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What If?

I think I have been listening to too much late night talk radio lately. It might be the “doomsday” predictors or the chicken littles of the world that have made me take a closer look at our nations security and what it means to be a truck driver in today’s world.

I couldn’t help to notice a little “homestead” along the Clark Fork River in western Montana yesterday. The land was beautiful, the scenery was spectacular and there was a small home sitting in the middle of a couple acres along the river. It wasn’t much to notice, the home was a fifties style mobile home that apparently had been in the same place since the 1950’s! It didn’t fit in well with the multi-million dollar fishing retreats and church camps that dot the landscape along the river. One thing I did notice was the way the people who owned the trailer lived. They were very self reliant and seemed to live the way the pioneers did 100 years ago. They had a large garden of corn and lettuce, a couple of cows and an endless supply of water and fish from the river. The reason I noticed this is because I got to thinking of what would happen if we were cutoff from the rest of the world. How would we eat, how would we get fuel, how our economy would fare if something in the middle east flared up again. Would you or your family be able to fend for themselves in case our food or fuel supply were cut off? I was impressed that this little ranch was able to grow food and seemed to be prepared for a disaster.

I know that this is a tough subject to think about, but what if something catastrophic happened in your city or town. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a terrorist incident, it could happen with a natural disaster or weather event. I know for myself that I am rethinking my own preparedness for such an event. I know sometimes there isn’t much we can do, but at least we can try to prepare for the inevitable.

Freightliner Cascadia – Ok, I get it!

Apparently I was asleep when the new Freightliner Cascadia was rolled off the production line. Maybe I wasn’t invited to the official unveiling or maybe Freightliner forgot to market their newest truck in the Northwest! For such fanfare and glee at their new truck, I am surprised I haven’t seen the Cascadia in any form of advertisement, nor have I seen any of these “beauties” at my local Freightliner dealership.

I did happen to see a Swift truck pulling a Wal-Mart trailer in southern Montana yesterday. I think the tractor that was pulling the load was a new Cascadia. I’ll have to admit, the design features and aerodynamic look of the truck with full side fairings actually looks pretty good. I think the one I saw in Portland the other day was a stripped down, basic model with no features. It still reminds me of the T2000 though. You would think that the designers at Freightliner would have just a hint of originality.

Introducing the Trucking Brief

In the coming weeks the Trucking Blog will become the Trucking Brief. Due to numerous other blogs using the name “Trucking Blog”, I felt it was necessary to separate my blog from the others using the same name. Although the Trucking Blog has been a great name on search engines and blog directories, I wanted something that stood out that was different, yet appealing to my readers.

The Trucking Blog will still be in operation until The Trucking Brief gets off the ground a running strong. In the meantime, you can visit the Trucking Brief URL: TruckingBrief.com, and it will forward you to the current Trucking Blog.

In the future, I plan on writing about industry practices, freight broker issues, freight broker training, freight issues, shipping issues and other topics relating to the shipping aspect of trucking. In the coming months, I vision myself migrating towards a freight broker / driver manager position in my career and moving away from the driving part of the job.

Continue to read the Trucking Blog, as it will always be fun, informative, interesting, and yes, a little off the wall. Thanks for your continued readership!