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Layover entertainment

When your on layover, there are many things you can do to keep yourself entertained. Many drivers read a book, watch television/movies or dine out. However I have been seeing more and more drivers performing magic tricks at truck stops these last few months. Magic really seams to be taking off and really seems to be a hit with truck stop staff. Not to mention a good way to win free meals or drinks when your on a tight budget. If any of you would be interested in learning how to perform magic, check out the Unity Round Table of Magic at http://www.unityro undtable.com and take advantage of all the free tricks they teach.  (Oct 23, 2008 | post #1)

Trucking

Looking for answers

Re-Post of story from http://www.truckin gvoice.com With fuel costs at record highs and only growing, many people have begun looking for answers. Even the cost of food and other everyday items have jumped as a result of the soaring fuel prices. Since last year, egg prices are up 30%. Milk and cheese are up 13%. Prices for wheat, soybeans and corn have jumped 60% to 80% since last year on the Chicago Board of Trade, driving up the price of cereal, bread and other products. The soaring costs of core essentials like gasoline, food and housing mean they now account for 57 cents of each consumer dollar spent. That leaves Americans with a record-low 43 cents out of each dollar for other spending, according to figures from Wachovia Economics Group. Most Americans have had to cut back on what used to be everyday spending and look for less expensive ways to survive. Families have begun to buy more off-name brands of food, spend less money on dining out and are eating more meals at home, and have even cut down the number of cell phones used in a household to help cut family spending. Reports from one local grocery retailer claim to have seen a huge decrease in fresh food and meat sales and an increase in the sale of low cost ready to eat meals. Clothing and furniture retailers are also seeing record low profits, all steming from fuel prices. With no help in sight from either the Federal or local Governments, many are now looking for their own ways to help lower their spending on fuel. When long-haul trucker Rusty Wade pulled his rig into a Missouri truck stop, he noticed something strange. Of the 50 or so 18-wheelers parked in the lot, only five had their engines idling. "That's only because of the high price of fuel," said Wade, an independent owner-operator. "A year ago there would only be about five that weren't running." But with diesel fuel at more than $4.20 per gallon, Wade shuts his engine down and has cut his average road speed from 60 m.p.h. to 56 m.p.h. It has been said that the pinch we feel from the rise in fuel costs can be avoided if we would buy more fuel effecent vehicles, but with the economy as it is, Americans can not afford to buy new vehicles. It is this view of "Increase spending to help lower spending" that has fueled many Americans to take action and begin protests such as the trucker protest that took place on April 1, 2008. One former trucker who we will call (Richard) for his protection has come up with his own solution. He feels that a nationwide boycott of Exxon/Mobil would help to solve this problem. "Call your local Exxon/Mobil gas stations and tell the manager that you will not get your car repaired there, nor will you buy gasoline there nor will you buy convenience items until their parent company sets their price so that they can sell you gasoline and diesel for $1.75 a gallon." (Richard) feels that if we force one large oil company to feel the pinch that we feel, it will cause the other oil companies to fall in line. "The United Auto workers union only strikes against one car company in order to get a good contract and then the other auto companies tend to fall in line." Says (Richard). "Similarly we should call and boycott local Exxon/Mobil stations."  (May 6, 2008 | post #1)

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Round Two of Truckers Protest

I'm a Government plant? Wow, First I have heard of this. I wonder if I get some kind of special honors for being a member of Big Brother? (Note my sarcasm)  (May 3, 2008 | post #25)

Trucking

Round Two of Truckers Protest

If these things were "already in the pipe" why is it that I have been getting emails and phone calls from Fox news, ABC news and even Raymond McKinney which is running for the 12th district US congressional Seat from Ga. all wanting to talk to myself as well as other drivers on what can be done about the fuel costs. Not what we are doing with the protests, but what can be done. What we can do and how they can get involved. In fact, if anyone would like to speak with Raymond McKinney about their ideas, contact me via www.thetruckingind ustry.net and I can set you up to speak with him by phone.  (Apr 30, 2008 | post #6)

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Round Two of Truckers Protest

Join together with United Drivers. A group of drivers who brain storm on how to make the situation better for all of us. For more information on United Drivers visit http://www.unityro undtable.com or http://www.unitedc dl.org  (Apr 30, 2008 | post #5)

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Round Two of Truckers Protest

It did work, does nobody listen to the news, read a news paper or even go to the local market? As a result of the first protest: Congress began questioning top oil officials. Members of local governments have begun asking questions and looking for answers on what they can do locally. Those looking to be elected in the upcoming polls have vowed to help reduce fuel costs by removing fuel taxes. People have banded together in support of efforts to reduce fuel costs. And even large retail chains such as Wal-Mart have felt the pinch.  (Apr 29, 2008 | post #2)

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus says Vanity Fair photo spread embarrasses her

All I know is, my kids love her show. I don't think anyone really cares much for the music she puts out, I have heard a few songs she has on the radio and I wasn't very impressed. Anyway, she is a fad, Disney spent a lot of money to push her image as a fad and like most fads, this one will go away in time and the kids will be screaming some other kids name or some other product name.  (Apr 29, 2008 | post #638)

