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A Glimpse Into the World of Hurricane Logistics

A Glimpse Into the World of Hurricane Logistics

Typically, November is the end of hurricane season, but 2017 has been anything but typical. With monster storm after monster storm battering Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Gulf Coast, mega storms are back in the public eye – and weather professionals aren’t ready to call the season over just yet. One common trait of Atlantic Hurricane season is that there isn’t usually more than one major active storm in the ocean at any given time. Clearly that hasn’t been the case this year. And while plenty of great scientific and climatology minds will wonder and debate over

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The “Spirit” of Competition

The "Spirit" of Competition

It’s coming. The big secret no one is expecting. Hidden from sight! Obscured from vision! It’s—it’s—Mary and Dale’s Secret Halloween Costumes! Halloween is tomorrow night, and I can’t wait. My husband Dale and I dress up in themed matching costumes every year to attend a local Halloween party with a great contest. This year, I’m really going for a win (yes, I say even Halloween is a good excuse to get competitive!) so Dale and I are keeping our costumes totally secret until the party. Sorry, Mary Monday fans. What I can reveal are some

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The Boy Who Cried ELD

The Boy Who Cried ELD

If you didn’t know better, you might think it was a cautionary tale, or even a bad practical joke: A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers several times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!” and each time his neighbors came to help him, the wolf was never there. In our industry, the shepherd-boy has been The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. For years, the FMCSA tried to implement an ELD mandate. ELD stands for Electronic Logging Device. Those of us in the industry (the villagers) kept hearing

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The Only Jets I Love

The Only Jets I Love

It may be football season, but you won’t hear me professing my love for the Jets. Sorry, Jets fans! No, you’ll find the jets I love at air shows. In fact, if there is an air show within 100 miles of my house, you can bet I’m going! I grew up going to local air shows in Wilmington, NC where pilots from all over – hobbyist and military both – brought their coolest tech, showing off everything from jets to privately owned planes to other cool military equipment. Kids and the young-at-heart could sit

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Be Nice To Your iPhones

Be Nice To Your iPhones

Have you ever taken your frustrations out on Siri? “That’s not what I said!” “No, not that one!” “You stupid —phone!” While I wouldn’t take such a tone with a real person, it’s easy to get annoyed with the voice inside the iPhone. Siri, as she’s better known to iPhone users, is someone we’ve talked about before. She’s not a human being, but rather the name of the voice-activated digital assistant that iPhone users can talk to when asking for directions, food delivery options, facts that need Googling, and more. The programmers behind the app added

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Would You Pay $200 for a Book? I Did.

Would You Pay $200 for a Book? I Did.

And that’s not the kicker… When you have a child, you spend a lot of time theorizing about how to pay for college…and the next thing you know, applications are going out, and your theories get put to the test! This year, my oldest son, Denver, started college. Of course, we’re beaming with pride. It’s a great feeling to see your once-small baby grow up and take his first steps toward his future as an adult. It’s absolutely one of the highlights of my life as a parent, and I couldn’t be happier. Lucky for

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David vs. Goliath, Spider-Man vs. The Hulk

David vs. Goliath, Spider-Man vs. The Hulk

When Our Weaknesses Become Our Greatest Strengths I loved this recent viral video giving children with disabilities a chance to be real live superheroes. What I liked most was the way that the photo shoot didn’t ignore the children’s limitations, it celebrated them. For example: “Zaiden has severe ADHD and loves to run…I decided to turn his weakness into a strength and make him The Flash”, said photographer Josh Rossi. I’ve been thinking lately about how those kinds of ‘weaknesses’ can apply to business. How the little guy takes on the big guy. David and Goliath, to reference

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KISS Another Year Goodbye

KISS Another Year Goodbye

  Got your coffee? Well, grab a slice of cake to go along with it, because HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!  That’s right, today is my birthday. This is a pre-written dispatch from my desk, as I have taken the day off work to spend quality time with me, myself and I. I have a full day of pampering planned. First off, manicure and pedicure. There’s nothing like starting your special day dozing off in one of those big massage chairs. After I’ve got my claws looking fabulous, I’ll head to the outlets for a

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From Harvey to Irma: Appreciating Truck Drivers

From Harvey to Irma: Appreciating Truck Drivers

  This week, September 10-16th, is Truck Driver Appreciation Week, an event we celebrate annually. The work of truck drivers has been featured in the news recently as deadly hurricanes batter the coasts and wildfires rage in the West. In the affected areas, folks are reminded of what truckers do for us, as shelves go bare weeks before a weather event. (This photo was taken in Texas where the grocery store shelves were bare – except for the soy meat!) We’ve all lived through preparation for bad weather, and it seems like the trucks can’t come fast enough. Water,

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You Never Sausage a Place!

You Never Sausage a Place!

For the third and final installment of our Signs of Summer series (you can read the first and second on our blog), we’re featuring a piece of roadside Americana that’s legendary here in the deep South. If you’ve never made the drive down I-95, crossing from North Carolina into South Carolina, you may not be familiar with the strange billboards lining the highway. Some of them encourage bad behavior from the passengers in the backseat – “KEEP YELLING, KIDS – THEY’LL STOP!” Some rely on silly puns – like the enormous roadside salami with the phrase

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