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Podcasts about the trucking industry, indie music, current news and opinions from from a 40 something year old truck driver with 27 years of driving experience.
May occasionally talk about paranormal and religious themes as well. Political views are from a libertarian/conservative side.

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    Andy Michels NR038

    Hey all, Zira here. Unkle Bonehead is nursing a bad toothache this week so he asked me to go ahead and put together the return of intro radio. And since he is the boss I guess I should probably do what he says, or rather he mumbled it at me this time. Ha Ha See artificial intelligences can be snarky too!

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    TN-020 Paid Parking

    I dive into my feelings on the whole paid parking fiasco that seems to be running rampant in the industry right now. All while getting unloaded at a warehouse in Newport, MI.

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    TN 019 Proper Piss Bottle Etiqutte-Pissing me off

    Last episode I mentioned that I would do some CB interviews. I still havent had time to do one yet. I will eventually get them started.

    I also said I would play my Ghost Riders in the Sky cover that I started working on and didnt. So even though I havent done anything with it either since then I will play at least the first part of it. I did do a song that is all midi with no guitars and it turned out really well in my opinion. I’ll play that at the end.

    For now lets talk about a growing problem that has got to stop or change. Piss bottles.

    Stop peeing in bottles! There are toilets for that!

    Now I understand there are some legitimate reasons to use a bottle.

    1. Medical-Kidney or bladder infection/disease. Frequent urination is a sign of diabetes as well as some venereal disease.
    2.  Disability-You are physically disabled and getting in and out the truck is extreme chore.

    Non legitimate reasons

    1. Your too fat-chances are you have diabetes and you need to get that taken care of. You cant physically cant get in or out of the truck to do it.
    2. Your too lazy to walk- which will make you more fat. (see number 1) I’ve seen perfectly capable guys or gals piss in a bottle instead of walking to the bathroom because they had to park out on the back row and they just didn’t want to walk. I’ve also seen guys and gals park on the back row and limp/shuffle/waddle all the way to the building because they had a disability or crutches and should’ve been able to park in the handicap spot that had some lazy young driver parked in it.

    So if you must use a bottle lets talk about some etiquette

    1. Get the right sized bottle. Go for the bigger mouth bottles. ie the big tea or juice bottles or better yet get a gallon jug of water. You need it anyways for drinking and doing dishes/cleaning.
    2. After you empty that jug you can use smaller bottles to empty it to make it easier to dispose of your waste. Just put the smaller bottles in a plastic bag(double bag it if you can) and throw those away. In a trash can!
    3. Dont leave a full gallon of piss sitting next to the trashcan at the fuel island. Take it one of the trashcans located around the lot and PUT IT IN THE CAN not next to it.
    4. Dont leave your piss bottles on the ground next to your truck. You get out at some point so throw it in a trashcan along with the rest of your trash.
    5. Dont pee in the big 32 or 44 oz cups then just dump it out the door. Remember that there are other drivers and mechanics that have to crawl under trucks to fix broken shit. It might even be you or your truck. So have some respect for others.
    6. Here’s the big one. DONT DO IT WHILE DRIVING! Not only is it dangerous but if you are like the average male what you think is a firehose is actually more like a lady finger firecracker. You will pee all over your hands, seat floor board and just imagine what a mess you will have if you hit a pothole!

    If drivers are as upset as they say they are about all this paid parking capitalization going on since the elog mandate then its up to us to police ourselves about keeping parking areas clean. If you see someone doing something stupid such as pissing on the pavement or throwing trash and piss bottles on the ground then say something to

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    Episode 018

    Just a quick episode I recorded a 3 weeks ago at the time of this posting. I was sitting in a dock getting loaded and wanted to try to record with the on board mics of the Zoom R16. Worked out pretty good with some magic from Reaper.  I also played a couple of songs that I am working on. 

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    TN-017 Ready for the Blitz?

    I know its been nearly a month since a real show. But I have been extremely busy. I had to put Clifford out to pasture. Well, not him per say but the truck part of him. We are in a rental truck from Ryder till at least August or September when the new trucks start rolling in. The one I get may not be brand new because I am still kinda down on the totem pole in seniority but at least it will be a Peterbuilt. I was promised. I’ll just be glad to get out of this Volvo.

    Goodbye ol’buddy. I already miss this truck!

