Monday, 15 December 2014

Trucking Nation Podcast: The Holiday Episode

How are you Trucking Nation? I hope the road is treating you well this Holday Season. If you don't know, you will now, I'm Misty Noel your overly-holiday-spirited podcast hostess. This week's podcast is brought to you by the amazing business management program, TruckLogics, that helps you mangage your trucking business no matter where the road takes you. Ok, let's get on with the show...




Recap, Links, And Everything Else

18 Wheels of Christmas
If you are full of the Christmas Spirit, why keep it all to yourself? Overdriveonline.com is hosting their first 18 Wheels of Christmas. All you got to do is submit a photo of your rig all decked out for Christmas, or showing off how great you look in a Santa Hat while on the job. There is a prize for the most festive rig. I can't wait to see what y'all come up with.

A Truck Driver's Christmas Series
Oh my goodness, have you had a chance to read this amazing story, A Truck Driver's Christmas written by Steve Irick. It is posted on CDLlife.com and it will have you hooked from the first sentence. It is all about this truck driver named Brian and how he helps so many people just doing the right thing. Give it a read, I promise you will enjoy it.

Something Fun
Who doesn't love to test their CB slang knowledge? You can learn something new and challenge some friends at CBslang.com. They have a really fun quiz and every CB slang word you could ever imagine. Some of them I really want to work into my everyday vocabulary.

Thoughtful & Inexpensive Gifts
When you think gifts, most of us think of the money we have to spend. I travelled all over the internet looking at these gift guides for truckers, trucker's wives, a trucker family, and so on. Some of those gifts are real nice n' all, but they can be a bit expensive. So I thought to come up with some gift ideas for all of us on a teeny-tiny budget. Some of these gifts will only cost you a little bit of time, and that's it.

1. Read When....letters.
Can't remember exactly where I saw this, but this is a great idea for truckers to do for their wife or girlfriend, and kids, or vice versa. How it works: you write a letter for someone to read when they are doing something, or in a certain mood.
 Example. To my loving wife, Read Before You Make Your Morning Coffee. In the letter you can write a sweet note or something.
Example 2. To my favorite trucker, Read Before You Start Your Truck In The Morning.
Example 3. To my favorite trucker, Read When You Are Angry 'Cause That
   Guy Took The Last Parking Spot
Example 3. To my daughter, Read Before You Go On Stage for Your Christmas Play
Example 4. To my son, Read When You Make The Basketball Team

You can do them for any big moment you might not be able to physically be at, but you are still there, you know what mean. Someone mentioned they need to make one for the their wife before they go shopping to hopefully keep her from spending too much. These letters can be super sweet, hilariously funny, or so thoughtful it will make to reader cry.

2. Toys aren't just for kids
It always plagued me what to get my dad for Christmas. Then one day it hit me - my dad collects guns, I bet he would like some Nerf guns to fire in the house. Then the tradition of buying toys for my dad, uncles, and all the other men in the family started. Now of course you don't have to limit it to toy guns. It can be anything you think will put a big ol' smile on that trucker's face. And Trucker's these are great gifts for the wife/girlfriend too. I got one for my mom and the note read: Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to shoot Dad before he shoots you.

3. Recorded stories for kids
As a truck driver you probably spend a lot of time away from home. If you have little ones, one of those recorded story books is a great idea. It's a great way for your kids to feel like you are always there to put them to bed or just to hear your voice whenever they want.

Some New Favorites
I have just been loving The Trucking Podcast with Buck Ballard and Don the Beer Guy. Their podcast intro is one of my favorites. This father-son duo have a uniquely interesting view of the trucking industry and will have you entertained from beginning to end. They work in the industry and really know what they are talking about. Visit their page and give 'em a listen. I'm sure they will be one of your favorites too!

Reminders
Hey truckers, don't forget IRP, UCR, and IFTA license renewals are due at the end of December. If you don't want to deal with it on your own, Truck Services of North America and take care of it for you - and it's all over the phone. They can also handle everything else you need to stay compliant. Their customer service is amazing and you can reach them @ 803-386-0320.

Thank you so much for listening and supporting my adventure in the wonderful world of podcasting. I have some great one pot, holiday recipes I'm working on for you. I'll have those out soon. Stay tuned for Episode 6, you never know what we will talk about. Remember you get what you give in this world, so be kind and enjoy the ride. I'll talk to you soon Trucking Nation - Misty Noel



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