The week of September 14th through the 20th is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Many people will be writing articles on the importance of trucking and driver to our economy. While this is true I have decided to take a different approach to show my appreciation to my fellow drivers. Continue reading Driver Appreciation
Hard to believe that the first truck show I ever attended was this year. I managed to make it for the first day of MATS (Mid American Truck Show). Needless to say I was hooked. Not so much on MATS which is truly a great show, but on truck shows themselves. Where else do you get such a diverse group of people interested in the same thing, trucking. Continue reading On the Road to a Truck Show
Bob and Linda Caffee Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro’s are saying goodbye to their current truck. Their new truck is being built, and they are running their last load in this truck, before turning it over to its new owners.
This seemed like a great time to post a link to another one of Linda’s videos. This one is a tour of her truck and she shows off some of the devices she uses for cooking on her truck, as well as their care, and maintenance.
Linda is fortunate to have a truck with a custom sleeper. However even if you don’t have that luxury you can still do a great deal to live comfortably in a OEM sleeper. I hope to be sharing both pictures and videos of my sleeper as well as other drivers in the near future to show what is possible.
Life much like travelling is full of twists turns and expected surprises. Several years ago Bob Perry from Rolling Strong first told me of a simple way to make flavorful and lower calorie tuna salad by substituting marinara sauce. In my mind the thought of that combination had zero appeal. It was not till this year I finally found the courage to try it. To my pleasant surprise it was GOOD!!! Continue reading A Twist and a Turn on Tuna Salad
It seems the last month the more I try to get caught up the further I get behind. My thanks to my patient editor Diana for extending my deadline. Enjoy the June Rolling Strong Newsletter with my recipe and column. It was a team effort with Linda Caffee and myself as well as a few other drivers throwing in their input on a base recipe from Bob Perry.
By: Bob Caffee
Bob Caffee a Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro along with his wife Linda agreed to let me share this with my readers. Bob a few weeks after my Watt’s an Inverter wrote this more technical piece. Bob has spent years as a diesel mechanic as well as researching the best inverter for their purposes. Thanks to him for this great article.
What is a power inverter? Power inverters are described as a device or circuit that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). Voltages, input and output are dependent upon the device in use. For our use we will be talking about an inverter that would be installed in a truck, voltage 12 DC in and 115 AC out. Continue reading Another take on Power Inverters
We have all heard of there is more than 1 way to skin a cat. Did you know there is more than 1 way to eat a grapefruit?
Most of us are used to the way it has been served for years. You sit down to a half of grapefruit where the sections have been loosened . Then you take a serrated spoon that looks suitable for use in digging a prison escape tunnel, and dig in. Hoping that the grapefruit does not retaliate with juice in your eye.
Grapefruit as many know can be a wonderful treat. Its tart juiciness makes it a delicious fruit to have. With it being low in calories it can also be a smart choice to have as a treat. This winter when grapefruit was on sale I found myself buying bags of it. I did not have the fancy grapefruit knives to cut it with nor the deadly spoon to attack it with. So I improvised, I peeled it.
Yes I peeled it like an orange and then pulled the sections apart and ate it just like one. It was delicious and the mess was relatively minimal.. A win for any snack or meal you have on the truck. Especially when your dealing with something like grapefruit that has a reputation for squirting juice into your eye. It also gave the me the advantage of putting some of the sections into a plastic bag to save for later snack.
As many drivers tend to do I was talking with my fellow road warriors one day and we were discussing things we snacked on while driving. I mentioned I eat grapefruit, the conversation stopped dead in its tracks. Everyone was boggled how you eat grapefruit on the truck while driving. I replied like an orange. At this point I thought the conversation was over and went to move on to the next topic. I was quickly disabused of that notion. The shock and horror of not having a grapefruit cut, sectioned, and sprinkled with a pinch of salt, sugar, or honey, was palpable. Add in the blasphemy of not using said lethal spoon or at least a spork to give the grapefruit a fighting chance to retaliate, amazed me.
Yes, I said a spork. A spork perhaps one of the most useless utensils known to mankind makes an excellent substitute for eating grapefruit. My friend Henry Albert from Freightliner’s Team Run Smart discovered this recently while having his breakfast. He was at a small diner and while waiting for his breakfast he decided to have a grapefruit with his meal. They did not have a proper grapefruit spoon and instead of using a fork and spraying juice all over he got the idea to use a spork. He found that the balance of the spoon with the tines made it for an ideal tool for eating his grapefruit. Another great example of Road Tested Living and Improvisation.
I am not sure who was more amazed. Myself over the fact we spent 5-10 minutes discussing the proper way to eat a grapefruit, or the other drivers in that I eat mine like an orange. Like many drivers and people in general they were skeptical. My dear friend Linda Caffee also a Team Run Smart Pro, decided to test my theory. In a recent conversation with this same group of drivers, she reminded us of the great grapefruit debate. With the appropriate solemnity the situation called for she announced the results of the grapefruit study. Without reservation she stated that there is only 1 way to eat a grapefruit…
So how do you eat you grapefruit?
Oh you want to know the results to Linda’s research?
She said I was right it is best eaten like an orange.
Thank you Linda, your box of grapefruit is in the mail…
Here is another video from my friend Linda Caffee a Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro. She shows a great way to make bean soup using a Rice Cooker on the truck. Best of all she shows a simple way to make clean up a snap.