Donner Party Kitchen Staff -- Cookin' up something different...
Sunday, December 16, 2007, 11:30 - Misc
Posted by Administrator

Lutefisk! The Wisconsin Employees' right to know law regarding toxic substances specifically exempts Lutefisk (Wisc. Stat. 101.58(2)(j)(2)(f))

I'll pass on the lutefisk, but the lefse is good.

It was -4F when I took this! :shock:
Adjusting My Meds 
Sunday, December 16, 2007, 8:08 - News
Posted by Administrator
A CDL is worthless without a valid Medical Certificate. Truck drivers get a physical every two years to renew their certificate. Sometimes there are problems. On my last physical my blood pressure was higher than allowed. They gave me a temporary certificate and I had to return in 3 months for a retest. I got some blood pressure medication and went back for my check up. Tested fine. Then the nurse asked me 'You need three tests, don't you?' :shock: She checked, and yes, to get my medical card reinstated I needed three good tests on three seperate days. :roll:

Wasted a couple days in Seattle, cost me some money, but I'm driving again. :mrgreen:
Left & Right 
Sunday, December 09, 2007, 21:14 - News
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My new co-driver is working out great. He sees things a little more left than I see them. I see things a little more right than he does. We have enough mutual respect for each other to make things work. Makes for some interesting conversations, though.
Sunday, December 09, 2007, 17:37 - Misc
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I'm sitting in Sparks, Nevada. Waiting for a load out. Thought I'd post my favorite picture of my brothers, Larry & Charley, and I. Kinda looks like a few mafioso's ready to bust somebody. It was taken at Larry's wedding.

Sunday, December 09, 2007, 16:22 - Wrecks
Posted by Administrator
Friday was a rough day in Wyoming. This is a truck on it's side.

I went through 5 gallons of windshield washer/deicer fluid.
Truck Bounce! 
Saturday, December 08, 2007, 16:58 - Junk
Posted by Administrator
Came thru Wyoming yesterday. Everything was a pain in the butt, but passable till the end. Around mm (Mile Marker) 29 everything all went south. Trucks going everywhere but straight. Huge mess!

If you are in front of me, please do not slam on your brakes in the snow. You know, if you follow at a reasonable distance, you don't need your brakes at all.
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That is so wrong! 
Friday, December 07, 2007, 11:27 - Complaint Dept, Junk
Posted by Administrator
Just stopped for fuel & food at the very snowy Cheyenne, Wyoming Sapp Bros truck stop. For some unexplainable reason they used Italian sausage instead of breakfast sausage on their Egg, sausage, green chile & cheese burrito. One can only ask...WHY!!! :roll::P
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Monday, December 03, 2007, 23:56 - Stuff
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I'm sitting here in Balcamp, MD. We arrived 24 hours early. Most cons (consignees) love to have you show up early, some have very set schedules that can't be changed. This is one of those other types... They will unload me when they have a gap in their schedule. Yes, it is a major pain in the patookas, but that is how it works sometimes.

While I'm sitting here it is starting to SNOW!!!

This is the first snow I've seen this winter. My thermometer only shows 37 deg out side. Snow means everything changes. You don't shift the same, brake the same, do anything the same over snow!!!!! I know it looks like I am making a big deal out of this. I AM! People get in wrecks who don't prep for snow. People Die who didn't prep for snow. Snow is a big deal..
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November Stats 
Sunday, December 02, 2007, 10:05 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Looks like Sweden likes the cam!

Hi to SM7WDL, SM7YGW, SM3LBN, SM7YGZ, SM3KOR & everybody else in Snowy Sweden!
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HOS (Hours Of Service) 
Thursday, November 29, 2007, 23:22 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
There are a lot of 'truckstop lawyers' :roll: who will tell you things about the HOS (Hours Of Service) regulations that will get you in a lot of trouble. The DOT (Department Of Transportation) takes HOS very seriously.

We are allowed to be on duty 70 hours over the previous 8 days. The right column on this sample log book page shows my hours for the last 7 days. They are added up and subtracted from 70. The result is how many hours I have available today. It's a revolving total. Tomorrow the hours on line 1 (7.75) will drop off, the other hours move up one line & the hours I worked today (10.50) will be put on line 7.

If I'm off duty for 34 straight hours everything resets to zero & I have 70 hours available again.

I'm allowed to drive up 11 hours in a shift. The moment I go on duty the '14 hour clock' starts. After 14 hours count down I can no longer drive, regardless of how much I have driven. In this sample, my 14 hour clock ran out at 1730 (5:30 PM). On some days you spend all day at a shipper and are lucky to get 100 miles in.

The only way to reset the 14 hour clock is to be off duty for 10 continuous hours. This period must consist of 8 continuous hours in the sleeper berth & 2 continuous hours of any combination of sleeper berth & off duty. In this example I can go on duty 45 minutes after midnight.

Only a truck driver would work 70 hours a week & cheat to get more! :shock:
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Christmas List 
Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 11:50 - Junk
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I was just asked what I want for Christmas. Hmmm.... A winning lottery ticket would be nice! :P So would a house or new car. :mrgreen:


Something from my wish list

Or if you are feeling really generous:

Kenwood TS-480HX
Kenwood TH-D7AG

Books, gadgets, just about anything is cool. 8)
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Across the pond 
Saturday, November 24, 2007, 15:28 - Stuff
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Got a few emails this morning from some fellow amateur radio operators who like the camera. Lars SM3KOR in Sweden & Philip HB9HFD in Switzerland.

Ronald SM7WDL sent me a message via APRS. This his website: I wish I could read Swedish!

I just got an APRS message from Antonio KP4IA in Puerto Rico.

This thing really gets around! :mrgreen: 8) :mrgreen:
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Ummmm....I don't know either 
Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 13:00 - Funny
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 13:08 - Stuff
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Just discovered Amazon Friends on Kinda fun to play with. I'm a huge fan of I signed up for their $79 per year Prime membership; unlimited 2nd day shipping for me plus four family members. With as much as I like to read, it's an awesome deal. :mrgreen:

This is my profile 8)
Faster! Faster!! Faster!!! 
Monday, November 19, 2007, 17:38 - News
Posted by Administrator
I'm going to up the image upload rate to every 20 seconds instead of every 30. Let's see what happens..:D


There are different speeds that I can connect to the internet at. Old school 1X, EVDO & EVDO Revision A. It all depends on what system is installed in the area I'm driving through. If the whole country were EVDO Revision A I could upload a new image every 5 seconds. I'll run into trouble if I set the upload rate faster than the images can actually go through. It looks like every 20 seconds is as fast as I can go.

Each blip is one image in a 1X area. As you can see, they are almost touching.

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