Happy Thanksgiving From Irving, TX!

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Snappy's Comment
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Well, it's that time of year again. The leaves have already turned and there's about five inches of snow on my driveway that I probably won't see before it melts... but in addition to being thankful that I'm avoiding some lousy weather by being here in the Southwest, I'm also super thankful that I finally made it.

I passed my final test with my company today, and will start teaming on a dedicated run as soon as my new co-driver gets down here after his home time. I'm very excited about what this next year may bring!

So, anyone else feeling thankful? I'm going to be waiting for awhile, would love to read some positive stuff this Thanksgiving!

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Congrats on passing the tests and moving on Snappy - awesome!! You should be excited about the coming year for your career opportunities and hopefully a whole lot more!

I'm thankful for a million things. Of course all of the big things like excellent health, a roof over my head, and a peaceful life out in the country. But a ton of little things too. For instance, yesterday I spent the day with my 14 year old niece Kaitlyn (we call her "KK") making all of the desserts for our Thanksgiving dinner. Back when she was three years old I used to pull a chair over by the counter and she would help me make the big meals. In the beginning I would just put miscellaneous bowls full of stuff in front of her and she would keep stirring. Over the years she's evolved into an awesome cooking partner and I never, ever cook big meals without her. I won't do it. That's our tradition.

We also have a new baby in the family and he's the first of his generation for us. My other niece Kristie (kk's older sister) had a baby a few months ago and he's perfect. Yesterday KK and I said we're going to start teaching him to help us with the meals as soon as he's able to stand on a chair next to the counter. Then we'll have three generations cooking together! Sometimes we let my ma help a little but that's only because she'll have a nervous breakdown if we don't let her do something. She's put in her time over the years and nothing we do could ever make up to her what she's done for us so we try to convince her to relax and let us handle it. But you know moms....they don't ever relax for a moment around the Holidays. So it's a balancing act.


I also never forget for a moment how thankful I am for all of the generations of our family that came before us. The bravest ones that arrived here on boats from Italy, Germany, Poland, and Ireland to carve out a new life for themselves and give their children and future generations a shot at the American Dream. They fought through World Wars, diseases, the Great Depression, and so many hardships. They labored in the fields and in the factories with the hope that someday we would have it better than they did. Most of them have long since passed but their dream has certainly been realized. My life has been the epitome of the American Dream from the day I was born to the best parents in the world to this very moment where I look out the window of my wonderful little home and see the beautiful scenery way up here in the hills.

I hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving! If you're away from home our thoughts go out to you. I've been on the road during the Holidays and it's a tough thing to do. I'm thankful that you're out there doing what you're doing...believe me I am.

Snappy's Comment
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Thanks Brett! Sounds like you have an awesome holiday ahead of you! I hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving together -- and you guys have got to let your mom in the kitchen, lol! She sounds so much like mine in that way, they're just not as happy when they're not doing something to take care of us "kids!" ;)

Brett Aquila's Comment
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you guys have got to let your mom in the kitchen, lol! She sounds so much like mine in that way, they're just not as happy when they're not doing something to take care of us "kids!" ;)

That's exactly right. They never stop wanting to be a mom and take care of people. We try to get her to relax and just enjoy the kids but she'll have a nervous breakdown if she can't do something.


Heavy C's Comment
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Happy thanksgiving from Portland Maine!!

Matt S.'s Comment
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Happy Thanksgiving from Richmond, VA. May everyone be happy and healthy! May all truckers and students have many future successes

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll, from this Arizona transplant...... Miss my Mom and Pop's and, my only son, this time of year (lost him April 2013)

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