Collecting Space Age Memorabellia.

What is Art deco style space-age furniture and decor

WELL, they classify during the making of the atomic bomb 1944sh and after the war years, they called that the Atomic Age.

Around 1947 there was a ROSWELL, New Mexico incident and then the race to the moon, all that in a short period of time.

Futuristic Space age everything

Which brings us up to the space age time period? Race to the moon, USSR vs. the United States

News networks from around the world were writing articles on all these events, race to the moon, flying saucer crashing in Roswell… There was no shortage of things to write about during those exciting times after the war.

Cashing in on the hype. 

Major manufacturing companies see all this free publicity on the space age era and they must have seen this as a good opportunity to cash in on the hype.

So they just started making anything and everything space age, futuristic oriented,

There was furniture that looked like flying saucers, their cars with fins, there where space/rocket ship toys.

Real, I mean really, space looking airport terminals were built, houses and buildings were built with a space theme

Movies, electronics, lighting even some countries had commemorative postage stamps with pictures of spaceships on them. And the list goes on.

I myself like banks; you know the kind that you put your loose change into, normally called “piggy banks”

Rocketship banks, flying saucer mechanical banks, they were all my favorite styles.

But that would be another post on bank collecting…

So, they were interesting times and most like I said, these companies sure used their talent and imagination to the maximum.

Look on the WEB for these space age items of the late 1940s -1980s,  most are highly collectible today, and that’s, only if you can still find anything, Sorry I lied! …

because there are still lots of the original tin toys around, but they’re pricey.

Like anything, you can still find reproductions.

Some call those times the atomic era or Mid-century times, I call it the space age period.

If you owned a space-age home stereo system, GUARANTEED you would have the only one on your street.

If you’re still interested in that space-age time period, please check out these sites.

Google …Mechanical space ship banks, space-age furniture, vintage space toys

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Addiction Habits are they the same

Everybody is addicted to something, hooked on something, anything.

It seems to me the brain gets tweaked, doing the same thing over and over and it seems to pick up speed in the sense it remembers you should be doing something, something you did a number of times before, like a natural body reminder.

Addictions/habits I believe are same but different.

Everybody talks about being addicted to drinking, smoking or drugs and going to the gym at the same time. We are regimented to take our medicine on time. (And that’s a good thing) Go to school on time, etc.

Our mind is easily trained and hooked.

When the addiction word comes up, it always refers to drinking, smoking or drugs. But are you hooked on anything else?   Sure, everybody is. That’s why they’re all habits and all habits can be broken.

So, scientists say it takes 21 days to break or make a habit. And I think that’s quite possible.

Latest NEWS Flash ….. A new study says it takes 66 days to break a habit.

Sure smoking is addictive and hard to quit,  everybody, doctors included, tells you it’s an addiction and could be treated with “other drugs” Then when you beat the habit, you find yourself saying, “but I sure like that stuff the doctor gave me. Can I have some more … I feel a craving coming on.”

I watch our cats. They are repetitious and they like routine. Are they addicted to waking you up at 6 am every morning?  Do they watch that clock, can they even tell time?  But they are on time every time.  Are they addicted or just in a routine or are they habit freaks?

I’d like to think some of us are smarter.

I’d like to think that we are smarter than our cats and if it’s a habit, train your mind to think differently.  It’s only a habit, remember the 21-day rule.

All companies spend big dollars to convince you their product is better and cheaper than the rest. Their strategy is for you to get used to their product and then you’ll keep buying it.

HOOKED OR HABIT

A few years back, car manufacturers came up with some interesting thinking. You will always go back to buying the FIRST original car you ever owned. So they target graduating college students to buy their brand of vehicle.  Only one stipulation,

they’ve never owned a car before and this is their first one.

I, myself, try not to get into a habit, like having a cigarette after sex. The sex is ok, but the cigarettes have to go.

That’s a joke because I don’t smoke!

So I would like to think humans are smarter than a repetitious animal, as loving as they are, they are still routine/habit freaks.

We should be smarter than that, without exchanging one drug for another. Let’s all get with the program. If it’s not good for you, your body will tell you. Give it a good try and then just … change it.

So after saying all that,

 Meet you at the coffee shop tomorrow at the same place, same time as we always do. ……. “HABIT”

I’m not saying it’s easy to change some habits, but I would like to think we’re all smarter than our furry friends.

