lohr and Links provided:
Nov, 2016  A Utah couple spent more than eight weeks in jail after authorities in Arkansas mistakenly identified bags of baking soda as cocaine and arrested them for allegedly transporting $300,000 worth of drugs, Salt Lake City’s KUTV News reports.
Gale Griffin and her husband, Wendell Harvey, haul cargo for the U.S. military. They were delivering a load in May, when guards at Fort Chaffee, an Army National Guard installation, conducted a routine search of their truck.
During the search, the guards found several baggies containing a white powdery substance, which Griffin explained was baking soda that she was using to treat an upset stomach. Unconvinced, the guards notified local police.
When officers tested the powder using a $2 narcotics identification kit, it was identified as a controlled substance.
The officer said, “’You have over $300,000 in cocaine,’” Griffin told KUTV News. “I told him, ‘I never had two nickels to rub together. Are you crazy?’ He said, ‘I’ve never had two nickels to rub together either, but now I’m the owner of your truck.’”
Unable to afford bail, the couple stayed behind bars until mid-July, when a lab analysis found that the substance was, in fact, baking soda and contained no illicit substances.
We’re not chemists, and we don’t roll with a chemistry set in the back of a police car,” Fort Chaffee Police Chief Chuck Bowen explained when Little Rock’s KATV News asked about the mistake.
Field tests for drugs can often be incorrect. In a Nevada study, authorities re-examined a number of field tests conducted from 2010 to 2013 and found that 33 percent of them had resulted in false positives, KUTV News reports
“There’s no telling how many mistakes they’ve made,” Harvey told KATV News. “It’s a mistake, but these mistakes happen quite often I think.”
All charges against the couple were dismissed. However, Griffin and Harvey now find themselves out of work because their security clearances – required to haul cargo for the military – have been revoked. They also say they had to wait a month after their release to regain their truck and it was heavily damaged. A campaign has been started to help them get back on their feet.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The 10 Best Cities For Truck Drivers

The following is a guest post thanks to Chris Kolmar and, a "career expert" site. Links provided:

We used the most recent data to determine the best cities in America for Truck Drivers to open up shop.
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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Truck Drivers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer truck drivers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where truck drivers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for truck drivers.The result is this list of the best cities truck drivers:
  1. Morristown, TN
  2. Midland, TX
  3. Fayetteville, AR
  4. Casper, WY
  5. Gary, IN
  6. Odessa, TX
  7. Fargo, ND
  8. Billings, MT
  9. Bismarck, ND
  10. Michigan City, IN
So there you have it — Morristown is the best city when it comes to being a truck driver.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a truck driver? That would be Ithaca.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for truck drivers and for more on the top ten cities.

How we determined the best cities to be a truck drivers?

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay
So in order to find out the best cities for truck drivers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well truck drivers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 412 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 412 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for truck drivers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for truck drivers. Click the "read more" link below for a chart.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

In A World Of Change, This Impala Stays The Same
Article thanks to Kyler Lacey and Links provided:

Check this original '62 out! I had one in the late 1960's, 327 inch motor and a factory 4-speed. It was a great car.

Nov, 2016  Joe Clotfelter of Poulsbo, Washington, is the owner of this stunning 1962 Impala. “I was at Goodguys event once, and a lady came up and asked me who restored my car. I replied, ‘nobody, it’s just original’.” This car has never been repainted, and the rustless body is completely original. It’s never been taken apart, it’s never been in an accident, and it still has the original windshield between the a-pillars. Although it has received required maintenance and some changes, it largely remains as it was the day it showed up at the dealer lot.
There is more about Joe and his car that makes this story so cool. This isn’t just a beautiful, original 1962 Impala that he recently acquired. Joe actually bought this car way back in 1968, when it was a mere six years old. That makes this his first “real” car, as Joe explained. “I had some ’57 Chevy junkers before this, but this is my first real car. I found it on a used car lot in Bremerton, Washington.”
My car back in Milwaukee

He drove the heck out of it after he bought it, because it was all he had to drive. It wasn’t until around 1973, five years after buying the Impala, that he bought something else to replace it as his daily driver. Even after he aquired a newer car to drive every day, he decided to keep his Impala. When he purchased the replacement car in the early seventies, the Impala’s value just didn’t warrant unloading the decade old ride. “I probably couldn’t have gotten $1,500 for it,” he explained. “It was worth more than that to me.”
“While I was raising a family and working, the car stuff kind of got put on the back burner,” Joe said. He found a nice, dry place to keep the car, and put it away for a while. His intentions were always to pull it out someday and fix it up. Finally, in the late ’90s, he felt it was time to revisit the area behind the steering wheel of the Impala.
The Impala lived in many different places during the course of the two decades or so that it resided in storage. During that time, he had to move it every couple of years. “With having kids and not having money to fix it up, I’d store it with whoever had a place for it,” Joe detailed. So when it got in the way, he would have to find it another temporary home.
The entire time it was in storage, Joe never forgot about it. In some ways, it was still just his old car, but we’re sure it started looking more attractive as the years went by. While time was passing by, he knew the value was going up and it was becoming a much rarer item, as other Impalas of the same vintage rusted away in fields and were crushed at wrecking yards.

