Month: August 2016

  • A Broken Driver

    A Broken Driver

    I was sitting downstairs late at night watching the sports highlights of the day in my comfy chair. My 13 year old son came into the room bursting into tears. “The face on my driver broke, dad” It was his new golf driver that he was talking about. You see, he was quite upset because…

  • Straight Out of Combustion

    Straight Out of Combustion

    “Yo …..Hip Hop Truckin’” “Um… well, ah… ah… I am just wanting to find the status of my load” “Well it’s on its way To East L.A. It left San Jose Just Yesterday.” “Yes… thanks… but do you know when it’s going to arrive.” “Your big old load Well it’s on the road Our driver’s…

  • Accelerating Your Trucking Business

    Accelerating Your Trucking Business

    I went to one of those motivational speaking seminars. The ones where they assemble an all-star cast of leading business thinkers and speakers and transmit a live broadcast to audiences around the world in halls or local theaters. I enjoy these, and often think of ideas drawn from speeches by Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Covey, Jack Walsh,…

  • Psychic Truck Lines

    Psychic Truck Lines

    “Thanks for calling Psychic Truck Lines – that will be $3,495 before taxes” “Um… okay… well… it’s Jim Weir here from Corn Stalk Beverages… and I… “Yes Jim, we know it’s you.” “Wow… you guys got like one of those fancy phone systems where my name shows up on the screen when I call?” “Haha, oh…

  • The ‘Zigs and Zags’ of Business

    The ‘Zigs and Zags’ of Business

    “I must have zigged, when I should have zagged’  – Author, In Dispute   Up until this morning when I checked the internet, I thought that this line had come from a professional boxer. It’s a great line to be coming from a boxer as it provides commentary on why he was knocked out. But it…

  • Fully, Completely, and Tragically Hip

    Fully, Completely, and Tragically Hip

    Today I have that New Orleans’ sinking feeling as I listen to My Music at Work, and begin to feel the lament and impending loss symbolized by the last Tragically Hip concert tomorrow night. Singer Gord Downie will sing his last songs with ‘The Hip’ publicly tomorrow night at a nationally televised concert from his…

  • Rebel, Rebel

    Rebel, Rebel

    “Hey B-e-e-e-e-auty… good to see you again… how are you doing, beauty?”. I would be walking through the big basement call center – some 150 seats – at a resort company that I worked at some years ago. I would hear this line delivered in a thick middle-east accent by one of our more ‘senior’…

  • As the Wheel Turns: A new 7-degree grade Slope Opera

    As the Wheel Turns: A new 7-degree grade Slope Opera

    Like lug-nuts in an hour glass – these are the days of our drives. In the last episode of ‘As the Wheel Turns’. Dispatcher Ken couldn’t locate Winkey Truman, who went incommunicado through the Smokey Mountains delivering a load of Froot Loops to the Krogers in Atlanta, Georgia Mary had just been stopped during the …

  • Exiting… Your Trucking Business

    Exiting… Your Trucking Business

    “So Doctor……..tell me……..do they have golf courses in heaven?”  “Well I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that they have golf courses in heaven. The bad news is that you are teeing off next Thursday.” Okay… so there are some really bad, old bromide golf jokes still around. I…

  • On Such an August Occasion

    On Such an August Occasion

    I remember travelling down King Edward Boulevard in Vancouver early one August evening a few years back. As I pulled up to the left turn lane beside me were two guys screaming.. I mean spitting screaming… at each other, threatening one another with physical harm. One was in an SUV and the other in a…