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Running for the Plane

Running for the Plane

It’s my first full week back in the office, and I’m rested, ready and rarin’ to go! In case you missed it, last week I broke the rules about what happens in Vegas. I couldn’t help it! I wanted to remember all of the fun, crazy things I saw. Besides, once you hit the airport, it’s like all the stress you shook off during your vacation just finds its way right back to you. You know the feeling – you get to the airport two hours early with great intentions. You’ve already pre-checked in

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Remembering Rita

Remembering Rita

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, the time of year when we honor the most important women in our lives. In the past, I’ve used this platform to celebrate my mother and my wife, Amy. This year, though, my wife, my girls, and my family are going into Mother’s Day weekend with heavy hearts. My mother-in-law, Rita Walker, passed away one week ago today. I had the privilege of knowing Rita (or “Reet” as my father-in-law, Jim, called her) for 25 years. Folks who knew Rita would describe her as “one-of-a-kind”. I think my brother-in-law,

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The One Rule in Vegas

The One Rule in Vegas

There’s only one rule in Vegas, and I’m about to break it. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, right? But I can’t help it! That place is crazy, and I can’t possibly keep all of the juicy details of my Las Vegas trip to myself. Besides, aren’t you all a little curious? I know I would be…. First of all, I have good news – I did not end up on the evening news tangled in a zip line and stuck, screaming, over Freemont Street. My friends, however, decided to

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Pet Perks

Pet Perks

Matchmaker is going to the dogs. Literally. I like to think that our company is a great place to work. After all, we offer respectable benefits, a great group of co-workers – and even the chance to be a superhero! Yet, when a few months ago, a company goal-setting session started a discussion about employee benefits and employee motivation, we compared ourselves to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. We looked with awe at some of the benefits offered by larger companies. Big corporate giants have the ability to offer their employees anything

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Flyin’ High in Sin City?

Flyin' High in Sin City?

That’s right, readers! This week, your very own Mary is off to Las Vegas, Nevada. The City of Lights, to some…the City of Sin, to others…but for me? The City of Semi-Professional Pool! My husband, Dale and I, play pool with the American Poolplayers Association (APA), regularly competing in local and regional tournaments. At our most recent regional tournament, I didn’t make it to the finals, but Dale got all the way to the final bracket, going undefeated after his first match. After an intense, nail-biting final game (that I couldn’t watch, I was

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Rolling Coal on Earth Day

Rolling Coal on Earth Day

Today marks the 46th annual celebration of Earth Day. Since 1970, various communities, schools, churches, and organizations all over the world have come together to show support for this planet we all share. In the transportation and trucking industries, we sometimes get a bad rap when it comes to environmental health, but there’s no reason trucking can’t be compatible with the environment. We’ve written before about ways in which the transportation industry is taking steps worldwide to make the world a greener place. Self-driving trucks, mega-sized cargo ships, and even this German all-electric tractor

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Hashtag Happy Ending

Hashtag Happy Ending

At the beginning of March Madness, Bob wrote about Cinderella stories in the sports world. But for this Carolina girl, the college basketball season had a less-than-happy ending. For those of you who missed the most exciting, nail-biting national championship game in history, UNC’s Prince Charming, Marcus Paige, made a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left in the game, tying Carolina and Villanova 74-74. But Villanova then scored its own 3-pointer right before the clock ran out, winning the title of 2016 NCAA Champions. If only I could re-write history, I would have had Carolina

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Smile! You’re on Candid Camera

Smile! You're on Candid Camera

Last week’s Snake on the Glass got lots of you talking. Did the truck driver who filmed a snake on his windshield deserve to be fired? It was a 50/50 split. Roughly half of you agreed with me that the driver deserved to be terminated for filming while operating a commercial vehicle. The other half of you felt firing was too severe a punishment – in fact, one of you even accused me of becoming a “mean old man” as I age, which made me LOL (further proof that I just may be an

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A Snake on the Glass

A Snake on the Glass

We’ve all heard of a snake in the grass, but have you heard about the snake on the glass? Or, the windshield, to be more precise. I’m a little late to the party, but I just learned about this story and I wanted your opinion. Last year, trucker Brian M. Wilds was driving down the highway when he noticed a huge snake slithering across his driver’s side window and windshield, trying to find a way inside the truck. Wilds grabbed his phone and filmed it, then posted two videos on Facebook, intended for his

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An Un-a-Peeling Controversy

An Un-a-Peeling Controversy

I’m not one to be ashamed of convenience, especially on a Monday. Lord knows, I take advantage of any modern marvel that makes my life a little easier. Forgot to pack my son Timbo’s lunch? Those prepackaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a lifesaver. The boys want a cooked breakfast every day? We stock up on frozen boxes of pancakes or waffles – I say let them pop breakfast in the toaster if they want something hot to eat on a busy morning! But recently I came across the kind of convenience I

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