Sharing The Holiday Spirit

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well the holidays are upon us so I wanted to put together a fun conversation where everyone can share the holiday spirit. We all get caught up sometimes in our own day to day struggles and frustrations and ambitions, and we lose sight of how incredibly blessed we all are. So if you have any photos or videos or messages you'd like to share with everyone for the holidays this is the place to do it.

If you guys want to share a video from Youtube just put a link to it here and I'll embed it for you.

I saw this fantastic video from TMC Transport that's directed toward the military veterans and I thought it was great, so I'm going to start out with this.

Anchorman's Comment
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Anchorman's Comment
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A Driver's Night Before Christmas

The days before Christmas and all down the road, The drivers’ trucks were a-rollin’ to deliver their loads.

The drivers hauled everything from freight, food to toys, to deliver to homes for good girls and boys.

The cellphones did crackle and voices filled the air, With warm season’s greetings and warnings to bear.

All across the land, the people did sleep, While drivers keep rollin’ through ice, snow and sleet

They’re pushing for delivery, food, freight and toys must arrive, They’re the backbone of our country, necessary to survive.

When the trailer is empty, they’ll get on the phone, And check with their dispatch before heading for home.

The family will greet them with hugs and with smiles, you know it’s for them that they roll all those miles.

Remember the children, remember the wife, of the driver who sacrificed, every day risked his life.

Let’s stop while we’re at it to offer a prayer, That the drivers all made it safely, that they all got there.

We can all be proud of this job that we do, These drivers and shippers depend on me and on you,

So, friends, have a safe one as they roll out of sight, Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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I got put on a seven stop 2,300 mile run this week which puts me a long ways from home as it finals out tommorow. I was concerned about the highly unlikely scenario of a backhaul load that could get me home for Christmas. My wife and I already made plans to take a week's vacation in Leadville, Colorado. Our plan was to leave home the day after Christmas.

On top of my concerns, there is the additional problem of my djspatcher being on vacation this week. Things don't usually go real well on this dedicated gig when our dispatcher is out. He's an integral part of the whole process of the load assignments from the SAPA plant. His office is in the shipping department at the plant, and the stand in person is always just a regular dispatcher from some other remote terminal who is only minimally familiar with the whole work flow of the plant.

I warned my wife of the possibility of my being late to get home, and she was just as frustrated about it as I expected her to be, but she gracefully accepts my commitment to this job and doesn't complain.

Tonight I received an email from the planner who works for us out of the Phoenix, Arizona office which said, "When you MT out tommorow you can deadhead home. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

That's a 2,000 mile deadhead trip to get me home! I didn't demand it or even have to make threats - I didn't even ask for it. I was just out here taking care of my business and my whole team was looking out for me.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Big Scott's Comment
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Thank you.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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A Driver's Night Before Christmas

Very cool rendition!

That's a 2,000 mile deadhead trip to get me home!

Wow, that's one heck of a Christmas present for sure! Very cool.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Pianoman's Comment
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I love the poem Anchorman! Thanks for sharing!!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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During this time of the year my coworker wears a red shirt under his uniform along with a santa hat with a flashing necklace while he does his deliveries. He also does professional Santa Clause appearances over the weekend all over the state. He's got the laugh, the voice, and the santa clause suit.

On top of that, he also decks out the interior of his truck with Christmas.

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Reyn R.'s Comment
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During this time of the year my coworker wears a red shirt under his uniform along with a santa hat with a flashing necklace while he does his deliveries. He also does professional Santa Clause appearances over the weekend all over the state. He's got the laugh, the voice, and the santa clause suit.

On top of that, he also decks out the interior of his truck with Christmas.

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This is awesome Daniel!! He even has the red cheeks to go with the whole ensemble. HAHAHA! Put a huge smile on my face. Thank you & your partner. Merry Christmas everyone!

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