    I am trying a different way of recording this week. I just got a Zoom R16 mobile recorder/interface/control surface and have been playing with it all day. I got this so I can record in the truck during the week. It can act as an interface to your computer to get audio in and out of the computer and it can also record straight to an SD card. It will also work as a control surface for your DAW so you can control the faders, pan, start, stop, etc without having to use the mouse or memorize keyboard shortcuts. And just for my nerdy Linux friends it works 100% with the latest AV Linux 2018 straight out of the box. Nothing to install nothing to download no kernel to recompile. Its just frickin awesome. Oh its got a ton of effects built into it. I can go more in depth at a later time. Lets just say that my workflow just got a major improvement. I will be recording on the Zoom and then importing the files into Ardour, Reaper or Studio One to master and convert to mp3.

    I’m also going to share a song with you at the end. It’s called “Hammer On Down”. It’s an original song from me and is a work in progress. It will eventually have lyrics. It’s kinda different than what I usually write being its somewhat countrified. I call it Hybrid Country. Its hard rock but still has that back woodsy, grab a beer and lets do something stupid feel to it.
    Working lyrics for the chorus is as follows.

    Fire up that engine
    Get that truck a runnin
    Roll in another town
    Time to move along now
    Hammer on down.

    Lets get this thing rolling!
    Heres the links.

    https://www.truckinginfo.com/302735/reminder-cvsa-roadcheck-kicks-off-june-7

    Providing real-time counts of parking spaces

    Hours flexibility OK’d to park after leaving shipper or receiver

    https://www.truckinginfo.com/303559/7-eld-tips-for-roadcheck-inspection-blitz

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    Ep016-Cliffords Last Ride

    It’s a sad and happy day for me. I have to say goodbye to a great friend but it wont be all bad. I am saying goodbye to Clifford tomorrow. His last ride was last week and I am cleaning him out this afternoon and taking him to the yard for the last time. Sadly he his going to be put out to pasture. No more pavement pounding for him. He’s too old and worn out to keep sinking money into him. The thing that sucks the most is that I have to drive a short term lease till my new truck arrives in August or September. But I will gladly wait for it because I am told it’s going to be a Peterbuilt 587. I don’t know what I will be driving in the meantime. I just hope it’s not a Volvo. I’ve never been a fan of those. Don’t get me wrong they are good trucks but they just don’t suit my taste. But I will tell you about it.

    Trucker tips waitress $2,000 on Mother’s Day

    More than 500 truckers participate in annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Convoy

     My Playlist on Listen Notes

     

     

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    Episode 015 Getting things off my chest

    **EDIT**

    I didnt realize when I hit the post button that I hadnt uploaded the mp3 yet. So if you dont see it refresh your feed.

    I also need to throw out a NSFW warning. There is cussing in this episode!

    Its good to be back. I didn’t get to record last weekend because I took the family to see Avengers:Infinity Wars. I won’t spoil it for you but I will say its like the comics only different. Awesome movie though and it contains more than a few curveballs but still retains enough of the comics to keep people satisfied.

    In this episode I’m gonna get a couple gripes off my chest, play a couple of videos and have a good laugh. I hope I don’t end up rambling your ears off too long and I will try to keep it around a normal episode. Also I got a new cover song for you. Its Boy in Love by BTS, a kpop group that is really starting to go HUGE worldwide. My daughter is a huge fan (they are called “Army”) and approves of my cover so that means a lot to me. I’ll play it at the end as always.

    Now lets do some bitching!

     

    1. Stay out of the left lane! Slower traffic keep right is a law in EVERY state. If you can’t do the speed limit be professional and courteous. Don’t pass when there is a bunch of traffic backed up already. Wait till it clears. Not just being professional here but I’m thinking from a safety pov here. The longer that 2 trucks are side by side the more things can go wrong. Breakdowns on the shoulder, deer, somebody crosses the median, etc.
    2. Help other drivers back up when in a tight situation. Not only for protecting your equipment but also if you are waiting for them to back in so you can get going. Back to being a professional.
    3. Don’t drive stupid. 4 times this week I was cut off by another truck who either didn’t look in the mirror, just figured I would slow down and let them out or they just didn’t care if they got ass packed by me.
    4. Contrary to what most people think its not a race on the interstate. No matter if you lost time in construction zones or heavy traffic. Once you lose time you will never gain it back. The best thing to do is stay consistent and keep the left door shut. Every time you stop you will lose an average of 15 minutes just getting off and back on the interstate. Plus the time you were stopped.
    5. STOP DRIVING THROUGH THE TRUCK STOPS LIKE YOU ARE EXITING PIT ROW!
    6. Don’t take your 10 off at the fuel island. Saw a driver do this with my own 2 eyes at the Loves in Ina, IL.
    7. Either take a stand against paid parking and bitch at the assholes throwing trash on the lots or pay for the parking and shut up. I’m personally against the paid parking but when guys throw their piss bottles and trash on the ground instead of walking the length of the trailer to
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    TN-014-I’m a Hypocrite, Clifford Broke Down and More Truckin Newz

