Episode 33: Health, Behavior, and Identity

OCTOBER 3, 2018

This lifestyle is hard on our bodies. Making changes for our health involves behavior modification. In this episode I’m going to talk about what I think leads to behavior modification - identity.

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Posted on October 3, 2018 .

Episode 32: Sometimes You Have to Work for Free

September 26, 2018

How hard would you work for someone if you weren’t getting paid? What level of performance and dedication would you offer if you knew you wouldn’t get any money in return? Two stories I’ve run across in the last week have taught me a lesson about effort being tied to compensation.

The first was an interview with Dan Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy). His compensation for his first gig with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour? They paid for his hotel room. No travel. No talent fee. He had just come home off the road when his agent called with the opportunity. One of the greatest shows in comedy history may not have happened if Dan decided his time was too valuable than to go to Nashville and not get paid for it.

The second was about NASCAR Camping World Series and Xfinity Series driver Ross Chastain. Chastain is a eighth generation watermelon farmer from Florida. He’s been racing in NASCAR for a few years, but has never had an opportunity to drive a really good car for a quality team. He scored a three race deal with Champion car owner Chip Ganassi. He won the pole position for the first race at Darlington and got caught up in a wreck while leading. He won the second race at Las Vegas. In the final race at Richmond he finished second. His pay for the three races? $0 He drove that car for free. It should be obvious that showing the skill to nearly win three races in a row should be enough to get him a ride. Maybe not. There is no guarantee. Without sponsorship, he may never get another competitive ride. Do you think he poured all of his effort, talent, and skill into driving that car for which he got no compensation? I’d say yes.

In this episode I talk about how we can relate these lessons to trucking and how much we give of ourselves and our skill even if we aren’t getting paid what we think we deserve.

Interview with Larry the Cable Guy

Ross Chastain Driving (and winning) in Chip Ganassi’s NASCAR Xfinity Car For Free

Posted on September 26, 2018 .

Episode 31: What Do You Do When Your Worst Day Comes?

September 23, 2018

I’ve been there. Your broke, your truck is broke, and you have no clue how you‘re going to make it. I got a text message from an acquaintance asking for help with a broken truck. Our experiences are similar. I talk about what i told him and how we can insulate ourselves from these problems and how to be prepared when that day comes.

Posted on September 23, 2018 .

Episode 30: What Is Your Value?

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

I believe that an experienced truck driver of great quality is worth a MINIMUM of $75,000 per year. In this episode I want to talk about our value as drivers as a part of the whole market. Join me and let's talk about how to earn what you're worth.


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Video: USA Truck driver destroys a truck trying to make a U-Turn.

Posted on September 19, 2018 .

Epsiode 29: Let's Talk About Parking

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Parking is a hot topic. With the ELD mandate, drivers are facing additional challenges when trying to find a place to take their mandated rest break. Cities and towns across the nation aren’t helping. New ordnances against truck parking are popping up everywhere. Drivers are facing being booted and charged outrageous fines for parking at Walmart. Let’s talk about some of the real problems and solutions to this growing issue.

Link to the Allstays Truck and Travel App that I use to find truck parking

Posted on September 17, 2018 .

Episode 28: My Declaration of Independence

AUGUST 30, 2018

I got a notification today that Kevin Rutherford had posted on Facebook. I learned that there is a driver's group called United Drivers Association America. One of their "leaders" made a public comment on the regulations.gov website about the proposed changes to the Hours of Service. It's a mess. Bad grammar, incoherent rambling, and no clear and concise point. When Kevin challenged them on the lack of professionalism in their post, he was attacked and blocked. 

Honestly, I really couldn't care less what these people do or believe. It is frustrating that they are going to make a bunch of noise (apparently they plan some sort of rally in DC), but mainly that they will proclaim that they are representing all drivers. I want to be VERY clear that I will not be represented by them. I want absolutely nothing to do with them .

I've included screenshots of the comments made both on the government website and by Kevin. 

After I recorded this episode, Kevin posted screenshots of this idiot defending his bad form by telling everyone that his grammar was so bad because HE WAS TEXTING WHILE DRIVING! 

I don't need the state and neither do you. Your value is based on your experience, your knowledge, your skills, and your work ethic. You don't need to bow on your knees and cry out for relief. 

Kevin's post.

Kevin's post.

Gary Shaw's comment on the regulations.gov website.
Mr. Shaw's reply to a question in the UDAA Facebook Group.

Mr. Shaw's reply to a question in the UDAA Facebook Group.

Posted on August 30, 2018 .

Episode 27: Possession With Intent to Deliver

AUGUST  29, 2018

This episode contains the audio from a Facebook Live chat I had with Jared Wall from AnarchoLand. Jared wrote a fascinating essay called Breaking Liberty. It is a libertarian treatment of the television show Breaking Bad. 

Any time I've heard the phrase "Possession with intent to deliver" I think, "That's exactly what I do for a living!" I possess a trailer filled with someone's products and I intend to deliver it. Obviously it isn't the transporting of products that is a problem. The problem is that some people somewhere decided that certain products are "illegal" and so anyone who is involved in the movement of these goods is now a "criminal." Jared and I have a fun discussion about the War on Drugs and its effects on society and human liberty. 

Posted on August 29, 2018 .

Episode 26: My Rights Expired, So I Bought Them Back

AUGUST 3, 2018

Every five years, I have to complete the ritual of buying back my rights to travel and enterprise from the Department of Motor Vehicles. In the two decades since I got my CDL, the process has become more burdensome and annoying. This is episode is about my latest experience with the Den of Iniquity, better known as the DMV.