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COMPUTERS SMARTER THAN YOU

CAN YOUR COMPUTER LEARN ALL YOUR BAD HABITS?

MANY YEARS BACK WHEN THE PHYSICAL  COMPUTER WAS JUST IN INFANCY MODE, I PURCHASED A

STATE OF THE ART RADIO SHACK ELECTRONIC CHESS SET. 

YOU CAN PLAY WITH A LIVE BODY OR IF THERE’S NO ONE AROUND YOU CAN PLAY THE COMPUTER AS YOUR OPPONENT.

BUT, THAT’S OK, HOW HARD COULD IT BE? A PERSON PROGRAMMED THE MACHINE SO TO ME, IT WOULD BE THE SAME.

THERE WERE 1 TO 10 LEVELS. IST LEVEL, PIECE OF CAKE AND AS IT GOES UP THE LEVELS, THE HARDER IT WAS. ONE THING I NOTICED, WHEN I WAS CLOSE TO WINNING THE GAME, FUNNY THINGS WOULD START TO HAPPEN.

WHEN I GOT LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET IT IN CHECK AGAIN, THE GAME WOULD JUST TURN OFF. I’M THINKING, DID I HIT A WRONG BUTTON? DID SOMEBODY DISCONNECT THE POWER?

I HAD THAT STUPID CHESS GAME IN CHECK.

AND IT STILL DIDN’T DAWN ON ME.

THE FEW TIMES I HAD MY COMP-OPPONENT IN CHECK, I NOTICED THAT IT WAS THE COMPUTERIZED CHESS GAME THAT WAS GOING TILT, SHUTTING DOWN. THIS GAME BOARD COMPUTER, IT DIDN’T LIKE TO LOSE.

I WOULD GO SO FAR AS TO SAY, IT WAS LEARNING MY MOVES, MY HABITS, IT WAS ON TO ME LIKE A WET BLANKET.

THAT COULDN’T BE RIGHT, it’s ONLY A STUPID CHESS GAME. Eh

I GUESS I’M WATCHING TOO MANY STAR WAR MOVIES.

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY AND THE NEW COMPUTERS ARE PROGRAMMED TO LEARN YOUR HABITS, “MAKING THINGS BETTER FOR THE CONSUMER” they say.

MAYBE THEY DO AND MAYBE THEY DONT

GO ONLINE (WWW) AND SOME COMPUTER, AND PROBABLY YOURS, IS SQUEALING ON YOU!

TELLING EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD, THIS IS WHAT I HAVE  BEEN LOOKING UP AND THE NEXT TIME YOU GO ON THE WEB, (FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS), UP COMES EVERYTHING YOU’VE BEEN INQUIRING ABOUT FOR THE LAST WEEK.

GOOD THING OR BAD THING

YOU BE THE JUDGE.

MY POINT WOULD BE IF YOU USE THAT SAME TECHNOLOGY IN DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS, YOU COULD GET ENTIRELY DIFFERENT RESULTS LIKE I WROTE IN MY POST “THE OTHER ROOM”.

TECHNOLOGY IS A WONDEROUS THING.

IT WILL BE A SCARY THING WHEN THESE “MACHINES” GET SMARTER AND THEY WILL, JUST KEEP ON LEARNING AND OUR BRAINS, WELL —–

JUST GET MORE AND MORE  ……. PICKLED FROM NOT BEING USED.

SO, YOU BE THE JUDGE.

THIS IS ONLY A MOVIE, BUT IT DOES HAVE GOOD ACTORS.  .. I ROBOT

a couple of  more fun movies

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Part 3 of armored trucks in Canada

MORE TROOP CARRIERS

OUR police forces are buying up these troop carriers and armored trucks but for what reason? I wrote 2 blog posts on the subject and have been subtlely critical of these vehicles in our police forces. I still believe that they are an intimidating piece of equipment that belongs in a war zone other than on our streets. I also believe that in a safe environment like Canada these war machines are not warranted in our society.

Having said that, writing 2 posts on the subject, I do think that my thinking might be a little behind the times, this world is more of a dangerous place than a few years back. Do I like to think we as Canadians are exempt from terrorism, unbalanced people that would like nothing better than do us harm, just for the sake of our thinking and freedom values? But like I say, we in Canada, we also have homegrown, imbalanced people living right here, born right here with radicalized thinking.

Should we still have armored trucks in the police force?