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Illinois Fuel Tax Petition

268 signatures and growing, keep getting the word out, let everyone you know in Illinois read and sign this petition.  (Apr 29, 2008 | post #3)

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Illinois Fuel Tax Petition

We have gotten 26 signatures in one day, lets keep going and get some "Fuel" under this one. I also request that drivers from other states start their own petitions of the same nature. It's time to show the Government we are not sheep and we will NOT take this sitting down any longer.  (Apr 27, 2008 | post #2)

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Illinois Fuel Tax Petition

This petition is very important, I hope every driver from the State of Illinois reads and signs this petition so that we can get this sent to Jesse White and with luck, be able to lower the fuel cost in Illinois.  (Apr 26, 2008 | post #1)

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Trucker Strike 2008

Things like this is why we created the Round Table, visit http://www.unityro undtable.com and click your state, you WILL be able to pull it together, we will help you.  (Apr 2, 2008 | post #3535)

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Trucker Strike 2008

Show your support Visit http://www.unityro undtable.com  (Apr 2, 2008 | post #3491)

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Trucker Strike 2008

I just got this in my inbox and HAD to share it with you all. ___________ Pat <RollNThunder > Wrote: Hey ya'll, I just got back to the house. Gayle & I were feeding the truckers at 2 truck stops. One old driver pulled me to the side and gave me a hug. He said that if it wasn't for us and our FREE FOOD he would have gone to bed hungry. It broke my heart. He said he made about $50 on his load. That's so not right! Gayle & I went to WM and bought 100 pieces of yummy fried chicken, some lunch meat, rolls, cheese, chips, dip, a veggie tray mayo & mustard and some good ol' southern red tater salad, and a case of water. I also got a special order for a case of Busch beer, lol. We got a bag of sweet onions and maters, and then got paper plates, plastic ware, napkins and a few more things. We were gonna have a picnic! We got 2 of everything cuz we were going to split it between 2 truck stops. The Love's and the Ol' Dixie Boy truck stop in my home town of Polk City, Fla. I had printed out numerous pages from the web to let these guys & gals see what was going on all over the USA, and to let them know they were a big part of it. A few tried to give me money, but I told them this was our treat. Save their money for another day. Dinner was on us tonight. I told them all about the convoy in Pa. and the 70 trucks that were shut down in front of the port of Tampa. I told them of the convoys in Illinois, Dallas and Indiana. Their eyes lit up in disbelief. I showed them the pages I printed out and let me tell you, they walked away a whole lot happier then when they walked up! It was a great morale booster! I told them of the surprised news casters that were shocked to find out it was costing all of us $1200 to fill out tanks! I told them how America got a wake-up call today. I told them about the girls that cooked us those 100 pieces of chicken, to tell the all the truckers "thanks you for what you are doing for everyone". We had their support 100%! I saw tears in some of those eyes I stared into today. I was so proud of each and every one of them. Hard working souls, just trying to hang on to the job they had loved for so long. I told them of the Canadians that were joining us, and of the farmers that said they may as well join us too, cuz the government had just hit them all with a 40% export tax on their corn. We gained a lot of support and I just had to let them all know. Here I sit at home with a song in my heart. I looked those drivers in the eye and saw more hope and a little less despair. I saw thankful men & women, because they know that others really do care about them in these hard times. I saw the hardest working group of people that I have ever known. I saw my friends, my co-workers my fellow truckers. I told them we will make a change, so hang in there for me and themselves. I asked them to stay shutdown for as long as they can because that is what it's going to take to get that change that we all so desperately need right now. We have to see the produce disappear off the store shelves and see every day supplies dwindle. Only then, will we know that things are about to change. We will show them that even though we are not unionized, we can stand together, shoulder to shoulder, side by side to make a change for the trucking industry. We don't need the ATA or OOIDA either. We just need to be there for each other. One man in Missouri got us all fired up and we answered the call to come together. Let the people of this country really see how important their job as a trucker is to this nation. We are a strong group of people and if we stand together, we'll be un-beatable! We will make a change, we will make a difference. I know I did today, and it felt so darn good!. Love ya's all! Pat  (Apr 1, 2008 | post #3259)

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Trucker Strike 2008

Umm, I'm not sure if you caught this or not there meat head, but this here thread that is causing so much attention was written by and started by me. Try not to take words so freaking literal. Show, as in show this country that we mean business, not "Hey kids, it's Howdy Doody time". Read a book, you might learn something.  (Apr 1, 2008 | post #3039)

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Trucker Strike 2008

What started as a low murmur at truck stops and shipping yards has grown to a thunderclap. News stations that refused to report on the shut down have had to swallow their pride and begin reporting. I personally have received numerous emails from news agencies asking for interviews and updates on the progress of the strike. Let's keep this ball rolling, because now it is not just us, but the whole world is watching. I have gotten interview requests from a London News Team and from the BBC. The world is watching, lets give them a good show.  (Apr 1, 2008 | post #2960)

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