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Fishing in the Dark: Not Just a Metaphor

Fishing in the Dark: Not Just a Metaphor

A few Saturdays ago, my husband suggested a relaxing evening of fishing with our youngest son and a few friends. We’d leave the house at 4:30, drive 50 minutes or so to the dock, and have a few hours of fishing while the sun set. Earlier in the day, we went out to buy bait and tackle. As we parked the truck in front of the bait shop, I heard a suspicious rumble. I raised an eyebrow at Dale, my husband. “Does that sound like thunder to you?” I asked. He assured me it

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Superhero Magic

Superhero Magic

If you spend any time on Facebook, you’ve probably encountered Rick Lax. And he has probably read your mind. Don’t believe me? Think of a superhero. Any superhero. Now watch the video and see what happens. I’ll be right here waiting when you’re done: What do you think – does Rick Lax have the power? Did he get inside your mind? Lax bills himself as a ‘deception expert’; he uses sleight of hand, fast talking, and other impressive, but mundane, means to make people believe he’s more than meets the eye. Rick says, “You

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Monsters, Monsters Everywhere

Monsters, Monsters Everywhere

You know what’s disturbing? Watching a group of clustered children and adults holding their phones up and shouting “Zubat! Zubat!” while pointing at something that isn’t there. I knew that one of three things was going on: 1) I’d gone crazy (possible) 2) These people had gone crazy (well, one of them was wearing an Auburn shirt!) 3) There was a new craze sweeping Alabama and I wasn’t in the know! (How dare they?) Never one to be left behind, I decided to investigate. And, yep, you guessed it – Pokemon Go! Turns out,

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A Page Out of History

A Page Out of History

While in the mountains this week, I took a big risk. No, not mountain biking or bungee jumping or cliff diving. Still, it was a scary risk in today’s day and age…I disconnected. During our mountain vacation, we had extremely limited internet access, meaning I was just about entirely unplugged for several days. Running a business has certain responsibilities, sure – I kept my phone on in case of an emergency, but for the most part? I was freer than I’ve been in a while. One of my favorite things to do when I’m

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A Miracle at the DMV

A Miracle at the DMV

Worse than Jury Duty, if you ask me. Worse than the dentist. That’s right, recently, I had to lace up my big girl shoes and go to the DMV. Forget the jokes and stories – even legitimate research has been done to find out just why people hate the DMV so much. Taking a driver’s test, registering a vehicle or simply getting identification. These processes seem so easy, and yet? They never are. The DMV is nearly always a source of headaches, with long lines and impossible paperwork requirements, making each trip a full-on

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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

They used to be the dread of summer. Worse than mosquitoes, worse than heat waves, worse than a sunburn. Confined with your parents and siblings for hours at a time with minimal space, weak air conditioning, and (gasp!) no TV. I’m talking about childhood road trips. And while these drives might seem like nothing to our long haul brothers and sisters in the trucking industry, as kids, they used to feel like torture. Back in my day, intense planning went into a Road Trip. In addition to library books and crossword puzzles, there was

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Taking a Pie in the Face

Taking a Pie in the Face

In my house, Friday nights are Family Game Nights. It might sound very Brady Bunch – one big happy G-rated family gathered around the kitchen table enjoying amicable quality time. I assure you – Game Night is brutal. I’ve written before about my highly competitive spirit. Let’s just say that the apples don’t fall far from the tree. My husband, my two boys, and even my niece are all exceptionally competitive. Our favorite go-to games are Yahtzee and UNO. We drop our real names on Game Nights, referring to each other by our card

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Wide Load Logistics and Humor

Wide Load Logistics and Humor

Folks in our industry probably pay a little more attention to trucks than regular drivers. We can glance at a truck and get a pretty good idea of what kind of cargo it might be hauling – most of the time. Occasionally, however, even logistics experts are stumped. Take for example, the recent hauls that were being spotted on the highways surrounding our hometown of Wilmington, NC. Come to find out, these over-sized “mystery tubes” are tower sections of wind turbines that were being shipped from our port to Edenton, NC. It seems that

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Redneck Relaxation

Redneck Relaxation

Ahh, July 4th weekend. I don’t know about you, but as a pool owner? I spent mine poolside. For me, a day bonding with friends and family over cannonball dives and bomb pops is the perfect way to say “God Bless America.” Today I’ve got my very own pool, which is a wonderful asset, so long as I remember to keep out algae (and bears). But what if you don’t have a pool? I remember as a kid in the summer, the pool was the Holy Grail. If you, or your neighborhood, didn’t have

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Flash Mob, American Style

Flash Mob, American Style

Americans are tough. We’re proud to be rugged, proud to be strong, proud to be American. We prize true grit, and love being the kind of cool guys you see in the movies. But there’s also something very American about opening your heart and feeling the love that we all feel for our country. A few weeks ago, I talked about my daughter Emily’s adoration for Hamilton and her Memorial Day trip to New York City. While she was there with her choir, they performed an entire Memorial Day weekend concert at a beautiful

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