SO, are these armored trucks in the police department warranted? Who knows.  I would like to think they don’t belong in our country or on our streets for any reason. But, I think my head is in the sand and should be pulled out soon, maybe just long enough to see the reality of all things going on, on the world stage. When researching the second part, I looked at a lot of images of demonstrations, rallies, couldn’t help but notice a trend.

You know, everyone has the right to do peaceful demonstrations, but, some of these demonstrations that just appear out of nowhere, and, where did they get these pre-made, perfect looking signs?  Did they have a printing press in their van for those special moments when they get the urge to protest about something/anything? Rallying your friends and neighbors for the high tax hikes is one thing, but these rallies are really, really quite organized and again to what extent and by … whom.

Maybe our law enforcement do see these demonstrators with their faces all masked up, for me, that’s a dead giveaway that these people are up to no good.  Maybe our finest have taken notice and notice major trouble on the horizon. Armored trucks though?

Armored trucks, swat teams, riot gear. Hate to see that in Canada.

Ex-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

This is what our ex-Prime Minister “Pierre Trudeau” had to say about the October Crisis 1970.

“There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is go and bleed It is more important to keep law and order in society than to be worried about weak-kneed people Society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power.”

Pierre Trudeau  

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TOO ARMORED TRUCKS IN CANADA

Part 1         http://sixpaque.ca/wp/armored-trucks-why/

Part 2   http://sixpaque.ca/wp/part-2-armored-trucks-in-canada-why/

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Online Storage or Live Auction.

 

There’s been a slump in our regular live auctions lately and I guess the baby boomers. aren’t retiring and downsizing like they have in the past. There’s been a good run of quality items for that very reason, well. I”ll just have to wait for the second wave.

Plan B

So, I’ll go to plan B, that’s what I’ll have to do, go back to the Storage Auctions.

You know the reality show that you watch on TV. You know, where the auction junky finds a fortune by sticking their bare hands into an unknown container of?

That part is just silly, Eh!

For a blog writer, if you are ever in a slump for something to write and you need inspiration, check out the storage locker circuit. Some of the lockers have a lot of good, bad or ugly stories to tell.

Open the door to a nice, neat looking boxes, and a couch and chair which are surgically wrapped in plastic Or, open the door and it’s as if somebody stood in the doorway and just threw the items in. (Now there is one upset person)

Taking the fun out of the auctions

A lot of these locker auctions are now being sold online with only a couple of terrible looking pictures to go by.

So, buying these lockers is not for everybody.

Live storage auctions were bad enough before with only a flashlight to find your prize, so, number one rule at those auctions is to bring a really good flashlight and a good imagination.

Now,… how do these companies expect you to bid on something with a blacked out picture that’s taken upside down?

You have to be either stupid or nervy.

Must be a lot of nervy people out there because the online delinquent storage business is doing good, so, call me “Nervy”

But, these lockers could be a lot of work, and did I say … you’re bidding on these lockers with very lousy photos.

As we speak I spot this large locker with skids. Why would they pay $700? rental a month to store skids? And why would somebody buy these skids? No money in skids! So. Call me stupid.

“I just bought a job “

I did find some gold once…  I think?

“Future POST” Finding gold in a storage locker.

Anyway, …

It’s not for everyone.

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Name Change Right For You

Numerology Numbers

Power of Numbers.  Numerologists would like you to believe that by doing a little mathematics, they could predict changing your name could be a good move or bad move.

A lot of movie stars change their names for a STAGE NAME, a name, a little more catchy, a little more memorable, colorful and that makes good sense.

This famous actress changed her name and look, and look where it got her!  Fame and glory and not necessarily in that order.  Marilyn Monroe (her real born name was Norma Jeane Mortenson I kind of liked her old original name.

Google name changes and there will be no shortage of reasons for people to change their name. I really don’t know if there are good reasons or bad reasons for wanting to change your name.

But it was always traditional the bride to be, would change her name to the husbands’ surname. Some people change names for adoptions, divorce.  Or it could be as simple as, “I just don’t like my name. It never quite felt right.”

Get him to change his name

I remember a Numerologist saying to a new bride to be, “why would you change your name The stars and good fortune are with you. Don’t change your name for your husband, that spells doom and gloom. Get your new husband to change his name.” How about combining your names, as long as the numbers match.