Posted on August 3, 2018 .

Episode 25: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

AUGUST 2, 2018

Being an owner operator comes with a lot of freedom. That freedom comes with a lot of responsibility. We have many choices to make, and those decisions need to made with an attitude of service, respect, and courtesy. This episode is about making wise choices and knowing when to not say “No.” 

Posted on August 2, 2018 .

Episode 23: Doing What Is Right Instead of What Is Legal

MARCH 22, 2018

For decades, carriers and truck drivers what done what is right instead of what is legal. By that I mean that we have not followed the letter of the law when it came to getting goods delivered. Everyone cheated on their logs. EVERYONE! Now that the Electronic Log Mandate is in effect, we are forced to do what is "legal" instead of what it right, because "legal" and "moral" are rarely the same thing. In this episode, I talk about how this change has affected our ability to deliver goods on time and the changes it has made to the market. 

Posted on March 22, 2018 .

Episode 22: Perspective

JANUARY 28, 2018

In this episode I want to tell you about some lessons I've learned over the last ten months.

Also, I have a correction to make about my comments on the ELD mandate. 



Posted on January 28, 2018 .

Episode 21: Understanding The Blockchain with Special Guest Pete Emahiser

JANUARY 21, 2018

On this episode, I was joined by Pete Emahiser, Owner and Operator of Tadmore Transportation in Toledo, Ohio. Tadmore is #980 on this years INC 5000.  He is a member of BiTA, The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, and a Charter Member of TransRisk. Tadmore is in the TOP 5% of Brokers rated by Credit Worthiness and the highest Rated Broker in at least 100 miles as per DAT Reviews. Pete is also a Moderator for the Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook Group, the largest Professional Trucking Group on Facebook.

We talk about what the blockchain is and how it can change how we do business in the trucking industry and the world. It was a really fun and interesting conversation, and I learned a lot. 


Bitcoin.com White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto that explains the origin of the Blockchain

BiTA Blockchain in Trucking Alliance 

Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook Group

Transparency 18 Industry Conference May 22-23, 2018 Atlanta, GA



How the blockchain will radically transform the economy | Bettina Warburg

Facebook Live video of the show.

Posted on January 21, 2018 .

Episode 20: 2018 Preview

JANUARY 14, 2018

In this episode I get us ready for 2018. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the economy and especially as it pertains to trucking. 



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Posted on January 14, 2018 .

Episode 19: Port Truckers and Government Propaganda

JUNE 20, 2017

I came across a piece of garbage propaganda piece published recently in USA Today. It gives us the tales of woe of Port Truckers in LA and the lease agreements they are "forced" to operate under. But who is to blame? The drivers? The companies? I think someone is being left out of the equation. 

The article from USA Today can be found here

Posted on June 20, 2017 .

Episode 18: The ELD Mandate Is Happening

JUNE 13, 2017

The Supreme Court announced that they will not hear OOIDA's appeal to the ELD Mandate. This shouldn't be a surprise. The Federal Government ruled in favor of the Federal Government. You shouldn't be shocked that this has happened, yet many seem unable to grasp the concept that the Federal Government doesn't care about you. Let's talk about the real issue here, and it ISN'T the ELD. 

Posted on June 13, 2017 .

Episode 15: Electronic Logs Are NOT The Problem

MARCH 9, 2017

I'm back with an all new episode. It's time to address the real issue around our Hours of Service.

I think we've lost our minds. People seem to have lost all their good sense and ability to reason over this electronic log mandate. In this episode, I will tell you that we NEED the electronic log if we're going to be forced to operate under such an inefficient and archaic system. I've been using one for five years and you won't get it away from me.

Posted on March 9, 2017 .

Episode 14: Understanding Fuel Taxes

Fuel taxes are an important element of your profitability. It is very important to understand this issue so you won't end up losing money by buying fuel in the wrong states.

IFTA Website with State Fuel Tax Rates

An overview:

Before IFTA-


Fuel taxes were collected by individual states. Trucks had to have fuel tax permits in each state, many having to display plates on their trucks for each state. Fuel had to be purchased in each state to cover the amount owed for traveling through that state.


After IFTA-


When a truck purchases fuel in a state, the amount of tax charged per gallon is credited to other licensee’s account. When the IFTA return is prepared quarterly, the number of miles driven in the period is divided by the number of gallons purchased. This establishes the truck’s fuel mileage for the time period and is used to factor the tax owed based on the number of gallons burned in each state it was operated in.


It's about gallons, not miles.


Fuel taxes are one of the most misunderstood elements of operating a truck in North America. It is a rather simple formula, but can be confusing because all the states have different rates, which affects the pump price. The truck operator that correctly understands how to buy fuel in the most efficient way will see a significant difference in their operating costs.


Wholesale Cost-


It is most important to understand that the WHOLESALE cost is the only factor consider when buying fuel. The pump price is completely irrelevant. What is the wholesale cost and how is it determined? The wholesale cost is the price of the fuel minus the IFTA fuel tax rate for that state. If the price paid for the fuel is $2.00 per gallon, and the IFTA rate is $0.30, then the wholesale cost is $1.70. There are states with rates as low as $0.175 per gallon (New Jersey) and others with a rate as high as $0.64 (Pennsylvania). This means that if the pump price of fuel in NJ and PA is the same, then there will be a difference of $0.465 per gallon!

Posted on June 18, 2016 .