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It’s My Birthday and Here’s What I’m Doing

It's My Birthday and Here's What I'm Doing

As you read this Monday morning JAMM, I’m celebrating my birthday the best way I know how these days: by sleeping in, staying in my pajamas until noon, and having complete control of the remote while my husband is at work and my boys are at school. They say you’re only as old as you feel, and most days, I still feel like I’m 19. But the truth is: although I can still party like an absolute rock star, it would appear that I cannot recover like one. It’s one of the reasons why I

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Hungry, Homeless and Naked

Hungry, Homeless and Naked

All week long, we’ve been celebrating the hard-working truck drivers who enhance our daily lives by transporting the products we need and use. Consider this: • There are 300,000 items in the average American home. • The average American eats 1,996 pounds of food each year. • And, the average American family spends $1700 on clothes annually. Where would we be without the truck drivers who transport all of these food products, clothing items, and household goods? Hungry, homeless, and naked! It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and this year alone, Matchmaker has worked

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Walk Like You Mean It

Walk Like You Mean It

We’ve discussed my aversion to running before. If you see me hightailing it with walking or running shoes on, it’s going to be for a really important reason – like being chased by a bear. Yet every September, I’m reminded of one of the most important reasons to get up and get walking. Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? On September 24th, my son, Denver, and I will be walking in a 5K walk/run to help end childhood cancer. Not only is this a great way to support a charity

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Politics and 9/11

Politics and 9/11

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, a day we will never forget. What started as a sunny September morning soon became a day filled with shock, worry, fear and grief as four airplanes, hijacked mid-flight by Al Qaeda terrorists, were used as flying missiles. Two were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center; another crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers fought the terrorists and prevented them from reaching their presumed goal of either the White House

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Talk About Sore Losers

Talk About Sore Losers

What’s the first day of Fall for you? Is it Labor Day weekend, your first pumpkin coffee, the first day of school, or the first day you feel that chill in the breeze? For regular readers of this blog, my first day of Fall should be obvious. You know what, let’s not even call it Fall. Let’s call this season by its real name: Football Season! This Saturday kicked off the college football season, and, of course, my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide played the University of Southern California Trojans. Now, Alabama fans are no

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How One Guy Purchased the Internet for Just $12

How One Guy Purchased the Internet for Just $12

Remember the early days of the internet? It seemed like every day there was a new search engine competing for our attention: Yahoo, HotBot, and even AskJeeves, the “Internet Butler.” I won’t bother asking ‘What happened to all of those sites?’ – you and I both already know! Today, there’s only one search engine that’s working on everything from self-driving cars to developing gmail for the Cherokee language. They own YouTube, reCAPTCHA, Android for cell phones, and Chrome for web browsers. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, you could always Google it

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I’ll Teach You a Lesson!

I'll Teach You a Lesson!

It’s back to school time once again! And while past blog posts have seen me fuss about crazy school supply lists, this year, I feel like I have to side with the teachers. Maybe it’s because I have a senior in high school and a fourth grader this year, but I feel like they deserve more respect. Don’t worry, I’m not about to start complaining about ‘kids today.’ It’s that unexpected stick in the spokes of the academic wheel – the parents. While kids today are just the same as they’ve always been (albeit

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Here She Is… Miss American Truck

Here She Is... Miss American Truck

Americans have a thing for beauty pageants. While some, such as Miss America and Miss USA, have become American institutions, others are a bit less mainstream: Miss Hell Hole Swamp, Miss Outdoors, Miss Catfish, Miss Snake Charmer, and Miss Klingon Empire, just to name a few. From Planet of the Apes-themed pageants (pictured, 1972) to the local folks at the State Fair, everyone loves a good competition, even the trucking industry. Enter the Shell ROTELLA Superrigs Truck Beauty Contest. Now, it could be argued that a beauty contest for trucks is less like the

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I’ve Got This One in the Bag

I've Got This One in the Bag

Paper or plastic? If your shopping habits are anything like mine, it’s a question you answer several times a month. The question I’d prefer to answer is: “How would you like your groceries bagged?” Grocery cashiers and baggers are generally hardworking people, and I’m sure they watch the mandatory training video on ‘How to Bag Groceries’, but I feel like many of them could use a refresher. I try not to be too picky – as long as the eggs aren’t broken and the bread isn’t squished – but lately even that seems like

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The Cars of the Future… Today

The Cars of the Future... Today

Last week, I shared a few Million Dollar Ideas that had me asking: “Why didn’t I think of that?” Those ingenious inventions had me wondering – how might I find a way to contribute to advances and innovations in my own field? To get inspired, I decided to see what our industry is up to these days. I didn’t have to look far. Just this week on LinkedIn, Ford announced its intent to have fully autonomous vehicles in commercial operation by 2021. That’s right. In just five years, Ford will be mass producing vehicles

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