Would that be true? All you have to do is a little math, change your name that corresponds to all the right numbers and you will be showered with gold dust. Right!

I would like to think it was that easy. The Numerologist will supposedly give you a rough idea. Close, maybe.  Some people are doing it by instinct, knowing nothing about the “science” behind the letters. It’s my name, that’s the reason for all my problems, bad, bad luck.

There was a dark period of time in my younger days. I was down on my luck. I don’t remember ever wanting to change my name, but if I thought of it I would have. But I did move away from my comfort zone, family, and friends. Maybe they were the reason for my bad luck…  Silly thinking Eh!

It was me all along.

I thought maybe new surroundings would totally improve my situation.  Then I remembered saying, “I’ve moved all that way to Alberta, a few thousand miles away from home and it didn’t improve my luck at all.” I realized,  I brought me with me, and my troubles and problems came with me. I remember moving back and I should have, but didn’t apologize to everybody that I even “thought” were the cause of my problem. It was me along, all along.

Do it for the right reason.

No matter what a numerologist says, it was me, my thinking, I had to make the change.

So changing your name for the right reasons could make sense but to change your name for the wrong reasons, like trying to change your luck, because the numbers say so, not sure but I will go out on a limb and say, no I don’t think so.

There was a song by Jonny Cash, “My name is Sue” The song was about parents naming their son “Sue”, now that would be a really good reason for a guy to change his name!

Anyway, doing things for the right reason could be considered a  good thing, but doing something for all the wrong reasons? Well?

NUMBERS

Having said all that, numbers do play a big part in the grand scheme of things. For one simple reason it’s all around us, its a major player in our lives. There is math for this, math for that, everything has a number to it. Could it be a player in our luck too? …. Nah!!

 

Part 2 of Armored trucks in Canada, WHY

FOLLOW UP ON Armored vehicles.

At the time of writing one of my first articles, (Armored Trucks in Canada, Why) it was done on pure observation, with very little research.  Now, with a request to do a follow up my article  I did a little more beating the bush and I could not believe how accurate I was in that posting.

In just our area alone (100-mile radius) there are (up to 4) well known armored cars/trucks or armored personnel carrier companies/builders and that ’s just in our area.

These companies build trucks, cars, limos, anything with wheels and armor protect them and for several good reasons. Military, civilian use, protecting the rich and famous, and apparently we Canadians are quite respected in the armored car industry.

The original post was about armored personnel carriers and why do our police force need them in Canada

We are a reasonably peaceful nation. We have our bit of crime, but not compared to other countries. I personally think that all our law enforcement is out of control and have lost their sense of direction (Serve and protect) was their motto, and that was for our citizens. I watched  6 police cars surround this poor guy for a traffic violation. I counted at least a dozen police officers and their cars at any given charity walkathon, directing traffic. I guess my point would be what a misuse of public money, time and resources.  And all those departments cry poor every year and then add a couple of armored personnel carriers, that sit 99% of the time. At half a million dollars each, now, they’re really in the hole. And they cry that they’re understaffed, and over budget.

Don’t get me wrong, they have a dangerous job.

Don’t get me wrong, they do have a dangerous job and to keep our finest safe is a priority, but I think that good money could be allocated to different poorer departments in the force.

But it looks like I’m right again about the use of such vehicles. I would like to be a fly on the wall at one of these police seminars, yearly get together on exchanging crime information around our country. Their big grand scheme of things is not policing FOR the public but gearing up for something much bigger. Maybe they don’t even know themselves or maybe it’s the universal direction we are just going in.

Na, they know exactly what they’re buying and why they’re buying it.

We hosted the G20 a few years back. There were a few organized demonstrations and out came these armored vehicles. WHERE DID THEY COME FROM ON SUCH SHORT NOTICE? I think a lot of people

were surprised at seeing these things on our streets. After looking at the news, if someone said these were pictures from abroad, I would have totally believed them, not in Canada, not the way those demonstrators were treated. The fully dressed, in riot gear cops, with these intimidating armored vehicles, just made the situation worse. Police officers treated our citizens like they were trained to keep law and order under marshall rule, armored cars and all. And that’s in Canada.

These intimidating pieces of iron are not needed for a family argument, dispute or domestic problem and there has been nothing in this city that would suggest that we would need such a piece of machinery. Maybe organized rallies “bring out the armor boys, it looks like there is some rowdiness on 5th street”. …. I guess.

