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Should I Travel The Road Less Taken?

 

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Indiana Toll Road Photo Credit: Dougtone via Compfight cc

This post originally came from my friend Jeff Clark a Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro.  Over the last several weeks we have had some debates on the advantages and disadvantages of Toll Roads.  As a company driver I am for the route that saves me the most time.  Where Jeff is looking for time, as well as cost savings.  While he has not totally convinced me yet. This post he did on a comparison of one of the non-toll routes verses the toll road in Indiana caused me to take a second look. Continue reading Should I Travel The Road Less Taken?

More than 1 Way to Skin a Grapefruit..

 

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.

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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?

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She said I was right it is best eaten like an orange.

Thank you Linda, your box of grapefruit is in the mail…