Category Archives: Great American Truck Show

Putting A best Foot Forwards

Drivers and the public in general are often presented with a variety of products that claim to improve out health and life in some manner. All manner of odd inventions are presented to us with claims that they will make us feel better, loose weight, be more attractive, win the lottery and so on.

 

Welcome to GATS
Welcome to GATS

So when I was told about a product being introduced at the Great American Truck Show (GATS), in Dallas, TX. That would help prevent fatigue, help my cardiovascular health, help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis, as well as a few other things. I was a bit skeptical. Continue reading Putting A best Foot Forwards

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Thank You Smart Trucks!!!

Smart Truck BBQ at GATS 2014
Smart Truck BBQ at GATS 2014

At GATS in Dallas this year, drivers who had parked in the parking lot came out to find a pleasant surprise.  The folks from Smart Truck Systems decided to hold a BBQ for drivers of the second year in a row. They came up with the idea as a way to thank drivers for what they did.

Some of the good food that was provided.
Some of the good food that was provided.

Drivers were treated to a BBQ feast which was delicious.  The BBQ Brisket was fantastic, however the crowd pleaser and spotlight stealer has to be the smoked turkey breast.  It ran out well before the brisket.

Entertainment was provided by the country band Empty Pockets.  Brad James (interview coming in the near future) was invited on stage to sing a song and it was well received by the crowd.  In a later conversation Brad told me that this was his first time singing with a live band. He did a fantastic job.

Empty Pockets performing at GATS
Empty Pockets performing at GATS

It was an unexpected treat to come out and find this prepared for drivers.  Since this is Driver Appreciation week I would like to publicly express my thanks to the wonderful people at Smart Truck.  Drivers often feel overlooked. To have a vendor recognizing drivers in such a meaningful way was truly appreciated.  It did not matter if you used their products, were a company driver, or owner operator.  Their concern was to make sure you were well fed, entertained, and knew you were appreciated.

Some of the team from Smart Truck
Some of the team from Smart Truck

Anytime someone goes out of their way to show drivers appreication i beleive it deserves credit. Whether it is a stranger buying a driver a cup of coffee, another driver giving a fellow driver a shower credit.  Or one of the several other events that was done to thank drivers at GATS, I feel the deserve credit.  it is nice being shown how you are appreciated.

My personal thanks to you for the great dinner, and all you did.

Trucker’s Rolling Against Hep-C

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This year at GATS there seems to be a heavy focus on Driver Health and Health Related Issues.  The Healthy Trucker Association of America (HTAA) is rolling out their Truckers Against Hepatitis-C campaign. It will be held at booth 23113 in the Health Pavilion Area of the show.

In the U.S. approximately 5.2 million people have been exposed or are infected Hepatitis-C.  Approximately 3 out of 4 people do not know they are infected or have been exposed to Hepatitis-C.  Baby Boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) make up 75% of those infected.  Which comes to 1-30 in this group.  Truckers are 5 times more likely to have it then any other group. Continue reading Trucker’s Rolling Against Hep-C

a son speaks about cancer…

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Jon and Christina on a Mother and Son bonding trip.

This  is the third installment on the importance of Bone Marrow donation. Leading up to GATS bone marrow donation registry drive at the TSG booth, August 21-23, in Dallas, Tx .   This week is from the perspective of Christina’s son Jon.  His perspective is unique.  He is the son of a survivor, as well as being a donor himself.

Jon’s Story:

 

My mother(Christina Schense) is the most stubborn woman in the world, and don’t take this wrong, I do not mean it as an insult. Continue reading a son speaks about cancer…