But police officials from Vancouver to New Glasgow, N.S., defended their acquisitions. Even if these heavy-duty vehicles are sitting in a garage most days of the week — some have not been deployed even once —”they are necessary for dealing with hostile and potentially life-threatening situations such as hostage-takings, incidents involving barricaded gunmen or active shooters and the execution of high-risk search warrants” officials said.

Just remember, this equipment is more intimidating than needed and could have more of a negative effect.

University of Ottawa criminologist Michael Kempa remains skeptical of the need for the military hardware and says the public ought to scrutinize these purchases.

“Nobody has presented the evidence that would suggest this is an essential part of local policing,” Kempa said. “How far are we going to go and for what purpose?”

I guess, he just doesn’t see the bigger picture. Eh!

Do other police services have armored vehicles like this?

Cost of these Troop Carriers.

Quite a few in Ontario do. Police departments in all our major cities have armored vehicles tucked away.

By comparison for the price, Sault Ste. Marie Police Ballistic Armoured Tactical Transport vehicle cost $255,000, while the OPP’s armored rescue vehicles cost over $400,000. Montreal polices’ armored vehicles cost $360,000.

General Dynamic Land Systems, donated a Tactical Rescue Vehicle to a local Police department, and a portion of the cost for the Sault Ste. Marie vehicle was donated by Essar Steel Algoma.

New Glasgow police in Nova Scotia, Canada acquired a decommissioned Cougar armored vehicle free of charge (nothing is free) from the Canadian Forces. All armaments had been removed but still, have to modify for their use and maintained to be ready for the next attack on Canadian soil. …. What attack?

Did I say?  Population 10,000 people, and, never mind about the full-time firefighters … “We need one of these babies, just in case!”

One officer said to the other, 

                WHAT!

 Don’t you have one of these?

They must be seeing a bigger, gloomier, future than me.

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CBC.ca, National Post, Autofocus.ca.

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Reincarnation True or False

Do you believe in reincarnation

Do you believe in reincarnation? Do you believe that you will be reborn, be back after passing on, may be given a second chance… a lot of people do. They believe all living things have a purpose and coming back, again and again, shows we all have a major role to play in the grand scheme of things. But what?

Check this related song by these 4 famous singers.

Johnny CashWaylon JenningsWillie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson.

Well, some people say that you will be back to learn more lesson or maybe, only one lesson. Could it be as simple as, helping somebody cross the street, (if you weren’t there to help that person, there would have been a different outcome)? It could be as simple as giving a much-needed person good advice, again, something that simple.

A famous Trans-Channeler had a “free to the public” seminar; It was a full house of open-minded inquisitive people. As she got in her relaxed pose, we all were allowed to ask a question, any questions, big or small, about the universe, family, kids, the meaning of God or the creator. She believed that all the universe information was revealed to her.

Reincarnation was one of the first questions that came up. “Is it true?” the person asked.  The answer was yes, why would it not be. How can you expect to learn everything the universe has to offer in such a short period of a lifetime? It would only stand to reason a soul would have to come back, many, many times.

And each time you incarnate, you have a different lesson to learn, maybe atone for your last time or just, learn new lessons.

The night with this lady was very interesting and informative. I always said if it feels right, then it must be right for you and trust your feelings, it’s smarter than you.

If reincarnation is true, there is no way of telling one way or the other. But if it’s true, and we have to atone for this life of wickedness, well, for most of us, we will be in deep trouble.

But, would it change our thinking or lifestyle if we knew for sure that was true, that there was reincarnation and that we will be back. Would we treat our fellow man differently? Do onto others?

Did we honestly believe we fought and died in that Civil war? And now back again.

We had the opportunity to go to Gettysburg, Penn. There was no shortage of ghost stories in this historic town, but you couldn’t help but get in a sad mood of what went on in 1865.

They had shops that dressed the tourists up in that time period clothing and took photos of them as mementos. In those same shops, they had lots and lots of old historic photos of people and soldiers that are long gone.

We were looking at these old black and white’s photos through different eyes than the other tourists. We tried to recognize…US …  in those hundreds of photos. We didn’t find any look-alikes but that would have been a real hoot if we did.

We and a lot of people we know are attracted to the Civil War period for some reason, and were Canadians, “a long way from that war”. All those pictures, we didn’t recognize noooo-body, and why, would we even think that we would. Did we honestly believe we fought and died in that Civil war? And now back again.