    TN-014 I’m a hypocrite, Clifford broke down and more truckin newz

    Updates

    I’m trying out Mewe as a replacement to Facebook. I never took the time to create a Facebook page for TuckinNutz but there is a TrucinNutz group over at Mewe. I admit its kind of hard to get started because all your friends are on Facebook but it is so nice to not have a ton of stoopid thrown in your face the minute you log in. I’m starting to like it.

    I broke the 221 mark finally. I weighed in at 219 this morning. Daily sugars are awesome and I did an A1c 2 months early and it already shows that I dropped 3 points!

    After last weeks episode about CB’s I ended up having to drive a rental truck for the week. And there wasnt any place to hook it up!?!? WTF? A truck not set up for a CB? Thats heresy! Clifford is fine though. He had a couple of oil leaks I was worried about and needed a B service. But he is back this week and chomping at the bit to get rolling.

     

    I quit the band Slight Case of Death. I cant ever seem to get home in time to go to practice and with writing new songs I wont be able to keep up in time for shows. So I just gave up on it. I will still be the number one fan and will be involved in the recording and other behind the scenes stuff.

    I’m working on more cover songs. They just may end up turning into a full fledged album with other musicians from around the mid Michigan area. May end up giving it away for donations to charity. Most likely be Kick the F**k Out of Cancer. Hopefully you guys have noticed the better audio quality here on the show. I am applying everything I’m learning from doing these cover songs into the podcast production.

    So lets get into the news!

    Even DOT cops are crooked

    You heard of Kim Dot Com? Well, meet Diesel Trailer Truck

    First quarter of 2018 truck sales hit a 12 yr high

    Schneider creates company app for drivers

    Safety groups seek to end roadway fatalities

    Compilation of brake checks on trucks is a must watch. H/T Truckers News.com

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    TN-013-The Best Device in Trucking-The CB Radio

    The Importance of a CB Radio

    Intro

    I got to be careful what I say. Not only is my family listening now, HI PEGGY! But I have a couple people from my safety department, possibly the big boss (Hi Dave) as well as a couple of our drivers listening to me, lol. This should be fun.

    So just a disclaimer if this is the first episode you’ve ever heard there is most likely a cuss word or two that gets thrown out once or twice. But I do try to keep the show family friendly.

     

    Link to buy this CB on Amazon Not an affiliate link I get no money if you buy it but I highly recommend you buy one anyway!

    This week I’m going to talk about a well documented and well proven piece of technology called the Citizens Band Radio. It can help you with your daily work better than any app on any phone operating system. It’s better than a GPS or even Google Maps. It can help you maneuver in tight spaces, on the road at highway speeds and can even get you out of a very dangerous situation. 

     

    Main Topic

    For some of you new drivers your company may have a policy that you cant have a CB in your truck. If it were me I would tell them I quit and go drive for someone that allows it. For the number one reason that a CB can save a life. Yours or someone else’s. I know that some use the “its distracted driving” argument and I will argue with them till I turn blue. These are mostly the same people (who most likely have never been inside a moving truck let alone drove one) that has convinced a bunch of other people who make laws that we should have a computer in the truck to tell us when we are safe enough to drive. They say don’t use a CB but yet they stick a tablet on the dash that a driver has to constantly take his or hers eyes off the road to check to see if they have enough time to make it to a stopping point. One thing about these elogs that don’t make sense is the warnings of when you are close to end of hours. Each company has them set up at different times but nearly all of them has a bright screen overlay either in red or white accompanied by flashing lights and they all want you to touch a button to acknowledge that you see it. While your driving? But the CB, phone, GPS is a distraction. Hello? Pot meet kettle, guess what color both of you are?

    Lets list some reasons you should have a CB in the truck.

    6 Important Reasons to have a CB and use it!

    1. BRAKE CHECKS! STOPS THE PILE UPS!!!!
    2. Ease of maneuvering a 75’ long 13’6” tall 8’6” wide truck at highway speeds
    3. Communication of road conditions and weather
    4. Communicate with shippers and receivers
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