Month: May 2016

  • I Did My Driveway

    I Did My Driveway

    And now…. my truck’s in gear And so I face the final curtain My friend I’ll steer it clear I’ll state my case Of which I’m certain I’ve got, a truck that’s full I’ve travelled each and ev’ry highway But more, much more than this I’m in my driveway Chargebacks, I’ve had a few But…

  • The Ants Have it Figured Out

    The Ants Have it Figured Out

    When I first joined the transportation industry – well, joined a technology company that built trucking software for the industry – I found myself looking at trucks more often. I found myself watching all of the markings on the tractors – tare, gvw, DOT # – etc. I also found myself watching ants a lot…

  • It’s All Pretty Stupid

    It’s All Pretty Stupid

    After attending my son’s Peewee baseball tournament in a suburb of metropolitan Vancouver a couple weekends ago, I came to the conclusion that we are doing a good job of preparing our children for the world of work. You know the world of work these days. The place you go where the goals of the…

  • Checks and Balances

    Checks and Balances

    ‘There are 3 types of Accountants. Those who can count, and those who can’t!’ Now you can appreciate why I spend my time more in the ‘customer facing’ areas of the business. I have worked with a number of ‘Beans’ (business slang for Bean Counters) in the past and I have found them to be…

  • Just Say ‘No’...Thank you

    Many years ago, Tonight Show host, Jay Leno, opened up his monologue and told a memorable joke – memorable to me anyway. Boy, is my mother ever angry at Nancy Reagan?” “She is upset with her JUST SAY NO to Drugs campaign.” “My mom thinks it should be…JUST SAY NO, THANK YOU.” I find myself…

  • Convincing the Boss

    Does this sound familiar? You’ve come to the realization that your current operation is getting increasingly disorganized. So much so that you can no longer track all of the pieces of information you need to in order to manage your job. But does the boss know this?  Does he/she really appreciate all the moving parts you…

  • ‘I Must Have Told Them a Thousand Times’

    I am sure many of you are tired of seeing and reading this quote.  You know it’s part of the collection with these high sounding concepts: Perseverance, Perspiration, and Commitment. Not sure putting pictures up around your office walls makes people more motivated. My favorite is the parody motivation series: Motivation If a pretty picture…

  • Oh…Those Holes!

    It must be Friday the 13th. I get up every morning between 5:30 and 6:00 AM. At that time when I get dressed I am always in a bit of a fog, stumbling around in the gray dawn of the morning, not wanting to turn on the lights. It was ‘casual Friday’ and I can’t…

  • And His Band Played On

    Last week the band instructor at my kids’ school passed away. Apparently he died in his sleep. The kids were told about this the day after by the school principal. My son was sad and he showed a lot of maturity for an 11 year old in understanding and absorbing the news. ‘Band’ is an…

  • Catch-22 Trucking

    “Thanks for calling Catch 22 Trucking. How can we help you?” “Um…ah…well…I have a load of cereal that I need to move from Battle Creek, down to Jacksonville, Florida”. “Okay, we can do that for you.” “Well, I need to get it there Thursday and…” “Oh…sorry, we can’t tell you when we will get it…