Maybe deep down inside, we must all believe there is some truth to reincarnation and past lives? and just maybe, that’s what scares most people.

Do research on the subject; you might find it an interesting read.

Reincarnation, maybe yes, maybe no.

What did I say earlier …Trust your feelings, it’s smarter than you.

 

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Truck Drivers vs Car Drivers

Are truck drivers getting treated a little unfairly

Are truck drivers getting treated a little unfairly, do they always get picked on by the general public as an accident waiting to happen, or are they highly professional hard working underrated people.

“I’d be a truck driver if only they didn’t have any cars on the road”, the fame, the glory, the freedom of the road … that’s where it’s at.

And that’s partially right about trucking. But if you’re talking about the big rig truck drivers on the highway, (high milers)  well, they do see a lot of beautiful country, but if you’re talking about driving a local dump truck, you don’t see a lot of country, but you see a lot of dusty old gravel pits.

At one point in time, it was a selected trade amongst people that just didn’t want to punch a time clock, or have a timekeeper over your shoulders, cooped up inside a factory, “with a not for me attitude”.

How did trucking become so popular?

Years ago, it was decided that the national rail service was probably, not reliable or certainly if for no other reason, too slow in getting the product to the homes, stores etc. Maybe the rail system just wasn’t showing enough profit, who knows the reason, but one thing is for certain, the decision was made to cut the system back. So, one day our fearless leaders decided to do away with the rail service and the next day, they were already pulling up the Rail Road tracks. At that point there was no turning back or changing anyone’s minds, the tracks are gone.

But how do we still move our products around? There was trucking before, but the trucking industry must have changed dramatically overnight.

You have to admit, with these hated truck drivers on our highways, they do bring your products to market virtually overnight as predicted, and not the way I remember the slow-moving rail service to be.

The item you bought on E-BAY today gets delivered the next. “How do you think that happens” Eh.  It’s hard to thank these same people that you bad mouthed and always thought they, were the cause of all road accidents on our highways, it’s just hard to think, they had something to do with your food being fresh and the toys you ordered being delivered the next day.

The fame and glory days of a truck driver, (if there ever was) are over.  It’s a hard, demanding, and majorly skilled job.  Yes, it looks easy. You look up at this driver as he’s driving a nice shiny new truck, he looks down at you and gives you that biggest contented smile.

God, that would be a fun job !!

But it’s not all glory.  Yes, the freedom of the road, and seeing the country, yes. But the traffic you have to contend with, the people that are running late for their morning commute, you know, the guy that just decided to cut you off, so maybe he can get to work a little faster but not realizing, he just started a chain reaction of a 10 car pile-up. …. Darn truck drivers.

“I hope he made it to work on time, because some of us didn’t”

Like I wrote in one of my other posts, there are hundreds, if not thousands of new cars on the road, daily and most with inconsiderate drivers in them. The average public car drivers “do not “make it easy for truck drivers.

These truck drivers’ schedules are more demanding today than they ever were. Heavy traffic or not, if the delivery time is 5 pm then the shipper/ receiver wants and expects it there by 5 pm.” I have a crew of people waiting to unload that product, accident or not, you have to be on time”.

Secret Hint to a truck driver…. If you happen to get a grouchy receiver (always carry a bottle of Hooch with you for those late delivery times) That always helps ease the tension.

So you still think truck driving is fun?

Now, this is not always the case when you’re late. Purchasers do depend on their product to be on time and your company depends on you to be on time, but in all fairness, most people in the industry do understand unforeseen circumstances. Today, most trucks are equipped with GPS, so their employers, not necessarily keep track of the trucker, but their investment. So they know if you’re stuck in traffic or where-ever you are.

AND there… goes your freedom of the road! …  Big brother is watching!!

The “fame and glory” Well,  most people don’t realize it, but these highway drivers, dump truck driver, small delivery truck drivers, all have to have a special drivers license and extra drivers training. They have to be half accountants to make sure their daily paperwork is in order, AND, IF NOT, they’re in deep du-du. Fined, or worse case scenario your vehicle and content seized, Yes seized!

 

Truck drivers, big and small, by law have to do a complete mechanical inspection of their equipment, that’s before moving a wheel, before starting out on his days’ deliveries. By law, their equipment has to be safe on the road, daily and some of the conscientious drivers give it 110 %. They  look their truck and equipment over after each stop-over (Lunch, supper, etc.) The older more experienced drivers have to take regular medical exams, just to keep them and everybody else safe.

