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Waiting for the Calendar Girls

Waiting for the Calendar Girls

CORRECTION:   Thanks to Paul, one of our readers, it has come to our attention that it will not be required by law for all drivers to have a sleep apnea test in order to pass a DOT physical. Drivers who do need the test, however, must go to one of the providers listed on the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, who have been given a set of guidelines for screening drivers for sleep apnea. Drivers who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea will only receive a one year certification and must carry

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Mustang Mary

Mustang Mary

My very first car was a 1966 Nightmist Blue Mustang Coupe.  One of my Dad’s co-workers sold it to me for $1500.  I flipped a lot of burgers at my part-time, after-school job to pay for that car, but it was well worth it.  Daddy and I drove three hours to Carolina Mustang on Chatham Street in Chapel Hill, NC, where we purchased everything we would need to restore my new baby–fenders, a gas tank, quarter panels, floor pans, seat covers–the works.  I can still seeing us installing those seat covers using our straight

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Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

For the past few weeks, I’ve had my head in the clouds.  We decided to switch our company files from the large, stationary whirring server in our Wilmington, NC headquarters to a cloud-based server.  There’s been a lot of hype around cloud computing, and, although I don’t think anyone truly understands it (who can explain how the internet actually works?), we’re all using it.  If you’ve accessed your email via Gmail, AOL, or Yahoo, you’ve used the cloud.  If you buy stuff from Amazon, you’re purchasing in a cloud.  We may not “get it”,

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Name That Tune

Last week, I told you about our annual Family Spring Cleaning weekend, but I didn’t tell the whole story. Remember that song “What a Difference a Day Makes…Twenty-Four Little Hours?” Last weekend, it took just eight hours to create a massive transformation around the house. We started at 9am and by 6pm, we had washed the entire house from top to bottom, cleaned out the garage, installed a light over our pool table, changed six exterior flood lights (using an 11′-foot pole extender and a borrowed 30′-foot extension ladder), installed a new bathroom light

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Superpowers Activate!

“Common sense is so rare these days, it should be classified as a superpower.” This unattributed quote sparked the idea for our 2014 sales presentation. We may not have the ability to predict the future, control the weather, or time travel, but when it comes to rare qualities like common sense, integrity, trustworthiness and clear communication, we believe we qualify for the 3PL Justice League. I took an informal poll, asking a few friends and Matchmaker team members to tell me the superpower they most desire. Some listed the powers mentioned above that would

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Confessions of a Clean Freak

Thursday marked the first day of Spring, and as someone who likes to have a clean house, that meant this weekend was devoted to spring cleaning. Spring cleaning at our house is a family affair; everyone has to participate. And this year, some of our major initiatives included washing every surface inside the house, cleaning out the garage, changing all of the flood lights, repainting the porch ceiling, and fixing the porch lights too! When it comes to being a “clean freak”, it’s nice to know that I’m in good company. Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett

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The Oracle of Omaha

He is called “the Sage of Omaha” and the “Oracle of Omaha” thanks to his investment prowess, but Warren Buffett is also known as “the Billionaire Next Door.” Buffett is the world’s richest billionaire investor (worth upwards of $62 billion), yet he is legendary for his modest, frugal lifestyle. He still resides in the same house in Omaha, Nebraska, that he bought in 1958 for $31,500. A man of simple tastes, he likes McDonald’s hamburgers, cherry Coke, and Dairy Queen. Although he could have chosen any venue in the world for his second marriage

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Tarheel Born, Tarheel Bred

What do I love best about the arrival of Spring? The warmer weather? The blooming flowers? Truth be told, it’s March Madness that puts that extra little spring in my step. There’s nothing like watching all of the college basketball teams play against one another to determine who is #1. Naturally, this Carolina girl will be rooting for her beloved North Carolina Tar Heels. I’m such a fan, I even have the Tar Heel tattoo (on my foot) to prove it. When you’re born and raised in North Carolina, you’re literally taught to be

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Why I’ve Moved Out of the House

I’m not the only one. The entire family came with me. Why? Because we’re remodeling. When we bought our current home in 2006, we had plans to remodel right away. The house was in serious need of some updates; when giving people directions to my place I usually say: “When you get to my street, you’ll see two lovely brick homes on the left. Mine is the house that looks like it belongs to the Brady Bunch in the middle.” I may live in a Brady Bunch house, but my wife insists that there

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Fat Bottomed Girls

Our team has been working on a new marketing campaign that’s big on personality. I can’t wait until the grand reveal. Until then, I’m not at liberty to disclose details, but I will give you a hint: In last week’s marketing meeting the word “butt” came up at least 50 times. As someone with an ample amount of junk in my trunk, I consider myself a bit of an authority on the subject. Sometimes I joke that I maintain a healthy-sized backside so more people can kiss it. Call it what you will —

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