After twenty years of storage, Joe finally had the time and money to get it back on the road. He figured he’d pull it out of storage and put a new paintjob on it. The years in storage had been kind to his old car though. With a twinge of surprise in his voice, he said, “When I got it out of storage, I cleaned it up, and realized that it was so nice, it didn’t even need a paintjob.”
After getting his old car out of hibernation, changing the brakes and wheel bearings, and getting it back on the road, he was ready to put a few miles on it. He drove it until the original 327 cubic-inch engine got tired, so he pulled it out to have it rebuilt. While he was waiting on that to happen, he dropped in a Chevrolet Performance ZZ4 350 cubic-inch crate engine in the car so he could keep driving it.
“I always had the intentions of putting the original engine back in, but it runs so nice, I just left the ZZ4 in it.” Joe continued, “I still have the original engine if I ever decide to go back.” The car itself only has 144,000 miles on the odometer, and with the new engine (and a new front seat cover), it was ready to be driven. “I have had different hotrods and roadsters over the years, and if I can’t drive it across the country, I don’t want it.” he explained.
In the Pacific Northwest, even cars that are stored inside will usually have rust when they are this old. It is a hazard of the area. With Joe’s car though, it is surprisingy just as solid as the day it was built. “What amazes me is that everything just works,” Joe said.
Joe made sure that we know he drive’s his car – a lot. He has driven it to Arizona seven or eight times, and plans on driving it to Texas, for the Lone Star Roundup next year. He takes it to car shows during the summer and uses it the way it was meant to be used. He takes good car of it, stores it in a nice garage, and doesn’t see himself changing anything else on it.
Joe has a hard time pointing out a single thing about the car that stands out. “It speaks for itself,” he said. “It’s such a cool thing. It’s comfortable and it drives great.” In other words, it’s just a good, straightforward, old Impala, and that is part of what makes Joe like it so much. It has power steering, a radio, and a heater, but that’s about it as far as options go. It you want cool air, you better roll down the windows.
Joe had a smile on his face as he said, “You know, when I get in that car and I’m driving down the road looking through the windshield, it’s like I’m eighteen years old again.” This is the car that he was driving back when he started dating his wife. What he once held on to because he knew he couldn’t sell it for more than $1,500, has become a priceless artifact of his past that he would never let go of—it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a badass Impala.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Comparison Of The Dodge Ram And The Volkswagen Jetta

51st State Autos
The following is a guest post thanks to and written by Charles Partos. He has a business in the UK called 51st State Autos, importing American vehicles for UK residents. Links provided:

Buying a car is one of the biggest purchases that someone can make. It is extremely important that you weigh your options and do your research before you make your final decision.
First off, it is important to figure out where you are going to buy your car from. The Internet era has ushered in a wave of new car buying apps and websites. Among the most popular are TrueCar, Carvana, and Craigslist. These websites make it incredibly easy to find the car of your dreams. You can search by make, model, year, mileage, and a variety of other factors. They also make it much easier to find buyers for a car you are willing to sell. However, these sites are not always safe, and you are often limited in your options.
Luckily, you can still purchase a new car the old-fashioned way - by going to your local dealership.
Although these new websites have certainly revolutionized car buying, are still a number of advantages to buying your car from a brick-and-mortar dealership. A dealership may be able to install custom features in your new car, such as an audio system, or a new set of wheels. You also have a better variety of makes and colors of the car you desire.
A dealership is also more likely to offer assistance and to be flexible with the price, as they have a financial incentive to keep you as their client and maintain a good reputation. Perhaps the greatest benefit buying from a dealership is that a dealer can offer you a wide variety of financing or leasing options. You do not need to pay for your car straight out of pocket!
Once you have decided where you would like to purchase your car, it is important to decide which type of car works best for you. The Dodge Ram 1500 and Volkswagen Jetta are two extremely different cars that fit two very different lifestyles.
The Dodge Ram 1500 is a diesel pickup truck with an impressive V8 engine. This car is American-made, and is one of the best vehicles in it's class. It is best suited to a person who needs a car with a lot of brute force. It can handle all types of difficult terrain and haul over five tons. However, it has a refined, comfortable interior with leather seats and real wood trim. This car is best suited to a person with a hands-on job, who has a lot to haul around. The Dodge Ram 1500 would also perform beautifully in a rural environment. It also would be an excellent family car, as it has lots of room to hold luggage and spacious seating.
The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan that is high in both style and efficiency. It has an impressive 40 mpg fuel economy and an excellent suspension system for smooth driving. Its small size, impressive fuel economy, and sleek look make it an excellent choice for city-dwellers. A small car such as the Volkswagen Jetta may not be the best pick for a person with a large family, or for someone who needs a car that can pull a lot of weight. However, if you want to commute in style, and cut down on fuel use, the Volkswagen Jetta may be the right car for you!
There are many things to factor in when you buy your car. It is important to make sure you are making the most of your money, and to guarantee a good sale. It is also important to make sure to do your research, and pick the car that best fits your lifestyle. However, if you do your homework, you are sure to find the perfect car for your lifestyle and for your budget!