SO YOU WANT TO BE A TRUCK DRIVER.

All truck manufacturers do the best they can by improving the safety and comfort of the driver, but they are still a lumpy, rough riding, heavy piece of equipment, which by the way, takes a lot of skill to operate.  So for the comfort of the drivers, the manufacturers invest major dollars on developing seating for these trucks and it’s not uncommon to pay thousands of dollars on a driver’s seat. And why not? Those highway dudes spend a big portion of their life in their truck. The funny part is, most of these drivers have bad backs to show for their life on our bumpy roads.

This post is not about some truck drivers but all truck drivers. It is a way of life for these people. It’s like once you’ve done it, you would never look for another type of job. You will never get trucking out of your blood. But having said all that, it takes a special someone at home and a family who understands that way of life. The life of a truck driver is not easy for him or family.

The sad part is, the public is the first to blame all truck drivers for accidents or a mechanical malfunction that happens on the road. In reality, the average truck driver will put on a few million miles in his career. He drives in and out of heavy traffic, fights the weather conditions, just so you can have your flowers fresh for the next day. And remember, there’s no phoning in sick when you’re on the road. In most cases, there is no pension plan, no internal RRSP contribution, you know, where the company matches your yearly donations. It is not a 9-5 job. In some cases, you might not be home for weeks. So you still want to be a truck driver.

SAFETY OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Checking the equipment on all commercially licensed vehicles is a daily, mandatory adventure for drivers.

“Do you check your car over?”  

CAN WE SAY THE SAME, do we, THE PUBLIC, check our vehicles over daily? Do we have mandatory driver’s education? Do we have to go for medical exams and drivers exams regularly?  Do we have the same amount of driving skills and miles as these drivers, that, any one of these trucks drivers puts on?

TRUCK DRIVERS IN GENERAL

This post is not about some, but all truck drivers in a general form. It is a way of life. They are a different breed of people that have a major role to play in our own lifestyle and economy and I think we should give these drivers a little more respect and leniency on our highways. Most drivers, when they retire will not have a big pension cheque coming in for a life of hard service. No, one million dollar bonus cheque at the end of the year for doing a good job/bad job and for a lot of these people, they will go through divorces caused by their choice of trade. A majority will suffer from major back ailments at retirement, but they are still the backbone of our economy and our fast-paced way of life and, most truckers, would never change a thing. Other than the attitude of car drivers.

Maybe, we should all cut these Road Warriors some slack for doing a hard day’s, demanding job.

So, you still want to be a truck driver?  The fame and glory days, … not sure.

Please check out my other related articles on road safety.

Is your car safe for the road       http://sixpaque.ca/wp/is-your-car-safe-for-the-road/

Working lights are the law          http://sixpaque.ca/wp/public-highway-safety-law/

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Expert in Collecting Antiques?

   I asked this guy …what makes you an expert? “Because I say I am”

I read an article about an antique dealer on the hunt for unusual things, and he came across this fellow at an antique market who was highly recommended, but this dealer was taken by surprise as to how young he was.

This person was about 20 years old and said he was an expert.

I asked this guy what made him an expert. “Because I said I am”… Little on the smart ass side, but I was young once.

Was he really an expert?

Nobody asked him what school he went to, college or university degrees he had and in the end, did it really matter? Everyone just went to him and trusted his area of expertise.  There are no better credentials then all your peers in the Antique community saying, “if you want to know anything about …………..  Then look up this “John Doe” fellow.  He’s an expert in that field.

If you’re thinking of getting into Antiques or Collectables for a hobby, investment or, like my wife and I (Mercenaries) That is a person who buys and sells, and doesn’t get attached to the goods. Learn all you can about your choice of interest.

The web, even though it’s an information overload, does supply you with a valid intake of good quality information as well. Do your research!

So, yeah, this young fellow was an expert, so age, looks, and schooling did not play into the equation. He just studied everything there was to know about his fancy of antiquities and in this dealers eyes, he was a highly respected (smart ass) expert in his field.

             “Remember KNOWLEDGE is power”

We can’t know it all, but we can be real, real good at certain things of interest….. And hopefully make money too.

Excellent local antique newspaper paper. 

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