Archive for the Thought for the Weekend Category

What’s Your Number?

What's Your Number?

What’s your favorite number? Do you stick with Lucky Seven? Blackjack’s 21? Or, maybe you like to live dangerously, so you choose the number 13. People pick their special numbers for all sorts of reasons: a child’s birthday, a wedding date, or even digits that seems to pop up frequently as one goes through life. Some cultures even ascribe spiritual meaning to the numbers in a birth date or the number of letters in one’s name. Here at Matchmaker Logistics, we like this number: #160202. It’s our Motor Carrier number, a number readers in

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Instant Karma

Instant Karma

I’d never wish ill will on anyone, but like most of us, I occasionally get a little thrill at the idea of instant karma. If you’re not familiar with the phrase, it usually refers to a sense of immediate punishment for bad behavior, sort of a retort from the universe giving someone exactly what they deserve. It’s most often used for everyday situations that make you feel like someone up there is looking out for you. One of my favorites? When you’re stuck in traffic along with everyone else, and some bozo decides that

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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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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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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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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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A Disastrous Vacation

A Disastrous Vacation

I’m writing it from my phone, stuck in an airport. My wife and I had planned to take the week to jet down to Puerto Rico for a getaway celebrating our wedding anniversary, and it’s turned into a nightmare. In my house, I’m the one who makes all the travel plans. It’s my job to book the flights, choose the hotel, and plan the itinerary. Lucky me – when things go right I get all the love. But when they don’t? Well – I’m the fool. My wife took one look at our hotel

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You’re So Vain (I Bet You Think This License Plate is About You)

You're So Vain (I Bet You Think This License Plate is About You)

As Americans, we can’t get enough of showing our individuality. From customizable covers for our phones, to a sports jersey with our own last name, to monogrammed towels, we’ve always been a nation of individuals. As a business owner, I tip my hat when someone finds a way to make an extra buck off of people’s natural desire to be themselves, so I’ve always been fascinated with the vanity license plate phenomenon. For those unaware, vanity plates are the license plates you see out and about on the road that buck the trend of

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Park It Right There

Park It Right There

Sometimes, parking is a challenge. I guess it’s why this video of a FedEx truck driver went viral, getting over half-a-million views. The truck driver skillfully reversed his big rig into a very narrow loading dock bay in lower Manhattan. Would you have the skills – or the courage – to attempt that parking job? For many people, it seems that parking is a huge challenge. I repeatedly see people struggling just to back into a parking space at the supermarket–even those with the new backup cameras in their cars! Then, there are those

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